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As the 'war' between the U.S. and terrorism broke out in North America, a small but pungent war broke out in Athens between air travel agencies and the world's airlines through their local International Air Transport Association's Bank Settlement Plan office, where all air travel...

Online Travel Sites Continue To Increase Popularity

Online travel website Expedia reported better than expected earnings for the first half of this year. In a press release announcing the earnings, Expedia CEO Richard Barton boasted that his company had not only earned more but had continued to gain market share. Gross bookings...
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Superfast And Strintzis Increase Sales And Market Share

Although both Superfast Ferries and partner Strintzis Lines (Blue Star Ferries) increased sales and market share during the first half of this year, profits for both are down. When Attica Enterprises, owners of Superfast Ferries, last month announced its first-half financial...

American Travel Agents Want Secret Service For Air Travel Security

In response to the recent U.S. national disaster and the nation's clear need for enhanced airline security measures, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has sent a letter to its congress outlining its suggestions for keeping America's skies safe.

Alexander Beach Hotel Opens New Congress Center

The Alexandroupoli area in the East Macedonia and Thrace region is about to get its first professional congress center. The unit, being constructed by the Alexander Beach Hotel, opens in the spring and will host up to 1,280 delegates in four halls. The biggest of the four,...

Helipads For Greek Island Destinations

The construction of four new helipads, three in the Aegean and one on an Ionian island, were announced last month by the government – Ithaca, Dodecanese, Patmos, Tinos, Lesvos. All four projected helipads will be able to operate day and night for helicopters of up to 15 meters –...

ITB Launches Year-round Virtual Market

The International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin (March 16-20, 2002) has launched a virtual market place with more than 2,500 exhibitors on its site, www.itb-berlin.de. The virtual fair provides a 24-hour means of communication and information between exhibitors and visitors...

World Travel Market Introduces ‘Savor the World’

As seen in the article on Greek cuisine, local wines, spirits, soft drinks and culinary specialties play an integral part in international travel and tourism. To acknowledge this, and as a celebration of the 11 years that World Travel Market has been based at Earls Court, the...

Olympic Airways Sale On Hold

Recent events have created new conditions under which the privatization of Olympic Airways must be carried out. Although the Greek government gave the green light to privatization advisers Credit Suisse First Boston to continue negotiations with Axon Airlines until October 17 -a...

Acropolis Gets New Museum

The new Acropolis Museum, designed by architects Bernard Tschumi and Michalis Fotiadis, soon begins construction so as to meet the completion date of August 2004. Plans foresee a plain yet somewhat elegant building that takes nothing from the wonder of a first sight of the...

Increase In Number Of British Tourists To Greece

Tourist arrivals from the UK rose by 7 percent this year belying an initial projection of a 4 to 5 percent increase, the Hellenic Tourism Organization announced last month. The figures were compiled from reservations made by UK tourists in the May 2000-August 2001 period for this...

Possidi Holidays Hotel Closes To Complete Modernization Project

Chalkidiki's Possidi Holidays Hotel announces that its hotel complex during the 2001-2002 winter period will close so as to undergo a complete refurbishing and renewal as part of a new investment plan.

Lufthansa Increases Capacity Between Athens And Frankfurt

Lufthansa German Airlines has reported that for the first time more than 300,000 passengers in the month of July have traveled between Athens and Germany. Due to high demand, the carrier in April placed an Airbus A300-600 instead of and A 320/321 on the route, which increased...

Worldspan Hosts Gala For Clients

One of the world's major global distribution system providers, Worldspan, spent lavishly last month in a successful effort to thank their many clients throughout the country for using their services. Some 200 travel agents arrived for the gala night-out event held at one of the...

Ports And Marina Exhibition In View Of 2004

The International Exhibition "Ports 2001" for the construction, development and management of ports in view of 2004 took place on September 27-28, 2001 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Strong Response For Olympic Games Attica Promotion

Twelve companies have applied to participate in the Hellenic Tourism Organization's competition for the promotion of Attica in view of the 2004 Olympic Games. The organization said it was pleased with the strong response.

SETE Organizes Crisis Management In Tourism Seminars

Tourist enterprises are quite vulnerable to almost any crisis. A series of unfortunate incidents in the past, not to mention last month’s terrorist attack on New York, confirm this fact and mark the need of more efficient management and planning of each enterprise’s...

Modernization Works For Thessaloniki’s Macedonia Airport

Plans for new installations at Thessaloniki's Macedonia airport, budgeted at 100 billion drachmas, are expected to be ready for tender by next year, the Public Works Ministry announced last month. Also planned is the installation of the ILS-II landing system that has been...

Alitalia Joins SkyTeam Alliance

One of the last big independent names in air travel, Alitalia, signed an agreement recently with the global alliance SkyTeam. Members include Air France, Delta Airlines, Korean Airlines, Aeromexico and CSA Czech Airlines. CSA's international hub in Prague strengthens Skyteam's...

AKS Adds Another Hotel To Group

AKS Hotels of Cyprus recently added the five-star Annabelle Village on Crete to its stable of hotel units. With the 264 rooms the unit offers, the hotel group now boasts 1,800 rooms in Greece.
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