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Over 100 Hotel Brands Join Amadeus Best Available Rate Program

Amadeus has signed over 130 major hotel brands to its Best Available Rate program. Hotels that signed up to the program have seen their bookings through Amadeus grow by between 10% and 30%.

British Embassy Refutes Foreign Office Statement Against Greece

The British Embassy in Athens recently stressed that the majority of British tourists to Greece "do not face or create any problems." This comment was made with reference to the recent essay published by the British foreign office titled "know before you go" of which sections...

A note by the publisher

Βρισκόμενοι πλέον μετά το απόγειο της τουριστικής περιόδου, και με αποτελέσματα για την τουριστική κίνηση που συνεχίζουν να είναι ικανοποιητικά, αρνητικά δημοσιεύματα όπως τα παραπάνω, που προτρέπουν σε προειδοποίηση για τις σοβαρότατες επιπτώσεις στους τουρίστες που θα είχ...

Three Skytrax Awards for Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways was recently honored at the annual world airline awards ceremony. The airline received three awards, amongst them the prestigious award for best first class worldwide.

Helexpo Launches Top Greek Hotels Competition

The Philoxenia tourism awards, that Helexpo began last year, are due to take place once again at the Philoxenia tourism exhibition in November. The most popular Greek destinations will be awarded as will the best Greek hotels, a new category that will be determined and voted for...

Financial Aid for Promotion of Kefallonia

The decision to provide the island of Kefallonia with an additional 40,000 euros for its advertisement campaign came from Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia recently in response to the recent fires on the island.

Carbon Neutral Participants Star at UNWTO Conference

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has requested that all participants of the forthcoming International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism to register with carbon offsetting organizations. The conference is to be held next month at Davos, Switzerland.

Museums and Archeological Sights See Increased Traffic

According to statistics gathered by the National Statistics Service of Greece there has been an increase in visitors to museums and archeological sites throughout Greece in 2007 compared with figures for 2006.

Youtravel.com Opens The Doors for Chinese Tourism

Youtravel.com recently announced its website is now available in Chinese, in addition to Greek, English, Italian, Swedish and German. The online tour operator also claims a French version is forthcoming.

Grecotel Chain Boasts New Six-star Resort

Amirandes is the new six-star luxurious hotel resort of the Grecotel group that recently opened its gates in eastern Crete. The resort is characterized by its unique Minoan identity and covers an area of one hundred acres along the coast.

Agreement for Hotel Classification in Effect

Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia recently signed an agreement for the modification of presidential decree 43 of 2002 that will redefine the prerequisites for the classification of hotels into the star system.

Zero Commission a Challenge to One-third of Travel Agencies

Amadeus recently published the results of its independent study on travel agent commissions and used the results to provide valuable insight to tour operators worldwide and maximize service fee revenue.

British Airways Hails Athens as a Popular Destination

British Airways recently revealed that Greece is one of the most popular European destinations this summer and on the same par as Paris, Rome, Nice, Madrid and Barcelona.

Delta Airlines Welcomes New Commercial Director

Giorgos Zermas recently assumed the position of commercial director for Greece and Cyprus at Delta Airlines.

Blue Star Ferries Says Destination -You!

Blue Star Ferries recently announced its position and action on corporate social responsibility in 2006 and 2007. In a pamphlet recently circulated, Blue Star Ferries outlines its decision to embed corporate social responsibility, "Destination-You!" in the heart of its strategy...

HATTA Challenges “City Sightseeing” Public Bus

The Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies has declared the recent action of the Athens Urban Transport Organization illegal, with reference to the new "discover Athens sightseeing" bus, line 400.

Greece Number One Destination for Cypriot Tourists

Greece, and particularly the Greek islands, appears to be the number one choice of vacation for Greek Cypriots.

Positive Outlook in Tourism Traffic for 2007

The Athens Hoteliers Association recently shared statistics collected from monthly reports on hotel occupancy in Athens and the Attica region. In the months of May and June an increase in traffic has been noted of approximately six percent.

Egypt Air and Lufthansa Unite With Code-Share Agreement

Lufthansa and Egypt Air recently signed a code-share contract in a move to cooperate more closely in the future. Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, and chairman of Egypt Air, Eng. Atef Abd El Hamid, signed the contract that marked the start of the partnership.

August Exodus Smooth Sailing

The mass exodus of passengers in anticipation of the August fifteenth national holiday celebration reached its peak in early August as ferries departed from the ports of Piraeus and Lavrio at one hundred percent capacity.
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