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Greece Lacks Long-term Tourism Strategy And Policy

The biggest problem facing Greek tourism is the lack of a long-term strategy and policy, said Spyros Kokotos, president of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, during the 16th Philoxenia tourism fair. Mr. Kokotos added that the present government has failed to...

Venizelos New Culture Minister

Evangelos Venizelos is the country's new culture minister. Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis replaced Culture Minster Theodoros Pangalos on November 19, the same day as a front-page interview by the latter expressed disagreement with certain government policies, including labor...

New Athens Airport Turned Over To Management Company

Athens's new Eleftherios Venizelos airport at Spata, 13 kilometers out of the capital, last month was handed over by the Hochtief-led consortium that built it in just over four years to the company that will undertake the management until 2030 (The Greek state has a 55-percent...

Tourist Enterprises Get EU Funding For Modernization

A total of 596.5 billion drachmas will be absorbed by the Greek tourism sector over the next five years with help from the Third EU Structural Fund and corresponding private investment, says Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis. Much of the funds will aim at bringing these...

A Four-year Cultural Plan Announced

Greece's cultural ministry recently announced four-year cultural activity plan in view of 2004 Athens Olympics. The project is called the Cultural Olympiad and will include large-scale events. The cultural ministry has formulated a budget of some 35 billion drachmas for the...

Plan For The Reorganization And Upgrading Of Greek Marinas

State-run marinas in Attica and Thessaloniki will be reorganized and upgraded to the high standards seen elsewhere in Europe, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis announced recently.

Greece Upgrades Tourism Facilities

The Hellenic Tourism Organization says that infrastructure improvements, mainly the expansion of island airports, have contributed to the increase in tourist arrivals.

Greek Tourist Enterprises Enters New Phase

After sitting quietly since its inception some two years ago, the holding company formed to manage the Hellenic Tourism Organization's extensive list of properties seems ready to enter a new phase. At a recent press call to present the company's new chairman, Stefanos...

Major State Investment Program For Tourism

Athens could soon acquire a theme park, an aquarium, a marine research park and more marinas as part of a major two-year investment project by the Hellenic Tourism Organization's new real estate subsidiary, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis said last month.

State To Cover Olympic Airways Debts

The government is willing to meet Olympic Airways' debts despite the anticipated reaction from the European Union, said Transport Minister Christos Verelis in a recent interview with the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea.

Tourism To Get 750 Billion Drachma Investment Injection

Some 750 billion drachmas in direct and indirect support goes to the country's tourism sector by the year 2006. That's 25 percent of the total national and regional programs for competitiveness and growth, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis said last month.

Tourism Organization Continues Inspections

The Hellenic Tourism Organization last month continued its inspections of tourist resorts and businesses around the country. The organization's secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, said that in a single week last month 51 inspectors checked 309 hotel units, 139 tourism...

Structural Changes Planned For The Hellenic Tourism Organization

The executive infrastructure of the Hellenic Tourism Organization changes this month, according to recent statements by Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis. Basic changes expected include the placement of a tourism secretariat under the development ministry. The new...

Athens Hotel Owners Agree To 2004 Room Availability

Athens hoteliers have agreed to set aside 80 percent of the capital's beds to accommodate the Olympic family during the 2004 Games. At a meeting last month with Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis and Athens 2004 Organizing Committee Chairwoman Yianna...

Arrivals To Crete Down

Tourist traffic to the island of Crete this year will drop by 10 percent, predict Cretan travel agencies. They add that arrivals could drop even further next year. Crete Travel Agent’s Association President Manolis Papakaliatis said tour operators continue to pressure his members...

Coastal Shipping Takes Front Seat At Travel Agency Seminar

The prospects for cooperation between travel agencies and the transport industry were raised at the first public discussion recently hosted by the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agencies (HATTA). Last month the association launched the first in a series of one-day...

Tourism Industry Unhappy With State Tourism Policies

Spiros Kokotos, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), called the tourism press corps together last month to reiterate industry complaints that the government was not doing its best to confront tourism problems.

Tourism Policy Makers Create “Readiness 2000” Package

A package of measures aimed at increasing the level of tourism services offered in Greece was announced recently by Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis. The package, called “Tourism Readiness 2000", is seen as a positive measure and one that provides tourists with some...

EU Approves Proposal To Include Tourism In Constitution Revision

The European Union is studying Greek proposals for the European tourism industry following submissions made by Greek Euro-MP Costis Hadjidakis, who heads the European Parliament’s regional transport and tourism policy committee.

Programs for Athens Festival 2001 To be Ready in September

Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis promises to have the complete Athens Festival program for 2001 ready, complete with with confirmed dates and times, by the fall. The minister says this very up-marker Greek cultural program could be very effective for enticing visitors,...