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European Online Travel Buyers Differ in Approach

Many e-commerce vendors learned the hard way in recent years that you can't take a uniform approach to selling in international markets, and a new PhoCusWright study on the online travel market in the U.K., Germany and France brings home that theme.

International Tourism on Track for Another Strong Year

An estimated 460 million international tourist arrivals were recorded worldwide in the first seven months of 2005. This represents an increase of some 25 million arrivals compared with the respective period of 2004, or 5.9% growth, according to the preliminary data gathered for...

Greece Top Preference for U.S. Travelers

Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, busy promoting Greece abroad, last month visited the United States once again where this time instead of movie makers he was on hand to receive an award from the country's biggest travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, whose readers chose...

Grecotel Group Praised for Its Grecotel Mykonos Blu

Yet another international award, the Verkehrsbuero Travel Award, was picked up recently by the Grecotel Mykonos Blu for its superb quality of services in the category of Verkehrsbuero Reisen's top hotels of the world.

National Zoning Plan for Tourism Development

The government has prioritized measures for tourism accommodation that are aimed at bolstering investment in the industry, Anastassios Liaskos, deputy minister for tourism development, said last month during the Sixth Prodexpo Conference and Exhibition for Real Estate.

Marine Ministry Opens Diving to Tourism Sector

After decades of indecision, Greece's Ministry of Mercantile Marine last month forwarded a bill that not only allows recreational diving but also promotes it. "The new diving bill could position Greece prominently into the world's scuba diving industry and boost the country's...

Tourists Get Opportunity to Play Neolithic

Avgi village in Kastoria has created a new way to entice tourists. The powers to be have taken the area's Neolithic past to heart and have created a tourism product where visitors get a taste of life in the Stone Age.

Aegean Picks Up Yet Another Quality Award

The European Regions Airline Association last month presented Greece's Aegean Airlines the Silver Award Airline of the Year 2004/5. Aegean Airlines' general manager, Dimitris Gerogiannis, accepted the award during a prestigious ceremony held in conjunction with the...

Minoan Narrows Loss

Ferry operator Minoan Lines narrowed its first-half loss to 6.2 million euros from 6.7 million euros in the year-earlier period, the company said in a announcement last month. Group revenues rose 4.6 percent to 83.4 million euros, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation...

New, Spacious Offices for Athens Convention Bureau

Staff of the Athens Convention Bureau recently moved into fresh redecorated offices in the center of the city. And even though it continues to work without a regular annual budget – its only funds come from members' annual dues – the office has managed to pull in an...

Greece Included in New Eurail Pass

Eurail is adding a new Eurail Pass Category and new country combinations to the Eurail Regional Pass for 2006. For the first time in its history, Eurail offers single-country rail passes, starting Jan. 1.

Tourism and Development Conference Stresses Cooperation

The fourth annual tourism conference organized by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises welcomed speakers from 10 countries this year. On opening the conference, the association's president, Stavros Andreadis, said that since the last conference there has been no change in...

Philoxenia 2005: Gerasimos Fokas, President, Hellenic Chamber of Hotels

Cooperation between the private sector and government proved a boon with the successful organization of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. This year's tourism picture shows that Greece has now entered a new era. The Greek tourism sector had the red carpet of opportunity laid before...

Yiannis Evangelou

Tourism movement to Greece was positive this year, especially after the first half, and initial indications for next year are very good. However, we must, on both a national and local level, ensure this tourism increase continues at a steady pace keeping in mind the strong...

Vassilis Minaidis

Greece is among the most classic of national tourism destinations. Tourism is a major economic activity and contributes to financial growth, regional employment and the redistribution of natural wealth more than any other productive activity.

Evangelos Stavropoulos

Philoxenia, just as all of the world's tourism exhibitions and shows, consists of a very important tool for professionals in tourism. It allows trade professionals from all over the world to meet, discuss and to get to know each other, yet, at the same time, this exhibition...

Tsampikos Moschatos

With the close of the century, tourism has become the world's biggest industry. No other sector of the economy can replace it because except for the fact that it drives all other sectors of the economy, tourism investments have immediate results. Tourism also creates jobs and...

Panagiotis Bamides

After some very difficult years, we have finally seen some light at the end of the tunnel, and next year looks like it may be a good year. Nonetheless, the past has shown how important it is for Greece to introduce the 'satellite accounts' method for tourism statistics. This...

World Tourism Day Celebrated Quietly

Celebration of World Tourism Day came and went in late September with little fanfare. Greece's tourism minister welcomed some dignitaries at Cape Sounio and local professional organizations made some announcements. The Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasts, for example,...

New Air Travel Regulations for Those with Special Needs

The Association of European Airlines reacted with disappointment last month to the vote in the European Parliament on legislation affecting persons with reduced mobility traveling by air, which would have a direct impact on the services that airlines currently provide for their...
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