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Tourism Concerns Embrace Internet

Some 30 million euros goes to tourism enterprises this year in an effort to force them to embrace new technology, in particular the Internet, say the government's tourism leaders. The funds will come from the European Union's Information Community Business Program.
Posted On 01 Feb 2003

Athens to Celebrate the Rebirth of Hotel de la Grande Bretagne

On the first of next month, Athenians celebrate the rebirth of the capital's most magnificent lodging unit: The Hotel Grande Bretagne. After spending some 70 million euros during the past year and one-half and literally gutting the old "palace," owners rebuilt the GB, as it is...
Posted On 01 Feb 2003

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

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

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

Development Minister Agrees To Formation Of Private Company To Promote Greece

Once again, the Hellenic Tourism Organization was unable to get its tourism advertising program off the ground as scheduled. Instead of last October, the organization got its 31-million-euro (10.6 billion drachmas) program for 2002 off the ground in mid January with television...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Athens Convention Bureau Taken Off Back Burner

Many years have passed since the local tourism trade called for the creation of a conference and visitor's bureau for the Athens area. Since then, not a single positive step has been taken, but the idea remains as not only a viable one but also a vital one to implement.
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

SETE Pessimistic For Sector Tourism This Year

Nikos Angelopoulos, vice president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, told its annual Christmas press gathering that he and the association were not optimistic for tourism possibilities in 2002. He said association sources foresee a possible drop in arrivals from...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

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

Women Strongest Clients For Business Travel

The number of women that travel for professional reasons continue to increase and now reaches some 50% of total business travelers, compared with a meager 1% back in 1970, said Josiane Loutfi, president of the International Federation of Women's Travel Organizations during a...
Posted On 01 Feb 2002

Tourism Crisis Not Critical

European Union travel agencies may be suffering somewhat financially, but for the moment the repercussions from the September terrorism attack are not near as bad as first anticipated, said Carl Axel Rheborg, president of ECTAA, which is the group of national agents and tour...
Posted On 01 Jan 2002

Around The World With SkyTeam

Some 18 sales representatives from local SkyTeam offices - Air France, Aeromexico, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta and Korean Air - called on 75 travel agencies in Athens and Thessaloniki during a recent short 3-week period. They presented the four new "Around the World Tour"...
Posted On 01 Jan 2002

Closures Godsend For Athens Hoteliers

Although most of the major Athenian hotels that have closed for radical renovations had planned to do so long before the September 11 attack, the timing has turned into a godsend for the rest of the sector. And with bookings down to cover only about 35% available beds, hoteliers...
Posted On 01 Jan 2002

Air Transport Conference

An International Conference on Air Transport and Airports and their evolution in the 21st Century takes place next month at the University of Patras on December 3 and 4. Organizers expect to welcome some 300 experts in air transport from the European Union, including Greece, and...

Galileo Introduces Ferrynet System

Galileo Hellas now offers an online booking and ticketing system for Greek ferry lines. The system, Ferrynet, a product created through cooperation with Anite Travel Systems, provides travel agencies and subscribers with access to seat availability, online reservations and ticketing.

Smaller Airlines Preferred By Travelers

It looks like the average flyer believes that the smaller airlines are safer than the big named companies. September's passenger load factor figures were down for Greece's largest airline, state-owned Olympic Airways, as well as major international carriers out of Athens, but...

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.