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Corfu Hosted Inflatable Boat Races

With numerous successes under its belt in organizing boat races, the island of Corfu once again took on the task of organizing and presenting the Panhellenic Inflatable Boat Races last month.
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Princess Cruises To Embark From Piraeus in Spring 2007

S Cruiseplan, said, "will give Greeks the opportunity to escape completely from their daily routine."
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Domotel Celebrates Opening of Xenia Volou

Last month, Domotel celebrated the opening of its newest acquisition, the five-star Xenia Volou on the coast of Volos. This is the only hotel in the city that can host large conferences thanks to its facilities and modern technology, services, rooms and suites that meet the...
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Cosmopolitan Mykonos Entices Discerning Travelers

The brilliant-white, cube-shaped homes and bluegreen seas of Mykonos island are among the most popular images of Greece's island tourism.
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

New Legislation to Encourage Tourism Investment

Government intends to introduce new legislation shortly that aims to cut huge chunks out of the country's thick bureaucratic approvals process, said Tourism Minister Fani Palli-Petralia last month during her first press call since her appointment in February. She said the new...
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

New Business Model Essential for Tourism

At the Association for Greek Tourist Enterprises’ assembly meeting last month, its president, Stavros Andreadis, pointed out that the ministry of tourism development's role is not as clear as it could be to the public sector in general, and although "coordinated efforts are...
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

Panorama Welcomed Consumers

Although this year's Panorama welcomed a barrage of new visitors, the number of tourism professionals to the fair appeared minimal when compared with past years. Most said the venue, Expo Athens, Anthoussa, was too far away for them.
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

Neorion Holdings May Construct New Ships for EasyCruise

EasyGroup, the holding company of Greek entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, signed a letter of intent with the Greek shipyard, Neorion Holdings, for the construction of as many as four cruise ships for use by its low-cost cruise business easyCruise. The new 500-passenger cruise...
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

Ferry Ticket Prices Liberalized

Legislation to liberalize ferry ticket prices for third class fares and vehicles was signed by the Ministry of Merchant Marine, and includes ferries departing from the ports of Pireaus, Rafina, Lavrio, Kimi, to and from Elefsina, and from Patra to Kerkyra.
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

Tourism Services Need Upgrading Finds Kappa Study

The Panorama fair's organizer, the Kalofolias group, released results of its annual survey on domestic tourism at the fair's inauguration ceremony. According to the survey, holidays and travel remain significant priorities for Greeks. The majority (52.7 percent) spend more than...
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

Attica Hotel Occupancy Up While Room Rates Down

Attica hotel occupancy has increased 5 percent during the first quarter of this year as compared with last year said Giorgos Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association (EXA) at last month's general assembly meeting. However, Mr. Tsakiris continued, room rates remain...
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

Millions Budgeted for Religious Tourism

The first interregional plan for the development of religious tourism has been approved. It forms part of the EU's Interreg III B program, implemented by Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Malta. The body responsible for the program here is the Greek National Tourism Organization, in...
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

Louis Hellenic Cruises Inaugurates Latest Ship

Last month, Louis Hellenic Cruises inaugurated the "Sea Diamond," the latest cruise ship to join its fleet, with blessing of the ship followed with speeches by the Ministers of Tourism Develop and Merchant Marine, among others. The ceremony ended with the raising of the Greek...
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

Higher Euro Equals Lower Tourism Arrivals

With the recent rally in the euro, which has pushed the currency close to historic highs against the dollar, professionals in the tourism sector begin to doubt expectations expressed by officials for a substantial increase in tourism arrivals this year. They say the rising euro...
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

Tourism Develops on Southern Kefalinia

Neatly dressed in a double-breasted blue suit, a Greek fisherman's cap firmly set over his white hair, Theodoros Exadaktilos recounts the summer of 1963 when he brought the first tourists to Kefalinia, the largest Ionian island.
Posted On 01 Jun 2006

50 Chinese Tourism Professionals Visit Greece

In a move to increase Chinese tourism in Greece, 50 Chinese tourism professionals were invited to meet with Greek colleagues last month by the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies.
Posted On 01 May 2006

Beijing Tourism Fair Considered Success

Beijing's International Travel and Tourism Market welcomed 448 hand-picked hosted buyers from the top tour operators and travel agencies in China to do business and network with international tourism professionals.
Posted On 01 May 2006

New Acropolis Museum Opens For Visitors in 2007

Museum officials anticipate that the new Acropolis museum will be open to visitors in mid-to-late 2007. The new museum's 14,000 square-meter exhibition area will allow all the surviving antiquities from the Acropolis to be displayed together for the first time.
Posted On 01 May 2006

New Generation Guides for Museums and Sites

Portable multimedia guides are one of the newest trends in the travel industry, and the Ministry of Culture is acting. According to press reports, the Ministry's Central Archaeological Council approved a pilot program for new media guides last month for 15 archaeological sites...
Posted On 01 May 2006

International Women’s Travel Organization Holds Convention in Athens

Athens-the Wonder of Revival was the theme of the 37th annual convention of the International Federation of Women's Travel Organizations (IFWTO) held in Athens last month-in honor of the organization's first ever convention held in this city.
Posted On 01 May 2006