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Greece Through Posters

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently launched the exhibition “Trek to the Greek Light and Color Through Posters of the GNTO” on Crete.

Argostoli to Receive Makeover

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently announced the immediate transformation of the Xenia hotel in Argostoli (Kefallonia) into a boutique hotel and a modern conference center, which will run all-year round.

Marathon for a United Europe

September will see the inauguration of a new athletic institution at the initiative of the Marathon municipality: a marathon run, the same as the route featured in the first modern Olympics in 1896 (from the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens to the Marathon Stadium).

Athens Tourism Before and After the Games

The Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company, in the context of the creation of a ‘tourism observatory’ for the City of Athens, conducted a study entitled ‘Registered Athens Tourism Study—from pre-Olympic to the post-Olympic period: The influence of the Olympic Games and...

Athens Hotels After the 2004 Olympics

A report was recently released in regards to the effects the Athens 2004 Olympic Games had on the hotels of the Greek capital.

Greeks Prefer Trips Abroad

Greek tourists prefer to travel abroad rather than spend their holidays at home as they consider Greece too expensive as opposed to competing tourist destinations.

Greek Tourism Industry Can Do Better in ICT Use

According to a recent study conducted by the Observatory for the Greek Information Society in regards to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by the tourist industry, large tourism companies show a positive attitude towards new technologies but there is...

Amadeus Signs With Arab Airlines

Amadeus, the global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, last month signed a 10-year distribution agreement with 13 members of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

Black List of Banned Airlines

The European Commission recently approved the eighth update of the ‘black list’ of airline companies that are banned from flying to European Union countries due to security issues.

Chania Calls for Tourist Police on Bicycles

The tourism sector of the Chania prefecture recently requested additional policing, advanced services of tourist police and the set up of new police stations in tourist areas.

Bad British Behavior in Greece

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recently released its third annual ‘British Behavior Abroad’ report in an effort to deal with thousands of UK citizens who continue to attract trouble when on holiday overseas.

Request for Development Law Reform

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels and the Research Institute for Tourism recently expressed to the secretary of economy and finance, Yiannis Papathanasiou, the tourism sector's need for an immediate reform of the development law.

Crisis Management Committee Arranged

After the recent homicide of an Australian tourist who was beaten to death, allegedly by a Greek bouncer on Mykonos, Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos convened an emergency meeting with officials from other ministries in the framework of setting up a Crisis Management...

Ministry Denies Slip in Greek Tourism

The tourism ministry recently released tourist traffic figures, which contradicts newspaper reports that refer to a ‘freefall’ of Greek tourism.

Greek Tourism in Numbers

According to the latest figures of the National Statistical Service of Greece, 44.2 percent of arrivals in 2007 were those made by Greek nationals and 55.8 percent were made by foreign visitors. As for overnights, 26.5 percent were comprised by Greeks (2.5 nights on average) and...

Athens Hotels’ Occupancies Trend Downward

June 2008 saw a 1.9 percent drop in average hotel occupancy rates in the Athens Attica region, according to recent figures released by the Hellenic Hotels Federation.

Decision Made for Theme Parks

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently signed a joint ministerial decision that sets the necessary specifications of theme parks for their inclusion within the development law. The current development law is the first that foresees the financial backing of theme parks.

Theme Park Planned for Lavrion

The plan to construct a theme park in Lavrion, which will resemble the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia and the city Lijiang (Yunnan province in northern China), was recently approved by the town's municipal council.

Tourism Zoning Law in the Works

Public Works and Environment Minister Yiorgos Souflias recently announced the development of a zoning law for tourism by the end of the year.

Bucharest Receives First GNTO Office

The Greek National Tourism Organization launched its first office in Romania in an effort to strengthen the tourist traffic to Greece and increase the Romanian tourism flow by the promotion of all-year-round travel opportunities.
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