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Anastasios Liaskos

Tourism is now the most dynamic sector of our economy contributing most to our gross national product. For the New Democracy Party tourism is our first-choice priority and the basic directions for its develop include:

HATTA Wins Ruling on Commission Fees

Greece's Competition Commission fined Greece's two biggest airlines, Olympic and Aegean, a total of 210,000 euros for complicity in reducing the commission paid to travel agents, from 9.25 percent to 6.94 percent, on tickets for domestic flights.

World Tourism Day Celebrations

World Tourism Day Celebrations

Tourism Secretariat to Take over Tourism Organization

If Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos's recent announcement comes to pass, the Hellenic Tourism Organization will be merged with the development ministry's general secretariat for tourism and a new company, EOT SA, will undertake Greece's promotion as a tourism destination,...

Museums and Sites to be Accessible to People with Special Needs

A special inter-ministerial meeting on the Olympic Games last month reiterated promises to render Athens more compatible with the needs of physically disabled people ahead of next September's Paralympics.

Attica Hoteliers Complain of No Promotion

Government and Olympic organizers have failed to properly advertise Athens as an international tourist destination, hoteliers complained during a recent press conference. "They encouraged us to invest heavily in order to boost the capital's hotel infrastructure ahead of the 2004...

Olympic-Gulf Air Agreement for Athens-Sydney

Flights to Australia from Greece are to start again from November 23, nearly a year after they were suspended, thanks to a deal between Olympic Airways and Gulf Air, the managing directors of the two carriers announced in early September.

Air France-KLM Deal Just the Beginning

Air France's planned takeover of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which would create Europe's largest airline, may just be the beginning of a trend as airline carriers look to ways to cooperate and cut costs after two years of extensive losses.

Government Talks of Tourism Reforms

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told journalists last month that the government hoped tourism would soon become "the basic economic factor in our country's economic and social development."

Hellas Jet Officially in the Air

Greece's newest airline, Hellas Jet, held its first meet last month to officially inaugurate its airline and flights from Athens to Brussels, London, Zurich and Paris as it finally received all necessary licenses. Company officials said the carrier would claim a leading role in...

Panagiotis Bamides

This year has been one of the most difficult periods for global tourism and, of course, for our country. These difficulties brought our tourism weaknesses to the surface, not the least of which is the offer of cut-rate prices in exchange for last-minute bookings. This also showed...

Ekaterinari Asimina Xirotiri

For several years Greece's tourism policy has focused on improving and differentiating the tourism offer in order to attract the quality traveler. According to announcements, the principle of viable development through the protection and promotion of the natural and cultural...

Gerasimos Fokas

After the terrorist activity of September 11 in the USA, a series of incidents have created unstable and intense competitive conditions within the global and European tourism market. Major European tour operators, within the framework of an even more aggressive policy, now...

Yiannis Evangelou

We live in a world where everything quickly changes on the world tourism stage with new tourism products, new consumer trends and increased international competition. Recent problems confronted by the tourism industry forced all, but particularly airlines and travel agents, to...

Marios Trivizas

Unfortunately, we see no change towards the better for incoming tourism next year. Last year, and the year before, incoming dropped five percent and six percent respectively and for this year we foresee as much as a fifteen-percent drop in arrivals. The drop in arrivals from...

Dino Frantzeskakis

The future of Greek Tourism can be bright only if all components which make up this complex services industry agree to a unified medium and long-term strategy. Instead of paying lip service only, both state and private sectors could agree on a joint policy towards upgrading...

Vassilis Minaides

Independent of the present pessimistic climate within the tourism sector, mostly because this is the third consecutive year we've seen a drop in foreign arrivals and the price of our product, the prospects for tourism remain good. Our country remains an internationally recognized...

Stelios Polykratis

Apart from what happens each year, which gives us some idea of our limits and what will follow so as we can adapt accordingly, we could say next year is particularly special because of the 2004 Games. If use exploit this opportunity appropriately, we could create a better climate...

Giorgos Tsakiris

October 2003 to August 2004, just 10 months before the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens; a global event that marks the future direction of Athens, both economically and socially. The Athens-Attica area, however, even with the recent radical renovation of most hotel...

SkyTeam Helps Organize Mexican Festival

SkyTeam Helps Organize Mexican Festival