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Athens to Celebrate the Rebirth of Hotel de la Grande Bretagne

On the first of next month, Athenians celebrate the rebirth of the capital's most magnificent lodging unit: The Hotel Grande Bretagne. After spending some 70 million euros during the past year and one-half and literally gutting the old "palace," owners rebuilt the GB, as it is...

Internet Bookings Continue to Rise

Holidaymakers throughout Europe are showing a greater preference for booking travel online. In particular, Western Europe is set to see a dramatic increase in the number of hotel reservations made on the Internet this year.

Tourism Concerns Embrace Internet

Some 30 million euros goes to tourism enterprises this year in an effort to force them to embrace new technology, in particular the Internet, say the government's tourism leaders. The funds will come from the European Union's Information Community Business Program.

Blue Star Ferries Increases Profit By 75%

Stintzis Lines, owner of Blue Star Ferries, announced last month that the ferry line posted a consolidated 9-month profit before taxes that was 75.3% higher when compared with the same first nine-month-period of the year before and reached 3.4 million euros.

Superfast Ferries Posts Super Revenue

Superfast Ferries posted sales of almost 160 million euros for the first nine months of last year. Some 61% of sales came from the Adriatic market, about 30% from the Balkan market and the remaining 9% from the North Sea routes.

Last Call For Tender To Construct Conference Center

The four short-listed consortiums in the tender for construction and operation for 50 years of the planned conference center in Athens's old airport installations at Hellenikon have been invited to submit their final technical and financial bids to state-owned Hellenic Tourism...

Greece Suggests Balkans Form Tourism Committee

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos proposes that the Balkan countries create a tourism committee in an effort to better cooperate in overcoming the handicap of being single destinations.

Flisvos Marina Leased To Lamda

State-owned Hellenic Tourism Properties last month signed a concession agreement that grants operation rights for the Flisvos Marina facility on the Athens coast to the Lamda Technol consortium.

Bids Called For The Sale Of Galileo Hellas

Greece's transport ministry announced a tender for the sale of a majority stake in Galileo Hellas. Tenders were to be accepted up until January 17.

Grave Concern For 2003 Tourism Industry

Members of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises expressed grave concern for Greece's tourism industry this year. The association's president, Stavros Andreadis, said that after last year's drop of about 5% in overall arrivals, coupled with international events, this year...

New Lodging Complex For Wine Lovers

Georgos Kokotos, once a well-known hotelier with units on Rodos and Crete, is back in the business: This time with a new and unique product for Greece. He is creating a winery complex with accommodation facilities for visitors who wish to acquaint themselves with the entire...

Travel Agents Do Not Need Airlines To Survive

With airlines posting negative revenue reports, and their "zero commission policy," the future of the travel agency industry was considered in doubt last year. But some agents have found ways to prosper amid all the uncertainties.

Travel Trade Concerned But Optimistic For 2003 Tourism Year

Despite ominous forecasts, Greek hoteliers and travel agents are somewhat optimistic for this year's tourism sector. They feel Greece this year most likely will have fewer than anticipated losses thanks to its six-month EU presidency, which is expected to be a boon for the...

Another Museum Closed For Renovations

One by one, Greece's major archaeological museums are closing down for refurbishment ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games. The fear expressed by Greece's travel professionals is that this simultaneous rush will leave many visitors over the next year and one-half standing enraged...

New Hotel Chamber President Promises Modernization

A trip into the downtown offices of the Greek Hotel Chamber does not leave one impressed with its civil-servant-type organization. The chamber's newly elected president, Makis Fokas, however, says he intends to change this.

The Rise and Fall of Greece’s Top Name in Travel

A few years back, many in the travel industry would point to Manos Travel as an example of how to succeed in the business. The company started from a small office and through pioneering ideas grew by leaps and bounds into the biggest and most successful in the country.

ITB Tourism Fair Remains Industry Leader

The world's leading tourism exchange, International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin, remains the industry's number one fair and Greek participation this year again will be substantial.