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Swissport and Sky Express Sign Service Agreement

Swissport signed a contract to provide ground service for passengers and airplanes with Sky Express, the new Greek airline based in Heraklion, Crete. Sky Express, established in 2005, offers passengers domestic flight service to the Greek islands and has plans to begin...
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

Starwood Chosen to Manage Astir Palace Hotel

Astir Palace's board of directors finally chose Starwood after an intense selection process that began with 20 proposals in September 2005. Starwood was among four companies short-listed, including Marriott, InterContinental and Accor.
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Trinity To Offer M. Sc. Degree

Officials of Trinity International Hospitality Studies and U.S.-based Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) announced that they have agreed in principle to offer a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Hospitality Administration in Greece through Trinity's campus. This degree...
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

New Conference Center in Porto Heli

AKS hotel group celebrated its new conference center in Porto Heli with an opening ceremony last month. Menelaos Siakolas, president and managing director of AKS Hotels, said that the company recognized the importance of conference tourism and believed that their center will help...
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Pro-Am Golf Tournament a Success

Aegean Airline's first Pro-Am golf tournament was held last month at the Crete Golf Club in Hersonissos, an 18-hole championship desert course. Competitors for the 36-hole tournament came from 13 countries. Fifty-one teams, comprised of one professional and three amateur players...
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Amphitrion and C&C Merge Congress Activities

Two of Greece's biggest tourism companies in the area of conferences and congresses recently agreed to merge their congress activities through the creation of a new company called Amphitrion-C&C PCO.
Posted On 01 May 2006

Market Optimistic for 2006 Tourism Arrivals & Revenue

Travel agents, hoteliers, car-rental agencies and tour operators are enthusiastic and optimistic for this year's tourism season. They foresee yet another year of increases in arrivals and revenue.
Posted On 01 May 2006

Business Development Program for Travel Agencies

A new program called Allways Tourism is being developed to improve the quality and services of Greek travel agencies so they can compete more effectively in the international market. The program will focus on continuing education for employees, business development, improving the...
Posted On 01 Apr 2006

Competitiveness of Greek Tourism Product Continues to Decline

Greece continues to lose ground as a preferred tourism destination. In 2004, Greece placed 16th as a tourism destination choice worldwide, a drop from 13th in 2002, according to the findings of a recent study titled, "The Challenge of Competitiveness and Redefining Greek Tourism...
Posted On 01 Mar 2006

Crete Plans Construction of New International Airport

A new international airport costing more than 1 billion euros will be built on Crete, according to a government announcement. The new airport will be able to serve 5,000 holidaymakers at a time and will also serve as a transport hub for air cargo in the eastern Mediterranean.
Posted On 01 Mar 2006

Greek Agrotourism Enterprises on the Rise

According to Agrotouristiki, the number of accredited agro-tourism enterprises in Greece reach more than 1,000, with some 600 of these providing accommodation. But just 20 or so of these units are truly agrotourism units that encourage visitors to experience agricultural life at...
Posted On 01 Mar 2006

Major Tourism Projects Planned This Year

At least five major tourism projects are expected to get underway this year. Two are completely new projects initiated by the Municipality of Katerinis (Pieria) and by the Elia Prefecture (Peloponissos).
Posted On 01 Feb 2006

New Emphasis on Religious Tourism

Greece is ready to exploit its rich religious tradition in order to entice visitors from fellow Orthodox Christian countries with the Greek Tourism Ministry intending to tap a bountiful heritage of churches, relics and miraculous icons dating back to the Byzantine Empire.
Posted On 01 Feb 2006

Trinity Signs Articulation Agreement With Southern

Trinity International Hospitality Studies on Crete announced last month that the school concluded a cooperation and articulation agreement with the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Management of Southern New Hampshire University (USA).
Posted On 01 Jan 2006

Greek Hotels Least Developed in Branding

Although among the world's best, Greece's hotels are not aware of the benefits of brand names, according to a recent study. The 2005 Greek Hotel Branding Report, which is the first of its kind for the Greek tourism market, explores the extent of branding among Greek hotels and...
Posted On 01 Dec 2005

World Tourism Day Celebrated Quietly

Celebration of World Tourism Day came and went in late September with little fanfare. Greece's tourism minister welcomed some dignitaries at Cape Sounio and local professional organizations made some announcements. The Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasts, for example,...
Posted On 01 Nov 2005

Minoan Narrows Loss

Ferry operator Minoan Lines narrowed its first-half loss to 6.2 million euros from 6.7 million euros in the year-earlier period, the company said in a announcement last month. Group revenues rose 4.6 percent to 83.4 million euros, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation...
Posted On 01 Nov 2005

Tourists Spend Most on Food and Drink

The Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts (ITEP) last month released figures that offer an insight into how the 14 million tourists expected to visit the country this year might spend their money during their stay.
Posted On 01 Oct 2005

Greek Golf Investment Back in the Limelight

Golf investment in Greece is showing signs of exceptional vigor and numerous projects are proceeding from the drawing board to the fairway.The success of two new courses, one at Porto Carras in Chalkidiki and a second course on Crete, seems to have spurred the strong interest of...
Posted On 01 Oct 2005

Peak Summer Arrivals Increase Substantially

The number of tourists that entered Greece during the month of August mark an impressive rise against the last few years. This year's peak travel period was so strong that a good number of hotels around the country were unable to absorb the demand.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005