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Greece Takes French Lesson On Tourism

An initiative taken for the first time in Greece by an embassy that represents one of the most developed tourism countries in the world deserves many congratulations, said Nikos Angelopoulos, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, in reference to a recent...

Olympic Gets New Logo

After the selection of Olympic's new cabin crew uniforms, Marfin Investment Group (MIG) recently publicized the logo of the new Olympic.

Attica Group Orders New Vessels

Attica Group recently signed shipbuilding contracts with world-class shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company, Korea, for the construction of two monohull-type, fast car-passenger ferries. The total investment cost will amount to some 137 million euros.

EPEST Reacts To New Tax Measures

Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanasiou recently announced measures to tackle tax dodging in the sector of leisure boats, which caused a negative reaction from the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association (EPEST).

Marine Tourism Looking Good On Rodos

Rodos appeared to be almost unaffected by the global economic crisis as marine tourism for the month of June showed an increase of 16.67 percent over the same period in 2008, according to official figures from the security office of the island's port.

Chalkidiki Hoteliers Attend Workshop

The profile of today's visitor and ways of approaching the Greek tourist were analyzed last month in Chalkidiki at a workshop organized by the Hellenic Hotels Federation and the Halkidiki Hotel Association.

Conference Focuses On Diving Tourism

By 2010 two of the four planned diving parks in Greece will be established, announced Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos at the conference "Diving Tourism - Present and Future," organized last month by Greek daily newspaper Apogevmatini.

Tourism For The Disabled Under Review

Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently met with representatives from the Panhellenic Association of the Blind, the Panhellenic Association of Kidney Transplants, the Panhellenic Union of Paraplegics and Physically Challenged and the National Confederation of Disabled People...

HATTA Eyes Azerbaijani Tourism Market

Azerbaijan's tourism market offers opportunities for tourism and business partnerships, according to members of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) who attended a familiarization tour in Azerbaijan on 22-28 June.

SETE Clarifies Tourism Data Terms

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises recently clarified the confusion created on the use of the terms "tourism revenue" and "turnover index for tourism."

Hotels Report Losses For 2008

Last year 870 major hotel enterprises produced losses that reached some 79 million euros against profits of 61 million euros in 2007, according to a survey conducted by Stat Bank.

Arrivals Down, Jobs Lost

International arrivals to Greece were reduced close to 10 percent in the first six months of the year compared with the same period of 2008, according to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.

New Acropolis Museum Opens

The Greek claim for the return of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon marbles from the British Museum in London typified the official opening of the New Acropolis Museum on 20 June.

ATEM Presents 2009 Arrivals Forecast

Greek tourist traffic is expected to decline between 5.41 and 13.01 percent this season, depending on the price of oil, says research group Academy of Tourism Research and Studies (ATEM). However, the group noted that if the oil price remains at $58 per barrel a 10.07 reduction...

SAAE Says No To Strikes

The Hellenic Association of Airline Representatives (SAAE) recently called for a solution to the continual operational problems of air traffic controlers and underlined that there must be no repeated strikes within the summer.

Revenue Decrease For Athens-Attica Hotels

The revenue of Athens-Attica hotels fell some 20 percent from last year's January-May period as a result of a 16.6 percent drop in the average hotel occupancy rate and 5.1 percent in the average price per room, according to the latest study of GBR Consulting.

Greece Focuses On U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Greece's long-awaited inclusion in the U.S. visa waiver program is expected to take place by the end of the year, according to negotiations at the recent summit of the 56-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that took place on Kerkyra.

Greek-Turkish Tourism Cooperation

While on an official visit to Ankara last month, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos informed his Turkish counterpart, Ertugrul Gunay, of the ministry's decision to organize the "8th Greek-Turkish Tourism Forum" in October in Greece, with the participation of Greek and Turkish...

Greece and Romania Strengthen Ties

Romanian Tourism Minister Elena Udrea recently said that a cruise line between Constanta, Romania, and the Greek islands, to be effective as of this summer, is under consideration.
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