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Greek Golf Investment Back in the Limelight

Golf investment in Greece is showing signs of exceptional vigor and numerous projects are proceeding from the drawing board to the fairway.The success of two new courses, one at Porto Carras in Chalkidiki and a second course on Crete, seems to have spurred the strong interest of...
Posted On 01 Oct 2005

Cosmorama Appointed to Represent Holland America

Independent tour operator Cosmorama, based in downtown Athens, was recently appointed exclusive sub-agent in Greece for Holland America Line.
Posted On 01 Oct 2005

Ferry Company Mergers Foreseen

Piraeus-based XRTC Business Consultants says it expects more mergers and cooperation agreements within the Greek coastal shipping arena.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Some Ferry Prices Freed and Government Incentives for New Ships

Government last month said it would provide ferry operators with incentives to renew their aging fleets, and that it would liberalize ticket prices for ships sailing out of the Port of Piraeus, all in an effort to improve the country's ferry services.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Extended Opening Hours for Museums Sought

The majority of visitors to Greece's museums feel safe and are satisfied with the services offered, however, about half complained about the opening hours, saying that they should be extended, according to a poll made public last month.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Research Institute Says Greek Tourism Rebound Mild at Best

As government boasts that arrivals this year will surpass last year's numbers by more than 10%, a report from the country's Institute for Tourism Research says we'll be fortunate to see a 7% increase in arrivals.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Tender Called for 2006 Tourism Ad Campaign

The Tourism Development Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization recently announced a tender for the design and production of the creative aspect for next year's tourism advertising campaign.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Greeks Vacation Close to Home

Over a third of the Greek population will not go away on holiday this year, according to a recent survey released by VPRC, a leading independent public opinion research and consulting company here. The survey questioned 614 people throughout Greece who were over the age of 15.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Internet Hosts a Plethora of Fraudulent Travel Companies

Tsabikos Moschatos, president of the Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises, last month sent a letter to Tourism Development Minister and urged him to set up a tourism crime agency to track people or companies that advertise tourism services without the official operating...
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

An Ounce of Prevention

An international racket that is duping hoteliers through e-mail booking messages. Forged documents and credit cards have hit Greek shores.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

New Long-term Leasing for Public Tourism Properties

Three major long-term leasing projects are in the works by the Tourism Development Company (ETA), for the public properties that include the Corfu casino, the plots housing a golf course at Afandou on Rodos, and another at Epanomi, near Thessaloniki, for the creation of a new course.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Greek Islands for Sale

Recent press reports say that more than 60 private Greek islands are up for sale and have peaked the interest of domestic and foreign investors, and international tourism groups.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Travel Agents No Longer Issue Passports

Greek travel agents soon will no longer be able to issue passports to customers. As of this coming January, Greeks will have to visit one of the 90 new centers being set up around the country where they can obtain or renew their passports, government announced last month. The new...
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

SkyTeam Introduces Global Corporate Travel Program

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, recently announced the introduction of a new corporate travel program for global companies. The new program offers competitively priced, customized travel solutions across most of the alliance's 684 destinations in 133 countries via a single...
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Qatar Adds New Delhi to its Routes Network

Qatar Airways recently brought its award-winning Five Star service to the Indian capital New Delhi with its inaugural flight touching down at Indira Gandhi International Airport in mid July.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Royal Jordanian Breaks Own Records

Royal Jordanian reached new highs in July 2005 by transporting 186,300 passengers, marking a 3.8 per cent increase over the same period of 2004.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

New Cultural and Sports Center for Athens

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis and Deputy Sports Minister George Orfanos last month signed an agreement for the construction of a new swimming pool, sports and cultural center for the Athens Rouf area.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Travel Blogs New Way to Promote Tourism

Blogs are a trendy way to publish online, and if done right, they can be an effective way to maintain solid relationships with Internet customers. While blogs may be used regularly by the techno-savvy, only 38 percent of all internet users know what blogs are, according to a...
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

World Tourism Continues to Grow

Worldwide tourism results for 2005 show a continuation of the overall positive trend of 2004, with international tourist arrivals growing on average by eight per cent in the first four months, according to the recently released June edition of the WTO World Tourism Barometer.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

New EOT Board of Directors Meet

Late last month the new board of directors for the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) met under the presidency of the tourism minister who spoke on the future aims of his ministry and the importance of the tourism organization in implementing the country's tourism policy.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005