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Spain Honors EOT President Stefanides

Spain paid tribute to Greece and the Hellenic Tourism Organization during a recent ceremony held in conjunction with Madrid's travel and tourism fair, Fitur. Guest of honour was the organization's president, Yiannis Stefanides.

Room And Apartment Holiday Lodgings Get “Key” Category System

Greece's hoteliers have finally accepted rental rooms and apartments as official holiday lodgings and have agreed with the adoption of the "key" category system for rating these lodgings. Owners of rental rooms and apartments, in the meantime, have adopted the unofficial slogan...

Northern Greek Travel Agents Unite

More than 100 travel agents in Thessaloniki and the wider region of northern Greece united recently to form a cooperative as a way to expand on and improve services offered in the area.

Tourism Cooperation Agreement between Greece and Turkey

Members of Greek and Turkish Skal clubs got together in Athens last month to agree on ways in which they can cooperate in the tourism sector. All agreed that "we need peace in the Aegean and for this we need tourism." They suggested the entire Aegean area be promoted as a...

Record Attendance At Travel Agent General Assembly

Never in its 70 years of history did the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents (HATTA) see so many members attend a general assembly as it did last month. Reasons for the strong interest varied.

Greece’s Prime Minister Supports Tourism Sector

Prime Minister Costas Simitis expressed a personal interest in Greece's vital tourism industry at a recent inner cabinet meeting and said he would attend the next session of the national tourism council. Development Minister Evangelos Venizelos relayed the premier's intentions at...

Travel Agents Hold Annual General Assembly

On February 7, the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agents (HATTA) meet at the Athens Chandris hotel for their annual general assembly. Guest speaker at the event will be Michel de Bust, secretary general of ECTAA, which represents the national travel agent associations...

Goldair Group Expands Rapidly

Stelios Golemis, head of the Goldair group, is set on placing his company on the top of the list of Greek tourism enterprises. Within the past few weeks, he has promoted his ground-handling subsidiary and enlarged that company's customer base with the addition of some of Europe's...

Four Bids For Greek Marina Development

Four business groups forwarded final proposals to Greece's national economy ministry after a call by the ministry for bids. The ministry wants to select a consultant group that could develop state marinas, recreation centers and a yacht shelter network.

Lefkada Marina Contract Awarded

A consortium that includes four construction companies and the Kyriacoulis group (marines and yachting) has been named the successful bidder in the tender for the management and operation of Lefkadas Marina for the next 43 years.

Marina Congress To Be Held In Greece

The second European Congress of Marinas will be held from May 11-13, 2000, and hosted by the municipality of Lavrion, which has one of the largest marinas in Greece. The biennial conference is under the auspices of the Ministry of Development and the Hellenic National Tourism...

Galaxy Airways Considers Kavala-Nuremberg Route

Kavala Mayor Stathis Erifyllidis has set the ball rolling for a future air link between the central Greek town and its German sister city Nuremberg. After a recent visit to Nuremberg, Mr. Erifyllidis facilitated contact between the recently-established Galaxy Airways and the...

Divani Apollon Palace Opens

The fully-refurbished five-star Divani Apollon Palace hotel in Kavouri, south of Athens, held its official opening ceremony last month with a rich evening reception. Development Minister Venizelos carried out the inauguration.

Annual Tourism Awards Smash Hit

Twenty Greek tourism enterprises were honored at the 2nd Festival of Greek Tourism, organized by "Travel Trade Gazette Greece." The plush event was held in December at the Athenaeum Intercontinental hotel.

Strintzis Launches Blue Star I

Strintzis Lines launched the first of a new group of luxury passenger ferries recently at the Dutch shipyard van der Giessen-de Noord. After the ship received the blessings of a Greek Orthodox priest, Dutch Transport, Public Works and Water Management Minister Tiny Netelenbos...

Patmos On World Heritage List

The Dodecanese island of Patmos, its St John Monastery and its Cave of Revelation have gained international recognition following their inclusion in Unesco's World Heritage listing.

Zakynthos Marine Park To Be Established

Plans for the creation of a marine park on Zakynthos island, which is home to the unique Caretta-caretta turtle species, have been formalized with the signing of a presidential decree. The legislation aims at protecting the endangered loggerhead turtle, which uses Mediterranean...

Vernicos Expands Abroad

Vernicos Yachts and Nouvelles Frontieres signed a cooperation agreement in an effort to create one of the world's biggest yachting enterprises. Nouvelles, France's biggest tour operator serves 2,721,147 clients and has a 500-billion drachma turnover.

Four New Superfast Ferries In The Baltic Sea In 2001

Superfast Ferries (Attica Enterprises) announced plans last month to deploy four brand new ultramodern car-passenger ferries - Superfast VII, VIII, IX and Χ - in the Baltic Sea in 2001.

Greece A Full Member Of Schengen Treaty

Greece recently has carried out all the prerequisites needed for acceptance into the Schengen Treaty and as of January 31 became a full member. The decision was taken by the Joint Schengen Committee at ministerial level, with the participation of Iceland and Ireland, in the...