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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Launches New Website

Starwood Hotels & Resorts have launched a new website dedicated to the chain's nine hotels in Greece.

Tourism Ministry Awards EDEN Greek Finalists

Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos honored the prefecture of Lesvos at an event in Athens after the island recently received the award for top sustainable tourism destination in Greece for 2009 in the European Commission's third "European Destinations of Excellence" (EDEN) project.

Piraeus Sees Fewer EU-Flag Cruise Ships

The Greek cruise industry must be liberated from the cabotage law that forbids non-European Union flag cruise ships to use Greek harbors as homeports, according to recently released official figures. The figures are in regards to the number of tourists that arrived in Piraeus by...

Passenger Traffic Rises On Domestic Routes

Despite the fears of the global economic crisis it seems that this summer is produced better results than 2008 for Greek shipping or at least for many companies that continue to operate efficiently, said the Ministry of Mercantile Marine, The Aegean and Island Policy.

Workshop Enlightens Hoteliers

An electronic register of all Greek tourism businesses will be prepared and presented by the end of the year, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos said at a marketing workshop held recently in Chania, Crete, by the Hellenic Hotels Federation.

Tourism Report On Greece Not Positive

The Greek tourism market is forecast to show further marked falls of 20 percent year-on-year in occupancy rates from the first quarter of 2009, according to official data from a recent market research report of companiesandmarkets.com.

Athens’ Taxi Cabs Disappoint Travelers: Poll

Athens taxis were voted the filthiest in the world, according to a survey conducted by hotels.com website.

Olympic Air Receives First Q400 Aircraft

The new Olympic last month received its first Q400 aircraft with the new Olympic Air colors and logo. The airline is expected to receive seven more by October at a total value of some $250 million.

Qatar Airways Expands Routes To Athens

Athens is included in Qatar Airways expansion program to improve frequencies and offer passengers additional options with the increase in the number of flights to key European capital cities, the airline announced recently.

Greek Tourism Industry Still Behind On ICT Use

New opportunities that will revolutionize the business profile of Greek tourism enterprises are rising through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), according to a recent study by the Observatory for the Greek Information Society.

Draft Law On Yacht Tax Criticized

Associations that represent professional and private owners of yachts have reacted to the draft law of the Ministry of Economy and Finance that levies new taxes on the yachting industry.

Greece Sees Double-Digit Revenue Decline

Tourism revenue dropped 14.7 percent in the January-June period against the same period in 2008 as foreign visitors spent some 3.1 billion euros, the Bank of Greece recently announced. In June receipts were down 10.4 percent to 1.39 billion euros.

Downtown Athens Awaits Stepped Up Law Enforcement

Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos called a meeting during the summer to focus on the issue of security in downtown Athens on the occasion of the peak tourist season.

Tourism Chamber Not Wanted

In a letter addressed to Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos, the President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Konstantinos Michalos, called for the tourism ministry to abandon its plans to convert the hotel chamber into a tourism chamber.

Paradise Beach Among World’s Best Nudist Beaches

Paradise Beach on Mykonos was among the world's top five naturist beaches according to travel website TripAdvisor.

Η ακτοπλοΐα μας

Τα τελευταία χρόνια η ακτοπλοΐα στην Ελλάδα, από την πλευρά των ακτοπλοϊκών εταιριών, έχει κάνει σημαντικά βήματα. Οι περισσότερες εταιρίες έχουν δρομολογήσει νέα πλοία τα οποία προσφέρουν ταχύτητα, ασφάλεια και υψηλές υπηρεσίες κατά την διάρκεια του ταξιδιού. Όσον αφορά ...

Battle Plan To Stop Greek Island “Booze Tourism”

Greek Deputy Interior Minister Christos Markoyiannakis recently met with British Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant to crack down on drunken British tourists that tend to cause trouble on Greek island resorts.

Drop in Arrivals Slows in July

The number of foreign tourists that arrived at Greek airports fell to eight percent in the January-July period down from 9.6 percent recorded during the first six months of the year, according to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.

EU: Travel Will Spread Swine Flu

The summer holiday traffic is expected to accelerate the new influenza A (H1N1) across Europe, the European Commission recently warned.

Passenger Traffic Drops In June, H1N1 Also To Blame

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently announced that international air passenger traffic fell by 7.2 percent in June when compared to the same month in 2008. However, the drop in international passenger demand was a slight improvement on the 9.3 percent fall...
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