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19th Philoxenia Opens October 30

Philoxenia, the biggest tourism exhibition in Southeast Europe and one of the largest in the Eastern Mediterranean opens October 30 this year and runs till November 2 at the Thessaloniki Exhibition Center. Orgainizer Helexpo early last month said that 80% of all available...

Russian Tourism Market Continues Strong Growth

According to figures recently compiled by the Russian Institute of Statistics, the Russian outbound travel market continues to grow. Over 20 million people travelled for business or leisure in 2002 which represents an annual increase of 13%. Greece is one of the top 20 (13th)...

WTM Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight

In what is a first for World Travel Market, the premier event for the global travel and tourism industry has joined forces with Airline Business, the industry’s leading boardroom title, to launch a high level two-day air travel conference on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11...

Airline Traffic Continues Downturn

The Association of European Airlines has released traffic figures for the week ending September 7. While generally an improvement on the previous week, the results gave little cause for encouragement. This was especially the case since a damaging pilot strike in weeks 36-37 of...

Businesses Want Online Bookings

By year's end, more than nine in 10 companies with managed travel programs will be using an online booking tool for transient individual travel and, more than four in 10 will be doing so for meetings/group travel. This was a key finding from the July 2003 Technology Trends Survey...

Olympic Airways Becomes Olympic Airlines

Olympic Airways is about to be molded into slimmer carrier and renamed Olympic Airlines. The launch date of the new company has not been announced but is expected to follow soon after passage of the pertinent bill now in parliament.

Snowflake Announces Daily Flights

A schedule of daily flights from Athens as of next March was announced last month by the low-cost airline Snowflake, a subsidiary of SAS, during a reception held at the Swedish embassy here. Presently, Snowflake flies from Athens to Copenhagen and Stockholm.

World Celebrates World Tourism Day

As we hit the presses World Tourism Day celebrations get underway all over the world. Here in Athens, on September 27, the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents and the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Marine Employees, with the support of the Hellenic Tourism...

Tourism and Environmental Protection a Priority

Tourism has increased by more than 100 percent between 1990 and 2000 in the world`s biodiversity hotspots, causing threat to the areas, the Conservation International (CI) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in a recent press release.

Hoteliers Blame Overnights Drop on New Hotels

The recent increase in new hotels in the Attica area is responsible for the reduction in overnights by member units of the Attica Hoteliers Association, according to the Academy of Tourism Research and Studies.

Eurail Group Holds Prices of Eurail Passes for 2004

Erik A. Mollen, Eurail Group's managing director, announced last month that Eurail passes will not increase in price next year. "Our railways want Eurail Passes to provide the best possible value for money in this time of recovery," Mr. Mollen said. "With overseas markets coming...

Hoteliers Not Ready to Adopt Star System

Greek hoteliers are not ready to adopt the automatic star categorization system suggested by government quarters: Government wants hoteliers to declare a star system category for their units by year-end through a simple signed declaration.

Rodos World Heritage Center

The 7th International Symposium of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, which takes place as we go to press, opened on the island of Rodos on September 23 and continues on till the 26th at the Marika Capsis 2000 Confrerence Center within the Sofitel Capsis Hotel complex.

CRS Fees On the Verge of Distinction

The U.S. government hopes to prop up suffering airlines at the expense of another profession - travel agents. The Department of Transportation says it is considering outlawing "incentive fees" that computer-reservation systems pay to encourage agents to use their networks.

New Trends in Sports Tourism

Some 46 speakers, through case studies, showed how important and viable sports is to a country's tourism sector during last month's International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism's (AIEST) 53rd world congress held at the Divani Apollo Hotel in Kavouri September 8-11...

Tourism Study Says Sector Prime Future Employer

By 2010 the Greek tourism sector could create some 150,000 new jobs and thus cover 35% of today's unemployed, according to a study released last month by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE).

A Conflict between Travel Agents and Airlines

It is not enough that travel agents have to deal with problems within the tourism sector because of global economic problems, war, terrorism and epidemics, but it also has to contend with a conflict between the travel agent and airline industries. The latter has emerged as one of...