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SkyTeam Workshop Entices Top Travel Agencies

More than a hundred of Greece's top travel agents arrived last month at the rooftop restaurant and bar area of the Hilton Athens to take part in a workshop organized by SkyTeam airline representatives here in Greece -- Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta...
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

Blue Palace Enters Luxury Collection

The Blue Palace Resort & Spa at Elounda on Crete as of January entered the privileged club of distinctive hotels when it became a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection. The collection is classed as "the world's most extraordinarily unique of hotels and resorts." Blue Star...
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

Germany’s ITB Features Technology Congress

The ITB Travel Technology Congress will take place this year from March 14 to 16 in Hall 7.1b during Germany’s ITB travel fair. The opening event, on Sunday, March 14, will examine the opportunities for an upturn in the travel market in 2004, which could be brought about as a...
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

The New Stratos Vassilikos for that Something Extra

The Riva Hotel in the Athens Illisia area is no more. In its place is the new luxury Stratos Vassilikos, an up-market hotel that is different from all the rest. Owner Airotel stripped down the Riva to its bare bones and constructed something different for the traveler.
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

Park Opens Bar and Restaurant to the Stars

The deluxe Park Hotel, opposite one of the capital's biggest parks, completed three years of intensive and extensive renovations last month with the opening of its St' Astra (to the stars) gourmet bar and restaurant on its closed-in roof garden overlooking the city's Acropolis,...
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

Makedonia Palace Completes Renovations

Thessaloniki's Makedonia Palace recently completed the second phase of renovations, which included the radical upgrade of rooms. The all-new rooms now sport material and carpeting from European fabric houses. The predominate feeling on entering each room is one of luxury.
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

Delta Adds New Athens-New York Flight

From June 3 until September 30 of this year, Delta adds a second direct flight from Athens to New York, says the U.S. airline's commercial director for Greece and Cyprus, Dimitris Karagioules. The new flight will leave Athens every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

Aegean Continues Non-stop Expansion

Aegean Airlines, the independent Greek airline and ERA award winner, is to launch non-stop flights from Athens to Milan-Linate, Athens to Munich and from Kavala to Munich for the winter season. Athens to Frankfurt frlights are now daily and several other of the carriers routes...
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

Athenian Homes Offer Rooms for 2004 Visitors

Over 22,000 Athens homes have been offered for rental to foreign visitors during this summer's Olympics, officials managing the program said last month.
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

19th Philoxenia Uneventful

Greece's tourism fair Philoxenia 2003, October 30-November 2, arrived and left this year with little fanfare. For the most part, exhibitors simply said that like every other year the exhibition gives us a chance to see some old friends and business acquaintances. But this year,...
Posted On 01 Dec 2003

Alitalia Inaugurates Flights from Thessaloniki to Milan

At a time when most airlines are concentrating on cutting costs and routes, Alitalia took a brave step forward and opened a new route from Thessaloniki to Milan recently with two daily flights. The first flight leaves Thessaloniki at 6:20 and the second at 13:30. Alessandro...
Posted On 01 Dec 2003

Greece’s Tourism Sector Fighting to Survive

Greek hoteliers described tourism as being at its lowest ebb in 30 years, “and the government is doing nothing to help,” said Vassilis Miniades, president of the Panhellenic Hoteliers' Association, during a recent press call.
Posted On 01 Dec 2003

Research Institute Sees Continual Tourism Decline

Greece's tourism sector continued to fall further behind its foreign competitors during the first nine-month period of this year, according to the latest report published by the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasting.
Posted On 01 Dec 2003

Greece Stand Prominent at World Travel Market

After last year's fiasco, the London office of the Hellenic Tourism Organization worked closely with the head office this year. In the end, the office and its staff did a superior job in organizing its Greek presentation at one of the world's biggest travel and tourism fairs,...
Posted On 01 Dec 2003

Tourism Secretariat to Take over Tourism Organization

If Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos's recent announcement comes to pass, the Hellenic Tourism Organization will be merged with the development ministry's general secretariat for tourism and a new company, EOT SA, will undertake Greece's promotion as a tourism destination,...
Posted On 01 Nov 2003

Museums and Sites to be Accessible to People with Special Needs

A special inter-ministerial meeting on the Olympic Games last month reiterated promises to render Athens more compatible with the needs of physically disabled people ahead of next September's Paralympics.
Posted On 01 Nov 2003

Attica Hoteliers Complain of No Promotion

Government and Olympic organizers have failed to properly advertise Athens as an international tourist destination, hoteliers complained during a recent press conference. "They encouraged us to invest heavily in order to boost the capital's hotel infrastructure ahead of the 2004...
Posted On 01 Nov 2003

Olympic-Gulf Air Agreement for Athens-Sydney

Flights to Australia from Greece are to start again from November 23, nearly a year after they were suspended, thanks to a deal between Olympic Airways and Gulf Air, the managing directors of the two carriers announced in early September.
Posted On 01 Nov 2003

Air France-KLM Deal Just the Beginning

Air France's planned takeover of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which would create Europe's largest airline, may just be the beginning of a trend as airline carriers look to ways to cooperate and cut costs after two years of extensive losses.
Posted On 01 Nov 2003

Government Talks of Tourism Reforms

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told journalists last month that the government hoped tourism would soon become "the basic economic factor in our country's economic and social development."
Posted On 01 Nov 2003