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Athens City Center Decline Hurts Tourism

The Research Institute for Tourism (ITEP) recently presented its latest study on the ghettoization of part of the historic center of Athens and its consequences on the economic life of the city during an event organized by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

5th Summer Holidays Expo Next Month In Athens

“The organization of this year’s Summer Holidays Expo in Athens aims to play a catalytic role in strengthening the tourism industry and become a meeting point for the Greek family during the period of summer vacation planning,” Helexpo’s president Paris Mavridis said last month...

GEPOET Calls For Independent Tourism Ministry

The General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) last month called for tourism to gain full independence and be separated from the culture sector.

GNTO Closes Offices Abroad, Restructures Services

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) offices abroad in their current form have increased costs and produced a poor outcome, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said last month in Parliament.

Domestic Tourism Down In 2010

Customer arrivals decreased by 2.6 percent and overnights fell by 2.1 percent at hotels and campsites during the January-September 2010 period, compared with the year before, according to recently released figures of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

Finance Ministry Rejects Loan To GNTO

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) said last month that chances of a revival of the Greek economy are decreasing since the Finance Ministry did not approve of a 50 million euro loan for the Greek National Tourism Organization.

Greece To Open More Visa Centers In Russia

Three more visa centers will open in Russia in the coming months to expand the widening of facilities for issuing visas to Greece that was launched last year, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos announced at a press conference last month during the sixth international...

Joint Report: High Prices Hit Greece’s Competitiveness

Greece dropped five places in the fourth Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2011 as it ranked 29th among 139 countries. The report was released by the World Economic Forum at the Global Tourism Forum 2011 held in Andorra last month.

A note by the publisher

Nice quotes concerning prospects for the Greek 2011 tourism season made by key international tourism figures, politicians, tour operators and foreign media during meetings held by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and Deputy Minister George Nikitiadis at the ITB...

AIA Awards Airlines

Athens International Airport (AIA) recently awarded airlines that recorded the highest passenger development in 2010, during the 11th Airline Marketing Workshop.

Royal Caribbean Orders New Ship For 2014

Royal Caribbean Cruises recently signed an agreement with German shipyard Meyer Werft and ordered a brand new class of ships, dubbed “Project Sunshine,” according to the cruiseline’s representative in Greece Navigator Travel and Tourism Services.

Golden Coast Goes All Inclusive

The Golden Coast Hotel, situated close to the historic town of Marathon, Attica, and in very close distance to Nea Makri, announced last month that in 2012 it would operate as an all inclusive resort.

Hotel Chamber Explains “Greek Breakfast” Project

“The ‘Greek Breakfast’ project is an effort of great importance to improve the competitiveness of Greek hotels and for the promotion of Greek cuisine as a means for the development of Greek tourism,” the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said last month.

First National Gastronomy Council Held In Greece

“The millions of tourists that visit Greece for a four-day stay each year will eat breakfast at least 60 million times during their stay and therefore gain knowledge of traditional Greek cuisine,” was just one of the expert opinions heard at the first National Council of...

New Deadline Set For Kasteli Airport Tender

The Transport and Infrastructure Ministry recently announced a second postponement in regards to the awarding of the tender for the construction and management of the new airport on Crete in the Kasteli area. The new deadline is set for 7 June.

Greek Airport Fees Scrapped For Next Nine Months

As of this month and until the end of the year all aircraft using Greek airports are exempt from paying landing, takeoff and stopover fees, according to an announcement last month by the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry.

Aegean Airlines Enhances Network

Aegean Airlines last month announced its principle growth targets for 2011 that include new destinations abroad, additional frequent flights to major existing destinations and direct connections of Greek regional destinations to foreign markets in order to support tourism.

Olympic Air To Appeal Merger Rejection, Halts Routes

Olympic Air announced last month that together with Aegean Airlines it would appeal against the decision of the European Competition Commission that blocked their plans to merge. The commission had said that such a merger would monopolize the Greek market.

Thessaloniki Mayor Hopes To Attract Israeli Tourists

“The Jewish element played an important role in the city’s trade and culture and we must not forget that the leader of the socialists in Thessaloniki was Jewish,” Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris told the Israeli press recently. Mr. Boutaris is also the president of the city’s...

Doubts On Lifting Of Cabotage Restrictions

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs may hope to attract non-European Union flag cruise ships this summer, but cruise professionals have warned that the market may be lost even for 2012 due to unclear points in the new law for the lifting of cabotage restrictions, Greek press reports...
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