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Convention Bureau Top Priority For New Attica Hoteliers’ Association Board

A convention and visitors bureau for Athens, that's the top priority for the new board of directors of the Attica Hoteliers' Association. Already, the board has the support of the Attica Regional Authority. The next step is to convince travel-related associations in the region to...
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Athenian Callirhoe Beats The Averages

While luxury hotel units in the Athens area fight to keep their heads above water and keep above a 60% occupancy rate, the new kid on the block, The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel, boasts rates above 75%.
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Aegean Continues Expansion To German Centers

Aegean Airlines is one of the few airlines in the world today that has been able to cut costs drastically, without cutting service standards, over the past 12 months. As well, the private Greek carrier managed to increase revenue in 2002 by more than 14%, to reach 180 million...
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Airlines Double Passenger Compensation

The European Union's transport council recently announced a decision to effectively double the compensation paid to passengers who are unable to be accommodated on the flights on which they are booked.
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Greece Supports International Luxury Travel Market Concept

Greece was a strong player in last month's Luxury Travel Market fair held at Cannes. More than 20 Greek companies paid the steep fees required to participate. In all, some 450 exhibitors from around the world worked out of 167 stands.
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

Piraeus And Thessaloniki Get Lion’s Share Of Port Infrastructure Funds

Greece's major seaports are scheduled to undergo a series of large construction projects designed to upgrade their infrastructure and increase their cargo handling capacity.
Posted On 01 Jan 2003

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

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