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Athens Hosts Historic Paralympic Games

The biggest and what appears to be the best Paralympic Games in history began in style last month as fireworks and illuminations lit up the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony.
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

New Tourism Legislation Before Parliament

New tourism legislation before parliament foresees a strong tourism ministry complete with tourism coordination activities among ministries, regional authorities and other authorities and organizations.
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

Association Calls for Strong Tourism Ministry

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises last month urged the government to go ahead immediately with tourism-related infrastructure projects throughout the country, infrastructure works on the same scale as seen in Athens over the past several years.
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

Leros Remembers Ravages of War

The German commandant of forces on Leros in 1943 was among the veterans and dignitaries from Greece and abroad, including Britain, Germany, and Italy, that took part in the first international symposium on the Battle of Leros to be held on the island on the 61th anniversary of...
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

Latest ITEP Study Shows 4% Annual Increase for Tourism Sector

Professor Panagiotis Pavlopoulos of Research Institute for Tourism explained to the press last month that his latest study shows it is possible for the tourism sector to show a 4% annual increase even though many economists here continue to dwell on the country's economical...
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

Piraeus Port Improvements Phenomenal

Ioannis Tzoannos, general secretary for the ministry of merchant marine, told guests during an Athens Business Club 2004 seminar on nautical tourism that he would like to see a close cooperation with the new tourism ministry. In particular he said he would like the simplification...
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

SkyTeam Alliance Welcomes New Members

Airline alliance SkyTeam solidified its position last month as one of the world's fastest growing airline alliances with the acceptance of Continental Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Northwest Airlines as full members. The alliance's governing board also announced that...
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

Athens Area Hoteliers Demand Conference Center

Attica Hotel Association President Yiannis Tsakiris, during a press call last month, said a letter signed by all the tourism industry's associations, which calls for the designation of one of the Olympic installations as Attica's major conference and exhibition center, has been...
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

Alitalia Reaches Life-saving Agreements with Unions

After Alitalia managed to reach an agreement late last month with its nine unions, its existence is no longer in question. The unions approved layoffs of one-sixth of the airline's workforce and the breakup of the carrier into two units: a separate company for ground handling and...
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

Athens 2004 Games Ensure Tourism Boom

The promotion of Greece and the heavy investment in infrastructure that has taken place, thanks to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, could push the number of foreign visitors from around the 13 million mark expected this year up to 18 million in 2010, according to an Alpha Bank...
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

Hopes for Continuation of Cultural Olympiad

Stamatis Mavros, President of the Hellenic Culture Organization, during the presentation of the Cultural Olympiad last month at Zappeion Hall, said that the main idea that led us to the Cultural Olympiad was based on the necessity for a series of remarkable cultural events during...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

Tourism Minister Meets with IFTA Chief

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said last month that Greek tourism would enter "a new dynamic phase" after the Olympics, mainly by tapping the potential offered by the considerably improved infrastructure and the image of the country. He said tourism would take...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

Greece Honored Country at 25th World Travel Market

Greece has been chosen as the honored country at this year's World Travel Market, London, November 8-11, which celebrates its silver anniversary. On hand for the fair's inauguration ceremonies as special guest will be Greece's tourism development minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos.
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

Not All Greek Destinations Are Suffering

Numbers of visitors to popular Greek destinations outside of the general Athens area - passengers on scheduled flights arriving at Athens International Airport were up 14% during the first half of the year when compared with the same period last year - may not be as high as last...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

New Era Dawns for Hellas Flying Dolphins

After several years in the doldrums, Hellas Flying Dolphins seems to have pricked the interest of Greece's major coastal shipping companies. Last month, under its new managing director, Gerasimos Stintzis, HFD announced an agreement whereby it would purchase two new vessels. And...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

Dane Sea Lines on the Verge of Bankruptcy

After years of economic problems, it appears that the ferry operator for the Dodekanissos islands, Dane Sea Lines, is about sink into the realm of memory. Citizens of the island, however, continue to fight for some assistance that would allow the company to continue running. In...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

Hoteliers Back to Basics

Hundreds of flights a day seen during the first 20 days of the month of August have been bringing plane-loads of Olympic visitors to Athens, especially during the days leading up to the launch of the Olympic Games. But it's still too early to confirm whether predictions - that...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

China Guest Country at 20th Philoxenia

This year's Greek tourism fair Philoxenia, November 4-6, promises to be the biggest and best ever held, says its organizer, Helexpo. The 20th Philoxenia once again will be hosted by Thessaloniki International Fairgrounds.
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

Tourism High on EU Agenda

European tour operators have given a broad welcome to the inclusion of tourism as a new item in the proposed EU Constitution. A clause on tourism has emerged in the latest draft of the Constitution for discussion among ministers and stakeholders in the member states of the...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

Attica Hotel Awarded Blue Flag

The Poseidon Hotel on the Athens area Paleo Faliron seafront is one of the very rare local hotel units that has been able to cover all the strict prerequisites required to fly the coveted European Union Blue Flag designated only for clean beaches and excellent swimming waters.
Posted On 01 Sep 2004