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Closer Ties Expected Between Ferry And Cruise Lines

New strategic partner agreements, even with European cruise and ferry companies, are expected to see the light of day in the near future, according to high ranking executives of Greece's major ferry lines. And Greek ferry companies may play a major role in implementing such deals.

Coastal Fare Hikes Up To 20%

Coastal shipping companies are expected to ask Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis to consent to fare hikes of up to 20 percent. They also called on him to extend the increased summer-season fare schedule into the winter. Ferry operators say higher insurance premiums are...

Lufthansa Closes Thessaloniki Office

In the wake of the many repercussions after the September 11 disaster, some companies were quick to cut costs in hopes of staving off financial disaster. The German carrier Lufthansa, for example, announced the closure of its Thessaloniki office.

European Airlines Seek EU Financial Assistance

Don't weaken our competitive position, the Association of European Airlines tells EU policy-makers. The events of September 11th have taken the global airline industry into uncharted territory, and according to AEA estimates its member airlines will, in the remainder of the year,...

New Tourism Crisis Committee Action Package

Government action to help tourism out of its present predicament was promised early last month by Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis. He announced the formation of an "Tourism Crisis Management Committee," headed by the ministry's tourism officials.

Unrestrained Optimism For Greek Tourism

If anything was crystal clear at the last month's Destination Greece conference organized by the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, it was that Greece has a fantastic opportunity to develop its tourism sector. All that's needed is the decision.

Stelios Polykratis

It is evident to all that this year's Philoxenia comes at a very crucial moment for Greek tourism. Our confederation believes that now is the time for all those who are involved in the tourism sector to bind together and with a single voice show the world that Greece is a very...

Aristotelis Divanis

Philoxenia opens its gates to the tourism public every year continuing a long-established communications tradition that began in the footsteps of the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.

Dino Frantzeskakis

Philoxenia represents an opportune moment to relay a special message to travelers: Air travel was, is and remains the safest way to travel. And now is the time to take advantage of incredible and fantastic offers by airlines, hotels and tour operators.

Yiannis Evangelou

This year's Philoxenia is being called upon to act as the institution through which Greek tourism will show its strength and endurance in confronting unfortunate circumstances, such as the ones we have been living through these past days.

A note by the publisher

As the 'war' between the U.S. and terrorism broke out in North America, a small but pungent war broke out in Athens between air travel agencies and the world's airlines through their local International Air Transport Association's Bank Settlement Plan office, where all air travel...

Online Travel Sites Continue To Increase Popularity

Online travel website Expedia reported better than expected earnings for the first half of this year. In a press release announcing the earnings, Expedia CEO Richard Barton boasted that his company had not only earned more but had continued to gain market share. Gross bookings...
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Superfast And Strintzis Increase Sales And Market Share

Although both Superfast Ferries and partner Strintzis Lines (Blue Star Ferries) increased sales and market share during the first half of this year, profits for both are down. When Attica Enterprises, owners of Superfast Ferries, last month announced its first-half financial...

American Travel Agents Want Secret Service For Air Travel Security

In response to the recent U.S. national disaster and the nation's clear need for enhanced airline security measures, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has sent a letter to its congress outlining its suggestions for keeping America's skies safe.

Alexander Beach Hotel Opens New Congress Center

The Alexandroupoli area in the East Macedonia and Thrace region is about to get its first professional congress center. The unit, being constructed by the Alexander Beach Hotel, opens in the spring and will host up to 1,280 delegates in four halls. The biggest of the four,...

Helipads For Greek Island Destinations

The construction of four new helipads, three in the Aegean and one on an Ionian island, were announced last month by the government – Ithaca, Dodecanese, Patmos, Tinos, Lesvos. All four projected helipads will be able to operate day and night for helicopters of up to 15 meters –...

ITB Launches Year-round Virtual Market

The International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin (March 16-20, 2002) has launched a virtual market place with more than 2,500 exhibitors on its site, www.itb-berlin.de. The virtual fair provides a 24-hour means of communication and information between exhibitors and visitors...

World Travel Market Introduces ‘Savor the World’

As seen in the article on Greek cuisine, local wines, spirits, soft drinks and culinary specialties play an integral part in international travel and tourism. To acknowledge this, and as a celebration of the 11 years that World Travel Market has been based at Earls Court, the...

Olympic Airways Sale On Hold

Recent events have created new conditions under which the privatization of Olympic Airways must be carried out. Although the Greek government gave the green light to privatization advisers Credit Suisse First Boston to continue negotiations with Axon Airlines until October 17 -a...

Acropolis Gets New Museum

The new Acropolis Museum, designed by architects Bernard Tschumi and Michalis Fotiadis, soon begins construction so as to meet the completion date of August 2004. Plans foresee a plain yet somewhat elegant building that takes nothing from the wonder of a first sight of the...