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New Publication Enlightens Tourism Professionals

The latest publication by Hellenic Tourism Organization Research and Investment Director Betty Hadjinikolaou could be a godsend for tourism professionals as it's the first time Greece's various tourism legislation acts are collated in a single book.

Minister Satisfied With 2002 Tourism Arrivals

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told reporters that tourism arrivals to Greece last year dropped by around 1% while tourism exchange receipts increased by some 1%. "This means quality improvements have led to an increase in tourism revenue," he said.

Athens Hilton Reopens

After a multi-million-euro refurbishment and expansion program, the Athens Hilton reopened last month to the cheers and admiration of employees and special guests. The "new" unit takes on a complete new look inside and out with a particular emphasis on a modern style with lots of...

Tourism to Greece at Satisfactory Levels Says WTO

Tourism arrivals to Greece in 2002 remained at a satisfactory level, said the Word Tourism Organization's secretary general, Francisco Frangialli, during the recent Fitur travel fair held in Madrid. He added that prospects for Greece's tourism sector remain positive in light of...

Solid Soft Banks On Expansion

Greece's top back-office software provider for Greek travel agents, Solid Soft International, recently launched a series of expansion moves. These initiatives could place the company within an enviable position in the years to come.

Tourism Panorama 2003 Opens March 28

Greece's domestic travel fair, Tourism Panorama, runs this year from March 28-31 at the Piraeus Port Authority exhibition center. At a recent press conference, the fair's organizer, the Kalofolias Group, said even though we are experiencing difficult times for tourism, the...

Amazing Holidays Honored by Thailand

At its fairly recent holiday awards ceremony, Thailand's tourism minister honored the tour operators it considered the most important and best for Thailand's tourism industry. On the top of the list was Amazing Holidays, a subsidiary company of Athens-based Cel Tours.

Poseidon Resort Joins International Groups

Loutraki's Poseidon Resort is now a member of Premier Hotels and Resorts and of The Charming Hotels of the World. The international recognition comes as a result of a major investment in upgrading both the unit's services and amenities.

Major Renovation Projects for Greece’s Border Points

In cooperation with the development, interior and culture ministries, as well as regional authorities, Hellenic Tourism Properties signed an agreement with a private-sector firm to carry out quality renovation works at Greece's five main in-land border points: Evzones, Promahona,...

SkyTeam Alliance Expands through Associate Membership

Executives from the airline alliance SkyTeam, met in London recently where they announced plans to introduce an associate airline program that will expand customer benefits to additional regions of the world. The plan calls for opening associate SkyTeam membership to carriers...

New” Athenaeum Inter.Continenal Nears Completion

The luxury hotel unit Athenaeum Inter.Continenal has completed most of its 23.5-million-euro renovation plans designed by some of the world's leading designers. The only project left yet to complete is the full remodeling of the unit's Premiere rooftop restaurant.

Tourism and Development Conference Concentrated on Tourism Promotion

Greek Tourism Enterprises Association President Stavros Andreadis told delegates at the opening of last month's Tourism and Development Conference, which was organized by the association, that much more money must be spent on the promotion of Greece abroad. He suggested that all...

Tourism Council Meets With Aim to Develop into Positive Forum

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, after chairing last month's meeting of the National Tourism Council, said his government plans to take steps to reinforce the tourism industry in the event war breaks out with Iraq. He mentioned the creation of a committee to propose...

Greece Must Create New Tourism Products

Greece and its Mediterranean European Union neighbors must create new tourism products in order to survive and flourish as international tourism destinations, said Yiannis Evangelou, president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agents during a recent working lunch...

Tourism Sector Weakened By Strong Euro

The strength of the euro against the dollar brings some opportunities to the forefront for Greek travelers to countries outside of the EU. The same applies to travelers from other European Union countries, including Greece's main markets of Germany and Britain, who may forsake...

Hoteliers Must Become More Competitive

Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation President Vassilis Minaides believes that the Greek hotel sector, even though it has made major improvement strides over the past couple of years, is not competitive enough.

Impressive Tourism Investment Projects

Some 180 million euros worth of investment projects are expected this year within the framework of the European Union's Third Community Support Program.

More than One-half Billion Potential Tourists With Special Needs

If a tourism enterprise looks at the potential gains, it will surely take the latest Hellenic Tourism Organization's publication to heart. The manual, entitled "Making Europe Accessible for Tourists with Disabilities," fully describes all the necessary steps required to host...

Greek-Turkish Tourism Agreement Signed

Turkish Tourism Minister Guldal Aksit arrived in Athens last month to sign a tourism cooperation agreement with Greek Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos. The agreement includes efforts to promote a common tourism product to markets such as North America, China and Russia.
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