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Since it was first established in 1975, International Publications' prime goal has been to assist the travel trade by supplying information that was difficult or time consuming to obtain by normal means. The introduction of Greek Travel Pages, in the same year, and its continual...

ABTA Congress Explored Internet Positives And Negatives

The Association of British Travel Agent’s (ABTA) recent congress on Kos gave delegates some tasty food for thought. During the four-day event, which was perhaps the best-organized event ever held in Greece, up-market speakers attempted to foresee the future regarding travel and...

Kandor Report Outlines Greece’s Tourism Disadvantages

A strong seasonal character, uneven geographical distribution, low per-capita spending of tourists and the absence of international hotel chains appear to be the disadvantages of the Greek tourism industry, according to an annual report.

Athens No Longer Considered A Saturated Area For New Hotel Units

Some 20 new hotels with a total capacity of some 5.000 beds and costing an estimated 100 billion drachmas are expected to be built in Attica over the years leading up to the 2004 Olympics, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis said last month.
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Aktina Leads The Way

Just a few years after it was first founded in 1975, Piraeus-based Aktina has lead the way for other Greek travel agencies. The office became an IATA member in 1977 and in 1981 the company foresaw new market developments and was one of the few to convert the personal company into...

Possidi Offers Special Winter 2000 Programs

A special opportunity to get in touch with nature during all four seasons is now available through a stay at the Possidi Holidays Hotel, a hidden paradise in Greece's Chalkidiki. The hotel's manager, Panagiotis Kalantzis, says he has created some very special programs for groups...

First Steps Taken In Coastal Shipping Deregulation

Greek Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis last month took the first major step for the deregulation of the domestic passenger-shipping sector. With the issuance of new exploitation permits for island routes, the ministry breaks up the near-monopoly some larger ferry lines...

Olympic Airways Speeds Up Privatization And Gets Funds For Spata Move

Olympic Airways will relocate to the new airport at Spata come March next year following approval from the European Commission for the diversion of funds intended for plane purchases.

Tourism Best Bet For Job Creation

The most recent study carried out by the Research Institute for Tourism urges government to take advantage of the many opportunities open in the tourism sector to create new jobs. "Greece has a dynamic workforce, a large proportion of which do not need specialized skills but can...

Greece Lacks Long-term Tourism Strategy And Policy

The biggest problem facing Greek tourism is the lack of a long-term strategy and policy, said Spyros Kokotos, president of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, during the 16th Philoxenia tourism fair. Mr. Kokotos added that the present government has failed to...

Exclusive Tours Promotes Norwegian Dream

Nikos and Kostas Pagonis of Athens-based Exclusive Tours last month took local travel agents on a tour of Norwegian Cruise Lines' cruise vessel Norwegian Dream, which had docked in Piraeus harbor. Exclusive, as the line's representative in Greece, says it's off to a new start...

A ‘BSP-like’ System Created For Ferry Lines

Piraeus-based CTS (Coastal Transportation Services), which is a member of the a Piraeus Bank Group, will soon provide a complete pioneering system for the settlement of sales through agents in coastal transportation and other tourism services.

Philoxenia’s Last Stand

During opening ceremonies, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis declared that a total of 596.2 billion drachmas in financing from the EU's Third Structural Fund would be funnelled into the industry between now and 2006.

Venizelos New Culture Minister

Evangelos Venizelos is the country's new culture minister. Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis replaced Culture Minster Theodoros Pangalos on November 19, the same day as a front-page interview by the latter expressed disagreement with certain government policies, including labor...

Thessaloniki Hotels Half Full, But More Needed

On the average, hotels in Greece's northern capital, Thessaloniki, during the first eight months of this year posted a occupancy rate of 52%. Hoteliers say they are hardly satisfied with the result, but they say at least they have managed to increase the number of foreign...

Aegean Accepts ‘Airline of the Year’ Award

Athens-based private carrier Aegean Airlines won high honors at this year's European Regions Airline Association's airline of the year awards. The 83 airlines of the association selected Aegean for its bronze Airline of the Year 2000/1award. Skyways, Sweden's largest regional...

Candia Maris Presents Its Green Team

The Candia Maris on Crete, the first hotel in Greece and the third in the Mediterranean (and among only 100 units internationally) to possess the coveted ISO 14001 environmental management certification, has created a "Green Team" to help clean up Greece. All members of the team...

Porto Rio Renews Image

Patra's Porto Rio Hotel celebrated its rejuvenation last month. Owners spent some two billion drachmas to give the unit a complete new image, not just a facelift. The only thing familiar to previous hotel guests is the unique view to the sea.

Kalymnos Hosts International Meet

Greece's potential as a unique destination for rock climbers was explored last month by climbers from 11 countries during the Kalymnos 2000 International Rock Climbing Meeting organized by the Kalymnos municipality, the Hellenic Alpine Club and brother European organizations.

Olympic’s Fares Increase By As Much As 54%

Recent increases in the price of petrol pushed the world's airlines into 10-15% increases in winter fares, but Olympic Airways seems to have gotten carried away and increased at least one of its winter fares - first-class one-way Athens-New York - by 54%.