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Epidavros Agro-tourism Festival Showcases Argolida

Every weekend last month, tourists, travelers and locals had the opportunity to experience a unique side of the Argolida area as this year's month-long 8th annual Epidavros Agro-tourism Festival showcased the traditions and products of Argolida Prefecture.

Apostle Paul Competition Stimulates Religious Tourism

As a result of the renewed interest in religious tourism, and in particular history of Apostle Paul in Greece, the neglected archaeological site of Corinth will receive the official attention it deserves as part of a religious tourism program developed by the 21st Ephorate of...

Millions Budgeted for Religious Tourism

The first interregional plan for the development of religious tourism has been approved. It forms part of the EU's Interreg III B program, implemented by Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Malta. The body responsible for the program here is the Greek National Tourism Organization, in...

New Emphasis on Religious Tourism

Greece is ready to exploit its rich religious tradition in order to entice visitors from fellow Orthodox Christian countries with the Greek Tourism Ministry intending to tap a bountiful heritage of churches, relics and miraculous icons dating back to the Byzantine Empire.

Guides Undergo Training as Mountain Specialists

Visitors interested in exploring Greece's mountains now have properly trained official guides, all of which have followed months of training through vocational programs.

Pausanias Route Created for Peloponissos

Agrotouristiki SA, the state corporation for alternative tourism development, is setting up a network of municipalities in the central Peloponnese that follow the route of ancient geographer Pausanias, and thus promote the region as a model "ecoagritourism" zone.

Visitors Enthused With Greek Rock Climbing

In a country with intersecting mountain ranges, thousands of natural climbing sites, a huge range of rocks (each demanding a different style of climbing) and an ideal climate, rock-climbing in Greece is slowly becoming a popular sport for both visitors and Greeks alike.

Sports Tourism Moves to the Forefront

Sports tourism agreements appear plentiful of late with major companies like TUI Hellas taking more interest in the sector, and with the government ready to create a World Athletics Museum.

Alternate Tourism Springs to the Forefront

Instead of the usual everyday tour packages, visitors to the recent Paris world toursim fair, were presented with interesting alternatives to sun and sea travel. Thousands upon thousands of catalogues, brochures and leaflets on country stands promoted "green" tourism, adventure...

New Possibilities for Greece’s Ecotourism Sector

A step taken last month by the Greek government opens new possibilities for the country's Ecotourism sector. Ecotourism, a sub-category of sustainable tourism, is considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry, according to the World Tourism Organization, with an...

Alternative Tourism a Priority

The Hellenic Tourism Organization has set the development of alternative forms of tourism as a priority, the organization's secretary-general, Haris Kokkosis, told a special event on winter tourism that was held just days after the gover-nment’s new development bill was announced.

Senior Travel Highly Profitable for Destinations

Youthful elderly people in Greece, especially when they have a satisfactory pension, are beginning to change the traditional image. They now have a social life as they go to the theater or the cinema frequently, they meet friends for meals, and they travel - to the extent that...

Alternate Tourism Key to Development

Rural, conference, exhibition, athletic, religious and cultural tourism are the main ingredients for tourism development, according to speakers at the recent Negroponte Resort Eretria conference on "tourism as the key to strategic development under modern conditions."

New ITEP Study Focuses on Seniors

Prospects for travel by seniors to Greece is more than optimistic, said the head of the Research Institiute for Toruism (ITEP), Professor Panagiotis Pavlopoulos, during the recent presentation of the institute's latest study. He said seniors are increasing in numbers as a...

Legislation Tabled for Spa Tourism

Legislation was tabled in parliament recently that if passed would modernize Greece's 1920 legislation regarding spa tourism. Government says the new legislation would create a solid base for the development of spa tourism in Greece by both the public and private sector.

New Trends in Sports Tourism

Some 46 speakers, through case studies, showed how important and viable sports is to a country's tourism sector during last month's International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism's (AIEST) 53rd world congress held at the Divani Apollo Hotel in Kavouri September 8-11...

First Sports Tourism Company Up and Running

Sportius Hospitality, the first Greek company to specialize in sports tourism, said during a recent presentation that it aims to be the biggest organization here to provide accommodation during next year's Olympics. Company executives said they would have 5,500 rooms and...

Conference Cancellations Continue

One after another, conferences scheduled for the fall in Athens are being canceled along with the corresponding hotel bookings that go with them. There is no indication that they are simply being postponed.

Conference Tourism Remains Strong

Ever larger numbers of Greek hoteliers have invested heavily in conference facilities over the past years. So far, the investment has paid off. Expenses have been covered royally as income from conference organization is substantial.

More And More Greeks Head For The Hills

This year, a substantial number of Greek holidaymakers headed for the mountains during the peak July-August vacation period instead of heading for the beaches. "An increase in mountain tourism has been seen in the past few years, even during the summer months," says Thimios...