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Korean Air to Establish New Low Cost Carrier

Korean Air, South Korea's largest carrier, announced it would launch a new low cost carrier within two to three years to compete against the growing legion of budget airlines in the North Asia region.

Financial Rewards of the Champions League Final

Tourism benefits for Athens following the Champions League Final last month are promising. Already, according to Washington-based KRC Research, Athens has benefited a total of 26 million euros from hosting the event.

Astir Palace Vouliagmeni Launches New Luxury Spa

Astir Palace Vouliagmenis' Arion Resort and Spa, part of The Luxury Collection of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, recently opened its new spa.

HATTA Takes Court Action Against Tour Guide Legislation

A recent meeting of the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agencies raised awareness over issues that concern illegal activity in the tourism sector and the problems that arise from the monopoly with tour guides.

Marketing Strategy Calls for a New Tourism Buzz

Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia recently opened the second forum for the development of strategic marketing and a system of identification for Greek tourism.

Olympic Airlines Expands its Fleet

Olympic Airlines has expanded its fleet as it recently incorporated a new aircraft Boeing 737-400. The new aircraft was acquired through long-term lease from Los Angeles-based International Lease Finance Corporation and was inducted under Greek registry with certification.

Growth in Marine Tourism Demands Infrastructure Development

The Greek statistical and economic data service Hellastat SA recently conducted a study that shows the current economic conditions for domestic marina operators are favorable.

Aquila Hotels and Resorts Plans Continued Expansion

As the name infers--Aquila is the golden eagle of mythology that carried the thunderbolts of Zeus--Aquila's owner feels the group's development plans will make it a symbol of power and endurance. Thus far, the hotel chain is made up of four resorts, The Aquila Rithymna Beach,...

Blue Star Shoots Profit up 34%

Blue Star Maritime S.A recently announced the significant improvement of the financial results of Blue Star Group for the first quarter of 2007. Revenue stood at 28.45 million euros against 21.18 million euros in the first quarter of 2006, an increase of 34,3%.

Santorini Research Establishes Trends in Cycladic Tourism

The Development Company of the Cyclades conducted a two-year study to identify the characteristics of tourism within the Cyclades. The specific case study centered on Santorini. Some 4,250 people participated in the research that took place in 2005/2006 and covered the months of...

Blue Flags Awarded to Greek Beaches and Marinas

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature last month announced the names of Greek beaches and marinas awarded with the Blue Flag 2007. In 2006, 411 beaches and five marinas were awarded.

Hellenic Seaways Honors National Environment Day

Hellenic Seaways honored International Environment Day (5/6/07) with the organization of a beach clean up on the islands of Chios and Aegina.

Thessaloniki Forum Voices Reservations For Long-Term Tourism Benefits

Greece holds the top spot among 28 destinations in the world with 67 percent of tourists saying that this country is the most attractive place for vacations, according to a survey by the German tour operator TUI, presented at the recent 11th Thessaloniki Forum.

New Tourism Council Meets

Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia and the local tourism Industry agreed at the recent National Tourism Council meeting--the first for the newly approved council members--that this year we would see another rise in tourism traffic and revenue.

City Break Athens 2007 Exceeds Expectations

The City of Athens last month hosted the three-day City Break Exhibition, which proved a great success for buyers and suppliers that participated. With the European city break market said to be worth some 222 billion euros in 2006, specialists anticipate Athens will greatly...