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Athens Airport Welcomes New CEO

Dr. Yiannis Paraschis late last month took over from Alfred van der Meer as the new chief executive officer of Athens International Airport. The forty-seven-year-old industrial engineer joined the airport's management team shortly after its establishment in 1996, and he was the...

Europeans Complain About Greek Tourism Services

Visitors to Greece and Greek consumers are increasingly voicing their complaints as data released last month showed the number of those grievances rose by 64 percent between 2005 and 2006.

Marine Tourism Underdeveloped

Greece's many advantages in the area of marine tourism have not been taken advantage of, nor used to their full potential, according to Antonis Stelliatos, the newly elected president of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association.

Final Stages for Aghios Kosmas Marina Long-term Lease

Bids by five companies/consortiums to enter the final phase of the tender for the Aghios Kosmas Marina were opened last month at the office of state-owned Olympic Properties. The best offer tabled in the tender, according to press reports, includes an offer to lease the property...

Corfu Hosts Inflatable Boat Races

With numerous successes under its belt in organizing various boat races, the island of Corfu on June 16 once again takes on the task of organizing and presenting the Panhellenic Inflatable Boat Races.

Biggest Airlines Worst Offenders

The Association of European Airlines (AEA) publishes its report every quarter, and produces an annual figure at the end of each calendar year. The reports include not just baggage handling performance of its member airlines, but also their performance in other areas.

Eco-friendly Destinations Top Priority for Travelers

More than two-thirds (67%) of North Americans place importance on the eco-friendliness of a destination, according to a recent survey, and this market segment has a growing future ahead of it.

National Travel Agents’ Associations Seek Mediterranean Cooperation

Representatives of the United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations (UFTAA) met in Rome recently with associations from Greece, Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Italy, FYROM, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey to consider the future of a "Mediterranean...

British Airways Presents New Passenger Terminal

British Airways' country commercial manager for Greece, Freddie Stier, last month proudly presented the latest news on Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.

Visa Relief for Balkan Travel to EU

Visa facilitation and readmission agreements between the European Commission and three Balkan countries-Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro - was initialized last month.

Greece Wins Stand Award at MITT

Tourism Development Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia was on the receiving end of a pleasant surprise when she went to Moscow to open the Greek stand at the MITT 2007 international tourism exhibition: The stand - dressed in the blue of the Aegean, the white of the islands and marble,...

EC Gives Airlines Six Months to Enforce Regulations

The European Commission has given airlines and member states six months to make the EC's new air passenger rights regulation work. It said it would provide airlines with full support in an effort to complete the process.

No Tourism Growth Without Increased Airline Links

If Greece wants to increase its number of incoming tourists, the country must concentrate on upgrading its 38 airports - in particular the 15 that accept international air passenger traffic - increase air links, and airports and airlines must work more closely to create a better...

Cruise Accident Under Investigation

Tourism Development Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia praised the efforts of locals, crew members and government agencies on the evacuation of but two of the 1,156 cruise passengers aboard the Sea Diamond that sank off Santorini last month.

Tourist Panorama 2007

Although some travel professionals were a bit leery about attending last month's Tourist Panorama travel and tourism fair, the end result eliminated any fears they may have had. The 350-plus exhibitor stands were well spaced and with plenty of breathing room, and most all had...