Good news for all you webcam watchers, thanks to ‘inkefalonia’, an online Kefalonian daily Newspaper (to read the articles in English, you will need to download Google Chrome), a new webcam has been installed on the seafront in Argostoli. In the distance, the ferry running between Argostoli and Lixouri can been seen, as well as the locals going about their business.
During the summers months, the luxury yachts that visit Argostoli will also be seen by the webcam along with the cruise ships bringing in thousands of tourists each week, with the first ship, the Oriana, scheduled to arrive on 4th April 2013.
On the subject of tourists, it has recently been reported that Kefalonia was the most visited island in all Greece during 2012. Based on provisional data supplied by 15 major Greek airports, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) has indicated that Kefalonia had an increase of 13.11% in tourism, compared with 2011 figures and if Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni has her way, those figures may be set to rise, especially as it was recently announced by the Minister that it is the intention of the Greek government to reduce the rate of VAT from 23% to 13% on restaurant, cafe and bar bills.
The tax, which was raised to 23% by the previous PASOK government as part of their effort to increase revenue has been blamed, not only for the drop in tourism in Greece but, for encouraging the Greeks to stay away from the tavernas. In reducing the tax, the Greek Government is not only hoping that tourists will get more value for their Euro’s, but that it will encourage more employment in the catering sector when the trade picks up in the tavernas,