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SkyTeam Awards Travel Partners

Through a most successful seminar on its products and services, the airline alliance SkyTeam solidified its position last month within the Greek market as one of the most popular teams of airlines preferred by both travel agents and travelers.
Posted On 01 Jan 2005

BA Closes Athens Bookings Department

British Airways, in an ongoing attempt to cut costs, will move its bookings department from its Athens office to a call center on Cyprus.
Posted On 01 Jan 2005

Attica Voted Best Passenger Line Of The Year In Lloyd’s List Shipping Awards

Attica Group, parent company of Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries, was voted “Best Passenger Line of the Year”in Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards.
Posted On 01 Jan 2005

Attica Hoteliers Promised New Conference Center By Early 2005

The Taekwondo sports complex on the Athens seaside at Faliron will be turned into a conference center that will be ready by this March, said Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos during the recent annual general assembly of the Attica Hoteliers Association.
Posted On 01 Jan 2005

Philoxenia Celebrates 20th Year

This year's Philoxenia tourism fair, the 20th, was another successful one according to its organizing body, Hel-expo. It announced increases in stand participation and increases in the number of visitors.
Posted On 01 Dec 2004

Implementation of Announced Tourism Development Measures Imperative

Europe's tourism specialists seem to be coming around to the view that the era of Greek improvisation is over and that a long-term strategy is evolving. "In 2005, you will see the first recovery signs, but the significant rise will come in the next few years when the results of...
Posted On 01 Dec 2004

Get Ready for Arrivals from China

Sui Hui, commercial councilor in Greece for China's embassy here, last month told delegates to the seminar "From Athens to Beijing: The Olympic Bridge" that they had best get ready for Chinese visitors, "but first you must get prepared."
Posted On 01 Dec 2004

WTM Signals New Start for World Tourism

There were no unpleasant surprises at his year's World Travel Market held in London last month. On the contrary, the tourism fair was again extremely well organized and and a pleasant experience for most. As well, it was a pleasant surprise to see a new, modern pavilion created...
Posted On 01 Dec 2004

Arrival Decline Continues

In the recent release of their annual study on Greece's tourism sector, the directors of Hellenic Tourism Organization offices abroad estimate that arrivals this year will drop by 5.5% against last year, and that the initial outlook for 2005 is not particularly promising...
Posted On 01 Dec 2004

Benchmark Survey of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Α global benchmark survey of convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) was recently released by Dr. Dimitris Koutoulas, a tourism and marketing consultant based in Athens. This survey explores the operational and financial characteristics of CVBs located mainly outside the USA, thus...
Posted On 01 Dec 2004

Lost Opportunity for Many

Greece's first conference on the meetings industry, organized last month by Kostas Konstantinidis of Heliotopos Conferences, welcomed some 140 delegates. Few of these, however, were hoteliers or regional authority leaders who could have gained valuable knowledge on a sector of...
Posted On 01 Dec 2004

Aegean Airlines Europe’s Best

The European Regions Airline Association voted Aegean Airlines the Airline of the Year for 2004-2005. The 230-member association represents 70 European airline companies active in 250 European airports.
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau on the Move

Although formed just better than a year ago, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau, or Athens CVB, is just now getting down to the nitty gritty with regards to enticing conferences to the capital. (The Athens Olympics Organizing Committee kept it busy handling a mounting...
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

Alitalia Launches Thessaloniki-Rome Daily Flight

Alitalia last month launched a new direct daily flight from Thessaloniki to Rome. With the addition of the new Thessaloniki-Rome flight, the Italian national carrier now offers daily direct and fast access from Thessaloniki to Rome and Milan.
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

Investment Projects for Tourism Development

The government says it's in the process of drawing up plans to improve the picture and operation of ports and airports with a view to bolstering the tourism, Deputy Tourism Development Minister Anastassios Liaskos told a recent international conference on transport and technology...
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

The Louis Group to Set Up Greek Cruise Line

Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines announced last month that it would have a new company set up and running cruises out of Piraeus by March of next year. The first ships, Calypso and Ithaki, will execute three- four- and seven-day cruises out of Piraeus.
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

Minoan to Triple Profits

By year-end, Minoan Lines expects to post triple the amount of its last year's net profit of 3.5 million euros. Highly placed company executives say that their forecast takes into account all of the negative factors of the economy that could affect coastal shipping.
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

Uniquely Designed Semiramis Opens in Kifissia

Athens now has that particular accommodation for everybody, from posh to up-market to business to boutique to hostels. The newest addition to the variety of lodgings came recently with the opening of Seriramis, a hotel with a totally different concept in design and color, a...
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

Attica Hotels Experience At Least One Good Month

For the month of August at least, hotels in the general and greater Athens region managed to do well with their average occupancy rate hitting 95% during the Olympic Games, says the Attica Hoteliers’ Association.
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

Zorpidis Expansion Continues with New Athens Office

For anyone walking into the new downtown Athens offices of Zorpidis Travel Services it's difficult to imagine that there's a tourism crisis. Besides bustling with activity, the office permeates a feeling of success. It will be hardly surprising to see the office expanded within a...
Posted On 01 Nov 2004