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Old Friends Meet Up At SETE’s 10th Conference

“Long time no see my friend!” Nikos Skoulas, former tourism minister (right), said to Kostas Katsigiannis, former general director of the Greek National Tourism Organization and current member of the Athens Marathon organizing committee (left).
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

AIA Launches “Athenspotlighted” Program

Athens International Airport's (AIA) CEO Yiannis Paraschis presented the “athenspotlighted” program last month, an initiative that aims to boost the attractiveness of Athens as a city break destination.
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

AIMS Opens Headquarters In Athens

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos (far right) looks on as the president of the Association of International Marathon and Distance Races’ (AIMS), Paco Borao, cuts the ribbon at the new headquarters of AIMS located in the building of the OAKA Olympic Outdoor Aquatics...
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

Greek Hoteliers Make Deals With Turkish Tour Operators

Thessaloniki Hotels Association President Aristotelis Thomopoulos with TURSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies) General Secretary Günnur Özalp at a workshop held last month by the association at the Mediterranean Palace hotel in Thessaloniki.
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

Travelport Holds Workshop For Travel Agents On Crete

Travelport, a broad-based business services provider to the global travel industry, held a workshop last month for travel agencies in Rethymno, Crete, to brief travel agents on the company’s new tools and solutions.
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

MIG’s Blue Star Delos Launched In The Aegean

“The country’s reconstruction can be started only through strong entrepreneurship from strong investments that will create new jobs and this must be understood by the government, trade unions and all of society,” MIG’s chairman, Andreas Vgenopoulos, said last month at the...
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

Visa Centers To Open In Turkey

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis last month paved the way for the creation of visa centers in Antalya and Bodrum (Halicarnassus) so to facilitate the movement of tourists to Rodos and Kos and other islands of the Dodecanese.
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

Former Hotel In City Center To Become Student Dorm

The former La Mirage hotel that overlooks Omonia Square is to be converted into a student hall of residence, according to a recently announced joint initiative by the Environment Ministry, the City of Athens and the Hellenic Air Force pension fund that owns the premises.
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

Makedonia Palace Hotel Calls It Quits

The Greek tourism sector was shocked and deeply saddened last month when the Daskalantonakis Group announced the permanent closure of the historic Macedonia Palace hotel as of 27 December 2011.
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

TUI Sparks Panic With Drachma Warning To Greek Hoteliers

“In recent months, one of the reasons we got into this situation was the misinformation and the fact that markets made reckless movements without taking data and results under consideration,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos told US business TV channel CNBC last...
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

Professionals Cautious On 2011 Domestic Tourism

Tourism professionals appeared satisfied with bookings during the Athenian exodus of the 28 October weekend holiday when compared with those recorded in previous years for the same period, the Greek press said last month.
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

Limited Participation At This Year’s Philoxenia

The Greek tourism sector may have been somewhat reluctant in participating in the 27th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition due to the country's financial crisis but according to Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis, 2011 could be easily labeled as...
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

WTM Report Bashes Governments’ Indifference To Tourism

“The world’s governments should do more to support travel and tourism,” World Travel Market’s Chairman Fiona Jeffery told the industry during her opening speech at the tourism fair at ExCel in London, UK, held this year 7-10 November.
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

SETE Proposes Joint Tourism Strategy

Although the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises’ (SETE) tenth annual tourism and development conference was slightly overshadowed by Greek political instability and uncertainty last month it will remain in history as a conference first of its kind that took a step further...
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

Greece Gets New Leader, Coalition Government Formed

Former vice president of the European Central Bank, Lucas Papademos, was designated Greece’s new interim Prime Minister on 10 November in a new coalition government composed by the PASOK, New Democracy and LAOS political parties.
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

“Rebranding Greece or Rebranding Greeks?”

It is one of those times that I wish I could digitally reproduce views with a vision and a plan through these pages. I am referring to the speech that brand strategist Mr. Peter Economides gave during the 11th International Conference “Aristoteles” of EEDE (Hellenic Management...