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Travel Agents Tap Internet Social Network

Amid the rapidly changing social-networking on the Internet, a growing number of travel agents and industry leaders are tapping into new technological "supplements" to reach out to get the attention of on-the-go clients.

Attica Hotels Post Increases In Overnights

The Attica Hoteliers' Association announced last month that for the month of November overnights were up when compared with the same month the year before.

Government Signs Legislation for National Aeronautical Supervisory Command

With the signing of a recent Presidential Decree, Greece can now create an independent National Aeronautical Supervisory Command. The pertinent decree, which allows for the organization, operation and staffing of the new command, was signed last month by the country's minister of...

Continental Airlines Opens Athens Route

Continental Airlines, the world's fifth largest airline, last month announced it would launch daily nonstop flights between New York/Newark and Athens effective June 7, 2007 (eastbound), subject to government approval.

New Up-market Tourism Product for Greece

Event Makers, which focuses on special events and conference organization, last month presented its newest acquisition to the local travel trade: An ultra luxurious motor coach ideal for small but very special group travel, as well as on-the-road meetings, incentives or product...

Greek Consumers Satisfied with Package Travel Services

Although the recent problem with Sun Mediterranean - a travel agency that left Greek travelers stranded in Vienna - was a future incident, a Eurobarometer poll found that a mere 4% of Greek consumers were dissatisfied with package travel services in their country. In Germany, 6%...

US Airways Opens Route to Greece

US Airways’ customers will have more ways to jet off to Europe thanks to new flights from Philadelphia to capitals such as Athens, scheduled to start in late May. Including the Athens flights, US Airways, represented in Greece by Amphitrion, will offer a total of 22 daily flights...

US Airways Increases Offer for Delta Air Lines

US Airways Group, last month announced that it has increased its offer to merge with Delta Air Lines, Inc. Under the revised proposal Delta's unsecured creditors would receive $5.0 billion in cash and 89.5 million shares of US Airways stock.

New Tourism and Property Exhibition Set for May

From 18 to 21 May 2007 the first international exhibition on tourist property and holiday homes, "Tourism & Property 2007," will open its doors at the Hellenikon exhibition space (the former Athens East Airport). This is the first such tourist real estate exhibition to be...

Eva Karamanou Takes Over Amadeus Hellas

takes over as senior manager of human resources markets for Central Eastern Southern Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Another Strong Year Forecast for Greek Tourism

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises has forecast a rise of around 8 percent in tourism arrivals this year, with more than 14 million tourists visiting Greece. The association says that tourist arrivals were up 7.2 percent from a year ago in January-October, compared with...

Tourism Leader Calls for Lobbying Agency

Stavros Andreadis, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, last month called for the formation of a single lobbying agency for Greek employers. One, he said, that would represent businesses in proportion to their contribution to the national economy.

40 Million Euro Greek Tourism Ad Campaign Launched

With distinct hopes of breaking last year's record number of tourism arrivals (up 10 percent over the year before), Greece launched its 40-million-euro advertising campaign (run by the consortium Ashley & Holmes Athens/Karamella) at a gala dinner last month. The campaign,...

Tourism Minister Readies Institutional Changes

Greece's tourism development minister, Fanni Palli-Petralia, says she intends to change the country's tourism image this year through institutional changes in both the public and private tourism sector.

Hoteliers Against New Subsidies

Hoteliers are voicing strong opposition to a clause in the new investment incentives law that provides for subsidies of at least 15 percent for the construction of new hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Hotel Chamber Calls for 3-Year Government Policy

On the occasion of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels' annual New Year's reception, the president of the chamber, Makis Fokas, said that last year proved to be exceptional tourism year for the second time in a row, in both the number of arrivals to Greece and the amount of tourism...

Doctors On Board Ferries

A recent decision by the ministers of merchant marine and health and social services places "rural" doctors on a number of Greek ferry vessels. The doctors' wages will be paid by the ministry of merchant marine, which has set aside a budget of 696,000 euros to cover expenses for...

Piraeus Port Expects 300 Million From Private Sector

The Piraeus Port Authority says it expects to attract some 300 million euros in private investment funds when it allows the private sector, through a tender, to renovate and take over the management of its passenger harbor properties. The port regions open to renovation include...

Hellenic Festival Under New Ministry

A draft law tabled in parliament last month transferred the supervision of the Hellenic Festival (Athens Festival, Epidaurus Festival of Ancient Drama and Music, July at the Little Theater of Epidaurus) from the tourism development to the culture ministry. The move is expected to...

Travelers Emphasize Authentic Experiences

According to the Washington-based Travel Industry Association of America, the international travel and tourism industry experienced strong growth in 2006, and additional expansion of 4.6% per year is expected over the next 10 years. Thanks to a stable economy, steady wage...
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