Air­ports re­port over 1.2 mil­lion more ar­rivals

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Ar­rivals from abroad at the coun­try’s main air­ports posted a 10.8 per­cent an­nual in­crease in 2013, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Hel­lenic Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE), to­tal­ing 12.64 mil­lion against 11.41 mil­lion in 2012. The big­gest an­nual in­crease was re­ported at Kala­mata Air­port in south­west­ern Greece (up by 61.2 per­cent), fol­lowed by My­conos (26.7 per­cent) and San­torini (22 per­cent). De­cem­ber also helped to­ward that in­crease with a 16 per­cent rise in for­eign ar­rivals com­pared with the same month of 2012. The coun­try’s main car­rier, Aegean, con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to that growth, as in the first 11 months of 2013

Greece last year, in­flict­ing a huge blow on the rev­enues of both casi­nos and the state. The to­tal amount of gam­bling ma­chin­ery and cards ta­bles con­fis­cated in 2013 could have sup­ported the op­er­a­tion of 20 casino en­ter­prises on top of the ex­ist­ing nine, ac­cord­ing to po­lice data. the air­line re­ported a 17 per­cent rise in traf­fic from its Greek hubs.

Cri­sis loans.

Eu­ro­zone banks will re­turn 2.566 bil­lion eu­ros in cri­sis loans to the Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank next week, drain­ing less liq­uid­ity than ex­pected out of the fi­nan­cial sys­tem as the re­pay­ments re­sume. The ECB stopped early re­pay­ments of more than 1 tril­lion eu­ros in three-year loans over the turn of the year to avoid a liq­uid­ity squeeze. The amount banks will re­pay on Wed­nes­day is a frac­tion of the 20.7 bil­lion eu­ros they re­turned at the last op­por­tu­nity in 2013 in the week of De­cem­ber 23 and less than the 6 bil­lion eu­ros than fore­cast in a Reuters poll.

Forth­net in­crease.

Listed firm Forth­net has con­firmed the suc­cess­fully com­ple­tion of its share cap­i­tal in- crease from De­cem­ber 10 to Jan­uary 3. It was over­sub­scribed ap­prox­i­mately 2.2 times. To­tal sub­scrip­tion or­ders for the cap­i­tal in­crease came to over 29.1 mil­lion eu­ros, which trans­lates into a sub­scrip­tion rate of 100 per­cent. It added that its 2014 strat­egy will be fur­ther or­ganic growth via Nova 3Play while pre­serv­ing its cost ra­tio­nal­iza­tion ap­proach.

CCHBC ini­tia­tives.

Coca-Cola Hel­lenic an­nounced yes­ter­day it has un­der­taken two ini­tia­tives to help the Greek econ­omy, in con­tribut­ing what it de­scribed as a “sig­nif­i­cant” amount of money to the Greece Debt Free cor­po­ra­tion that is aimed at buy­ing back Greek bonds, and in of­fer­ing bot­tled wa­ter Avra for all Euro­pean Union meet­ings to be held in the first half of the year in Greece in the con­text of the coun­try’s EU pres­i­dency.

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