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Within the Greek tourism sector there are many things we are not happy with, however, we have to give credit where credit is due. And the Greek tourism ministry deserves warm applause for the organization of this year's Greek pavilion at Berlin's International Tourism Bourse....

Louis Hellenic Cruises Begins 2005 Cruise Program

Last month, Louis Hellenic Cruises held an inauguration reception in Piraeus aboard its cruise ship The Emerald. The new cruise company announced the beginning of its cruise program for this year. Company executives say bookings have topped every expectation and that if the trend...

Formula One Racing In Greece

Greece is considering building a Formula One racetrack to tune up the country's vital tourism industry. However, the venue for the track is causing some problems for government leaders.

Tour Operators Upbeat On Travel to Greece

Greece has to pursue deep institutional and qualitative changes in its tourism industry so as to become one of the world's most popular destinations, Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a recent meeting with members of Europe' biggest and most influential tour...

ETTFA Goes Global

The travel exhibition industry will soon be speaking with a stronger voice as ETTFA - the European Tourism Trade Fairs Association - goes global.

Athens to Host Europe Corporate Games

From November 4 to 6 of this year, Athens will host the Europe Corporate Games. The festival includes 16 athletic events with the participation of thousands of executives from more than 150 companies throughout Europe.

Panorama Opens April 7-10

Panorama celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and to commemorate the event organizers (the Kalofolias group of companies) have upgraded the fair with a new modern logo - still the sun and the sea but with a more modern mood - and have added new sectors to the "international"...

European Travel Trends Released by IPK International

Again this year, IPK International released its Global Travel Trends study during Berlin's tourism fair International Travel Bourse. The study found that Europeans continue their strong preference for sun and sea holidays.

Lufthansa and Aegean Sign Cooperation Agreement

With the beginning of the winter schedule on October 30, Athens-based Aegean Airlines becomes a partner with Germany's Lufthansa. The airlines will offer code-sharing within their networks whereby flights of both airlines can then be combined and booked via worldwide reservation...

Hoteliers Urge Adoption of Longer Hours for Museums and Shops

The Greek Chamber of Hotels says that the increase in opening hours of shops and museums in the country, as recently proposed by the government, is a positive step towards bolstering tourism.

A Call to Save a Greek Tradition

A key element of Greece's tourist allure, the traditional wooden fishing boats that brighten many an island harbor, is facing a major threat of extinction due to EU policies and government indifference, activists warned last month.

Tourism Sector Cooperates With Eurovision Star

For once, Greece is grabbing every opportunity to promote itself as a tourism destination. Last month, Aristides Kalogeropoulos, president of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, held a press conference to announce the organization's close cooperation with Eurovision star Elena...

Athens/Attica Tourism Promotion Campaign

For the first time in its history, the Athens/Attica region has successfully initiated a full-fledged tourism promotion campaign. The campaign includes professional-done brochures, all with exceptionally well done, original and excellent advertising creations, and a well-designed...

National Tourism Council Meets

Although not much came out of it, the country's National Tourism Council met last month for the first time under the present government. But the country's tourism minister did announce a promise a 9-point legislation for tourism development and investment.

Land Development Legislation Planned

The land use question once again was the focus of a meeting last month of the governmental committee handling Greece's tourism sector. Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias vowed to table legislation on land use and the designation of new areas for tourism development.

Greece Outshined Competitors at ITB

For the first time in memory, Greece held its head high at a world travel exhibition and showed the world its capabilities. The Greek pavilion, with its avid colors, wide-open spaces, and design continuity, outshone its Mediterranean competitors, not only with its design but also...

Lufthansa Buys Out Swiss

The supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the board of directors of Swiss International Air Lines AG late last month approved the business model jointly developed by both companies for the takeover and integration of Swiss into the Lufthansa Group.

Hellas Jet Continues Search for Buyer

Hellas Jet, a creation of Cyprus Airways, continues its search for a buyer after Dutch and British buyers backed out of a possible purchase agreement. Press reports say the airline will be forced to shut down.

Plotin On the Verge of Bankruptcy

Heavy debts have apparently forced one of Greece's oldest travel companies to the brink of bankruptcy. The Plotin group, owned by the Antoniou family and the German travel group Neckerman, has subsidiary operations in Corfu, Crete, Rodos and Chalkidiki.

Amadeus Signs Up Romanian Carrier TAROM

Amadeus, the travel industry technology provider and leading Global Distribution System (GDS), announced that TAROM, Romania's national airline, has successfully moved its sales and reservations to Amadeus Altea Sell.