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Mount Grammos Vies for “Europe’s Most Beautiful” Title

Mount Grammos, known in Greece as one of the bloodiest battlefields of the 1946-49 Civil War, places its natural beauty against the more tranquil Danube River for the 2007-2008 title as the most beautiful nature spot in Europe in the EU-sponsored Landscape of the Year contest.

Sabre Purchases Lastminute.com

Sabre Inc. reached an agreement last month to acquire lastminute.com for an estimated $1.1 billion. Sabre said the addition of lastminute.com, with its well-established consumer brands, is expected to provide Sabre's Travelocity unit with greater scale and the leading position in...

Amadeus Holds Regional Conference in Athens

Amadeus executives who met in Athens last month to discuss future strategies for the company said that Greece shows a huge potential for Amadeus and it will therefore reinforce its interest in the area.

Poros Hosts 4th International Yachting Symposium

For the fourth year in a row, the island of Poros hosted its international Yachting Symposium. The annual event has been held on the island every May to promote Greek marine tourism. Parallel with the symposium was a presentation of the deluxe Greek yachts available for charter.

Corfu Hosts Inflatable Boat Races

With numerous successes under its belt in organizing a various boat races, the island of Corfu on July 2 takes on the task of organizing and presenting the Panhellenic Inflatable Boat Races.

Lindon Village Resort Opens On Rodos

After an investment of some 30 million euros, the new five-star Lindon Village Resort officially opened its doors to the traveling public last month amid a plethora of celebrations. The "third generation" hotel resort is spread over 60 stremma of prime garden property.

Qatar Airways Begins Direct Athens-Doha Flights

Qatar Airways, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, announced last month that it would begin operating direct flights between Athens and Doha as of June 15. The airline plans six weekly flights, each with a duration of four hours.

Louis Hellenic Cruises to Raise the Greek Flag

At least three Louis group cruise ships will raise the Greek flag, CEO Costakis Loizou said aboard Thomson Destiny, the group's flagship, during a reception held while the vessel was docked in Piraeus last month.

Newly Renovated Louis Colossos Beach Reopens

After major interior renovations, Louis Hotels last month opened its newest hotel acquisition, the Louis Colossos Beach on Rodos. This year, the hotel group plans to continue recent renewal efforts with a general redecoration of the hotel's grounds and its 114 studios.

New Airline Reservation System Offers Airlines an Ownership Stake

A new global distribution system of sorts has emerged and travel agents are worried that it might be taken over by airlines. G2 SwitchWorks Corp., which has developed a reservation and management system and serves as a middleman between airlines and ticket sellers, announced last...

Tourism Promotion for Greek Regions

Advertising promotion of Greece's regions and the resumption of general activities to entice tourism was discussed by the country's tourism minister last month with representatives and managers of all Greece's regions.

Attica Group Chairman Calls for Liberalized Coastal Shipping

If Greece wants to see further investment within its coastal shipping sector, it must stop this continual postponement of liberalizing coastal shipping, says Pericles Panagopoulos, chairman of the Attica Group (Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries).

Government Predicts Substantial Rise in Tourism

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos last month, during a press call, said that we would see at least a seven percent rise in tourism arrivals this year. He said that according to data received from Hellenic Tourism Organization offices abroad the increase would be...

Forty-nine New Hellenic Tourism Organization Offices Planned

The tourism ministry is planning to establish 49 new Hellenic Tourism Organization offices around the world, in addition to the current 23 international offices, Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a press conference called last month.

New World Travel Agent Alliance

A group of travel agency organizations have formed the World Travel Agents’ Associations Alliance. Announced recently in Geneva, Switzerland, the WTAAA aims to facilitate exchanges of information and advice about matters of mutual interest to its members around the globe.

New Tourism Investment Incentives Announced

Tourism Development Deputy Minister Anastassios Liaskos has announced investment incentives for the tourism sector, which he said would relieve the country's hoteliers of considerable red tape.

Another Year for Tourism Business Subsidies

Two government subsidy programs, worth a total of 237.5 million euros, remain open for tourism enterprises to take advantage of for another year. Complete information on the program is available on the Internet site www.antagonistikotita.gr.

Delta Air Lines Heads for Bankruptcy Protection

Shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. tumbled for a time last month after the nation's third-largest carrier warned it will record a substantial loss for the rest of the year and will need to file for bankruptcy if its cash reserves fall too low, or lenders seek immediate payment of its...

Research Institute Foresees Tourism Arrival Increases

Tourism arrivals in Greece are set to rise by 5 to 7 percent this year, according to estimates by the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts. In its latest "Economy and Tourism" report, ITEP predicts that in 2005 foreign tourist arrivals will rise by 5 to 6 percent over last year.

Arrivals Up, Overnights Down

Arrivals in Athens may have increased in the first quarter of 2005, according to Athens International Airport data, but the Attica Hoteliers' Association released data last month that show hotel occupancy rates down by an average 4.4 percent against the same quarter of last year.
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