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New Arrival For Business Tourism In Chalkidiki

Istion Club & Spa in Nea Potidea, Chalkidiki, aims to offer professionals quality and excellent organization, which are now prerequisites for any corporate event of international standards, according to Gerasimos Bakoyannis, chairman of the Portes Hotels group.

Government Freezes Plans For Kasteli Airport

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Dimitris Reppas recently announced the cancellation of the tender for the construction and management of the new airport on Crete in the Kastelli area that was introduced by the previous government in 2009.

Bank Of Greece Survey Shows Drop In Foreign Arrivals

The first half of 2009 saw foreign arrivals decline by 10.3 percent compared with those of the first half of 2008, according to a survey on nonresident arrivals from abroad for the first half of 2009. The survey was carried out by the Bank of Greece at the country's border...

Air Travel Complaints In Greece Drop In 2009

Complaints made last year by passengers against airline companies dropped 13 percent when compared to 2008, according to data released by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Proposal For Bus And Coach Passenger Rights Tabled

A proposal that involves passenger rights for bus and coach transport was adopted at the European Union Council of Transport Ministers held in December in Brussels. The proposal aims to strengthen the rights of bus and coach passengers that travel on international and...

Contenders Announced For Remote Greek Island Routes

Five airlines have expressed interest in the tender for the operation of the 24 state-subsidized air routes to remote Greek islands for the period 1 April 2010-31 March 2012.

Greece Expected To Get Visa-Free Travel To U.S.

Greece is soon expected to obtain visa waiver status as it is considered only a matter of time to join the United States' Visa Waiver Program (VWP), according to Europolitics, European affairs daily updated website.

Athens Mayors Hold First Meeting In Greek Capital

The first meeting of the mayors of Athens, marks the beginning of one of the most appealing efforts of the organization World of Athens, said the organization's President Tatiana Karapanagioti at a special event held within the context of the 1st Athens Mayors Meeting at Athens...

Kozani Prefecture To Promote Alternative Tourism

The development of alternative forms of tourism in the area of Mount Voios in Kozani was discussed in Kozani last December at the presentation of the proposed project "Development of alternative forms of tourism through the creation of a network of hiking paths in the Kozani...

Hunting Ban Dropped To Support Small Hotels

The government's excuse for lifting the hunting ban in favor of protecting small hotels and related businesses is worthy of mockery, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature recently said in an announcement.

Greek Archaeological Sites Closed, Staff Cut

Over 40 archaeological sites and museums have been closed completely or partially due to lack of staff, according to the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

IMIC 2010 Kicks Off This Month

The 6th convention of the International Meetings and Incentives Conference (IMIC) series will once again bring together top tourism industry professionals to offer new ideas, increase expertise and offer tips for high quality incentive travel.

Hotel Chamber Announces New Board Of Directors

A new joint effort with the ultimate aim of improving the purpose and the role of the chamber has just begun, according to new President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Yiorgos Tsakiris.

GNTO Announces New President And Board Members

The Greek National Tourism Organization announced in late December 2009 its new Board of Directors. Newly appointed GNTO President is Nikolas Kanellopoulos, Supreme Court lawyer, who has operated in the past as an advisor to Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou.

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New GNTO Board Of Directors Have First Meeting

The new Board of Directors of the Greek National Tourism Organization had its first meeting last month to examine a number of critical issues concerning the proper and transparent function of the organization.

Tourism Sector Opposes 15% VAT Plan

The increase of the Value Added Tax to 15 percent would be disastrous for Greek tourism, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) said recently in response to conflicting statements made by government officials in regards to the possible imposition of a single VAT rate...

Deputy Minister Sets Goals For Greek Tourism

Organization, aim, control and effectiveness are the foundations on which today's tourism leadership will operate, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou said recently while addressing parliament during the debate on the 2010 state budget.

GNTO To Participate In 54 International Travel Fairs

The Greek National Tourism Organization will participate in 54 international tourism fairs in the first quarter of 2010, which will include the country's first time participation in exhibitions of alternative and special forms of tourism, according to a recent announcement made...

Greece At Harrods

At the start of the new decade Greece literally starred in Harrods in London, United Kingdom, at a time when some 3.5 million shoppers visited the department store during the holidays and the discount season.