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No Executive Changes Foreseen Within The Country’s Tourism Organization

No changes appear forthcoming within the Hellenic Tourism Organization as a result of Greece's national elections held last month. The country's new Minister for Development, who is responsible for tourism, Nikos Christodoulakis, met with the organization's leaders a few days...

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Η Ελληνική Ναυτιλία κυριαρχούσε στον κόσμο από τους αρχαίους χρόνους. Η δε επιβατηγός ναυτιλία πέτυχε, εντός των πλαισίων της ελεύθερης οικονομίας στις γραμμές της Αδριατικής, να εξελιχθεί σε αμιγώς Ελληνική. Πρόσφατα, δελτία τύπου φορέων και εμπλεκομένων στην επιβατηγό ναυτιλί...

Influx In Russian Visitors Expected

Changes in the international climate and improvements at the Greek consulates in Russia raise hopes that Greece could see a major increase in Russian visitors to Greece this year, when compared with 1999.

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...

Hellas Wings Accepts Delivery Of New Aircraft

Local air taxi operator Hellas Wings recently took delivery of a new Jetstream 31. The twin-engine business aircraft is one of the most popular in the air taxi industry. It has an air speed of 429 kilometers per hour and a non-stop range of 1,852 kilometers. The medium-range prop...

Uzbekistan Airways Inaugurates New Flights With New Jet

Uzbekistan Airways called on Greece's travel professionals last month to help it celebrate the introduction of its new Athens-Rome-Tashkent flight. The new scheduled flight, with a new Boeing 757, arrived at the Athens airport on April 6 with all seats full. Rafik Ilyasov,...

Minoan Increases Revenue And Profits

Crete-based ferry operator Minoan Lines announced a substantial increase in pre-tax profits for 1999. Minoan said last year's revenue was up 7.1% against the year before and profits before taxes were up 65.5%.

Galant Represents All Nippon In Greece

Athens-based Galant Ltd has been awarded general sales agent in Greece for All Nippon Airways. The Japanese carrier began flying in 1974. Today, it is the world's sixth biggest passenger carrier.

Hyatt Looks To Expand

Greece's Hyatt Regency aims to expand its hotel-casino business in the immediate future to countries outside of Greece, says the company's chairman, Georgos Galanakis. He did not, however, exclude expansion in Greece and said the company would utilize every business opportunity...

International Conference On Tourism, Recreation And Leisure

The Research Institute for Tourism in cooperation with the Athens Hotel Association will hold an International Conference in Athens, August 24-26, 2000. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, practitioners and students of tourism, recreation, leisure and other...

SETE Calls For Private Corporation To Handle Tourism Promotion

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) recently forwarded a letter to the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) and suggested that a cooperation with the private sector would be ideal to promote tourism.

Environment Takes Front Seat At Tourism Meet

The Hellenic Tourism Organization's secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, called the country's environment and animal protection organizations and associations to a meeting recently. He wanted their thoughts on how they and the tourism sector could best cooperate within the...

Small Ferries Link Corfu And Sarande

A total of up to 500 people a day can visit Sarande from Corfu and vice-versa thanks to three small ferries which carry out three sailings daily. The sailings were resumed after disturbances a few years back and now there is an upward trend regarding passenger travel.

New Attractions On Rodos

A new "wonder" and millennium monument will be built on Rodos harbour by 2004, according to the island's mayor, Giorgos Yiannopoulos. The monument will draw inspiration from the "Kolossos" statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World that was allegedly ruined some 2,220 years ago.

Chios Chandris Reopens

The Chandris hotel group recently completed a billion-drachma renovation of its unit on Chios island as part of efforts to meet the growing demands of the tourism market.

Airtour Greece Revamps Services, Changes Name And Looks To Franchises

Airtour Greece, a subsidiary of German tour operator TUI and its official representative here, has been renamed TUI Hellas. Airtour has been operating here for the past 30 years and is one of the most successful and best-organized offices of its kind in Greece. It hosted some...

New Ferry Line On Local Dodecanese Routes

Dodecanese Maritime, a new provincial company, launched a newly-built catamaran named the Dodecanese Express last month at Greece's main port, Piraeus. The vessel then made its way to Rodos, where it will be based. The vessel, which is 40.5 meters long and 11.46 meters wide, will...

Coastal Shippers Order 50 New Vessels

Within the next two years, the Greek coastal shipping sector will accept delivery of some 50 new ferry vessels. With these new fast ships, the time it will take to sail from Piraeus and Rafina to the Greek islands, and Italy, will be substantially reduced.

Greece Opens Entertainment Park

Just a few days before the start of the new millennium, the Village Entertainment Park opened its doors to the Greek public. Promoted as the largest such leisure park, not only in Greece but also in all of Europe, the 40-billion-drachma venture sports 20 cinema screens, 45...

New Athens Airport 93% Complete

By the end of this September, the Athens International Airport at Spata becomes a reality. "This airport, Europe's best," said Dr. Jorg Schill, chief executive officer for Athens International Airport, during a presentation of construction completed, "will be completed (in...
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