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GTP Celebrates

Danae Group's staff, which consists of GTP, Danae Airlines and Danae Travel employees, kicked back and had a memorable night during the group’s New Year "vasilopita"-cutting party at a popular taverna in Psyrri.

Kaifa Woods Gets Facelift

In an attempt to restore the natural environment that was damaged by the destructive fires of 2007, a reforestation campaign in the woods of Kaiafa was recently held by the Tourism Development Company in cooperation with the Olympia Forestry and volunteer groups.

Rodos to Create Ecomuseum

The creation of an Ecomuseum (a museum without walls with natural habitats appearing as exhibition halls) on Rodos as an addition to the island's tourism product was the main topic discussed recently at the first local conference on the island.

Cruise Ships Request Anchorage at Faliriko Delta

The Association of Passenger Ship Owners recently requested the development of port infrastructure for cruise ships in the area between the Peace and Friendship Stadium and Faliriko Delta.

Seaplanes Get Green Light in Magnesia

The Ministry of Mercantile Marine, The Aegean and Island Policy recently granted permission for the operation of waterways for seaplane flights in Magnesia.

easyCruise Launches New Reservation System

In order to handle the entire reservation process that supports its business easyCruise recently launched IBS' "Cruise Partner."

Greece Holds Low Profile Online

Online advertising can offer the best exposure for Greek tourism as it is international, targeted and efficient concluded the MSN Travel and Tourism Day conference that took place recently in Athens.

Minoan International College Launches BBA Program

Minoan International College (MIC), formerly Trinity, recently announced that it is offering a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program in addition to its existing degree programs in Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Athens Airways Takes Off

New private airline Athens Airways announced recently that it intends to raise the bar of Greek air service quality and aims for a five to 12 percent share of the domestic passenger traffic.

Rural Tourism Network in Thrace Underway

Agri-net, the first attempt to establish a network of agritourism businesses for Thrace, is in the process of implementation.

Early Reservations for Chalkidiki Drop

The tourism traffic to Chalkidiki recorded a five percent increase in 2008 over 2007, according to local tourism professionals who calculate the increase in tourism revenue at seven percent for the same period of comparison.

Crete in for a Bleak Tourism Season

The international economic crisis is expected to cause a 25 to 40 percent drop in tourism traffic to Rethymno, Crete, as countries such as the U.K. and Germany are shying away to cheaper non-euro destinations, say the island's tour operators.

Athens Hotel Occupancy Tumbles in December

Overnight accommodation in Athens saw a 25.9 percent drop in all hotel categories in December 2008 when compared with the year before, the Athens-Attica Hoteliers' Association said recently.

New Strategy and Changes in Greek Tourism Sector

After the change of the tourism minister in January, the president of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Athanasios Oikonomou, resigned from his post and was replaced by Yiannis Kofinis.

Sojourn Tax Reduction On Hold

No provisions will be brought to parliament for approval of the reduction of the sojourn tax—imposed on private businesses that operate in tourist regions—before consultations are held with municipal authorities, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently told the president of...

ITB Berlin 2009

Greece presented a weak inbound performance January through August 2008, on a scale from zero percent and below, according to figures from the IPK International's European Travel Monitor included within the ITB World Travel Trends Report 2008/2009. Cyprus was included among the...

Hoteliers Claim Investment Law Unfair

Following the recent amendment of the new investment incentives law, Greek hotel owners requested the withdrawal of two "unfavorable" provisions.

Zoning Law Rejected By Vast Majority

The planned zoning law for tourism, one of the most controversial legislations in recent years, failed to obtain the consent of the political, scientific and technical bodies of Greece as the majority of the 19 members of the National Zoning Council voted against it during a...

5th IMIC Offers Survival Strategies

The need for Greece's tourism policy to improve drastically was the main point of this year's 5th International Meetings and Incentives Conference (IMIC) titled "Selling Destinations, Venues and Services: Supplier Perspectives - Buyer Demands," which took place recently in Athens.

Athens Enters ABTA Members’ Handbook 2009

The competitive advantages of Athens can be found in this year's edition of the Association of British Travel Agents Members' Handbook, according to the Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company (ATEDCO).
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