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Louis Cruises Presents New Strategy

Kerry Anastassiadis, CEO of Louis Cruises, presented the cruise company’s new strategy at a special event held at the cruise passenger terminal at Akti Xaveriou for the launch of itineraries of the Louis Olympia from Piraeus in place of the Louis Majesty.

Sofitel Honors Chefs

The Ambassador of France to Greece Mr. Jean-Loup Kuhn-Delforge honored Sofitel Athens Airport cooks Yiorgos Vidalis and Panos Thanasis within the framework of the 2nd Festival of French Gastronomy that took place in Athens 21 May-21 June.

Alltours Launches Campaign

In late May, Alltours launched a campaign to improve Greece's image in Germany and decorated its offices in Duisburg with Greek flags and treated its 500 employees with Greek local products and lapel pins shaped in a heart.

HATTA Targets Kuwait Market

The New Acropolis Museum was among sites visited in Athens by tour operators and journalists from Kuwait during a fam trip organized 16-19 May by HATTA.

European Hotel Managers Informed On Greek Tourism

Greece’s challenges and the difficulties faced by Greek citizens and the tourism industry were among the topics analyzed at the 39th European Hotel Managers Association (EHMA) Annual General Meeting held recently in Vienna.

Travelport Presents New Technology Tools For Greek Travel Agents

Travelport, a broad-based business services provider to the global travel industry, held a workshop last month for agencies in Thessaloniki and briefed travel agents on the company’s new tools and solutions.

Greek Beaches Get Blue Flag Status For 2012

Greece once again ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 48 countries with seven beaches more compared to 2011, according to information provided recently by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature.

Greek “Green” Hotels To Tour Europe This Fall

Greek hotels, accredited by the “Green Key” program for 2012, will be presented to seven European countries this fall via a promotional campaign scheduled to run October 2012-April 2013.

Greek Museums And Sites On Temporary Time Schedule

Operating hours for some Greek state museums and archaeological sites have been temporarily adjusted for the summer season until the process of hiring extra staff is completed, the Culture and Tourism Ministry said last month.

Titania Hotel Reveals Anti-Crisis Plan

“We choose to hit the crisis with an extrovert policy and improvement of our services… Price reduction is not enough when it is accompanied by ‘cutting’ services as well,” the general manager of the Titania hotel, Vasilis Bougoulias, said last month.

Athens City Center Hotel Occupancy In Trouble

“At the beginning of the year I referred to a particularly difficult tourism season but now, based on the rate bookings are moving in Athens, I will now refer to a collapse,” the president of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers, Yiannis Retsos, told tourism journalists recently.

Foreign Tour Operators Show Different Views On Greek Tourism

Some European tour operators began price-cutting campaigns last month in an attempt to attract more visitors to Greece this summer season. Others, on the other hand, appeared not so supportive to Greek tourism.

Yachting Tourism Down In 2012

Yacht reservations dropped some 30 percent in May only, compared with the same period in 2011, while the industry expected better results from last minute bookings, according to the general secretary of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), George Vernicos.

No-Visa Regime Pilot Program For Turks Kicks Off

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) hailed the visa facilitation pilot program launched last month that allows Turkish nationals to visit five Greek Eastern Aegean islands without a relevant visa issued at Greek consulates. HATTA said the development...

Tourism Professionals Reassure Foreign Travelers

“Greece remains one of the top destinations in the world and we reassure holidaymakers that this summer remains business as usual,” the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), said in an announcement to foreign visitors.

GNTO Launches Initiatives To Reverse Downward Tourism Trend

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) launched initiatives last month that aimed to change the negative climate that is impacting the country’s tourism industry in the international travel market. True Greece This new web-based platform is embedded into Greece’s existing...

SETE Holds General Assembly Prior To Second Round Of Greek Elections

“A capable and functional government with pro-European orientation in the Eurozone must arise from Greece’s second round of elections on 17 June,” the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, said last month during the association’s...

Greek Coalition Government Formed, Tourism Unsteady

New Democracy head Antonis Samaras was sworn in as Greece's prime minister last month (20 June) in a three-party coalition government following Greece’s second round of national elections on 17 June.

Heraklion Makes A Comeback As A Homeport This Summer

With Costa Cruises homeporting this summer in Heraklion (Crete), leading international cruise officials have expressed optimism in choosing the cruise destination as a homeport for non-European Union flag cruise ships now that the cabotage law has been lifted in Greece.

Cruise Update: Cabotage Lifted In Greece, But More To Be Done

State protectionism is a stumbling block that discourages the potential growth of Greece’s sea tourism, according to heads of international cruise sector bodies, senior officials from Greece’s port authorities and cruising industry who attended the Cruise Update Seminar held on...
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