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Travel Agents Look to Luxury Travel for Profits

Apparently there's an explosion in luxury travel. Within Europe and North America it's considered a fast-growing market and a really profitable one.

Athens Airport Posts 63% Profit Increase

Athens International Airport announced last month that full-year pretax profit in 2004 jumped 62.9 percent year-on-year to 47.1 million euros, boosted by the Summer Olympic Games and increased passenger traffic.

Qatar Airways Promotes Doha-Athens Route

Qatar Airways last month introduced its new six times per week (every day except Saturday), non-stop service between its hub at Doha and Athens as of last month. The route is being operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in business class and 132 in...

Blue Star Ferries Completes Financial Reorganization

The Board of Directors of Blue Star Maritime S.A. announced last month that it had successfully refinanced its group's debt load with a new bond issue.

Another Record Year for Blue Flags on Greek Beaches

Greece's tourism industry received another welcome boost last month when the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature announced that 383 of the country's beaches - five more than last year - received the coveted European Union's "Blue Flag" for clean, well-organized beaches....

City Cycling Tours Now Available

For locals or visitors to really get in touch with a country, its culture and landscapes, then there is no better way than by bicycle. Cycling vacations come in many shapes and sizes. They range from relaxing city and country tours to biting mountain tours. Greece now has them...

Amadeus Strengthens Its E-commerce Products

Strengthening their partnership, TravelCLICK recently announced an agreement to provide Amadeus with the ability to offer preferred placement to its hotel clients. The solution is called Amadeus Instant Preference.

Email Tourism Promotion Major Trend

The travel industry continues its move to increased online marketing, as twice as many companies as last year plan to spend 20 percent more of their marketing budget online, according to a new survey by New York University's Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports...

Esser Travel Moves to New Quarters

Due to increases in staff and business, Esser Travel recently moved from Glyfada to bigger, better and brighter quarters in the Ano Glyfada area. Joergen Esser, owner and managing director of Esser Travel, says that this is just another step in the constant expansion of the business.

Germanwings Christens New Aircraft “Athens”

On the occasion of its second year of operation in Athens, Germanwings last month honoured the city by christening its new Airbus A320 "City of Athens." Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis did the official christening.

National Bank Sees Tourism Arrival Increase

Tourists visiting Greece will increase by 7.5 percent in 2005, exceeding 13.5 million this year and 14 million in 2006, according to a National Bank of Greece (NBG) report released last month.

ITEP Urges Greece to Open Info Offices in Russia

Because Russians are just now emerging as serious tourists, and because Greece could attract them with the right strategy, the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts urges the government here to open information centers and meeting points for tourists in several major...

Tourism Minister Proposes Tourism Chamber

Our tourism sector needs to agree on problems and solutions and the best was to achieve this is through the introduction of a tourism chamber where all branches of the sector can get together and hammer out solutions, said Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avrampopoulos...

Hotel Chamber Holds Annual Tourism Awards

This year's Hellenic Chamber of Hotels' tourism awards took on a completely new face. Not only were the awards held within an up-market atmosphere, but also instead of a barrage of awards for everything and everybody, the chamber decided on a smaller number for specific reasons.

Greece and Syria to Create Common Tourism Packages

Twenty-four outgoing travel specialists from Greece visited Syria recently to get a better idea of what that country has to offer to the Greek traveler, and to discuss ways in which the Syrian and Greek agents could work together to create common business agreements.

Sports Tourism Moves to the Forefront

Sports tourism agreements appear plentiful of late with major companies like TUI Hellas taking more interest in the sector, and with the government ready to create a World Athletics Museum.

Still No Decision On Conference Center

Dimitris Mantios, president of the Hellenic Association of Professional Conference Organizers, told members during the association's general assembly last month, and reporters, that he was very disappointed in the time it's taking government quarters to decide on an Athens...

Tourism Employees Organize Destination Workshops

The Panhellenic Employees Association of Shipping and Tourism Enterprises (PASENT) last month held its last in a series of workshops on foreign destinations. The last was a complete rundown on Mexico as a destination and what it has to offer to Greek travelers, with special...

Athens Launches Summer Cultural Program

A special summer cultural program was announced last month by Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis and Athens Municipality Cultural Department chief, Nitsa Loule. The program will spread across several parts of the capital, will run until September 18, and will feature a plethora of...

Delta Receives Athens Airport Award

Delta has been named the "Fastest Growing Airline for North America" by Athens International Airport at the first award ceremony of its kind. Delta's commercial director for Greece and Cyprus, Dimitri Karagioules, said on receiving the award that "Delta is delighted to receive...
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