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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-01-24

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  • [01] Athens media work-stoppage Tues.
  • [02] ELSTAT deficit, political furor
  • [03] World Snow Day marked in Greece for first time
  • [04] Holiday bookings down significantly in early 2012

  • [01] Athens media work-stoppage Tues.

    A media-wide work-stoppage will be held in Athens on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., called by the Athens Journalists' Union (ESIEA) to enable members to attend an emergency general assembly.

    AMNA staff will be taking part in the work-stoppage.

    During the stoppage, news items and information will not be broadcast by the AMNA (ANA-MPA) and the AMNA website will not be updated.

    News flow resumes after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

    [02] ELSTAT deficit, political furor

    AMNA - The head of the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) Andreas Georgiou, the chairman and sole member of the statistical service's board that retained his position after an internal dispute between the members on whether the size of the deficit was being accurately portrayed, on Monday demanded that he be allowed to testify before any decision was made on whether the case concerning ELSTAT should be sent to Parliament.

    Specifically, in a memorandum submitted to Supreme Court Prosecutor Ioannis Tentes, Georgiou underlined that prosecuting authorities must first hear his own testimony and that of the witnesses that he proposes before decided on how to handle the preliminary investigation conducted by Financial Prosecutor Grigoris Peponis into claims that the 2009 public deficit had been artificially inflated.amna

    Peponis last week sent the case file to his superior, Supreme Court Deputy Prosecutor Nikos Pantelis, with the recommendation that it be forwarded to Parliament in order to investigate the possible responsibility of former prime minister George Papandreou and his then finance minister George Papaconstantinou for the affair. Georgiou had been expecting to be called to testify as a suspect but the prosecutor decided that the case should be sent to Parliament before this happened.

    [03] World Snow Day marked in Greece for first time

    AMNA --Visitors were presented with dozens of ways to enjoy the snow at ski resorts in northern Greece on Sunday, part of events in the context of the World Day of Snow, called by the International Ski Federation (FIS) on Jan. 22 each year.

    This year's theme was "Bring Children to the Snow, and was the first year that World Snow Day was marked by ski resorts in Greece.

    World Snow Day, which was introduced in 2007, saw local winter enthusiasts thronging to ski resorts to enjoy various happenings on the snow, with background music, while ski clubs, instructors and athletes were on hand to provide advice. amna

    Visitors made snow structures, including snowmen and igloos, while children also enjoyed supervised sledding and skiing and other games with the snow.

    A recent cold front has blanketed Greece's ski resorts with fresh snow. AMNA

    [04] Holiday bookings down significantly in early 2012

    AMNA--Reservations for holiday packages in Greece are down significantly, with early gloomy messages coming from foreign markets puzzling the Greek hotel industry over tourism trends this year. Christina Tetradi, president of the hoteliers’ association of Zakynthos, told AMNA that reservations were down 20 pct so far this year, compared with the corresponding period in 2010.

    Tetradi, who recently visited large travel fairs abroad in Utrecht and Vienna, stressed that developments in Greece have created a very negative picture for the Greek tourist product abroad, and particularly developments over a PSI playing a vital role in reservation trends. “No tourist wants to visit a bankrupt country,” Tetradi said.

    Tourism industry officials noted that although it was still early to make any forecasts over tourism trends this year, they stressed that the economic situation in the country must be fully cleared. They added that most holiday package reservations would be made at the last minute creating problems both with the pricing and the budgets of Greek hotels.

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