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Royal Olympic Transformed Into Majestic Hotel

After almost three years of reconstruction at a cost of more than 20 million euros, the classic Royal Olympic hotel has been transformed into one the capital's three most distinguished hotels. Finishing touches - a superb spa and an alluring roof garden - are set for completion...

Tourism Installations, Sea Park for Piraeus

A significant step to revamp the 640,000-square-meter seaside area in western Piraeus to include tourism installations and a sea park was taken last month during a meeting with the country's public works minister, Giorgos Souflias, the merchant marine inister, Manolis...

Government Responsible for Inadequate Ferry Routes

Tourism and shipping industry speakers said Greek passenger ferries and dozens of popular Aegean island ports must urgently improve if this Mediterranean country is to continue to see strong increases in tourism arrivals. At a recent press call to announce the conclusions of last...

Locals Determine Quality of Tourism Product

Tourism competitiveness does not depend only, or basically, on price, reputed the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises after a recent report released by the World Economic Forum. The report on travel and tourism competitiveness, which placed Greece number 24 in a list of 124...

Lufthansa Awards Goldair Handling

Lufthansa German Airlines last month awarded Goldair Handling as being the best provider of third party services within the worldwide Lufthansa network. Prizes where given in the categories ground handling, on board services, third party services and internal projects for the...

Health & Safety Accreditation System Launched

Two leading accommodation booking companies in the UK - with about 5,000 properties represented - are first to sign up to a new holiday accommodation safety scheme, according to recent on-line press reports. The Travelsafe health and safety accreditation system will mean hotels,...

Queen Mary 2 Docks in Piraeus

Queen Mary 2, considered the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, docked in Piraeus last month, which is one of the 18 ports of call on its maiden 'Round the World in Less than 80 Days' cruise.

Aegean Airlines Christens New A320s

Theodoros Vassilakis, chairman of Aegean Airlines, was on hand late last month at the Athens International Airport for the inauguration ceremony of his company's new Airbus A320s.

Tourism to Generate $ 13 Trillion

World travel and tourism is expected to generate in excess of $7 trillion in 2007, rising to over $13 trillion over the coming decade according to the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) research, sponsored by Accenture and prepared by...

Travel Plan Signs Agreement with Amadeus

Amadeus Hellas and Travel Plan of the Lambrakis group of companies officially inaugurated the beginning of their partnership, which was effective as of January 1, 2007, with a celebration that took place at a central Athenian hotel with the participation of both companies'...

New Tourism Investment Infrastructure Interest

According to local press reports, foreign investors and large foreign enterprises are targeting some of the most important Greek ports and all airports, expecting that the country's tourism development will continue and expand, in particular into the winter season.

TUI and First Choice Merge

One of Europe's biggest tourism enterprises, TUI, announced last month that it is merging its tour operations with First Choice to create Europe's largest tour operator.

Quality System for Greek Travel Agencies

Travel agents that wish to belong to the Dutch Association of Travel Agents must adhere to a specific quality guarantee system, and the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Association intends to implement a similar system in Greece.

New Technology for Visitors to Greek Sites

Greece's culture ministry last month unveiled a hand-held gadget for visitors that offers high-resolution video, detailed diagrams of Greek archaeological sites, position indicators, and imagery along with stereo sound.

ITB Berlin Showed Mixed Picture for Arrivals to Greece

German bookings data for holidays in Greece so far this year give a mixed picture, officials said at last month's ITB international travel show in Berlin, one of the world's largest.

Preparations Underway for City Breaks 2007 Conference

Athens must be highlighted as a tourism destination in itself and not just a transit center for visitors to other parts of the country, Tourism Development Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia and Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis agreed last month during a meeting held at the minister's...

Greece Inhospitable for Tourism Investment

Greece lags behind most of its regional competitors in tourism competitiveness. It lies 24th among 124 countries, according to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index presented recently by the World Economic Forum.

Strong Demand from U.S. for Greek Island Cruises

Americans bombard their travel agents for prices on cruises in Europe, including the Greek Islands. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says that Europe will be on the cruise map this year.

Airline Association Unhappy with EU-U.S. Aviation Agreement

The European Union late last month reached a agreement that gives airlines greater freedom to choose trans-Atlantic routes and potentially lead to lower fares. While details of the pact were not released as we went to press, it is intended to allow European airlines to fly from...

Cavo Sidero Environmental Resort Opens in 2009

British investors presented plans last month for a vast, all-season resort on the island of Crete that is expected to cost 1.2 billion euros. Developers of the project described it as a world model of environmentally friendly development, and one of the biggest tourism...
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