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Tourism Down 8% This Year

Most Greek destinations were disappointed this summer when arrivals failed to increase as expected during the summer months. The end result, according to trade professionals, is that Greece will post an 8% drop in tourism arrivals this year. And this occurs after a difficult 2003.
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

Zorpidis Expansion Continues with New Athens Office

For anyone walking into the new downtown Athens offices of Zorpidis Travel Services it's difficult to imagine that there's a tourism crisis. Besides bustling with activity, the office permeates a feeling of success. It will be hardly surprising to see the office expanded within a...
Posted On 01 Nov 2004

Dane Sea Lines on the Verge of Bankruptcy

After years of economic problems, it appears that the ferry operator for the Dodekanissos islands, Dane Sea Lines, is about sink into the realm of memory. Citizens of the island, however, continue to fight for some assistance that would allow the company to continue running. In...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

Greece’s Lodging Units Outside of Attica Slash Prices

Negative data for the months of May and June, and a severe lack of bookings for the peak summer period, have forced lodging units outside of the Athens/Attica area to slash prices in an attempt to entice Greek holidaymakers.
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Deluxe Tourism School Opens on Crete

Hotel Terra Maris, next to the Creta Maris, hosts the first international tourism school on Crete. Markos Komninakis, director of studies for new Trinity International Hospitality Studies says three-year programs begin this October. Accredited studies range from hospitality and...
Posted On 01 Jun 2004

Hatta General Assembly Speaker Angers Some Agents

During the recent annual general assembly of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents, almost a dozen special guests took to the podium.Most of the speakers were representatives of the country's political parties who, without exception, spoke on the importance of...
Posted On 01 Apr 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

Full Liberation of Ferry Routes Doubtful

Presently, four of Greece's major ferry routes -- Dodekanissos, Cylades, Argosaronikos, Crete -- fulfill the requirements for complete liberation when discussions are finalized between Greece's merchant marine ministry and the European Commission.
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

Blue Palace Enters Luxury Collection

The Blue Palace Resort & Spa at Elounda on Crete as of January entered the privileged club of distinctive hotels when it became a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection. The collection is classed as "the world's most extraordinarily unique of hotels and resorts." Blue Star...
Posted On 01 Jan 2004

Research Institute Sees Continual Tourism Decline

Greece's tourism sector continued to fall further behind its foreign competitors during the first nine-month period of this year, according to the latest report published by the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasting.
Posted On 01 Dec 2003

Worst Tourism Season in 30 Years

Greece's tourism enterprises haven't felt such negative pressure in 30 years, says the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents. "The negative economic effects experienced thus far have reached dangerous proportions for the future of tourism enterprises," says the...
Posted On 01 Aug 2003

New Investment Bill Introduced

The Greek finance ministry recently introduced a draft bill on investment incentives. The bill contains five points that are significant for the tourism sector. First, investment subsidies for comprehensive plans for refurbishing hotels are revised from 4.5 million euros to 10...
Posted On 01 Aug 2003

New Transportation Business Plan Announced

Government last month announced the approval of a new "Railway-Airport-Public Transport" business plan worth almost 3 billion euros. The lion's share of the funds, some 2 billion euros, goes to modernizing Greece's rail network, particularly the Athens-Thessaloniki and...
Posted On 01 Aug 2003

New Crete Golf Course Opens July 5

Greece's newest golf course opens this month on the island of Crete. Owners say it is the most challenging golf course in Greece and one that will be meticulously maintained. The course takes in the typical ancient landscape of Crete and will host many of the visitors that come...
Posted On 01 Jul 2003

A Common EU Tourism Policy Possible and Likely

The informal meeting last month of EU development ministers and tourism officials on the island of Crete laid the foundations for drafting a common tourism policy in the European Union by proposing specific measures on tourism promotion and communication.
Posted On 01 Jun 2003

HATTA Sides With Traveling Public

An Athens court recently ruled in favor of an injunction brought by the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agents against the Media & Travel Group, which distributes Travel Card, advertised as offering discount accommodation in over 300 hotels throughout Greece.
Posted On 01 Jun 2003

Amphitrion Opens New Office On Santorini

One of Greece's leading travel companies, the Amphitrion Group of Companies, continued its expansion activities recently with the launch of a new branch office on the island of Santorini.
Posted On 01 Jun 2003

Strintzis Management Pleasantly Surprised

Traffic on our new routes is even better than we expected, says Blue Star Ferries (Strintzis Lines) sales and marketing director, Michalis Sakelis. "We are particularly pleased and pleasantly surprised with the traffic on our new Piraeus-Chania route," he says.
Posted On 01 Jun 2003

Tourism Promotion Campaign Underway

The Hellenic Tourism Organization said it would begin its 7.3-million-euro tourism advertising campaign abroad this month. The organization's president, Yiannis Patellis, said that the campaign's theme would very much resemble that of last year and announced that Greece had...
Posted On 01 May 2003