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Από τη θεωρία στην πράξη

Ξεκινάω με ένα δάνειο, μια και είναι πολύ της μόδας τώρα τελευταία. Δανείζομαι, λοιπόν, τον τίτλο του editorial από το τεύχος Σεπτεμβρίου 2008 του GTP: ”A non-crisis period is a pre-crisis period”. Δανείζομαι, επίσης, και μια παράγραφο από το editorial του τεύχους Αυγούστου...

Nana Beach Honered With Blue Flag & Green Key

Nana Beach all inclusive resort, located at Limenas Chersonissou on Crete, was honored recently for the 16th time with the eco-label blue flag distinction for its Drapanos Beach by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature.

Air Transat Celebrate’s 20 Years In Athens

TourGreece's Chairman Vasilis Sakellaris and Canadian Ambassador to Greece Robert Peck celebrated Air Transat's 20 years of flying in Greece at an event held last month in Athens.

New Tourism Ministry Has Work Cut Out

The re-establishment of the new Tourism Ministry in June was welcomed by the vast majority of Greek tourism professionals who are expecting a series of chronic issues to be solved by the new leadership.

10 Tourism Priorities, Greek PM

Last year, while representing the main opposition of the Greek Government, today’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised a room full of hoteliers (during the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels’ first general meeting) that once in government, the New Democracy party would go ahead with...

New Secretary General of Tourism Appointed

Anastasios Liaskos is the new secretary general of tourism. He was born in Athens in 1957 and is an economist and business development consultant by profession.

Hotel Chamber: Increased Post-Election Bookings Not Enough

“The Greek tourism market was significantly affected by the political uncertainty that intensified after the (first) elections of 6 May,” the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Yiorgos Tsakiris, said at a recent press conference.

Priorities Set To Boost Tourism Inflow To Greece

The simplification of the procedure for issuing Schengen visas to increase the inflow of tourists to Greece and the protection of the country’s image via crisis management, were two priorities on the agenda of Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni last month.

2012 Miss Tourism Planet Contestants Support Greece’s Heavy Industry

Contestants of the 16th Miss Tourism Planet beauty pageant did their part for the Greek tourism industry last month when they were photographed in front of the Titania Hotel in Athens holding a banner that read “Greek tourism is not in crisis.”

TUI Hellas Appoints New Managing Director

TUI Hellas announced last month the strengthening of its management team with the appointment of Michael Mavropoulos as its new managing director.

Greek Homeporting Sees Decline, European Cruise Council

The number of passengers that disembarked on Greek cruise destinations from circular cruises that homeported in Greece continued to drop in 2011, according to a report presented during the sixth annual conference of the European Cruise Council (ECC) in Brussels.

G20 Commits To Visa Issue, Greece Makes Proposals

“While recognizing the sovereign right of States to control the entry of foreign nationals, we will work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction and global growth,” according to the Leaders’ Declaration from...

Thessaloniki Promoted As Sports Tourism Destination

Thessaloniki will show its sports tourism potential next summer, as it will host the 12th FIMBA World Maxibasketball Championship, scheduled for 12-21 July 2013. The event will be held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization.

Efforts To Place Thessaloniki On The World Tourism Map

The need for cooperation between organizations, museums and institutions to achieve the better promotion of Thessaloniki domestically and abroad was underlined at a recent tourism conference organized by the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization and the Science Center and Technology...

Seaplane Legislation Requested By Canadian Ambassador

Canadian Ambassador to Greece, Robert Peck, last month officially requested the immediate processing of necessary legislation and cutting of red tape for waterway investments to proceed in Greece and seaplanes to operate in Greek waters.

Greeks Expected To Stay Home This Summer

The prolonged recession of the Greek economy and the country’s unpopular austerity measures that have included tax hikes, salary and pension cuts, high income tax payments and soon the second instalment of the infamous “haratsi” (special property tax) will most likely keep Greeks...

Delta Airlines Sets Record Straight

“Delta is not leaving Athens on a permanent basis, but will instead exit the market during the deep winter, when demand for air service between the U.S. and Greece is at its lowest point,” Evan Plaskett, international network planning for Delta Airlines, said in an official...

Major Airlines Suspend Flights To Thessaloniki

Swiss International Air Lines will cease routes to and from Thessaloniki as of 27 and 28 October 2012 respectively due to “financial difficulties of the route and the overall restructuring of the service,” travel agents of the Northern Greek city were informed last month.

Helexpo Teams Up With ARTION For 28th Philoxenia

Following 27 years in the field of travel trade shows, Helexpo will organize this year’s Philoxenia international tourism exhibition with conference and event organizer ARTION. The aim is to highlight and establish the exhibition as the biggest tourism event in the Balkans and...

Greece Attracts Conference Interest After Elections

An interest in holding international conferences in Greece has been recorded following a sudden increase in cancellations in May due to the political and economic instability of the country, Greek press reports said recently.
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