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Έληξε στις 31 Μαρτίου η προσφορά που είχαμε ανακοινώσει, λόγω κρίσης, τόσο προς τους επαγγελματίες όσο και προς την τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση και τις επαγγελματικές ενώσεις. Η προσφορά αυτή, όπως όλοι γνωρίζετε, αφορούσε στη δωρεάν προώθηση, μέσω της υπηρεσίας direct e-mail, σε 8.000...

Nafplio To Welcome Kandia’s Castle

This spring the 5-star Kandia's Castle Hotel will be inaugurated on Kandia beach in Nafplio. Designed with a unique architectural style, which combines a castle appearance (handcrafted stone) with the natural environment, Kandia's Castle offers modern and luxurious facilities and...

Ai Stratis Island To Go Green

Greek island Ai Stratis won the government "competition," announced by Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, to become the country's first "green island" that will feature large-scale infrastructure for green energy, such as photovoltaic systems and wind farms.

Prospects For Conference Tourism

The conference tourism market is aware of the global financial crisis, but manages to minimize its effects to a large extent, was the conclusion of the 5th Pan-Hellenic Conference for Business and Conference Tourism in Thessaloniki. The Hellenic Association of Professional...

Fthiotida Welcomes Atalanti Hills Project

A two-billion-euro tourism resort investment aimed to transform the area of Atalanti, Fthiotida, into a quality all-year-round destination was presented recently.

ITB Berlin Continues Strong

Despite the global economic crisis the 43rd ITB Berlin travel trade show (11-15 March) saw a positive mood among exhibitors. The fair attracted some 110,000 trade visitors—42 percent from abroad—an increase of four percent from 2008.

U.S. Bookings to Greece Raise Concern

Greek tourism destinations may see a drop of up to 50 percent in bookings from the U.S., the president of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Tourism, Yiorgos Trivizas, said recently.

Cabotage Still An Issue For Cruise Companies

The Association of Passenger Ship Owners recently requested from the tourism ministry a solution for the upgrading of legislation to allow foreign-flag cruise ships to use Greece as a homeport.

State Sells Olympic Airlines

Marfin Investment Group sealed a deal with the Greek government and will buy Olympic Airlines now that the European Commission gave the green light for the sale and a joint ministerial privatization committee approved the deal.

Dialogue to Begin For Sojourn Tax Cut

Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanasiou recently assured the president of the Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE), Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis, that a dialogue will proceed in order to find a replacement income for the local government's lost...

Hotel Suppliers Face Economic Crisis

Hotel suppliers in the tourism industry may count up to a 275-million-euro fall in revenue this year if, according to a possible scenario, Greek tourism slumps 10 percent in overnights, GBR Consulting reported recently.

Tourism Businesses Get VAT Refund

The ministry of finance recently announced the immediate return of Value Added Tax paid by tourism businesses (such as travel agencies and hotels) for costs on fixed assets.

Tourism Chamber Proposal Causes Negative Reactions

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, the President of the Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce, Georgios Kassimatis, expressed his full opposition to the legislation that foresees the conversion of the hotel chamber into a tourism chamber.

Job Cuts in Tourism Sector

The economic crisis has already affected tourism occupations as enterprises are planning layoffs and pay cuts, according to Christos Polyzogopoulos, president of the Economic and Social Council of Greece.

Greece’s Competitiveness Drops

Greece dropped two places in the third annual Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009, published by the World Economic Forum, as it ranked 24th among 133 countries.

A Hotel With an Attitude

Classical 2FashionHouseHotel, located on 2 Pireos street on Omonia Square, recently had its grand opening in the presence of celebrities and representatives of the Greek fashion industry.