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Dimitris Avramopoulos

Tourism is not only our major sector for economic development, but it is also a sector with major social benefits. Our new tourism strategy, which we intend to implement shortly, covers all of Greece and has year-round tourism as its main aim with an emphasis given to alternate...

Zorpidis Expansion Continues with New Athens Office

For anyone walking into the new downtown Athens offices of Zorpidis Travel Services it's difficult to imagine that there's a tourism crisis. Besides bustling with activity, the office permeates a feeling of success. It will be hardly surprising to see the office expanded within a...

Attica Hotels Experience At Least One Good Month

For the month of August at least, hotels in the general and greater Athens region managed to do well with their average occupancy rate hitting 95% during the Olympic Games, says the Attica Hoteliers’ Association.

Uniquely Designed Semiramis Opens in Kifissia

Athens now has that particular accommodation for everybody, from posh to up-market to business to boutique to hostels. The newest addition to the variety of lodgings came recently with the opening of Seriramis, a hotel with a totally different concept in design and color, a...

Minoan to Triple Profits

By year-end, Minoan Lines expects to post triple the amount of its last year's net profit of 3.5 million euros. Highly placed company executives say that their forecast takes into account all of the negative factors of the economy that could affect coastal shipping.

The Louis Group to Set Up Greek Cruise Line

Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines announced last month that it would have a new company set up and running cruises out of Piraeus by March of next year. The first ships, Calypso and Ithaki, will execute three- four- and seven-day cruises out of Piraeus.

Investment Projects for Tourism Development

The government says it's in the process of drawing up plans to improve the picture and operation of ports and airports with a view to bolstering the tourism, Deputy Tourism Development Minister Anastassios Liaskos told a recent international conference on transport and technology...

Alitalia Launches Thessaloniki-Rome Daily Flight

Alitalia last month launched a new direct daily flight from Thessaloniki to Rome. With the addition of the new Thessaloniki-Rome flight, the Italian national carrier now offers daily direct and fast access from Thessaloniki to Rome and Milan.

Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau on the Move

Although formed just better than a year ago, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau, or Athens CVB, is just now getting down to the nitty gritty with regards to enticing conferences to the capital. (The Athens Olympics Organizing Committee kept it busy handling a mounting...

Aegean Airlines Europe’s Best

The European Regions Airline Association voted Aegean Airlines the Airline of the Year for 2004-2005. The 230-member association represents 70 European airline companies active in 250 European airports.

Global Tourism Megatrends

Global megatrends that are about to revolution-ize the tourism industry at the dawn of the third millennium were released recently by the director of Tourism Control Intelligence (France and USA), Michael Nowlis. Of the many tendencies foreseen are that the cruise industry will...

Greek Image Abroad More Than Positive

Greece is now considered to be a safe destination and a modern European country by both Europeans and North Americans, according to a survey carried out by MRB, VPRC, Research International for the organizers of Athens 2004. The survey covered the first three weeks of September...

Now or Never for Greek Tourism

Perhaps the best and most professional tourism conference ever organized in Athens was organized and superbly executed last month by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. The conference not only started on time but also started without the usual barrage of empty speeches...

Nine Offers for Tourism Promotion Campaign

As October comes to a close there is still no news on how the nine advertising firms faired on their bids to handle the Hellenic Tourism Organization's advertising and promotion program for 2004-2005, which is worth about 31 million euros.

Tourism Down 8% This Year

Most Greek destinations were disappointed this summer when arrivals failed to increase as expected during the summer months. The end result, according to trade professionals, is that Greece will post an 8% drop in tourism arrivals this year. And this occurs after a difficult 2003.

Marios Trivizas

Greek tourism showed a serious decline in 2004, with arrivals dropping from 6-8% in almost all destinations, with the exception of Athens. If we consider revenues, we estimate that the decrease is even higher, taking into account lower prices and special offers made by all...

Gerasimos Fokas

With the successful organization of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, we have entered a new era where Greece, and the Greek tourism sector in particular, has had the red carpet of opportunity laid before it. The Games have strengthened our image abroad and once more Greece has...

Haris Kokkosis

Greece boasts one of the richest ecosystems in Europe, boasts 40 centuries of cultural heritage and is a safe and friendly destination for all tourists. With the latter in mind, our basic aim is the quality improvement of our tourism product along with the development of...

Hellas Flying Dolphins Awaits Catamarans

Hellas Flying Dolphins says it will start off the new year with two new catamarans to be named Flyingcat 5 and Flyingcat 6. The new vessels are scheduled to ply the North Sporades linking the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos with the ports at Volos and Aghios Konstantinos.