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Στα μέσα της δεκαετίας του '80, δυο-τρία χρόνια μετά που άρχισαν οι κινήσεις για την υπαγωγή του Τραστ των αεροπορικών εταιρειών στους κανόνες του ανταγωνισμού, σε μια συνδικαλιστική συνάντηση με Managers των αεροπορικών εταιρειών, συζητήθηκε και το θέμα των ναύλων οι οποίοι ήταν...

Colossus of Rhodes to Rise Again

The Colossus of Rhodes will rise again, if ambitious plans by the mayor of Rodos, Yiannis Iatridis, to rebuild the ancient statue come to fruition. Mayor Iatridis said that Cypriot sculptor Nikos Gotziamanis had undertaken both to carry out the project and find funding for it.

Institute of Tourism Research Study Shows Economic Importance of Tourism Sector

The reduction of the current account deficit by nearly 2 billion euros during the first 11 months of 2004 underscores the leading role the service sector, or at least part of it, can play toward balancing Greece's international transactions, according to the latest report of the...

Secrets to Perfect Business Travel

A business travel survey has revealed a magic formula for the perfect business trip: a direct flight, flat bed, in-flight Blackberry, a friendly face at the airport, language lessons, online booking, e-tickets, flying alone, an iPod, high-speed Internet access, a power shower, a...

Salamina Vies for Position as Strong Tourism Destination

The nearby island of Salamina is out to pick up a reputation as a tourism destination. Its mayor, Vangelis Agapiou, says a major campaign is now underway to entice visitors to the island. "Although I don't expect to see many visitors from abroad, I do expect to see a substantial...

Greece’s Major Tourism Markets Depend on Internet Use

Germany and the UK, two markets that make up more than half of all arrivals to Greece each year, have become very dependent on online travel. The German online travel market alone has multiplied in the past two years, outpacing the rest of Europe, according to a new report...

New Airline Compensation for Passengers

New rules on an airline's obligations to passengers came into effect last month. The rules change the amounts given in compensation, and redefine the circumstances where compensation must be provided.

Travelers Demand More and More from Hotels, Including Bath Fixtures

Trendwatching.com - an Amsterdam-based independent trend agency that uncovers global consumer trends - says that the desire for a more luxurious "home away from home" has become a popular global trend.

New Possibilities for Greece’s Ecotourism Sector

A step taken last month by the Greek government opens new possibilities for the country's Ecotourism sector. Ecotourism, a sub-category of sustainable tourism, is considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry, according to the World Tourism Organization, with an...

No Increase in Arrivals from Greece’s Main Markets

Vassilis Minaidis, president of the Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation, is not overly optimistic for tourism to Greece this year. "At the very best, foreign arrivals to our country this year should increase by some 3-5%," he says. This increase, however, is hardly enough to cover...

Germans Opt for Cheaper Destinations

It appears that Germans have turned away from Greece as a holiday destination and have headed to cheaper destinations outside the euro zone. Greek tourism professionals say the move has been going on since 2002 and to a great extent is due to the condition of the German economy...

Full House Expected at This Year’s ITB

If you have yet to make arrangements to attend the International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin, which runs from 11 to 15 March on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and in the ICC Berlin, the chances are you'll be staying home.

Superfast Purchases 10% of Minoan Lines

Attica Holdings (Superfast and Blue Star Ferries) announced late last month that it had reached an agreement with an Italian company, represented by Romano Artioili, for the acquisition of more than 6.7 million shares of Minoan Lines. The purchase represents 9.51% of the share...

Athens Promises Tourism and Economic Development Agency

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis last month submitted a proposal before City Council to establish a tourism development agency, in cooperation with the private sector, as part of efforts to raise the Greek capital's profile as a year-round tourist destination.

Continued Difficulties for Athenian Hoteliers

Hoteliers in the Athens area continue to face painful economic problems and some even face extreme difficulty when it comes to paying running monthly expenses. They say the strong investment in modernization carried out prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics, in conjunction with...

Car Launch Presentations Reach Greece

Greece, the birthplace of the Games, was chosen to host the worldwide presentation and launching of BMW’s new series 3 models. The event took place on the “Athens Riviera” (Astir Palace Vouliagmeni) and was targeted exclusively for the sales network of the company.

New GNTO Offices for North Amercia

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos announced a major Greek tourism promotion drive in the U.S. market on the first day of a tourism workshop organized by the Hellenic-American Chamber of Tourism. "The U.S. is a high-priority market for us, especially now that we...

More Business Travel This Year

Business travel is on the rise, according to recent research analyses. American Express, for example, predicts that overall travel costs for corporations will increase by around 3% this year, as business travel continues to recover and travel demand increases. It says that...

Greek 60 Million-euro Tourism Promotion Campaign Well Underway

Greece's tourism promotion campaign steams ahead in both Europe and the USA. The first phase of the 60-million-euro campaign has been completed and the second phase is now in full force.

New Athens Festival Program Announced

Two of the "Three Tenors" will perform at separate events this summer at Greece's annual Hellenic Festival, organizers announced last month.
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