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Thessaloniki’s Promotion Agency Criticized

President of the Thessaloniki Hotels Association Aristotelis Thomopoulos resigned from the post of Deputy President of the Tourism Promotion and Marketing Agency of the Thessaloniki Prefecture on 20 January.

5th HO.RE.CA. Attracts Thousands

This year’s HO.RE.CA. proved wrong all negative forecasts that saw a “frightened attitude of the tourism sector against the escalating economic crisis,” according to Forum, the organizing company of the fifth international specialized exhibition of equipment, accessories,...

Greek Spa Industry Lacks Trained Professionals

Greece cannot be considered a luxury spa destination as Greek spas currently have no specific identification and hotels that promote themselves as spa resorts do not maintain proper standards, according to the “2nd Wellness Fit & Spa Meeting Day” held last month in Athens.

ITB Berlin 2010 Ready To Open

ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, on 10-14 March will await the whole variety of the international travel sector on the fairgrounds of Messe Berlin: destinations, tour operators, booking systems, carriers and hotels.

AIA Awards Airlines

Athens International Airport (AIA) awarded airlines that recorded the highest passenger development in 2009, a very challenging year for the global industry, during the 10th Airline Marketing Workshop held last month.

DRATTE To Hold Hospitality Management Conference

A range of issues that relate to the management of tourism and hospitality enterprises will be discussed at the “2nd International Conference on Tourism and Hospitality Management” organized by the Tourism Research Institute of the Action for the Development of Tourism and...

Go-Ahead Stalled For Atalanti Hills Project

The two-billion-euro tourism resort investment Atalanti Hills in Fthiotida is in danger of not coming into effect as it is tangled in Greek bureaucracy red tape, according to Lokros, the company that has undertaken the development and management of the project.

Monaco Introduced To Greek Market

Although the Greek market represents only one percent of the total number of international guests that reside an average of three nights in Monaco hotels, it is believed that many more Greek travelers would catch the opportunity to come to Monaco in the near future, according to...

Travelport Announces New Deals

“Although Sky Express has enjoyed significant early success since the launch of operations in 2007, we believe participating in Travelport’s GDS channel is essential to ensure our future growth,” said Andrey Egorov, the carrier’s commercial director.

ACB: Athens Is Ideal For Business And Pleasure

“The Athens Convention Bureau’s aim is to highlight Greece’s image in the convention market and soon see the country among the top ten conference markets worldwide,” said the bureau’s director George Angelis during a workshop held last month during the 6th IMIC in Athens.

IMIC 2010 Touches Important Tourism Issues

Advice to create proposals that sell, branding in the economic downturn, key issues for the incentive and meeting industry and suggestions for an improved promotion of the Greek tourism product were among issues discussed at the 6th International Meetings and Incentives...

ITEP: Arrivals To Make Weak Recovery In 2010

Foreign arrivals to Greece are expected to rise slightly by some two to three percent this year, while repercussions from the 2008 economic crisis will result to tourism revenue continuing its negative trend, according to a recent announcement by the Research Institute for...

Athens City Center In Need Of Face-Lift

If we want to upgrade Athens, we need to set down some rules and faithfully follow them, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos recently said in an interview to the Greek press when asked about the problems at the one end of the historic center of Athens—the Omonia Square...

ETA Targeted For Inspection

Following the financial and management control of the Greek National Tourism Organization ordered by President Nikolas Kanellopoulos in January, certified internal auditors were recently assigned to inspect the financial records of the Tourism Development Company (ETA), the...

Subsidized Holidays Program Recipients Reduced

The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers recently questioned a government decision that sees a 26 percent reduction of beneficiaries for the Workers’ Welfare Foundation’s social tourism program (subsidized holidays).

Minister Meets Tourism Professionals

Greek tourist spots that lack English-language GNTO brochures is like going to war without ammunition, commented Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos last month during his visit to Rodos. His comment came after his surprise visit to the Greek National Tourism...

Greek Hotels Cut Minimum Prices

The minimum hotel prices for 2010 will be reduced by five percent, according to a decision announced last month by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Conference Tourism Committee Coming Soon

The Culture and Tourism Ministry last month announced its intention to establish a Conference Tourism Committee in an effort to promote Greece in international tourism markets as a meetings and convention destination.

Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air Discuss Partnership

Greece’s two largest carriers, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air, recently confirmed potential cooperation talks held between their major shareholders. Both companies have released no details so far.

Greece Sees Drop Of Non-Resident Arrivals

A rrivals of foreigners to Greece have recorded a 6.7 percent decline for the first nine months of 2009, according to figures recently released by the National Statistical Service of Greece and compiled by the boarder survey of the Bank of Greece.
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