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A note by the publisher

Two very different yet very unique members of the Greek travel trade are no longer with us. Last month, two of our most cherished members died of heart attacks. Our sincere condolences to the families of Marios Angelis and Stratos Vassilikos.

Possible Increase In Airline Passenger Compensation

The European Commission last month tabled a proposal that, if adopted, would oblige airlines to pay a hefty sum to passengers forced to miss their flights either through overbooking or cancellation.

Bumper Year For Greek Casinos

The privatization of the Mont Parnes Casino is entering its final stage. Hyatt Regency together with construction company Hellenic Technodomiki have submitted one of the offers, while another bid came from the group of Club Hotel Loutraki, Piraeus Bank, the construction companies...

Subsidies For Olympic Aviation On Unprofitable Routes

Olympic's domestic subsidiary carrier, Olympic Aviation, gets some 10.3 million euros (3.5 billion drachmas) annually in government subsidies for operating flights to nine island destinations considered highly unprofitable.

Internet Travel Purchases Continue Rapid Increase Home And Abroad

Internet may account for one in every four travel purchases in the main generating markets within the next five years, according to a recent report issued by the World Tourism Organization Business Council.

National Control Center For Greek Seas

Construction of the first phase of a new system that will modernize the way ships sail Greek seas gets underway this month. Called Vessel Traffic Management and Information System, the control center will track vessels sailing Greek waters from four main harbor points - Piraeus,...

Attica Enterprises Opens Germany-Sweden Route With Yet Another New Super-fast Ferry

Superfast IX, for the moment the newest vessel in the Attica Enterprises' fleet, last month began service on the new Germany-Sweden route between the port of Sodertalje, in the greater Stockholm area and the port of Rostock, Germany. The new service represents the second stage of...

EC Proposes Annual Tourism Forum

If properly implemented, measures proposed by the European Commission could alleviate the impact of any long-term negative effects to Europe's tourism sector. Any decline in arrivals to Europe could be no more than a passing phase.

No Problem To Host Olympic Games Visitors

Akis Tsohatzopoulos, Greece's development minister, says requirements of the Olympic Hospitality program will be met. "There is absolutely no concern about securing the beds required for the 'philoxenia' program, since, out of the 23,000 rooms needed, 20,000-21,000 have already...

Eurostar Signs New Agreement With Galileo

Eurostar, one of the largest tourism corporations in Greece, recently expanded its cooperation with Galileo Hellas concerning the Galileo's electronic reservation system (CRS) Eurostar uses at its headquarters and branch offices.

Minoan Places Newest Vessel On Patras-Ancona Route

Just three days before Christmas, Minoan Lines placed its newest high-speed vessel, Olympia Palace, on the Patras-Ancona route. The Olympia Palace is the fifth new vessel the Crete-based ferry line launched during 2001.

Minister Says To Entice Tourism From USA And China

Ministry of Development Akis Tsohatzopoulos says he will put the stress on invigorating incoming tourism from the U.S., which has been downgraded to a great extent the last few years.

ITB Fair Expects Normal Participation

Organizers of the International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin 2002, which takes place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and in the ICC Berlin from 16 to 20 March, say applications for participation have remained constant. "At this point in time (early January) no countries have...

Coastal Ship Owners Demand Rate Increases

Local coastal shipping companies, and the banks they owe substantial funds to, are in talks with Greece's merchant marine ministry to find ways that would ensure the survival of the country's coastal shipping fleet. Bankers strongly believe that it is of the utmost importance to...

Cuts In Airport Taxes May Help Airline Survival

Greece's government, in late December, announced measures to lower costs for the airline industry. It said this should help fortify the sector, which suffers more than most economic sectors after the September 11 terrorist attacks against the U.S. The attack continues to deter...

SETE Pessimistic For Sector Tourism This Year

Nikos Angelopoulos, vice president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, told its annual Christmas press gathering that he and the association were not optimistic for tourism possibilities in 2002. He said association sources foresee a possible drop in arrivals from...

Athens Convention Bureau Taken Off Back Burner

Many years have passed since the local tourism trade called for the creation of a conference and visitor's bureau for the Athens area. Since then, not a single positive step has been taken, but the idea remains as not only a viable one but also a vital one to implement.

Development Minister Agrees To Formation Of Private Company To Promote Greece

Once again, the Hellenic Tourism Organization was unable to get its tourism advertising program off the ground as scheduled. Instead of last October, the organization got its 31-million-euro (10.6 billion drachmas) program for 2002 off the ground in mid January with television...

Women Strongest Clients For Business Travel

The number of women that travel for professional reasons continue to increase and now reaches some 50% of total business travelers, compared with a meager 1% back in 1970, said Josiane Loutfi, president of the International Federation of Women's Travel Organizations during a...