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A note by the publisher

During the first days of this year, the consul general of the U.S. embassy here in Athens informed the Greek Union of Air Travel Agencies that it was suspending the travel agency program for issuing visas to the USA. Although the formalities and procedures for visas were complex,...

9th Panorama Tourism Fair Scheduled For April

Next year's domestic tourism fair, Panorama, the ninth, takes place once again at the OLP Exhibition Center in Piraeus. The fair opens on April 22 and continues through to April 25.

Info Movies on Airport Shuttle Buses

Passengers on Athens airport shuttle buses will soon have the opportunity to watch venue and location information movies on the bus, in both Greek and English.

World Heritage Cities Holds Symposium on Rodos

The Organization of World Heritage Cities' 7th international symposium will take place in the medieval city on the island of Rodos between Sept. 23 and 26. The symposium is under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Cultural Olympics and is in coorporation with...

New Program Introduced for Security

An innovative pilot project, supported by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), could revolutionize travel in the U.S. by maximizing security while minimizing inconveniences imposed on travelers.

Grande Bretagne Does It with Style and Finesse

Sometimes, not often, publications receive promotional material that makes the reader sit up and take notice. Over the years Greek Travel Pages has received carloads of various Greek tourism-related brochures and publications from both home and abroad. Last month the publication...

Internet Success Depends On Brand Awareness

Three years ago, some $26 billion of leisure, unmanaged business and corporate travel were purchased online worldwide. Latest forecasts by Internet specialists, such as U.S.-based PhoCusWright, see global online travel sales reaching more than $80 billion this year.

Airotel Group Renames Riva Unit

The Athens-based Airotel group renames its Riva unit after the group's founder, Stratos Vasilikos. The Stratos Vasilikos Hotel on Mihalako-poulou, after being closed for a radical renovation program, will reopen in the early part of next year, in lots of time for the 2004 Games.

Amadeus Handles Eurostar Bookings

Eurostar, the leading high speed passenger rail company serving the UK, France and Belgium, has chosen to expand distribution of its rail services through the Amadeus global distribution system, via the same neutral display used by airlines. Eurostar can now be booked...

Turkey Plays Catch-up with Tourism Arrival Figures

More than two million tourists arrived in Turkey for holidays during July, an increase of 10% over the same month last year, according to the Turkish government, which shows that Greece's neighbor quickly overcame the negative results the tourism sector suffered because of the...

Iraq Counts on Tourism

With the Tigris and the Euphrates, the marshes and forests of palm trees, and the archaeological sites of ancient Mesopotamia and holy (Shiite) cities, Iraq should be counted among the premier tourist destinations in the world, said the coordinator general of Iraq's tourism...

Sabre Travel Network Launches Exclusive Hotels Program in Europe

Sabre Travel Network brings to Europe its Sabre Exclusives hotels program, which was launched in the U.S. last year. The company will negotiate discounted rates with participating hotels and make these available through the Sabre global distribution system to its network of...

Summer Arrivals Offset Earlier Losses

An increase in foreign arrivals during the early part of the summer so far has helped cancel the losses seen in the early part of the year. And in an effort to stem some profiteering, particularly at eating establishments, government inspectors continue to visit tourism...

Global Tourism Back On Track

Global tourism is on the road to recovery despite worries over terrorism and the SARS virus, with visitor numbers expected to increase strongly for the foreseeable future, the British research group Mintel said.

Hoteliers Upset Over Government’s Refusal To Change Depreciation Rate

Greek hoteliers continue efforts to pressure government quarters to change depreciation rates for tax purposes from 4% to the 8% it was some two years ago. Representatives from Greek Hotel Chamber and the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises say they are very disappointed...

Tourism Organization Unveils New Logo for 2004

After 144 proposals from 53 participants in the recent call for a new logo from the Hellenic Tourism Organization, executives of the organization selected 28 proposals and of these six were selected for awards.

City of Athens Awards 10 Best Greek Beaches

In an effort to promote Greek beaches as some of the cleanest and most beautiful in the world, the City of Athens awarded what the public considered the country's best beaches. Voting was on an international basis through the Internet site www.thalassa. gr. Votes came from 45...

Banks Ease Pressure on Greek Hoteliers with Heavy Debts

Greece's national economy ministry last month urged banks to initiate a program of "good faith" concerning all rules of law that concern old loans owed to them by Greek hoteliers.

Tourism Sector Underdeveloped

Greece's tourism sector causes losses some one billion dollars a year to the country's economy because of underdeveloped tourism activities, according to a recent study by the Tourism Research and Forecast Institute.

Blue Star Ferries Continues to Increase Overall Traffic on Ferry Routes

Blue Star Ferries managed to increase passenger traffic on the Piraeus-Chania route by some 43% during the month of July when compared with traffic on the route in July of last year. Its vessel Blue Star 2, which was placed on the route this year for the first time, covered...
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