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BTI Joins the Hogg Robinson Group

Thanassis Zagoyiannis, managing director of BTI Greece, announced last month that his company is now associated with the Hogg Robinson Group worldwide network with wholly-owned corporate travel operations around the world.

Sale of Three Superfast Vessels Concluded

Superfast owners Attica Holdings last month announced it concluded the sale and delivery of Superfast VII, Superfast VIII and Superfast IX to the AS Tallink Grupp in exchange for some 310 million euros in cash.

Panorama Exhibition Moves to Expo Athens Venue

The capital's biggest and most modern exhibition center, Expo Athens, hosts the 11th Panorama Tourism Exhibition this year from May 4 to 7 with more exhibition space than ever before.

Government Promises Golf Legislation

Because the construction of a golf course in Greece is more than difficult, and extremely time consuming, Greek government quarters have promised to create legislation that would cut deeply into the time and paperwork required for such construction projects.

Hotel Chamber Attempts to Bring Members into the Computer Age

Expansion and automation of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotel's electronic services was approved under the Ministry of Economy's Information Society program, said the chamber's president, Gerasimos Fokas, at a meeting held with the tourism press corps last month in front of June 28...

Tender Called for Galileo Hellas Sale

Government and its consultant firm, Lazard, along with three banks (National, Emboriki, Alpha), published a call for tenders last month in foreign financial papers for the sale of Olympic Airlines' subsidiary company Galileo Hellas.

World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Ready to Set Sail

The biggest cruise ship in the world, "Freedom of the Seas," constructed for Royal Caribbean International by Aker Finnyards Turku of Finland is complete and will sail on its first cruise on June 4.

Liberalization of Ferry Boat Fares On Hold

A marine ministry decision to liberalize ferry ticket fares from Piraeus remains on hold.

Another Increase in Air Traffic

Athens International Airport's spring timetable offers 836 weekly scheduled flights - 47 more compared to the respective period in 2005 (+6% growth on a year-to-year basis) - operated by 56 airlines, connecting AIA to 68 international destinations in 47 countries.

TAROM Continues Rapid Expansion in Greece

The national carrier of Romania, TAROM, first began flying to Greece back in 1957. But it wasn't until a few years back that the carrier decided to center on Greece and expand rapidly.

Market Optimistic for 2006 Tourism Arrivals & Revenue

Travel agents, hoteliers, car-rental agencies and tour operators are enthusiastic and optimistic for this year's tourism season. They foresee yet another year of increases in arrivals and revenue.

Olympic to Continue Flying Throughout Summer

Government officials last month promised to keep Olympic Airways flying over the summer, despite a fresh European Union warning over illegal aid. They also insisted that there were groups who were interested in purchasing the airline.

New NTOG Appointments

Tourism Development Minister Fani Palli-Petralia recently appointed a new president and new secretary general to the Hellenic Tourism Organization. The new appointments, she said, would further enhance the development of the tourism sector with regards to investment.

Greek Tourism Product Competitive

According to Greece's tourism development minister, Fani Palli-Petralia, this year's tourism season will be the best we've seen in a long time. She added that the common denominator during all discussions held during her recent visit to Washington D.C., during which she addressed...

Tourism Key to EU Growth and Employment

Ministers and government representatives from the EU-25, the accession and candidate countries, EFTA/EEA and the Western Balkans met in Vienna last month for a European conference of tourism ministers.

Amphitrion and C&C Merge Congress Activities

Two of Greece's biggest tourism companies in the area of conferences and congresses recently agreed to merge their congress activities through the creation of a new company called Amphitrion-C&C PCO.

Athens Area Creates Air-Sea Link

Athens International Airport (AIA) and the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), within the framework of further cargo development in Athens, signed an agreement last month for the development of a "sea-air" link between OLP and AIA.

First International Tourism Exhibit for Athens

The capital city's first International Tourism Salon (ITS) - Athens 2006, will be held November 30 through December 3 at the Piraeus Port Authority Center (OLP) announced Giorgos Karachristos, president and managing director of MACT S.A., the event organizer.

National Tourism Council Meeting

At the National Tourism Council meeting held last month, Tourism Minister Fani Palli-Petralia stated that the guiding principle for the ministry's new leadership is "to develop and promote long-term tourism policy and a unified strategy" to improve the quality and range of...

First National Council for Travel Agencies

Yiannis Evangelou, president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies, announced that for the first time national and regional tourism councils are being established.