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Cel Tours Takes On Mongolia

There are times when a visitor to a foreign country feels more comfortable in this new environment there than at his or her home. That's the feeling Mary Souli experienced on her recent trips to Mongolia. She was there to create new package programs for her company, Cel Tours.
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Private Home Accommodations’ Program For 2004 Underway

Olympic Games organizer Athens 2004 last month approved two bank-led consortiums, Alpha Filoxenia 2004 and Elliniki Filoxenia, which includes a company of some 100 Greek travel agents, as the official managers of the accommodation program for the 2004 Games. The two consortiums,...
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Worldspan Continues Expansion Efforts In Greece

When global distribution system and travel e-commerce provider Worldspan opened its new full-service branch office in Thessaloniki, it was but a first step in investment plans for the Greek market. Additional investment plans for Greece are imperative in order to build market...
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

New Look, New Engine, New Features

A newly-designed home page, a totally new and powerful accommodation search engine and new features are but a few of the fresh improvements that make GTP's (Greek Travel Pages) new Internet site an exciting place to be.
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Development Minister Agrees To Formation Of Private Company To Promote Greece

Once again, the Hellenic Tourism Organization was unable to get its tourism advertising program off the ground as scheduled. Instead of last October, the organization got its 31-million-euro (10.6 billion drachmas) program for 2002 off the ground in mid January with television...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Athens Convention Bureau Taken Off Back Burner

Many years have passed since the local tourism trade called for the creation of a conference and visitor's bureau for the Athens area. Since then, not a single positive step has been taken, but the idea remains as not only a viable one but also a vital one to implement.
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

SETE Pessimistic For Sector Tourism This Year

Nikos Angelopoulos, vice president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, told its annual Christmas press gathering that he and the association were not optimistic for tourism possibilities in 2002. He said association sources foresee a possible drop in arrivals from...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Cuts In Airport Taxes May Help Airline Survival

Greece's government, in late December, announced measures to lower costs for the airline industry. It said this should help fortify the sector, which suffers more than most economic sectors after the September 11 terrorist attacks against the U.S. The attack continues to deter...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Coastal Ship Owners Demand Rate Increases

Local coastal shipping companies, and the banks they owe substantial funds to, are in talks with Greece's merchant marine ministry to find ways that would ensure the survival of the country's coastal shipping fleet. Bankers strongly believe that it is of the utmost importance to...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

ITB Fair Expects Normal Participation

Organizers of the International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin 2002, which takes place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and in the ICC Berlin from 16 to 20 March, say applications for participation have remained constant. "At this point in time (early January) no countries have...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Minister Says To Entice Tourism From USA And China

Ministry of Development Akis Tsohatzopoulos says he will put the stress on invigorating incoming tourism from the U.S., which has been downgraded to a great extent the last few years.
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Minoan Places Newest Vessel On Patras-Ancona Route

Just three days before Christmas, Minoan Lines placed its newest high-speed vessel, Olympia Palace, on the Patras-Ancona route. The Olympia Palace is the fifth new vessel the Crete-based ferry line launched during 2001.
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Eurostar Signs New Agreement With Galileo

Eurostar, one of the largest tourism corporations in Greece, recently expanded its cooperation with Galileo Hellas concerning the Galileo's electronic reservation system (CRS) Eurostar uses at its headquarters and branch offices.
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

No Problem To Host Olympic Games Visitors

Akis Tsohatzopoulos, Greece's development minister, says requirements of the Olympic Hospitality program will be met. "There is absolutely no concern about securing the beds required for the 'philoxenia' program, since, out of the 23,000 rooms needed, 20,000-21,000 have already...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

EC Proposes Annual Tourism Forum

If properly implemented, measures proposed by the European Commission could alleviate the impact of any long-term negative effects to Europe's tourism sector. Any decline in arrivals to Europe could be no more than a passing phase.
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Attica Enterprises Opens Germany-Sweden Route With Yet Another New Super-fast Ferry

Superfast IX, for the moment the newest vessel in the Attica Enterprises' fleet, last month began service on the new Germany-Sweden route between the port of Sodertalje, in the greater Stockholm area and the port of Rostock, Germany. The new service represents the second stage of...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

National Control Center For Greek Seas

Construction of the first phase of a new system that will modernize the way ships sail Greek seas gets underway this month. Called Vessel Traffic Management and Information System, the control center will track vessels sailing Greek waters from four main harbor points - Piraeus,...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Internet Travel Purchases Continue Rapid Increase Home And Abroad

Internet may account for one in every four travel purchases in the main generating markets within the next five years, according to a recent report issued by the World Tourism Organization Business Council.
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Subsidies For Olympic Aviation On Unprofitable Routes

Olympic's domestic subsidiary carrier, Olympic Aviation, gets some 10.3 million euros (3.5 billion drachmas) annually in government subsidies for operating flights to nine island destinations considered highly unprofitable.
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Bumper Year For Greek Casinos

The privatization of the Mont Parnes Casino is entering its final stage. Hyatt Regency together with construction company Hellenic Technodomiki have submitted one of the offers, while another bid came from the group of Club Hotel Loutraki, Piraeus Bank, the construction companies...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002