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Greece's participation at this year's ITB Berlin travel fair once again - as with the 2004 Olympic Games - proved that it only takes commitment for Greece to succeed. The tremendous success of our country's ITB participation also showed that near miracles can be accomplished when...

Meridian Joins Hotelbeds Family

It would seem that professionally managed Greek tourism offices are in demand within the international marketplace. The latest evidence is the Meridian buyout bid by Hotelbeds, a part of the First Choice Holidays PLC Group (UK).

Blue Star Ferries Reports Solid Growth

Blue Star Ferries last month reported after tax profits of 17.5 million euros for 2005, an increase of 66.4% from the 10.5 million euro profit reported in 2004. Total revenues increased despite a 25.5% decrease in the number of sailings.

Superfast Ferries Remains Greece-Italy Leader

For the eighth consecutive year, Superfast Ferries held the leading position for the transportation of passengers and freight units on the Greece-Italy route in the Adriatic Sea. Last year, the company's market share for passengers was 24.2%, for freight units 21.7% and for...

Qatar Unveils Radical New Look

Qatar Airways during the recent ITB tourism fair unveiled its brand new look that takes it into the next generation of air travel. From new aircraft livery to innovative onboard products, award-winning Qatar Airways says it is making radical changes to its image, reflecting...

Pro-Am Golf Tournament on Crete

The First Aegean Airlines Pro-Am Golf Tournament will take place June 2-4 at the Crete Golf Club in Hersonissos, an 18-hole championship course designed by Bob Hunt of PGA DC in Great Britain.

China Theme Park in Athens

Chinese investors intend to create a theme park in Athens featuring cultural elements from their country, according to a report in the financial daily Kathimerini.

Aegean Speed Lines Connects Western Cyclades

Aegean Speed Lines, founded last year by the Eugenides Group and the British company Sea Containers, announced last month that it would refund within 30 days any ticket lost by a customer, provided the lost ticket has not been used.

European Cruise Market Continues Expansion

Louis Cruise Lines last month announced the delivery of the latest addition to its fleet, the 1,250-passenger cruise ship Sea Diamond (ex-Birka Princess). After its planned upgrading, the Sea Diamond this month begins 3- and 4-day cruises from Piraeus on behalf of Louis Hellenic...

Luxury Cruise Operator Looks to Expansion in Greece

Navigator Travel is now representing Silversea Cruises in Greece. Silversea, a luxury cruise company, has a fleet of four six-star ships (with two more under construction) that travel to ports throughout the world. The company's high quality cruises, explains Aris Zarpaneli of...

Opening the Door to High-Priced Tourism Investments

The Hellenic Investment Center succeeded in freeing nine investment proposals, valued at 872.5 million euros, from bureaucratic deadlock. Four of these investment project proposals are for tourism enterprises.

Greece Stars at Record-breaking ITB Tourism Fair

Greece, for the first time, bathed in the limelight as the partner country at the 40th global tourism expo ITB held last month in Berlin. Greece hosted the opening event and reception for over 5,000 guests with a rich artistic program that included singers Alkistis Protopsalti...

Second Chance for Metropolitan Congress Center

Minister of Tourism Development, Fani Palli-Petralia, during her opening speech at last month's conference on congress tourism said that the private sector was accountable for the delay in creating a Metropolitan Congress Center. She explained that over a ten-month period, while...

Tourism Enterprises Eligible for Subsidies

Tourism enterprises eligible for the Third Community Support Framework subsidy cycle include small to mid-sized C, D and E class hotels, as well as B class hotels with a capacity of up to 125 beds. Also eligible are C and D class camping grounds, and furnished rooms, apartments...

Difficulties in Establishing a New Olympic Airlines

As we go to press, negotiation meetings to determine the future of Olympic Airlines continue. The EU gave the government until the end of March to develop a plan for liquidating the airline, and a business plan for the new company with private capital for funding.

Business Development Program for Travel Agencies

A new program called Allways Tourism is being developed to improve the quality and services of Greek travel agencies so they can compete more effectively in the international market. The program will focus on continuing education for employees, business development, improving the...

Mont Parnes Remodeling on Hold

Plans by the owners of the Mont Parnes casino-hotel to demolish the structure and rebuild another in its place may have to be re-evaluated following a forthcoming decision by the Archaeological Ephorate for Modern Monuments, which is to recommend that the Culture Ministry...

Measures Required to Entice More Chinese Arrivals

Chinese tourism to Greece has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Local tourism professionals estimate an even stronger rise for the immediate future, provided a few basic measures are initiated. They remind that European countries have begun a race to attract as...

New Travel Industry Era for Cel Tours

With a new board and a new dynamic strategy, Cel Tours breaks into a new era in its 22-year history. Mary Souli Kafkios, the company's chairperson and managing director, says it’s time to take off the blinkers and jump into the international marketplace. She began Cel's...

Career Options in the Hotel Sector

Tourism is Our Future was the title of a conference organized by the Alpine Center and Kariera SA last month to discuss career opportunities and trends in the hotel industry. Speakers included representatives from leading hotels and the Greek Association for Tourist Enterprises.