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New ITEP Study Focuses on Seniors

Prospects for travel by seniors to Greece is more than optimistic, said the head of the Research Institiute for Toruism (ITEP), Professor Panagiotis Pavlopoulos, during the recent presentation of the institute's latest study. He said seniors are increasing in numbers as a...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

International Investor Sees Tourism As Greece’s Only Economic Engine

The Greek economy can advance and prosper in the international environment only if it develops itself to cater to up-market tourism and wealthy foreigners wishing to acquire holiday homes, said well-known investor and American fund manager, George Soros, during a recent visit to...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Additional Tourism Promotion Funds for Prefectures

Greece's prefectures get 30% more than last year in funds for tourism promotion from the Hellenic Tourism Organization. Deputy Tourism Minister Anastassios Liaskos told reporters last month that the funds allocated this year amount to 4.5 million euros, against the three million...
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

Prime Minister Labels Tourism National Importance

Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis showed his personal interest in the tourism sector last month when he opened this year's general assembly of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. During his speech, he labeled tourism as a sector of national importance for the country's...
Posted On 01 Jul 2004

Greece Signs Tourism Agreement with China

Greek Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, after his recent visit to China, said he would take steps to open up the local tourism market to millions of Chinese holidaymakers. While in that country, he signed a cooperation agreement with his Chinese counterpart.
Posted On 01 Jul 2004

King George II Reopens

After almost a decade and one-half of silence, the historic King George II hotel on Syntagma Square opens its doors to the world's most demanding of hotel guests under the "Leading Hotels of the World" banner. The five-star unit, following radical renovations, is now more...
Posted On 01 Jul 2004

SkyTeam Hosts Corporate Accounts in Athens and Travel Agents in Thessaloniki

SkyTeam airline representatives here in Greece arranged two workshops last month - one for major corporate accounts within the Athens area and one for up-market travel agents in Thessaloniki. During both events, representatives of the member airlines explained the many advantages...
Posted On 01 Jul 2004

Yet Another Record Blue Flag Year for Greece

If the country's beach environment was part of this year's Olympic Games, Greece would pick up the Silver medal this year. Beach properties in the country were awarded a record 378 Blue Flags, against 373 last year, and seven of its marinas now fly the coveted award (five last...
Posted On 01 Jul 2004

Airline Representatives Demand Second Athens Airport

The Association of Airline Company Representa-tives last month called on government to change present legislation so as to allow a second international airport to be created in the Athens area because, according to the association’s president, Dinos Frantzeskakis, the Athens...
Posted On 01 Jul 2004

Tourism Organization President Now Optimistic

At his first confrontation with the press, Hellenic Tourism Organization President Haris Kokkossis said that he expects this year's tourism arrival figures to stay at the same level as last year. (In an interview days earlier, the newly appointed president had said that he...
Posted On 01 Jun 2004

Latest Tourism Institute Study Worrisome

Studies released last month by the Tourism Research Institute place Greece's tourism sector in a precarious position. Its annual study, which forecasts this year's tourism flow and analyzes last year's results, found Greece was far behind its competitors. Last year, Greece saw...
Posted On 01 Jun 2004

2004 Tourism Picture Remains Clouded

When compared with last year, the drop in tourism arrivals this year is expected to reach anywhere between less than 1% to as high as 10%. It all depends on whom you listen to. Tourism revenue, again according to whom you listen to, will drop from 5% to as high as 15% against...
Posted On 01 Jun 2004

Greece’s eTourism Potential Remains Untapped

The majority of Greek Internet sites are in the early stages of development concerning electronic tourism, said Dr. Dimitrios Buhalis of the University of Surrey during a seminar held last month in Athens. The seminar analyzed a recent study done by the speaker where 348 Greek...
Posted On 01 Jun 2004

Superfast Super Classic Sports Supporter

The Evgenidou Foundation Athens Observatory was the venue for one of the most impressive press conferences this year and was organized by Sueprfast Ferries to present the company's Superfast team of track and field stars. This year's team includes five of the most promising...
Posted On 01 Jun 2004

Tourism Minister Promises Positive Moves and 10-Year Tourism Plan

My first priority, Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos told Greece's tourism leaders during a meeting last month, is to initiate "fire-fighting" measures to confront the negative arrival figures projected for the industry this year, despite our holding of the Olympic Games in...
Posted On 01 May 2004

Expo 2008 Committee Visits Athens

All of Greece's top government leaders met last month with the International Exhibition Office's inspection committee to discuss guarantees for the holding of Expo 2008 in Thessaloniki. The committee then visited Thessaloniki to request clear guarantees of the city's capability...
Posted On 01 May 2004

No Increase Expected in Domestic Travel this Year

Hoteliers that count on a substantial rise in domestic travel this year because of the Games may be disappointed. According to research released last month by Greece's major consumer protection group, at least one in three Greeks has no intention of taking the traditional summer...
Posted On 01 May 2004

New Tourism Organization President Told of Difficult Year Ahead

Haris Kokkossis, the new president of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, met late last month with the organization's directors from abroad and was told that this year would be a difficult one for tourism arrivals to Greece.
Posted On 01 May 2004

Olympic Airlines Saga Ends This Month

Sometime this month, says the government, we will see the completion of the competition called by the previous government for the privatization of Olympic Airlines. Until then, there will be no changes in the airline's management, said Mihalis Liapis, Greece's transportation and...
Posted On 01 May 2004

Closer Tourism Cooperation Sought Between Russia and Greece

On his recent trip to Russia for the MITT 2004 tourism fair, Tourism Deputy Minister Anastassios Liaskos sought an increase in Greek-Russia tourism cooperation to confront the problems Russian visitors have to acquire the needed visas to vacation in Greece. He said he would...
Posted On 01 May 2004