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Alexandra Beach Hotel Opens For 2011 Season

The Alexandra Beach Hotel & Bungalows located at Tsilivi beach on Zakynthos had its traditional blessing recently and opened its doors for the 2011 tourism season.

Versus Travel’s 15th Birthday Bash

Greek celebrities were on the guest list of Versus Travel’s 15th birthday bash held last month at the peristyle of Zappeion Hall.

Turkish Airlines Launches Istanbul-Thessaloniki Weekly Route

On 27 May, Turkish Airlines launched a four-times weekly route between Istanbul and Thessaloniki in an attempt to boost tourism between Turkey and Greece.

Sofitel Athens Airport Welcomes New General Manager

Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel of Accor Group last month held a farewell reception to the hotel’s former general manager Gilles Attias.

Greek Gastronomy Promoted At Sani Resort

“The new Greek cuisine exists and is evolving fast and we are proud of it,” the Sani Resort said after it hosted the sixth Sani Gourmet Festival during the week of 13-18 May 2011.

Ruby Princess Introduced At Piraeus

Amphitrion Group of Companies, Greece’s representative for Princess Cruises, hosted an event in late May and presented the Ruby Princess to Greek media representatives while it docked in the Piraeus Port.

Versus Travel Celebrates 15 Years

“Versus Travel is a travel organization that covers the entire spectrum of tourism services from the simple trip to an Aegean island to a luxurious cruise in the Antarctica,” the travel organization’s manager Evangelos Katsimihas said last month.

Qatar Airways Wins Key Awards In Dubai

Qatar Airways was honored once again for its Business Class and earned premier accolades at two separate award ceremonies in Dubai.

Diving Festival Kicks Off This Month On Kalymnos

Kalymnos, the sponge diver's island in the Dodekanissos complex, will become the meeting point for free diving fans this month.

Spain Targets Greek Market

“Last year 148,532 Greek tourists visited Spain and left behind 158 million euros in revenue for the country,” Arturo Claver, the director of new markets of Turespana (Spanish Tourism Organization), said at a media briefing in Athens last month. Mr. Klaver said by 2015 Turespana...

Greece Welcomed Summer 2011 With Less Blue Flags

Greece ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 41 countries but with 34 beaches short compared to 2010, according to information recently provided by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature.

Spa And Wellness Tourism Lag Behind In Greece

Greece was called on to follow Cyprus’ example and take advantage of the international opportunities wellness tourism offers at a recent workshop held at the Helexpo Palace in Athens.

Hotel Chamber Holds Discussion On Low Cost Carriers

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels hosted an open discussion recently and gave tourism professionals the chance to analyze opportunities and challenges posed by low cost carriers in Greece.

New Deadline For Kasteli Airport

The tendering process aimed at the construction and management of a new airport on Crete, in the Kasteli area, has been postponed for the third time and will now run through until 18 October, according to a recent announcement by the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry. The...

Croatia Airlines Launches New Route to Athens

Dubrovnik last year had 32.567 arrivals from Greece (75 percent increase from 2009) and 70.697 overnights from Greece (66 percent increase from 2009), according to a presentation on the Croation city presented at an event held recently by Croatia Airlines at the Hilton Athens.

Plan For No-Frills Airlines To Fly From Tripoli

The possibility of Tripoli’s military airport also operating as a civil airport for low cost carriers was recently approved at the Regional Council of the Peloponnese.

Private Initiative Promotes Greece In Scandinavia

The first Hellenic Travel and Trade Center that aims to promote Greek tourism destinations, enterprises and traditional products to Scandinavia, opened to the public last month in Oslo, Norway.

Marine Tourism Benefits Analyzed

“Greek legislation and bureaucracy kill the cruise market and maritime tourism,” the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Yiorgos Gratsos, said at a press conference last month, held prior to the 1st Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum.

Safety Needed First For Downtown Athens

“The primary issue is to restore order and to consolidate a sense of security to those who are in central Athens, whether they are tourists, businessmen or permanent residents, and then everything else will fall into place,” the president of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association...

Athens’ Hoteliers See Positive Signs For Tourism

The average hotel occupancy in Athens-Attica increased by 4.5 percent in April compared to the same month in 2010 following a negative streak in bookings that lasted several months, the Athens-Attica Hotel Association outlined last month in an announcement.