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HotelWorld Purchased By VIP International

VIP International Corporation, one of the world's largest reservation service providers through global distribution systems and the Internet, purchased the assets of UK-based HotelWorld Global from Associated Newspapers Group. With the purchase, VIP International increases its...
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

WATA Delegates First To Know

Delegates to the recent World Association of Travel Agents annual general assembly here in Athens (November 28 to December 1) felt privileged to be the first to hear how 2004 Games' tickets will be distributed.
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Tourism Organization Signs Deal With Visa

The Hellenic Tourism Organization and the Visa credit card company have announced an agreement for a mutual promotion project within the framework of the 2004 Olympic Games.
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Greece EU Presidency Features Open Skies Policy

When Greece assumes the European Union presidency on January 1, for a six-month period, its transportation brief will include a member states' agreement to award the European Commission a wide-ranging mandate to negotiate a bilateral USA-EU "open skies" agreement.
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

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

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