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HATTA Behind Creation of Balkan Travel Agency Associations’ Federation

With little help but with a lot of work, Yiannis Evangelou, president of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents, managed to draw together all similar associations throughout the Balkans and pose an idea. "Let's cooperate through a pan-Balkan federation of travel...

Greece’s First Tourism Submarine Explores Santorini Depths

Greece's first tourism submarine service was inaugurated last month by Merchant Marine Minister George Anomeritis at the Peace and Friendship Stadium's wharf area. The Atlantis Santorini I, which dives to a depth of 25-30 meters, will explore the undersea area of Santorini's...

Hoteliers Look To Domestic Travelers

Greek hoteliers are turning to domestic travelers in order to cover the loss of foreign arrivals expected this year. Many hoteliers already are working with local travel agents to create package programs with an enticing pricing policy. Travel agents and hoteliers expect to work...

Berlin Fair Disappointment for Greece

Berlin's international tourism exhibition last month was an eye opener for some but a chance to carry out substantial business for others. Stands at Greece's pavilion were perhaps the least visited while stands at neighboring pavilions (France, Portugal, Spain) welcomed a steady...

First Sports Tourism Company Up and Running

Sportius Hospitality, the first Greek company to specialize in sports tourism, said during a recent presentation that it aims to be the biggest organization here to provide accommodation during next year's Olympics. Company executives said they would have 5,500 rooms and...

A (Royal) Family Affair

The dream of most Greek small business owners is for their children to follow in their footsteps and expand the family business. In most cases, however, their children follow their own dreams. In rare cases, all of the children's dreams follow that of the founder. One such dream...

Prolonged Iraqi War Requires Contingency Plans

A prolonged war in Iraq would destroy more than three million jobs in the global travel and tourism industry and eliminate more than $30 billion of economic value (gross domestic product) in 2003, the latest research from the World Travel & Tourism Council shows.

Strintzis Introduces New Routes

Within the new liberalized framework of Greek coastal shipping, Strintzis Lines (Blue Star Ferries), expands its routes. As of this month, the Greek ferry line is at the forefront with three brand new ships on the Cycladic Islands' routes, the Blue Star 1 in the Dodecanese on the...

Amphitrion Bucks Trends and Expands

In today's difficult climate most companies attempt to cut costs to the bone and downsize as much as possible. But not Amphitrion Holidays, which is one of the country's biggest and most successful tourism enterprises. Its most recent expansion activity was to open a new airline...

Airlines Sell Worldspan

An agreement was signed last month by Travel Transaction Processing Corporation to purchase Worldspan from its three airline owners (Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and American Airlines).

Cruise Market Concerned but Upbeat

Greece's passenger shipping association says its sector is in for a difficult time this year. It wants government to help soften the blow with a cut in port costs, and subsidies for new employees, for newbuildings, and for employee insurance. It also wants a 50% increase in...

Air Traffic Remains Volatile

The first AEA traffic report for 2003 shows an increase in passenger-km of 6.4 percent over January of last year. This brought traffic volume back to within 1.5 percentage points of where it had stood in January 2001.

Greek Hotel Sector Improves Financial Picture

There are a plethora of complaints coming from Greece's hotel sector regarding difficult times, desperately low room rates and a severe drop in business. Perhaps so. Figures released recently by the ICAP Data Bank, however, tell a different story. These figure show that 2001 was...

Tourism Organization Considers Additional Tourism Promotion Activities

The Hellenic Tourism Organization is now in the process of increasing promotional activities of Greece abroad. Besides agreements with major television companies in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, a major television crew from China just left Greece after...