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Public Education Programs to Improve Tourism Services

The Organization for Tourism Education and Training (OTEK) is accepting student applications for its vocational schools in the fields of hotel and restaurant operations, the culinary arts and pastry-making.

FAM Trip to Promote Cruises in Greece

The Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies is organizing a five-day FAM trip at the end of the month to promote cruising in Greece and to commemorate World Tourism Day.

Travel Agencies Offer Best Deals

Package tours are growing increasingly popular reports the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies, with sales increasing during the popular travel season last month.

Aegean Airlines Purchases Three More Airbus A320s

Aegean Airlines, a fast-growing Greek airline, ordered three more A320 aircraft. According to an agreement signed in December 2005, the airline has committed to 14 A320s, including three A320s leased from ILFC and holds a further nine options. Deliveries are scheduled between...

New Legislation May Force Increase in Ferry Tickets

Ferry ticket prices are likely to increase by at least eight percent shortly due to a European Union directive that requires companies to switch to a more environmentally friendly fuel, according to press reports.

Trinity Signs Agreement with Canadian University

Trinity International Hospitality Studies, situated in Heraklion, Crete and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) of Kamloops, Canada, signed a cooperation agreement.

Pedestrian Bridge Improves Access to Piraeus Harbor

Last month the new pedestrian bridge in Piraeus was inaugurated. The new bridge spans the busy road and connects passengers emerging from the train station in Piraeus with the ferry boats in the harbor.

Amadeus Signs Agreements with Two Chinese Airlines

Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, signed agreements with China Eastern Airlines and China Airlines to power their international websites with the company's e-commerce solutions. Implementation of the programs...

Tourism and Development Conference Set for October

The Association for Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) is holding its fifth Tourism and Development Conference in Athens on October 16 and 17.

Golfing Development Planned in Volos

A 100-million euro investment in a resort complex with golf courses is a step closer to being realized following the signing of a preliminary agreement between the Golfing Developments company and the Orthodox Church in Volos, which owns a part of the property planned for the...

Zoning Plan Study Completed

Last month, finally, Greece saw the completion of studies for the country's zoning plans. The studies, delivered to the Environment and Public Works Ministry, concern the national zoning plan as well as special zoning plans for industry, tourism, renewable energy sources and...

Bidding for ETA Properties Begins

The bidding competition for long-term leases of two Xenia hotels, one in Tsagarada and the other on Thasos, has officially begun and offers must be submitted no later than October 18. Of those received, a short list will be selected and a closed competition will ensue. The...

EU Will Revisit Aviation Security Measures

In response to last month's foiled terrorist plot to bomb transatlantic flights departing from London, an emergency meeting was held between UK Home Secretary John Reid and EU ministers from Finland (now holding EU presidency), France, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, which hold...

Long-awaited Tourism Legislation Submitted

More than two years after it was first discussed, the new tourism legislation finally was submitted to parliament for approval.

Hotel Chamber Discusses Tourism and 4th EU Subsidy Program

At a press conference last month, Makis Fokas, president of the Hellenic Hotel Chamber, said that tourism is on a roll this summer. "Foreign tourist arrivals are rising and may even reach a two-digit percentage."

Europeans Make Up Majority of Greek Tourism Market

Seventy percent of Greece's tourism revenue, 11,037 million euro in 2005, comes from the 15 original EU countries found the Bank of Greece's three-year travel survey (2003-2005).

Greek Tourism Threatened by Oil Spill

International specialists last month met in Piraeus to unveil a plan to limit the damage from a devastating oil spill caused after Israeli raids on a Lebanon power plant. The specialists warned that some of the 15,000 to 30,000 tons of escaped fuel oil could affect the shores of...

28.7-million-euro Subsidies for Tourism Investments

According to data from the Ministry of Economy, 48 new tourism investments were approved in July under the development law. The total budget for all of these investments is 68.7 million euros, and the amount out of that total being subsidized is 28.7 million euros, or 41.9...

Humanitarian Aid to Lebanon

The Arab-Hellenic Chamber in cooperation with the Messinia Chamber organized a humanitarian aid effort to ease some of the suffering in war-torn Lebanon.

Permits Granted for Messinia Tourism Project

Greek ship owner Vasilis Kostantakopoulos' large tourism development project in the Messinia Prefecture of Peloponnisos finally received all the permits required to get underway. The permitting process was complex and took many years to complete because of the numerous regulatory...
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