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Secrets to Perfect Business Travel

A business travel survey has revealed a magic formula for the perfect business trip: a direct flight, flat bed, in-flight Blackberry, a friendly face at the airport, language lessons, online booking, e-tickets, flying alone, an iPod, high-speed Internet access, a power shower, a...

Salamina Vies for Position as Strong Tourism Destination

The nearby island of Salamina is out to pick up a reputation as a tourism destination. Its mayor, Vangelis Agapiou, says a major campaign is now underway to entice visitors to the island. "Although I don't expect to see many visitors from abroad, I do expect to see a substantial...

Greece’s Major Tourism Markets Depend on Internet Use

Germany and the UK, two markets that make up more than half of all arrivals to Greece each year, have become very dependent on online travel. The German online travel market alone has multiplied in the past two years, outpacing the rest of Europe, according to a new report...

New Airline Compensation for Passengers

New rules on an airline's obligations to passengers came into effect last month. The rules change the amounts given in compensation, and redefine the circumstances where compensation must be provided.

Travelers Demand More and More from Hotels, Including Bath Fixtures

Trendwatching.com - an Amsterdam-based independent trend agency that uncovers global consumer trends - says that the desire for a more luxurious "home away from home" has become a popular global trend.

New Possibilities for Greece’s Ecotourism Sector

A step taken last month by the Greek government opens new possibilities for the country's Ecotourism sector. Ecotourism, a sub-category of sustainable tourism, is considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry, according to the World Tourism Organization, with an...

Former Olympic Sites Open to Commercial Development

The heads of four local authorities surrounding the huge former Olympic sites near the old Athens international airport, which had been earmarked four years ago to become "Europe's largest" metropolitan park, last month joined forces to express fear that the much of the...

Record Tourism Promotion Campaign Underway

Greece's spending on tourism advertising will reach record highs in 2005, approaching 60 million euros. Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos announced last month that of the 31.8 million euros promised, Athens will fork out another 28 million euros for supplementary...

Greece Presents New Image

Last month, during the 20-odd tourism exhibitions held across Europe, well over a million Europeans were among the first to view the new image of Greece.And at the recent Valantiebeurs fair held in Utrech, Holland, a survey during the same showed that the Dutch not only...

National Archaeological Museum Near Completion

The country's biggest showcase of antiquities, the Athens National Archaeological Museum, currently functioning at under half-capacity pending repairs for earthquake damage, will fully reopen this summer, the government said last month.

Two of Greece’s Biggest Travel Agencies Initiate Merge

Two of Greece's major travel enterprises took the plunge last month and started off the new year with a merger announcement. Panagiotis Zerzivilis of Aktina Travel and Giorgios Economou of Marine Tours said they merged their consolidation departments and formed a new company...

Annual ABTA Report Promotes Greece and Athens City Breaks

Positive remarks for Greece in general and Athens in particular were included in the recent annual report of vacation preferences formulated by the Association of British Travel Agents. For 2005 vacation possibilities, the association reminded members of the efforts carried out...

Huge New York Company Buys European Travel Giants Octopus and Gullivers Travel

Cendant Corporation recenlty announced that it has agreed to acquire privately held, UK-based Gullivers Travel Associates, the trading name of Donvand Ltd., and Octopus Travel Group Ltd. (together: "Gullivers") for approximately $1.1 billion in cash.

Athens Hosts First Luxury Travel Show

Luxury travel is an industry in its own right representing 3% of elite travelers worldwide who account for 20% of total annual travel expenditures. This segment of tourism is expanding at an increasing rate and shows no sign of slowing down.

World’s First Double-deck Passenger Aircraft Unveiled

The world last month took its first official look at the biggest airliner yet built during a spectacular ceremony attended by the leaders of four countries, the heads of 14 airlines and operators - Airbus A380 customers - shareholders and thousands of invited onlookers.

La Greca Celebrates 40th Anniversary

La Greca Travel in downtown Athens this year celebrates 40 years of quality service to Greece's travel sector. The office, opened in 1965 by Diana Panagiotopoulou and her husband, gradually became well respected for its quality intensive services, which was no easy feat in the...

Airotel Opens Achaia Beach

After some two years of radical renovations activity, the Airotel Group of Hotels re-opened its Achaia Beach property, which sits a mere four kilometers from the commercial center and port of Patras.

Hotel Occupancy Rates Drop

November 2004 saw a considerable decline in occupancy at Athens hotels of all categories, compared with the same month in 2003, according to the Attica Hotel Association. In some categories, the drop exceeds 25 percent.

Regional Authorities Now Urge for Lower Athens Airport Fees

The municipal authorities of the Saronic Gulf tourist islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses last month made a joint appeal for a reduction in usage charges at Athens international airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, which they said would encourage more charter flights to the...

New Scheduled Flights for Helios Airways

Helios Airways announced recently that it would add two new flights from Heathrow to Larnaca this summer, taking direct service to Cyprus from 5 to 7 times a week.