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SAS Informs On Plans For Athens

Danish Ambassador to Greece Tom Nørring (left) held a media briefing on Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) at his residence in Athens last month. SAS, which flies directly from Athens to Copenhagen, redefined its existing partnership with Cruise Baltic and the organization Wonderful...

Greek Tourism Professionals Sail In Corporate Match Race

The Greek tourism sector was represented by the sailing team of My Publics (tourism marketing and public relations) in the second Corporate Match Race held 10-11 September at the Yacht Club of Greece.

Chalkidiki Hoteliers Approach Gay Travel Market

The Halkidiki Hotel Association recently organized a four-day fam trip to Chalkidiki and Thessaloniki for gay German journalists in an attempt to approach the gay travel market.

Olympic Air and KLM Sign Code Share Agreement

Olympic Air and KLM signed a code share agreement last month that entitled the airlines to market flights between Amsterdam and Athens for connecting traffic under each other’s flight numbers.

Qatar Airways Named Airline Of The Year

Qatar Airways was recently named “Airline of the Year” for its outstanding in-flight product and operational excellence, at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011.

Travel Plan At the 76th TIF

Travel Plan stood out last month at the 76th Thessaloniki International Fair and was honored with an award for the functional and aesthetic appearance of its stand.

Religious Tourism Expo To Kick Off In Spring 2012

Greek tourism will be promoted in Athens this coming spring via the uniqueness of Greece’s natural beauty, significant cultural wealth and deep religious tradition at Nexus, the first International Cultural, Religious and Pilgrimage Tourism Exhibition.

Creta Maris Goes All-Inclusive, Returns to Local Gastronomy

The Creta Maris Group of Hotels recently presented an ambitious promotion plan for Crete that includes all-inclusive services combined with the Cretan way of life, the local agricultural production and the island’s culture.

SETE: 10th Tourism & Development Conference

Initiatives for the Greek economy based on consensual approaches and a broader political, social and economic cooperation aimed at a recovery and an exit from the crisis will be analyzed at the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises’ (SETE) 10th tourism and development...

Blue Flags Removed From Eight Beaches

Eight Greek coasts that had been honored with the quality “Blue Flag” award in June were dropped last month from the 2011 list, according to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. Inspections revealed that coastal managers had failed to maintain the required...

Campsites To Be Classified With Star Rating System

Organized campsites in Greece will now be ranked according to a star-rating system, from one star to five stars, based on mandatory technical and functional specifications and ratings criteria, according to a Council of State decision that approved a relevant draft presidential decree.

HATTA Objects To New Port Fee In Kerkyra

“Once again Greek tourism was caught unaware by the imposition of the new fee, this time to Kerkyra Port that welcomes cruise ships, effective as of 1 September,” the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) said last month in a press release.

Greece’s Competitiveness Continues To Plunge

Greece this year fell another seven places in the rankings of 142 countries from 83rd place to 90th in the Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, released by the World Economic Forum last month. Greece remains the lowest-ranked country of the European Union and is below...

Complaints On Greek Tourism Services On The Up

The Tourist Protection Office of the General Consumers Federation of Greece (INKA) recorded a 36 percent increase of questions and complaints that concerned tourism services and prices during the 1 January-18 August period.

Greece Falls Out Of Favor With Gay Tourists

“Gay and lesbian tourists, who for years flocked to the islands of Mykonos and Lesbos, have removed Greece from their list of favorite destinations because of discrimination,” a survey by Amsterdam-based OutNow Consulting said recently. According to the OutNow Global LGBT2020...

Stronger Ties Between Greece And Serbia

“Serbian visitors to Greece this year are expected to reach 700,000 and the aim is for that figure to increase to one million visitors over the next few years,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said last month.

Greece Lacks In Medical Tourism Despite Potential

Medical tourism has been a fast growing sector worldwide over the last 15 years and while Greece has potential to compete in the rapidly growing 'middle market' of medical tourism, the country lacks a comprehensive national sector growth strategy, according to a recent study by...

Mckinsey Study: New National Growth Model For Greece

The Greek tourism sector contributed (directly and indirectly) some 27 billion euros to the Greek GDP in 2010 and could increase that contribution to 45 billion euros annually by 2021 through a series of initiatives and investments, according to the study “Greece 10 Years Ahead”...

Athens’ Bookings Satisfactory Despite Disruptions

“The winter season is expected to be extremely difficult, not only for Athens but for all Greek destinations that operate year round,” Yiannis Retsos, president of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association, said last month in regards to the Greek capital’s summer bookings.

Athens Tourism A Challenge For 2012, Minister

“In Athens we have a problem, it is the black hole of our tourism and this is where we must focus our full attention in the coming year,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said during an interview last month.
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