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Religious Tourism To Be Promoted In Greece

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis recently presented the conclusions of a report on the development and promotion of religious and pilgrimage tourism in Greece.

HATTA Participates In School Tourism Initiative

“The international and Greek student community is a huge ‘reservoir’ from which Greek regions could draw visitors from throughout the academic year,” Yiorgos Telonis, president of Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA), said during the announcement of the new...

Tourism Investments To Get On Track

Fast track procedures for tourism investments are underway at the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization via the establishment of a special service that will promote and license tourism investments.

Cruise Industry Says Goodbye To Greek Cabotage

“Cabotage is finally lifted,” the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) said last month after the Cabinet approved the bill that included the full lifting of cabotage restrictions for non-European Union flag cruise ships.

SETE Awaits Progress Of Ministers On Tourism Issues

Recent data showed that incoming tourism to Greece increased last year (10 percent increase in arrivals and revenue) but nothing guarantees that the same will happen in 2012, the general director of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), George Drakopoulos, said at...

Turkish Airlines Holds Travel Agencies Night

In late December 2011 Turkish Airlines hosted an “Agencies Night” dinner in honor of its partner Greek travel agencies.

Minister Presents Tourism Omnibus Bill For Growth

The time period for the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) to grant licenses for Greek tourist accommodation will be reduced from 240 days to 60 days, according to arrangements contained in an omnibus bill presented in late December 2011 by Culture and Tourism Minister...

Seasonal Hotel Workers Subsidy Program Announced

Greek Manpower Employment Organization (OAED) has announced a four-month subsidy program for workers of seasonal hotels, provided they retain their job positions during the period the hotel is closed.

Hotelier Yiorgos Pittas Receives Xenia Award

Yiorgos Pittas, author, hotelier and Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Board Member (second from left), was among the personalities honored with a Xenia award for his contribution to the promotion of Greece through his work.

Goldair Handling Gives Holiday Reception

Goldair Handling’s Kallinikos Kallinikos, executive vice president; Rita Zambeli, public relations; and Dimitris Papamihail, CEO, at the company’s holiday reception held for the Greek media last December. Journalists were informed on the company’s results of operations for 2011.

Sofitel Athens Airport Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Sofitel Athens Airport made the commitment to continue to provide high quality services and “continue the Magnifique trip for the next 10 years” at its 10-year anniversary celebration held last December.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Greece Hold 2011 Xmas Party

Peter Alatsas, Costa Navarino’s general manager; Christina Papathanassiou, Grande Bretagne’s director of public relations; Kalia Iliopoulou, owner of Vedema and Mystique hotels; and Tim Ananiadis, Grande Bretagne’s general manager, at the annual Christmas party of Starwood Hotels...

Greece Strengthens Ties With United Arab Emirates

The Culture and Tourism Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of tourism with the United Arab Emirates within the framework of the two-day UAE-Greek Economic Forum held last month at Lagonissi of the Attica region.

Domestic Tourism Down During Holidays

Domestic tourism showed disappointing figures during the last holiday season as Greeks considered travel an “unaffordable luxury” and preferred to stay and celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays at home, press reports said recently.

Opinions Vary On 2012 Greek Tourism Growth

“Tourism went well this year,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said during an interview to the Greek press in late December.

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Escape to Kalavryta Specials

Contrary to what many believe, Kalavryta’s popular ski center, said to be one of the best in Greece, is not the only reason to visit the town. According to the locals, Kalavryta also exists on the weekdays and is not only a weekend ski resort.

Athens Park Hotel Gets Rebranded

As of mid-December the Rezidor Hotel Group rebranded the Athens Park Hotel—that has been operating for the last 35 years—as Radisson Blu Park Hotel.

Contenders Announced For Remote Greek Island Air Routes

Six airline companies have expressed interest in the tender for the operation of the 24 state-subsidized domestic air routes to remote Greek islands (agones grammes) for the four-year period 2013-2016. According to the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, competing carriers are...

Greek Breakfast At 7th HORECA

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels will present the “Greek Breakfast” initiative this month at the 7th International Hotel, Restaurant and Cafe Show HO.RE.CA., to take place 4-7 February at the Athens Metropolitan Expo in Spata. The event will be held in cooperation with the Hellenic...