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SkyTeam Holds Special Event for Corporate Secretaries

Nearly 400 corporate secretaries from some of the capital's major businesses attended the recent SkyTeam evening reception and fashion show held at one of the Attica area's most deluxe hotels. During the gala affair, alliance members held a draw for a total of 20 airline tickets...

Greece’s National Tourism Council Meets in Thessaloniki

Greece's tourism industry will see stronger-than-projected growth this year, Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a meeting in Thessaloniki with the National Tourism Council.

Ministries Cooperate to Promote Ancient Greek World

At a joint press conference held at Zappeion Hall last month, the minister of tourism, the minister for the Aegean, and deputy ministers for the economy and for culture presented an ambitious series of conferences to be held through-out the summer.

Hoteliers Calls for Metropolitan Conference Center

Georgios Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association, opened the association's annual general assembly last month with words of praise for the cooperation and work being done by the country's tourism ministry, but he urged the ministry to move faster in implementing...

FORTHcrs Adds Rooms to Booking Systems

Through its OnBoard system, local booking engine company Forthcrs recently enriched its products with the addition of all the rooms and apartments for rent that belong to the Confederation Apartment and Rental Room Enterprises.

Two New National Parks

In a major environmental move aimed at protecting the country's ecosystem, the government last month signed an agreement that will transform 76,000 hectares of forest and wetlands in northern Greece into two national parks.

New Travel Domain Announces Priority Deadline

The ".travel" Registry, owned by Tralliance Corporation, New York, in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization, has affirmed a priority right to the nations of the world to register their respective country, cities, and place names in the .travel Registry.

Airports Adopt Registered Traveler Program

A group of airports has formed the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium to develop standards that would allow each airport to sign up travelers and give passengers the same security privileges at different locations.

A New Era Opens for Philoxenia Travel Fair

With new ideas, new management and a strong 2004 participation to work with, the organizers of Philoxenia say the Greek travel fair has entered a new era. Last year, the fair welcomed 10% more general visitors and saw a 140% increase in foreign commercial visitors when compared...

Athens Concert Hall Turns to Tourism

Athens Concert Hall, better known at home as the Megaron Moussikis, has turned to the tourism sector in hopes of enticing more youth and of keeping its present high status over the next decades.

Greece Selected ITB 2006 Official Partner

The official partner country at the International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin from 8 to 12 March 2006 is to be Greece. The decision was announced by Dr. Martin Buck, director of travel and logistics at Messe Berlin's Competence Center, and Panagiotis Skordas, director of the...

Marketing Through Events Becoming Even More Popular

Ninety-six percent of corporate marketing executives utilize events in their marketing mix and 93% view the importance of event marketing to be constant or increasing, according to EventView '05/'06, the fourth annual study of face-to-face marketing trends sponsored by The George...

Freedom for Coastal Shipping, or Bust

Alexandros Panagopoulos, president and managing director of Superfast Ferries, told guests at last month's Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises meeting that unless coastal shipping is liberalized, now, the entire sector would fall into decay.

Olympic Sale Still In the Air

Olympic Airlines, with a share capital of 130 million euros, has chalked up 107 million euros in losses since its setup as a new debt-free airline just a little better than a year and half ago.

Billions Available for Greek Port Development Projects

Government last month announced a 3-billion-euro makeover project for Greek ports. The Merchant Marine Ministry said Greece has secured a loan worth 3 billion euros from the European Investment Bank, but reminds that specialists say that the regeneration project actually demands...

Greek Airlines Against New World Aviation Tax

Airlines in Greece with scheduled flights said that they consider unjust the proposed new aviation tax to fund development in poor countries. "Certainly, we believe we must assist the world community of poorer fellow citizens, but with contributions from the overall community...

Tourism Properties Turned Over to Private Investors

A number of properties of the Tourism Development Company are soon to turned over to private enterprises through long-term leasing agreements, and thus bring some much-needed coins to the state.

Tourism Volunteers Back on City Streets

Athenians that responded to Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis' call for volunteers now man a number of City of Athens info booths daily from 10.00 to 20.00 and will continue to do so through to September.

Greece’s Airways Back to Safety Level 1

After spending about five years in safety Limbo, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority recently was upgraded to the first category in flight safety by the U.S. federal aviation authority.

Olympic Games Study Shows Athens 2004 a Champion

Every city to have hosted the modern Olympic Games inherited improvements in infrastruc-ture, Olympic installations, facelifts, tourism promotion and a better environment through greater green spaces, says a survey by the international consultancy company Jones LangLalle.
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