Olympic officials are not encouraged by the fact that over half of the tickets for the Olympic games in Athens have not been sold and 6,000 of the city's 62,000 hotel rooms are still not booked. The games start in 3 weeks.
It is noted that Greece is dependent on tourism and 85% of its visitors last year came from the UK and Germany. Tourists appear to be concerned with terrorism fears and construction delays. $1.2 billion US is going to security costs.
Greece's National Tourism Organization head Harry Coccossis insists "Athens is as safe a place as it can be." The strong euro and weakened global economy are also attributed as factors in lowering the interest to travel to Athens.