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ETA Announces Open Tender

The Tourism Development Company (ETA) last month announced an open tender for the six-year leasing of the refectory of the former border station in Promachona.

GDS To Promote Travel Agency Growth

“We will continue to invest in our online development tools, our e-commerce solutions in order to help our customers diversify and grow their online business,” Amadeus Hellas’ CEO Eva Karamanou recently told GTP during the “Brighter, Bolder, Better e-Commerce” forum by global...

Tourists Turn Away From Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki recorded the most losses in foreign arrivals and turnover during the first ten months of 2010, Aristotelis Thomopoulos, president of the Hotel Association of Thessaloniki, said recently.

Forum Puts Thessaloniki In The Spotlight

“A city adds value to the professional and the creator depending on the strength of its identity and Thessaloniki must obtain a strong identity,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said during an international culture and tourism forum held recently in Thessaloniki by...

New Model For Tourism Discussed At Conference

The year 2011 will find Greek tourism with improved arrivals and overnights and also an increase in revenue, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 3rd European Tourism Conference in late November 2011 in Thessaloniki.

Gastronomy Council At HO.RE.CA.

The first “National Council of Gastronomy,” held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization, will take place at the 6th HO.RE.CA. scheduled for 3-6 February at the ExpoAthens exhibition center in Anthousa, eastern Attica.

Hotel Chamber To Open The Way For Gastronomy Tourism

Greek breakfast will be established in all hotels of the country as a start of the promotion of Greek cuisine as one of the most key representative forms of Greek tourism, Hellenic Chamber of Hotels representative, Yiorgos Pittas, said recently.

UNESCO Adds Mediterranean Diet To Culture List

The Mediterranean diet’s placement on the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage opens horizons not only for the broadcasting of Greece’s local culture and traditions but also for the surfacing of Greek products and local food of the islands and regions, the Culture and...

Amadeus Forum: A World Of Ideas For Business Growth

“I am convinced that the Central, Eastern and Southern European region is living exponential times,” Juan Antonio Carrasco, Amadeus’ director of CESE markets, said at the launch and the closing of the Amadeus CESE e-Commerce Leaders Forum 2010 that recently took place in Sophia...

New Convention Bureaus To Open In Greece

“The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) welcomes the deputy minister’s announcement for the creation of new convention bureaus in various regions of Greece and the establishment of a conference tourism committee,” HAPCO’s President Dinos Astras told...

ECTAA Sees Recovery Of Greek Tourism

“The European markets are receiving optimistic messages in regards to the recovery of Greek tourism,” President of the European Travel Agents and Tour Operators Associations (ECTAA) Irene Gueorguieva said at a dinner held during the 102nd ECTAA Biannual Meeting in Athens last...

Diving Tourism On Ministry’s Agenda

The development of diving tourism is one of the top priorities of the Culture and Tourism Ministry within the framework of promoting alternative forms of tourism, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the “Biodiversity and Diving Tourism in the Greek Seas”...

Deputy Minister Attends International Cruise Convention

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis presented significant opportunities provided for cruise tourism and investments in Greek port projects, following the lifting of cabotage restrictions (currently in process by the Greek government), last month at the 8th...

GNTO And AIA Sign Memorandum Of Cooperation

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) and the Athens International Airport (AIA) signed a memorandum of cooperation last month that aims to utilize the potential of air transport, through coordinated joint actions, as a basic axis for the development of tourism products...

Ministry Maintains Stance On Return Of Marbles

“The permanent return of the Parthenon marbles to the new Acropolis Museum remains the steadfast demand of the Greek state and of the Culture Ministry,” a Culture and Tourism Ministry spokesman told the Greek media last month while rejecting a report of UK newspaper “The Times”...

Web-Ticket Service Launched For Train Passengers

As of last month a whole new chapter opened for Greek railway as passengers are now able to book their tickets directly online. The CEO of Greek railways operating unit Trainose, Athanasios Ziliaskopoulos, announced the news last month at an event in Thessaloniki.

Revamp Scheme For Museums And Sites Announced

“Everyone visiting the museums in the future will receive the best service,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos promised recently as he outlined the ministry’s three-year plan to upgrade services to archaeological sites and museums.

Tender For Tae Kwon Do Venue Launched

The Culture and Tourism Ministry’s aim is to create an international conference center in the Tae Kwon Do facility and establish Athens as a potential destination for international conferences every month of the year, according to a press release of the ministry.

Athens’ Hotels Close Due To High Crime And Rent

Crime in Athens’ city center continues to give the Greek capital the image of an unattractive destination although Athens has the potential to be featured among the most popular metropolitan destinations in Europe, the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Yiorgos...

Small Hotels Exempt From OAEE Insurance

Owners of small hotel units will be excused from the insurance obligation to the Self-Employed Workers' Insurance Organization (OAEE), Alternate Labor and Social Insurance Minister Yiorgos Koutroumanis recently assured the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Yiorgos...
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