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AIA Freezes Airport Charges For 2010

As all predictions indicate another difficult year, Athens International Airport’s initiative to freeze all airport charges for 2010 aims to the financial support of our airline-partners, the CEO of the airport, Dr. Yiannis Paraschis said last month.

Aegean Airlines Reshuffles Internal Flight Network

Aegean Airlines announced last month that flights to Lemnos and Kefallonia would be cut immediately after the Easter holiday as of 7 April due to commercial and financial reasons.

Lifting Of Cabotage Discussed Once Again

Cabotage restrictions must be lifted immediately so foreign-flag cruise ships could use Greek harbors as homeports by 2011, President of the Greek Shipowners’ Association for Passenger Ships Markos Foros stressed during a press conference last month.

Navarino Environmental Observatory Officially Announced

The operation of the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO) was officially announced recently during a ceremony at the Academy of Athens.

SETE Promotes Gastronomy Tourism

With a 400,000-euro marketing investment, Greek gastronomy over the next five years could become one of the main reasons to choose Greece as a holiday destination, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) pointed out last month during the presentation of the stu...

London Gets A Taste Of Greece

From February to December 2010 some 39 restaurants in the United Kingdom will be “dressed” in blue and white to challenge their customers to savour dishes of Greek cuisine, Greek wines and cocktails.

“Breathtaking Athens” Stars The Greek Capital

The Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company (ATEDCo) recently released a new promotional film that takes viewers one step further from the typical tourist clichés and showcases Athens as the ideal destination with plenty of options.

Athens’ Benches Online Competition Launched

The City of Athens and non-governmental network The World of Athens recently launched an international online competition, whose theme is Athens’ benches. The competition’s aim is to improve the quality of life in the Greek capital.

Greece’s Two Major Airlines Seal The Deal

The merger of Olympic with Aegean will maintain competitive customer prices, protect levels of employment and increase our competitiveness at a European level, according to Olympic Air’s President Andreas Vgenopoulos.

Ryanair Enters Greek Market, Not Athens

Irish low cost carrier Ryanair recently announced the launch of “guaranteed lowest fares” on six new routes to the Greek destinations of Kos, Rodos and Volos.

Greece Fourth Place On E.U. Preference List

Greece is the fourth most popular tourism destination in the European Union for 2010, according to the Eurobarometer survey on the attitudes of Europeans towards tourism that was released last month. Most popular destination is Spain, followed by Italy and France.

Greece Says “Kalimera” To Global Markets

Kalimera” (Greek for “good morning”) is the new slogan of the Greek National Tourism Organization’s (GNTO) international advertising campaign for the 2010 summer season.

Tourism Minister At NYT Travel Show

Greece is up against a great crisis but is not hiding, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos assured during his visit to the 2010 New York Times Travel Show that took place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on February 26-28.

Athens Hotel Revenue Expected To Take A Plunge

As a destination Athens is deteriorating and losing any grounds it had intended to gain and this ultimately cannot be considered a result of the global economic crisis, according to Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association President Yiannis Retsos.

Greece Finally Obtains Visa Waiver Status

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on 9 March announced the designation of Greece as a member of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This decision enables Greek citizens to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Greek Visa Policy Subject To Change

Greek tourism would get a boost if visa procedures for entry permits to Greece are less complicated, agreed Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas in a recent meeting.

Greece Targets Serb Tourists

The Culture and Tourism Ministry intends to redefine the classic “sun and sea” formula and promote tourism services that are not restricted to three months but offered throughout the year, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou recently said in an interview to...

Greek Tourism Moves Ahead At 44th ITB

Greece’s economic problems will not have an impact on German visits to the country this year, said Klaus Laepple, president of German Travel Association Deutschen ReiseVerbands (DRV), during the opening press conference of the 44th ITB Berlin travel trade show held last month.

HATTA Calls For Year-Round Tourism

The global economic crisis is not the only side to blame for the current situation of Greek tourism, Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) President Argyro Fili said during the association’s general assembly last month.