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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,...

New Strategy Plan for Tourism Sector

At a recent press call, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis said his ministry was, preparing an “Olympic tourism package" that will address several areas of the industry, including existing infrastructure and the quality of tourist services. He stated it would be a...

SETE Realeases Report On Athens-Istanbul Comparison

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) recently published the results of a comparative study on tourism traffic between Athens and Istanbul.

Athens Hotels Strike Deal With Olympic Commitee

A partial deal between the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee and the capital’s hoteliers’ union on accommodation for Olympic Games’ visitors to Athens was reached last month with the assistance of Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis.

No Executive Changes Foreseen Within The Country’s Tourism Organization

No changes appear forthcoming within the Hellenic Tourism Organization as a result of Greece's national elections held last month. The country's new Minister for Development, who is responsible for tourism, Nikos Christodoulakis, met with the organization's leaders a few days...

SETE Calls For Private Corporation To Handle Tourism Promotion

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) recently forwarded a letter to the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) and suggested that a cooperation with the private sector would be ideal to promote tourism.

Environment Takes Front Seat At Tourism Meet

The Hellenic Tourism Organization's secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, called the country's environment and animal protection organizations and associations to a meeting recently. He wanted their thoughts on how they and the tourism sector could best cooperate within the...

New Hatta Board Recommends Mergers

One of the first moves by the newly-elected president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agents (HATTA), Yiannis Evangelou, was to call the trade press corps to a working breakfast. The new president wanted to outline his plans for the association.

EOT Publishes “Ancient Flavors”

A few years back, some Greek gastronomists created the Center for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Greek Gastronomy. Today, one of the center's most successful projects created is the "Archestratos" program, named after an ancient Greek poet who scribed the Greek...

EOT Launches Revamped Internet Site

The Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) launched its revamped Internet site last month, but admitted there is much work to be done before the site is up to the standards planned by the organization. A brief surf, however, of www.gnto.gr shows some impressive photographs of the...

Tourism Industry Must Diversify

Greece's tourism industry must diversify and invest its energies into developing alternative forms of tourism, stressed Hellenic Tourism Organisation Secretary General Evgenios Yiannakopoulos at a recent press luncheon organized by the Foreign Press Association of Greece. He...