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Chinese tourism to Greece expected to “explode” in 2017

Data from Tax Free Premiere confirms rise in Chinese tourist in first 3 months of 2017

The number of inbound tourists from China to Greece in the summer season of 2017 is expected to rise significantly, according to data. The projection is confirmed by a notable increase in tax free sales in Greece in the first 3-month period of 2017 compared to 2016. A mere 150,000 Chinese tourists visited Greece last year, a number that is estimated to be much higher this year. Data released by Premiere Tax Free Greece show that visitors from China are choosing Greece as a destination, reoccupying first spot among the nationalities, as 31% of all Tax Free transactions was covered by Chinese in the first 3 months of 2017. Chinese national spend an average of 330 euros with a preference to jewellery and clothing. “Russia, FYROM and the US choose our country with great fervour and contribute to a 60% rise in profits via Tax Free transactions in Athens, Rhodes and Thessaloniki”, said Aggeliki Kalogiannidou, marketing manager of Premiere Tax Free Greece. She went on to add that purchases were up by 109% for Chinese, 65% by Russians, 87% by Americans and 37% by FYROM and Israel, a 200% rise compared to the first 3-month term of 2016. Athens Tax Free is on top accounting for 52% of Tax Free transactions, while Thessaloniki came in second. It should be noted that two Chinese cultural exhibitions are scheduled to officially open on Thursday, April 27 in the framework of Sino-Hellenic cultural exchange year at the Byzantine and Christian Museum.

  • ANDREAS PAPACHRISTOFOROU

    Dragons instead of stars bring Chinese Travelers to the door of Hotels and Restaurants around the world.
    Posted: Apr 20, 2017 6:16 PM GDT

    CHINA – 20 Apr, 2017 – The “Feel Like Home” (www.feellikehome.cn) is the world’s first website aiming exclusively Chinese travelers, helping hospitality professionals (hotels, restaurants etc) throughout the world, to make the necessary changes to their businesses to adapt to Chinese customers, making their experience in a foreign country as pleasant as possible.

    For that reason, “Feel Like Home” implements the “Five Dragon” Rating System, based on the scale of five Dragon, certifying their degree of adaptation to the needs of Chinese travelers.

    The rating starts with one Dragon, where the hospitality company (hotels, restaurants etc) website is translated into Chinese and hosted on the FLH website at the same time taking the FLH Accredited stamp and last up to five Dragons, where the company should have an employee who is fluent in the Chinese language.

    Professionals of tourism, depending on the size and nature of their business, pay a small fee to enroll as members and an annual subscription fee to get their website translate into Chinese and get posted on the FLH platform (www.feellikehome.cn), obtaining their first and the Dragon, and paving the way for the company to a market of 120 million Chinese travelers per year.

    More than 150 hospitality companies all over the world have applied and are in the process of evaluation and certification to receive the seal of Feel Like Home and join the network of FLH Accredited.

    Media Contact
    Company Name: Feel Like Home
    Contact Person: Nikos Kavoulis
    Email: nk@feellikehome.cn
    Country: China
    Website: http://www.feellikehome.cn