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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

Alternate Tourism Key to Development

Rural, conference, exhibition, athletic, religious and cultural tourism are the main ingredients for tourism development, according to speakers at the recent Negroponte Resort Eretria conference on "tourism as the key to strategic development under modern conditions."
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

Tourism Minister Flaunts New Tourism Exhibits

Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos called Greece's tourism leaders to a double launch and a reception last month at Zappeio Hall. The minister presented tourism promotion plans for after the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and the new tourism exhibition stands within Zappeio...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Ministries Join to Confront Greek Tourism Visa Problems Abroad

Four Greek ministries (tourism, economy, foreign affairs, public order), along with private-sector tourism organization representatives, met last month to discuss the tourism visa problems encountered by potential visitors to Greece, and how best to solve these problems.
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Greece’s Lodging Units Outside of Attica Slash Prices

Negative data for the months of May and June, and a severe lack of bookings for the peak summer period, have forced lodging units outside of the Athens/Attica area to slash prices in an attempt to entice Greek holidaymakers.
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

New ITEP Study Focuses on Seniors

Prospects for travel by seniors to Greece is more than optimistic, said the head of the Research Institiute for Toruism (ITEP), Professor Panagiotis Pavlopoulos, during the recent presentation of the institute's latest study. He said seniors are increasing in numbers as a...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

International Investor Sees Tourism As Greece’s Only Economic Engine

The Greek economy can advance and prosper in the international environment only if it develops itself to cater to up-market tourism and wealthy foreigners wishing to acquire holiday homes, said well-known investor and American fund manager, George Soros, during a recent visit to...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Greek Travelers Face Health Problems

Travel agents may not be doing their job as well as they should, according to a recent study from the Center for Infectious Disease Control at the State General Hospital.
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Additional Tourism Promotion Funds for Prefectures

Greece's prefectures get 30% more than last year in funds for tourism promotion from the Hellenic Tourism Organization. Deputy Tourism Minister Anastassios Liaskos told reporters last month that the funds allocated this year amount to 4.5 million euros, against the three million...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Greece Airways Welcomed to Athens International

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos last month welcomed Greece Airways to the Athens airport community. The new airline, a subsidiary of Air Scotland but with Greek participation, recently launched two weekly scheduled services (every Monday & Friday) that...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Scenic Diakopto-Kalavryta Cog Rail Route Renewed

Hellenic Railways Organization announced last month that it has completed most of the renovation project being carried out on the popular scenic railway line connecting Diakopto and Kalavryta. It said the Diakopto-Kalavryta Cog Railway system is ready to receive the new trains...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

New Luxury Art Hotel for Athens

The Eridanus is the latest in luxury hotels to open its doors this summer in time for the Olympic Games. Although comparatively small, 38 rooms in all, this unit displays some high quality service personnel and luxurious style and furnishings.
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Mount Parnes Completes First Phase of Major Renewal

Just a year after taking over management of the Mount Parnes Casino, Regency Casino has completed its initial first phase investment program at a cost 23 million euros. The project included the complete renovation of the casino premises and the replacement of the unit's mountain...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

WWF Urges Travelers to Consume Less Water

The tourism boom around one of the world's most popular summer holiday destinations, the Mediterranean Sea, is endangering freshwater supplies and tourists in the area must cut their consumption, the environmental group WWF said in an announcement last month.
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Fast-growing New Low-cost Airline from Eastern Europe

Wizz Air, a new European low-cost airline that focuses on the Central and Eastern Europe markets, inaugurated Athens-Budapest flights last month. The CEO and general manager of Wizz Air, Jozsef Varadi, said he expects to fill 2,000 seats per week out of Athens and 100,000 seats...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

AKS Conference Center Opens Next May

AKS Hotels says it will open its new conference center at Porto Heli in May of next year.
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Airline Representatives Demand Second Athens Airport

The Association of Airline Company Representa-tives last month called on government to change present legislation so as to allow a second international airport to be created in the Athens area because, according to the association’s president, Dinos Frantzeskakis, the Athens...
Posted On 01 Jul 2004

National Archaeological Museum Reopens

After three years of intensive renovations, and the restoration of some 9,000 statues and precious artifacts, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens reopened its doors to the public last month. Although only 32 of the 54 exhibition halls have reopened, visitors are sure to...
Posted On 01 Jul 2004