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Tourism Industry Takes Action At World Tourism Market To End Crisis

Greece's tourism heads were optimistic after their contacts with UK's most important tour operators during the International World Tourism Market in London last month. General Tourism Secretary Dimitrios Georgarakis and Hellenic Tourism Organization President Evgenios...

Arrival Figures Remain Steady

Greece's tourism industry is expected to host about the same level of visitors as last year, but prospects regarding revenue are less certain.

Silver Star Opens Athens Office

Thessaloniki-based Silver Star Holidays opened a branch office in Athens recently. Like the head office, it deals only directly with travel agents with tour packages to Malta, Turkey and Syria. It is also the exclusive representative in Greece for the Corinthia hotel group.

Hoteliers Agree To Bookings For 2004 Games

After promises by government quarters to hold off on any new hotels other than those already approved or being approved (4,500 rooms), the Athens Hoteliers Association agreed to book another 10% of available rooms in luxury hotel units for officials of the 2004 Olympic Games....

Five Ferry Lines Cooperate To Cut Costs

Greek coastal shipping companies look to copy some of the international airline moves to cut costs. Five Greek coastal shipping companies have decided to pool their forces to achieve economies of scale to prepare for the deregulation of the domestic passenger shipping market in 2004.

A Four-year Cultural Plan Announced

Greece's cultural ministry recently announced four-year cultural activity plan in view of 2004 Athens Olympics. The project is called the Cultural Olympiad and will include large-scale events. The cultural ministry has formulated a budget of some 35 billion drachmas for the...

A note by the publisher

An article in the August 20 edition of the morning daily Kathimerini caught our eye. The title: "(Greece's) Blue & White is Dropped from 2,250 Yachts; the Consequences of Greek Authorities' Tactics are Incalculable."

Tourism Industry Unhappy With State Tourism Policies

Spiros Kokotos, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), called the tourism press corps together last month to reiterate industry complaints that the government was not doing its best to confront tourism problems.

Kipriotis Conference Center To Host ABTA Conference

With Greece’s largest conference center to date, the Kipriotis Group on the island of Kos will host the Association of British Travel Agents’ (ABTA) annual conference, to be held October 27-31. Greece was chose over several of its Mediterranean competitors including up-and-...

Mediterranean Travel Fair Spotlights Greece

The Mediterranean Travel Fair, MTF, held in Cairo, proved a success. Some 1,200 senior buyers were invited to attend and meet with a host of suppliers during the three day show held in 'The Cairo International Conference Center'. The first two days were reserved for buyers and...

Panorama To Host 250 Exhibitors

Greece's domestic tourism fair, which has opened its doors to international exhibitors for the first time, expects to host a record number, more than 250, of exhibitors this year. From the international arena, organizer Kappa Exhibitions expects participation from countries such...

Greece Stars At ITB 2000

With a pavilion of 800 square meters that hosted some 60 Greek tourism enterprises, Greece stood out as one of the big stars at this year's ITB Berlin tourism fair. According to the 60-plus exhibitors from here, Greece will welcome a record number of German visitors this year.

New Hatta Board Recommends Mergers

One of the first moves by the newly-elected president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agents (HATTA), Yiannis Evangelou, was to call the trade press corps to a working breakfast. The new president wanted to outline his plans for the association.

Panorama 2000 Expands Into The International Arena

Greece's domestic tourism fair, Tourism Panorama, expands this year to include participation from the international arena. Organizer Kappa exhibitions expects participation from countries such us Tunisia, Malaysia, Turkey and Libya, which changes its tourism policy and now...

Tourism Cooperation Agreement between Greece and Turkey

Members of Greek and Turkish Skal clubs got together in Athens last month to agree on ways in which they can cooperate in the tourism sector. All agreed that "we need peace in the Aegean and for this we need tourism." They suggested the entire Aegean area be promoted as a...