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Loutraki Casino Sponsors Restoration of Ancient Temple

The Club Hotel Casino Loutraki will grant 500,000 euro over the next four years for restoration of the ancient temple of Zeus in Nemea, the Peloponissos. Last month, a sponsorship agreement was signed by representatives of the hotel and Berkeley University in the U.S., which will...
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

First Pan-European Agro-tourism Forum Held

The first pan-European forum for agro-tourism was held recently in Epirus. Organized by Agrotouristiki S.A., the state organization for alternative tourism development, the forum will be held annually to promote agro-tourism in Greece, and to increase cooperation between Greek...
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

Carnival Cruises Plans New Greek Island Itinerary For Next Year

In celebration of its new 110,000-ton ship, Carnival Freedom, next summer Carnival Cruise Lines will offer new itineraries that feature the Greek islands and other Mediterranean destinations.
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

International Conference Explores Current Greek Tourism Issues

The continual changing of advertising companies selected to promote Greece every year has resulted in a lack of continuity in the image Greece projects and no distinct brand identity, said Cleopatra Veloutsou, a Glasgow University lecturer, at last month's Second International...
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

Hotel in Crete Exclusively for People with Disabilities

Eria Resort, the first hotel designed for people with disabilities, is located near Chania in Crete. The hotel owner, Grigoris Archontakis, is a pharmacist with a successful business in orthopedic and medical equipment.
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

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

Sand Sculpture Workshops in Western Peloponnisos

Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort has brought sand sculpting to Greece for the first time this summer. The resort located in Killini, on the west coast of Peloponnisos has invited artists from the World Sand Sculpture Academy (WSSA) in Holland to create sculptures and provide...
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

Cultural Tourism Network for the Mediterranean

Creating a network of culture and tourism in the Mediterranean region is a focus of the EU's Daedalus project presented last month by Agrotouristiki SA to tourism ministry staff and travel agency and hotel representatives. The three-year project, with a 2.5 million euro budget,...
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

China’s Shaanxi Province Encourages Greek Tourists

Last month, delegates from China's Shaanxi province stopped in Athens to promote their province to Greek travel agents and tourists. Dong Xianmin, director of Shaanxi Provincial Tourism Administration, encouraged Greeks to visit Shaanxi to tour the sites and relax, or to explore...
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

Greek Music & Dance Highlight Beijing Tourism Exhibit

The music of Mikis Theodorakis and Greek traditional folkdances were performed at the third Beijing International Tourism Exhibit (BITE) last month, during which Greece was the honored country.
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Hotel Chamber Awards Nine For Tourism Contribution

At a ceremony last month, the Hellenic Hotel Chamber granted nine awards for significant contributions to tourism in Greece, in an award program first started in 2004. This year, a special committee selected individuals, businesses, initiatives and hotels that regardless of their...
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Bankcards & Internet Portal Priorities for Hoteliers

Bankcards for members and an internet portal are among the priority plans presented by Andreas Andreadis, president of the newly elected board of the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX).
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Another Record Year for Blue Flags

This year 404 Greek beaches received Blue Flags, compared with 383 last year, placing Greece in second place among the 40 countries participating in the program. A total of 2,549 beaches around the world received Blue Flags, which means that for every six beaches Greece has one...
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

First Portal for Agro-Tourism

Agrotouristiki SA, the state corporation for alternative tourism development, created Greece's first internet portal on agro-tourism.
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Arab-Hellenic Trade Relations Forum Set for September

The first forum, "Historic Relations and New Horizons for Cooperation," is being organized for September 14 and 15 by the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce & Development, and will be held in Athens.
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Continued Upward Trend Forecasted for Tourism

The year 2005 was characterized as the turning point and the beginning of an upward trend for Greek tourism with incoming tourism increasing by about eight percent was the conclusion of the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasts' (ITEP) recent study.
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Qatar Airways Completes a Successful Year in Athens

Last month Qatar Airways, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, completed its first year of successful operations in Athens. The company's acceptance in the Greek market, by both individuals and travel agents, exceeded all expectations and is driving the company to boost...
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

The Human Factor in Tourism and Shipping

The human factor and the growth of tourism and shipping, two key aspects of the Greek economy, was the focus of IST/University of Hertfordshire's meeting last month. Professors Haris Kokkosis and Ioannis Tzoannos, each representing the ministry's they work for, pointed out the...
Posted On 01 Jul 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

Direct Flights from Athens to Montreal and Toronto

Air Transat is now offering direct flights from Athens to Montreal and Toronto once or twice a week (Monday and Friday) from May to November 6, 2006.
Posted On 01 Jul 2006