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Major Tourism Projects Approved

The Hellenic Center for Investment announced last month that it is rapidly proceeding with the implementation of three large tourism projects worth 600 million euros in foreign funds - one on Crete, one in Volos and one on the island of Arkoudi in the Ionian Sea. The projects had...

Internet Hosts a Plethora of Fraudulent Travel Companies

Tsabikos Moschatos, president of the Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises, last month sent a letter to Tourism Development Minister and urged him to set up a tourism crime agency to track people or companies that advertise tourism services without the official operating...

An Ounce of Prevention

An international racket that is duping hoteliers through e-mail booking messages. Forged documents and credit cards have hit Greek shores.

New Long-term Leasing for Public Tourism Properties

Three major long-term leasing projects are in the works by the Tourism Development Company (ETA), for the public properties that include the Corfu casino, the plots housing a golf course at Afandou on Rodos, and another at Epanomi, near Thessaloniki, for the creation of a new course.

Greek Islands for Sale

Recent press reports say that more than 60 private Greek islands are up for sale and have peaked the interest of domestic and foreign investors, and international tourism groups.

Travel Agents No Longer Issue Passports

Greek travel agents soon will no longer be able to issue passports to customers. As of this coming January, Greeks will have to visit one of the 90 new centers being set up around the country where they can obtain or renew their passports, government announced last month. The new...

SkyTeam Introduces Global Corporate Travel Program

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, recently announced the introduction of a new corporate travel program for global companies. The new program offers competitively priced, customized travel solutions across most of the alliance's 684 destinations in 133 countries via a single...

Qatar Adds New Delhi to its Routes Network

Qatar Airways recently brought its award-winning Five Star service to the Indian capital New Delhi with its inaugural flight touching down at Indira Gandhi International Airport in mid July.

Royal Jordanian Breaks Own Records

Royal Jordanian reached new highs in July 2005 by transporting 186,300 passengers, marking a 3.8 per cent increase over the same period of 2004.

Greeks Vacation Close to Home

Over a third of the Greek population will not go away on holiday this year, according to a recent survey released by VPRC, a leading independent public opinion research and consulting company here. The survey questioned 614 people throughout Greece who were over the age of 15.

Tender Called for 2006 Tourism Ad Campaign

The Tourism Development Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization recently announced a tender for the design and production of the creative aspect for next year's tourism advertising campaign.

Research Institute Says Greek Tourism Rebound Mild at Best

As government boasts that arrivals this year will surpass last year's numbers by more than 10%, a report from the country's Institute for Tourism Research says we'll be fortunate to see a 7% increase in arrivals.

Greece and Cyprus Mourn Air Crash Victims

A Cypriot-based Helios Airways passenger jet, Helios Flight 522, crashed into a mountainside near Marathon, and about 40 kilometers north of Athens, on Sunday, August 14. All 121 people aboard, including the six crewmembers, were killed. Debris from the crash was spread at least...

A Surge in Internet Usage this Year for Travel

Overwhelmingly, consumers are turning to the Internet for their summer travel planning and purchasing needs, according to independent research conducted by Feedback Research, a division of the Claria Corporation a leader in online behavioral marketing in the U.S.

Peak Summer Arrivals Increase Substantially

The number of tourists that entered Greece during the month of August mark an impressive rise against the last few years. This year's peak travel period was so strong that a good number of hotels around the country were unable to absorb the demand.

Disability-friendly Tourism Infrastructure Increases Arrivals

Hospitality and other travel service providers could see revenues from travel by the disabled double if they removed obstacles and made their hotels, restaurants and transportation systems more accessible, a new study has found.

Visitors Enthused With Greek Rock Climbing

In a country with intersecting mountain ranges, thousands of natural climbing sites, a huge range of rocks (each demanding a different style of climbing) and an ideal climate, rock-climbing in Greece is slowly becoming a popular sport for both visitors and Greeks alike.

Ferry Company Mergers Foreseen

Piraeus-based XRTC Business Consultants says it expects more mergers and cooperation agreements within the Greek coastal shipping arena.

Some Ferry Prices Freed and Government Incentives for New Ships

Government last month said it would provide ferry operators with incentives to renew their aging fleets, and that it would liberalize ticket prices for ships sailing out of the Port of Piraeus, all in an effort to improve the country's ferry services.

Extended Opening Hours for Museums Sought

The majority of visitors to Greece's museums feel safe and are satisfied with the services offered, however, about half complained about the opening hours, saying that they should be extended, according to a poll made public last month.
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