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China’s Shaanxi Province Encourages Greek Tourists

Last month, delegates from China's Shaanxi province stopped in Athens to promote their province to Greek travel agents and tourists. Dong Xianmin, director of Shaanxi Provincial Tourism Administration, encouraged Greeks to visit Shaanxi to tour the sites and relax, or to explore...

First Pan-European Agro-tourism Forum Held

The first pan-European forum for agro-tourism was held recently in Epirus. Organized by Agrotouristiki S.A., the state organization for alternative tourism development, the forum will be held annually to promote agro-tourism in Greece, and to increase cooperation between Greek...

Investors Pressure Government for New Golf Legislation

A group of foreign real estate developers recently formed an association that aims to pressure government to revamp a golf course development law. The president of the Association of Foreign Investors in Tourism, Clemente Pinedo, says foreign investors thus far have steered clear...

Hotel Sponsors Popular Summer Sport

Domotel and its hotels, Les Lazaristes in Thessaloniki and Xenia Voulou, are sponsoring the Thessaloniki beach volleyball team, which stars Mariana Hounda and Mara Lazaridou.

Skal World Congress Set For Thailand in Mid-October

The 67th Skal International World Congress will take place October 15-20 in Pattaya, Thailand. This year's program has numerous highlights. For example, for the first time, the Congress' Tourism Forum will take the form of a Business-to-Business workshop with numerous keynote...

Qatar Airways Receives Multiple Awards for 2006

Qatar Airways earned a string of accolades in the annual Skytrax awards, rising to sixth best airline in the world from eighth place last year.

Carnival Cruises Plans New Greek Island Itinerary For Next Year

In celebration of its new 110,000-ton ship, Carnival Freedom, next summer Carnival Cruise Lines will offer new itineraries that feature the Greek islands and other Mediterranean destinations.

International Conference Explores Current Greek Tourism Issues

The continual changing of advertising companies selected to promote Greece every year has resulted in a lack of continuity in the image Greece projects and no distinct brand identity, said Cleopatra Veloutsou, a Glasgow University lecturer, at last month's Second International...

ITB Board Appoints New Members and Sets 2007 Dates

The ITB Berlin supervisory board appointed two new members, Marco Montini, director of the Italian State Tourism Board, and Andreas Sakkas, director of the Cyprus Tourism Organization and president of Corps Touristique. The new members were selected to strengthen the board in the...

Loutraki Casino Sponsors Restoration of Ancient Temple

The Club Hotel Casino Loutraki will grant 500,000 euro over the next four years for restoration of the ancient temple of Zeus in Nemea, the Peloponissos. Last month, a sponsorship agreement was signed by representatives of the hotel and Berkeley University in the U.S., which will...

Athens Promoted as a City Break Destination

The Organization for Tourism and Financial Development for Athens (OTOAA) submitted a bid to organize the annual City Break Expo and the European Cities Tourism (ECT) conference in Athens in June 2007.

Blue Star Ferries Acquires Three More Ships

Last month, Blue Star Ferries, part of Attica Group, acquired all of Dane Sea Line's assets at a bankruptcy auction held on Rodos island. Dane, placed in bankruptcy at the request of Anek Lines, had assets that included three ferries, Diagoras, Patmos and Rodos, and real estate...

EU Proposals Aimed at Reforming Aviation Law

The European Commission has prepared several proposals to reform the Single Market legislation for aviation introduced some ten years ago which gave airlines unrestricted market access and permitted them to set fares independently.

Hotel Chamber Elects New Board

Last month's Hellenic Hotel Chamber elections resulted in a new board led by Gerasimos Fokas, reelected as president, and Vasilis Plevris and Dimitris Karalis as vice-presidents.

Helexpo To Open New Expo Center in March

Last month, Helexpo, Greece's national exhibition agency, signed a five-year renewable lease with Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA) to construct a new exposition center on a 20-stremma area of the center's grounds.

Philoxenia Courts Balkan Countries

This year's Philoxenia tourism fair, November 16-19, expects to welcome a barrage of newcomers from the neighboring Balkan countries. Organizer Helexpo says a hosted buyers' program as well as attendance by Balkan tourism ministers and foreign journalists ensure a strong...

First Phase of Renovations Completed at Mont Parnes

Completion of the first phase of renovations at the Regency Casino Mont Parnes was celebrated last month with an opening for the new high-tech cable-car system and luxurious new base station.

Apostle Paul Competition Stimulates Religious Tourism

As a result of the renewed interest in religious tourism, and in particular history of Apostle Paul in Greece, the neglected archaeological site of Corinth will receive the official attention it deserves as part of a religious tourism program developed by the 21st Ephorate of...

Arrival Increases Confirmed

It's official. Greece, for the second year in a row, managed a substantial rise in its tourism arrivals. According to data from 12 Greek airports, which represent 90% of all air arrivals and 75% of all arrivals, the country welcomed 6.33% more visitors during the first half of...

New Cruise Concept Draws Younger Crowds

Cruises are a serious vacation alternative for younger people, said Andreas Stylianopoulos, general manager of Navigator Travel, at a recent press conference aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas.
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