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The Grass Really is Greener on Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Cruises recently announced an industry-first on their newest cruise ship, Celebrity Solstice, as 2,130 square meters of its top deck surface would be covered with real growing grass set in an innovative new country club environment known as "The Lawn Club."

Thessaloniki Takes Part in “Open Museum” Program

Mayor of Thessaloniki Vassilios Papageorgopoulos recently announced the municipality of Thessaloniki would take part in the European Union "Open Air Museum" project. The project is part of the Interreg IIIB Medocc program and is 80 percent funded by the European Union and 20...

Flights in Europe Increase to a Record High in 2007

Eurocontrol, the European organization for the safety of air navigation, has released an analysis of traffic and delays in Europe in 2007 and predictions for 2008. According to the results of the analysis the number of flights in Europe increased to some 10 million in 2007, a 5.3...

IATA Predicts Traffic Growth Set to Slow

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released full-year traffic results for 2007. The results show international passenger traffic demand grew 7.4 percent for the year 2007 that is a considerable increase from the 5.9 percent increase recorded in 2006. In...

Travel Bloggers at ITB Berlin

A major meeting of travel "bloggers" from around the world is planned for the first time at the PhoCusWright@ITB Berlin event during the ITB Berlin exhibition this month. According to the organizers, “Bloggers are regarded as influential opinion-formers since user-generated...

American Express Surveys Trends in Business Travel

American Express Business Travel recently released a survey of European business traveler's "Loves and Hates" that indicates despite the current economic downturn and ongoing cuts in corporate spending, 93 percent of participants believe they would be traveling for business just...

U.A.E. Decision to Establish Embassy in Athens

The government of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) officially announced its decision to establish a United Arab Emirates embassy in Athens. To date the U.A.E embassy had its headquarters in Rome.

HATTA Says Tourism Needs Olympic and Aegean

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Services recently hosted an annual event by members of the board and the association's air matters committee in honor of the airline industry. Representatives from airline companies and distribution companies (CRS) as well as members...

Greece and Italy Unite for Rural Tourism

Greece and Italy formed an alliance for rural tourism development through the European Union initiative “Leader+.” The Leader+ program is one of four initiatives financed by European Union structural funds and is designed to help rural administartions consider the long-term...

Airbus Hails 2007 a Successful Year

Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer, recently announced the company delivered 453 aircraft in 2007, 19 more than in 2006. The deliveries included 367 A320-Family aircraft, six A300-Freighters, 79 A330/A340's and the first “all-new, eco-efficient” A380 to Singapore Airlines.

Aegean Airlines Receives First of Ten New Airbus

Aegean Airlines received the first of ten new Airbus A320/1's recently ordered by the airline to replace the six Boeing 737-300/400's, which are in the process of being withdrawn. The airline—whose total investment is some one billion euros—aims to acquire 25 new aircraft in...

Hearts in Athens Public Art Event Launched

More than 60 hearts sponsored by the business community and painted or sculptured by established or upcoming artists and eminent local personalities have been strategically displayed in specific locations around the city of Athens and will remain there until the 19th of March. ...

Business Travelers Show Environmental Concern

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) in cooperation with KDS on-demand travel and expense management recently surveyed—for the third year-running—the opinions of an international group of business travelers and travel managers and identified a real desire to...

Tourism Development Ministry’s Aims for 2008

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently announced ministry aims, actions and initiatives for 2008. The primary aim, according to Mr. Spiliotopoulos, is “Upgrading the Greek tourism product but most importantly attracting higher quality incoming tourism.”

Ministry Moves to the Creation of Tourism Studies Courses

The tourism development ministry has initiated the process for the creation of tourism studies courses in public higher education facilities. Secretary General of Tourism Spyros Efstathopoulos, under the directive of Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos, has initiated...

Athens International Airport Reveals 10% Passenger Traffic Increase

Athens International Airport announced another record-breaking year with a total of 16.5 million passengers in 2007, an impressive 10 percent increase from its 15.1 million passengers in 2006. There was an eight percent increase in the number of flights that for the first time...

Greek Know-how Travels to Beijing for the Olympics

Athens International Airport's experience and know-how is being shared with both the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games and the Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) for the preparation and smooth operation of the arrivals and departures process at BCIA...

World Travel & Tourism Council Foresees Continued Growth in 2008

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in cooperation with Oxford Economics, recently produced the results of research that indicates continued growth for the travel sector in 2008 despite the repercussions of ongoing global concerns. WTTC leaders revealed that the...

Singapore Signs Open Skies Agreement

Singapore has concluded three bilateral Open Skies Agreements with Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The agreements allow both Singapore and Scandinavian airlines to fly between Singapore and any point in Scandinavia, via and beyond to any third country, without...

City of Athens Joins Battle Against Climate Change

Mayor of Athens Nikitas Kaklamanis announced the Greek capital is now a member of C40 Cities. C40 is an international initiative comprised of 40 major cities that have joined forces to help combat climate change.
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