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Amadeus Hotel Store Launched

Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, recently announced the launch of Amadeus Hotel Store.

Conference Sheds Light on Greek Tourism

Discussions that concerned the impact of the economic crisis on Greek tourism—according to conclusions from international exhibitions ITB and MITT—highlighted this year's third International Tourism & Property Conference.

Conference and Visitors Bureau to Operate in Messinia

The Messinia Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently signed an agreement with the Messinia Prefecture and the Municipality of Kalamata for the operation of a Conference and Visitors Bureau in Kalamata for the promotion of conference tourism.

Prespes Mayor Seeks Tourism Flow

The Municipality of Prespes is making efforts to simplify access to the region in an effort to attract more tourists to the Transboundary Prespa Park.

Mamma Mia! Shields Skopelos From Crisis

Mayor of Skopelos Christos Vasiloudis recently expressed his optimism for 2009 as he expects a 10-15 percent rise in arrivals.

Economic Crisis Affects Business Travel

The expectations of business travelers are in a turnaround as the economic pressure has made them care less about luxury and more about the basics a hotel delivers, a recent survey said.

Online Bookings Can Support Tourism

The key role of online reservations and strategies for the development of the global tourism industry in the coming years was recently presented to Greek hoteliers at a workshop organized by Xenia Exhibitions-Conferences.

The Role of Hotel General Managers Studied

The work relations between hotel owners and appointed general managers were analyzed at the sixth Panhellenic Hotel Management Conference held recently in Athens by the Action for the Development of Tourism and Tourist Education (DRATTE).

Grevena Goes Online

Prefect of Grevena Dimosthenis Kouptsidis recently presented the new website of the prefecture authority of Grevena.

Greece Targets Russian Market

The 16th Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) exhibition ran from 18-21 March in the atmosphere of the world economic crisis and analysts wondered of overall consumer demand and, first and foremost, if the demand for traveling had dropped.

Hotel Federation Straightens Out Data Mix Up

The Hellenic Federation of Hotels recently "corrected" false data over price increases of Greek hotels in 2008 distributed by Hotels.com website.

EPEST Requests Support For Marine Tourism

The president of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association (EPEST), Antonis Stelliatos, recently said marine tourism would suffer a 50 percent or more drop this year.

Athens Goes International With New Ad Campaign

The tourism ministry recently announced the launch of an extensive advertising campaign for the promotion of Athens set for May and June that includes a series of actions and events to take place in the U.S. and Europe.

New Tourism Measures Support Airlines, Employment

Minister of transport and communications, Evripidis Stylianidis, and minister for employment and social protection, Fani Palli-Petralia, recently announced measures to support the tourism sector.

Ship Owners Demand Anti-Crisis Measures

The Association of Passenger Ship Owners recently requested the immediate suspension of user charges at ports (port taxes) and the elimination of third party taxes.

Unemployment to Rise as Arrivals Are Seen to Drop

The Research Institute for Tourism and Forecasts (ITEP) expects arrivals to fall at least by 4.24 percent this year, while tourist traffic from traditional markets are predicted to drop by 4.58 percent.

SETE Sees a Gloomy Tourism Season

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises painted a black picture at a press conference last month and called on to the government for additional measures to support the tourism industry.

Greek Hotels Want Loans

The president of the Hellenic Hotel Federation, Andreas Andreadis, recently requested the intervention of Bank of Greece's chairman, Yiorgos Provopoulos, in regards to bank policies that in many cases can cause "unpleasant developments" in the hotel industry.

HATTA Calls For United Stance Against Crisis

The economic crisis dominated this year's general assembly of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies that recently took place.

Minister Emphasizes Conference Tourism

The tourism ministry aims to increase the number of major international conferences hosted by Greece in the coming years, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently said at a conference organized by Financial Times Global Events and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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