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Hellenic Tourism Properties Remains Public Property

Government last month decided to suspend the listing of Hellenic Tourism Properties (ETA) on the Athens Stock Exchange.The company is a state-controlled one that leases property owned by the Hellenic Tourism Organization, including beaches,marinas, casinos and hotels, to private...
Posted On 01 May 2004

Drop in Bookings Encourage Tour Operators to Demand Lower Prices

On average, Athens area hotels so far have kept overnights at last year's level and look forward to a good summer. Not so with hotels outside the area. This season's holiday bookings are down 15 to 20% against last year, according to reports from Hellenic Tourism Organization...
Posted On 01 May 2004

Amadeus BTI Agreement in Full Force

After the initial signing of a cooperation agreement between Amadeus Hellas and Business Travel International early this year, Amadeus quickly began to its new front office system and its Amadeus Vista within the BTI offices in Athens and Thessaloniki.
Posted On 01 May 2004

Lycabettus Hill Gets Major Facelift

The City of Athens is spending 4.8 million euros to aesthetically redevelop and make more operational one of its most important monuments, Lycabettus Hill, which hovers 1,000 feet over the city. All renovation works on the hill will be completed by the summer, and all works will...
Posted On 01 May 2004

Tourism Sector Gets Promised Ministry

As promised, the new government has created a Greek tourism ministry. The newly appointed minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and his deputy, Anastassios Liaskos, for the moment are the "guests" of Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas until appropriate tourism ministry offices are...
Posted On 01 Apr 2004

ITB Breaks Records as Greece Sleeps

The world's largest international travel fair, ITB Berlin, continues to break attendance records -- the 121,000 visitors were some 10,000 more than last year -- and exhibitor records. A total of 10,023 exhibitors from 178 countries and territories, representing every sector of...
Posted On 01 Apr 2004

No Call From Abroad for 2004 Lodgings

Owners of Athenian houses did not exactly rush to offer their apartments for rent to foreign visitors to the Olympic Games, but what is on offer may still vastly exceed demand.
Posted On 01 Apr 2004

Unique Greek Resort Complex Ideal for the Physically Challenged

At least one Greek tourism enterprise seems to have taken to heart the potential gains as described in last year's edition of the Hellenic Tourism Organization's manual entitled "Making Europe Accessible for Tourists with Disabilities."
Posted On 01 Apr 2004

Seaplane Service for Greece As of May

Air Sea Lines SA, incorporated in Athens late last year, announced last month that it is ready to provide seaplane scheduled, "for hire" and charter passenger services connecting multiple island and coastal harbors within Greece.
Posted On 01 Apr 2004

Athenian Hotels Record Major Drop in Overnights

Overnights in the Athens area dropped an average drop of 11.5% last year when compared with 2002, according to statistics released last month by the Attica Hoteliers' Association. The association says the drop is phenomenal considering it took place the year prior to Athens...
Posted On 01 Mar 2004

Athens Hosts Europe’s Hotel Managers

Some 280 hotel managers from throughout Europe arrived in Athens recently to take part in the European Hotel Manager Association's 31st general assembly. During the assembly participants heard in-depth reports on Europe's hotel industry and its difficulties.
Posted On 01 Mar 2004

Panorama Tourism Fair Premieres Olympic Greece

Visitors to this year's tourism fair Touristiko Panorama get the first glimpse of "Olympic Greece" and also get the chance to form initial impressions on the tourism dimension of the greatest challenge facing the country in modern times.
Posted On 01 Mar 2004

Planned New Convention Center Includes New Hotel

The Attica hotel owners association met with the head of Hellenic Tourism Properties recently to discuss the construction of a convention center at the old Athens International Airport at Hellenikon. When and if completed, the center will accommodate 8,000 participants. A hotel...
Posted On 01 Feb 2004

Economic Death Toll for Royal Olympia Cruises

Royal Olympia Cruises, Greece's only international player in the sector, has been forced by creditors to auction off its two star vessels, Olympia Voyager (launched June, 2000) and Olympia Explorer (launched April, 2002).
Posted On 01 Feb 2004

New Railway Section Cuts Travel Time

Prime Minister Costas Simitis, along with Transport Minister Christos Verelis, last month inaugurated a new, improved section of the Athens-Thessaloniki railway that cuts travel time between Greece's two major cities by 27 minutes, to four hours and 30 minutes. "What was once...
Posted On 01 Feb 2004

Renewed Interest in Golf Investment

The Greek tourism sector, struggling to defend its share of the market against cheaper rivals such as Turkey and other Mediterranean nations, is eager to stretch its season beyond the summer months and become more than a sun-and-sea paradise for holidaymakers that are on a budget.
Posted On 01 Feb 2004

A note by the publisher

The perpetual tale of Olympic Airways -- as of December 12, Olympic Airlines -- continues with no end in sight. Although the government says it has selected one of five potential bidders for further talks on a takeover of Olympic Airlines, the slimmed-down successor to heavily...
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

Tourism Development Depends On You

If we want the Greek tourism sector to develop at a satisfactory pace, we in the private sector must take it upon ourselves to do so, said speakers at the recent "The Need to Create a Tourism Development Strategy" conference held last month in Athens.
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

SkyTeam Workshop Entices Top Travel Agencies

More than a hundred of Greece's top travel agents arrived last month at the rooftop restaurant and bar area of the Hilton Athens to take part in a workshop organized by SkyTeam airline representatives here in Greece -- Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta...
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

The New Stratos Vassilikos for that Something Extra

The Riva Hotel in the Athens Illisia area is no more. In its place is the new luxury Stratos Vassilikos, an up-market hotel that is different from all the rest. Owner Airotel stripped down the Riva to its bare bones and constructed something different for the traveler.
Posted On 01 Jan 2004