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07/21/2004 03:47 AM ID: 41292 Permalink   

Plenty of Tickets and Rooms Still Available for Olympics in Athens

 

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.

 
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  I think I will sit on my couch  
 
and watch from a safe distance. That will be the best seat this year.
 
  by: TOBYKIETH     07/21/2004 11:40 PM     
  Why?  
 
Would your couch be better then bieng there and seeing it in rl?

Terrorism fears? There will be over 60,000 police and soldiers on the ground. NATO is even involved. Apparently so is Mossad and the CIA.

In Sydney, they almost blew up the nuclear reactor. They were stopped just in time. And Sydney didnt even have 1/4 of the security in place, or 1/8th the budget for security Greece has. So I really dont understand what all this crap is about..
 
  by: Whipd+Kreem     08/04/2004 01:43 PM     
 
 
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