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SkyTeam Celebrates 10 Years Of Valuable Growth

Members of global airline alliance SkyTeam last month welcomed travel agents and tourism professionals at the Athens Hilton Galaxy rooftop bar for the alliance’s 10th anniversary party.

Take A Walk In The Park

The revamped and inspired by the park of Pedion tou Areos, the Park Hotel Athens brings a new proposal for accommodation in the Greek capital.

Kefalonia Welcomes New Luxury Resort

The new five-star Apollonia Resort & Spa recently opened its doors in Xi, Lixouri, on Kefalonia and claims to be determined to give the region a different perspective and create conditions for quality tourism.

GS Travel Thinks Inside The Box

GS Travel last month announced its involvement with recreational tourism through a new passenger service titled “the BOX travel.”

Blue Flags For 421 Greek Beaches

Greece once again ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 41 countries, according to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. Spain is in first place.

Posidonia 2010 Branded A Huge Success

Posidonia projects the potential of the global maritime industry, promotes commercial ties between international shipping companies and propels economic growth for Greece and the world’s leading seafaring nations, said Project Manager of Posidonia Fairs, Theodore Vokos, last month.

Panathenaic Stadium Finally Opens

“Our goal is to bring in as many guests as we can so we can contribute to Greece’s tourism,” the president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Kapralos, told tourism professionals last month.

Athens Airways Ousted From State-Subsidized Program

Athens Airways was recently declared in default by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and was annulled from serving the nine state subsidized air route destinations it had undertaken in April. The routes are now assigned to Olympic Air and Sky Express.

Ground Handling Services To Open In Greek Airports

A draft bill that sees the full and final opening of ground handling services at Greece’s 34 regional airports is under preparation, Infra­struc­ture, Transports and Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas announced at a recent press conference.

Agrotima President Hands In Resignation

Brigkita Papastavrou, president of Greek sustainable tourism organization Agrotima (former Agrotouristiki), recently handed in her resignation to Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos, Greek press reports said. Her resignation came after a report of the public...

New Zoning Law For Tourism Discussed

The main objectives of the new zoning law for tourism is to curb the construction of new tourist facilities in congested areas of Greece, Maria Kaltsa, general secretary for planning and urban regeneration, said last month.

Greek-Russian Protocol Signed

The protocol of the 2nd Joint Greek-Russian Tourism Committee was signed last month in Moscow, headed by General Secretary of Tourism Yiorgos Poussaios for the Greek side and vice president of the Federal Tourism Service of Russia’s Tourism Sports and Youth Ministry Evgeni...

Tourism Arrivals Down 10 Percent, Hotel Chamber Says

Tourism arrivals are down 10 percent so far this year, while hotel room prices are also down by 10 percent, President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Yiorgos Tsakiris said last month in response to a report published by the New York Times newspaper on Greek tourism trends.

Greece Strengthens Tourism Ties With Cyprus

The tourism agreement signed between Greece and Cyprus 20 years ago will be updated and issues of common interest will be included, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis said last month. “These issues concern special forms of tourism, common travel packages to...

Culture and Tourism Conference Held In Parliament

Culture needs the physical support of tourism to grow and to offer, while tourism needs culture to make a distinction and gain recognition within an overcrowded market, travel journalist and PASOK Member of Parliament Magia Tsokli said in parliament last month.

“You In Greece” Campaign Kicks Off Online

The “You in Greece” online campaign is the new tool to promote tourism in Greece and aims to show that, besides sea and sun, Greece is also a country of experiences and diversity, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos told journalists at a press conference last month.

Tourism Sector Disappointed With Cabotage Draft Law

“The draft law (on the lifting of cabotage) has terms that are jointly acceptable by all agencies that deal with the cruise issue so that Greece will become a sea cruise center for the entire Mediterranean,” Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said after...

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Milos: Not Only Sun & Sea

Financial crisis, International Monetary Fund, tourism, holidays, Milos... Greece’s economic crisis made headlines throughout the international media and German magazine Focus decided to “be creative” and circulated front cover issues that depicted the famous Venus de Milo statue...

Amadeus Hellas Stands Strong Amid Crisis

“It’s clear that Greek economy needs tourism—one of the most important industries in Greece—to grow,” Eva Karamanou, general director of Amadeus Hellas, told GTP. The Greek tourism industry is currently under tremendous pressure in regards to the economic crisis and competition...