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New study evaluates consequences of Yugoslav crisis on Greek tourism

Greece will not experience the expected increase this year in tourism arrivals of 12 to 15%, but rather an increase of 5% to 7% over 1998 figures, according to a recent study by the Hellenic Tourism Institute.
Heavy losses, however, are expected in tourism foreign exchange receipts because of the terrific drop in the number of cruise passengers out of Greece and the major cancellations from convention organizers, said Spyros Divanis, vice president of the institute and director of the Divanis hotel chain based in Athens.
Mr. Divanis, along with Professor Nikos Pavlopoulos, presented the results of the study. They said Greece would lose 500,000 to 700,000 arrivals this year with northern Greece and Athens being the biggest losers. Northern Greece, they said, would lose eastern European border traffic arrivals because of the Yugoslav<.> problem, while Athens will lose the profitable conference and congress travel it depends on.
The Athens hotelier said conference and congress organizers were very sensitive to any potential problem that could cause the slightest upset at a venue.

Greece will not experience the expected increase this year in tourism arrivals of 12 to 15%, but rather an increase of 5% to 7% over 1998 figures, according to a recent study by the Hellenic Tourism Institute.

Heavy losses, however, are expected in tourism foreign exchange receipts because of the terrific drop in the number of cruise passengers out of Greece and the major cancellations from convention organizers, said Spyros Divanis, vice president of the institute and director of the Divanis hotel chain based in Athens.

Mr. Divanis, along with Professor Nikos Pavlopoulos, presented the results of the study. They said Greece would lose 500,000 to 700,000 arrivals this year with northern Greece and Athens being the biggest losers. Northern Greece, they said, would lose eastern European border traffic arrivals because of the Yugoslav<.> problem, while Athens will lose the profitable conference and congress travel it depends on.

The Athens hotelier said conference and congress organizers were very sensitive to any potential problem that could cause the slightest upset at a venue.

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