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VAT Reduction Keynote At Philoxenia 2010

The 26th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held this year on 18-21 November at Helexpo in Thessaloniki, roughly hosted 500 exhibitors from Greece and 12 other countries (Egypt, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Cyprus, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Turkey, and Tunisia).

Greek Tourism’s New Identity Outlined At WTM

“Working in international travel and tourism at the moment is certainly no holiday for many of us,” World Travel Market’s Chairman Fiona Jeffery said during her opening speech at the tourism fair at ExCel in London, UK, held this year 8-11 November.

Seaplanes To Make A Comeback

The Infrastructures, Transports and Networks Ministry announced last month its intention to establish waterways in Greece and attract seaplane companies to strengthen the transport of Greece’s border areas.

Olympic Air-Aegean Airlines Merger Hit Obstacles

The European Commission will decide whether or not to approve the merger between Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines on 12 January 2011, according to European Commissioner for Competition, Joaquin Almunia. The merger was expected to receive approval by 7 December 2010.

Low-Cost Airlines To Boost Activity In Greece

The Greek Government will cooperate with low-cost airlines and provide every possible facility on a business level, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said in a recent meeting with 18 representatives of international low-cost airlines.

Thessaloniki To Be Launched As Cruise Destination

Thessaloniki is scheduled to be promoted as a cruise destination through a non-profit organization soon to be established by the city’s port authority, trade association and chamber of commerce and industry, the Greek press said last month.

Revamp Planned For Piraeus Port

The Piraeus Port Authority will proceed to a full upgrade of its services in 2011 in order for international cruise companies to respond in 2012 to the lifting of the cabotage restrictions for non-European Union-flag cruise ships, the port’s president and CEO, Yiorgos Anomeritis,...

Greek Sea Cruise Passenger Boarding Fee Announced

“A new day is beginning for sea cruise and the country,” Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries Minister Yiannis Diamantidis said in reference to the lifting of cabotage restrictions for non-European Union-flag cruise ships.

Thomas Cook Upsets European Hoteliers

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels has joined forces with hotel associations in Europe in a fight against UK-based holiday company Thomas Cook as it has imposed a unilateral five percent cut on its August and September accommodation invoices for European hotels.

Report Reveals GNTO Tourism Scam

The “Tourism for All” program failed to achieve the desired results in the effort to develop the country’s domestic tourism, according to the final report of the Inspectors-Controllers Body for Public Administration in regards to the materialization of the 2006-2009...

50 Greek Tourism Support Projects Announced

Four new projects for the development of Greek tourism, budgeted at 107 million euros, are underway, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis informed an audience last month at the 11th Real Estate Conference, Prodexpo, held in Athens in late October.

“Selective” VAT Cut To 6.5% Causes Mixed Reactions

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) last month welcomed the news of a reduction on the Value Added Tax for accommodation facilities but at the same time expressed its dissatisfaction on the VAT increase on other tourism services.

Greek Capital Sees Poor Customer Satisfaction

The city of Athens continues to attract visitors despite the serious problems experienced in 2010, according to the Athens-Attica Hotel Association’s latest study on customer satisfaction and performance of hotels in Attica. The study was presented at the association’s 41st...

Athens’ Hotels See Low Revenue In 2010

Athenian hoteliers saw a 6.7 percent drop in hotel occupancy this past September, along with a 9.2 percent decrease in the revenue per available room in five-, four- and three-star hotels, President of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association Yiannis Retsos said last month during his...

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Philoxenia 2010: Council Of Hotel Associations

The VAT reduction on accommodation facilities (from 11 percent to the low rate of 6.5 percent) was the main topic of discussion at this year’s council of hotel associations during Philoxenia. During the council, Andreas Andreadis, president of the Hellenic Federation of...

Philoxenia 2010: Hotel Chamber Regional Meeting

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels held their regional meeting of Northern Greece within the framework of the Philoxenia exhibition, during which they discussed important issues that concerned the hotel industry.

Philoxenia 2010: 3rd European Tourism Conference

The need for Greece to develop a new model  for Tourism was the main topic of this year’s “3rd European Tourism Conference” hosted by Philoxenia. During the first session, GNTO President Nicolas Kanellopoulos stressed the importance of green tourism for the protection and...

Philoxenia 2010: ARGO Int’l Forum

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies and the United Nations Development Program organized the first international forum “ARGO: The first Black Sea Partnership Forum for Tourism and Travel Operators” with the attendance of tourism professionals from the Black...

Philoxenia 2010: Hotel Chamber Press Conference

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels gave a press conference in Thessaloniki during Philoxenia and presented data on tourism in 2010 and estimations for 2011. During the press conference, the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasting (ITEP) presented its latest study ...
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