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Implementation of Announced Tourism Development Measures Imperative

Europe's tourism specialists seem to be coming around to the view that the era of Greek improvisation is over and that a long-term strategy is evolving. "In 2005, you will see the first recovery signs, but the significant rise will come in the next few years when the results of...

Get Ready for Arrivals from China

Sui Hui, commercial councilor in Greece for China's embassy here, last month told delegates to the seminar "From Athens to Beijing: The Olympic Bridge" that they had best get ready for Chinese visitors, "but first you must get prepared."

WTM Signals New Start for World Tourism

There were no unpleasant surprises at his year's World Travel Market held in London last month. On the contrary, the tourism fair was again extremely well organized and and a pleasant experience for most. As well, it was a pleasant surprise to see a new, modern pavilion created...

Arrival Decline Continues

In the recent release of their annual study on Greece's tourism sector, the directors of Hellenic Tourism Organization offices abroad estimate that arrivals this year will drop by 5.5% against last year, and that the initial outlook for 2005 is not particularly promising...

Benchmark Survey of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Α global benchmark survey of convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) was recently released by Dr. Dimitris Koutoulas, a tourism and marketing consultant based in Athens. This survey explores the operational and financial characteristics of CVBs located mainly outside the USA, thus...

Lost Opportunity for Many

Greece's first conference on the meetings industry, organized last month by Kostas Konstantinidis of Heliotopos Conferences, welcomed some 140 delegates. Few of these, however, were hoteliers or regional authority leaders who could have gained valuable knowledge on a sector of...

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Tourism is not only our major sector for economic development, but it is also a sector with major social benefits. Our new tourism strategy, which we intend to implement shortly, covers all of Greece and has year-round tourism as its main aim with an emphasis given to alternate...

Haris Kokkosis

Greece boasts one of the richest ecosystems in Europe, boasts 40 centuries of cultural heritage and is a safe and friendly destination for all tourists. With the latter in mind, our basic aim is the quality improvement of our tourism product along with the development of...

Gerasimos Fokas

With the successful organization of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, we have entered a new era where Greece, and the Greek tourism sector in particular, has had the red carpet of opportunity laid before it. The Games have strengthened our image abroad and once more Greece has...

Marios Trivizas

Greek tourism showed a serious decline in 2004, with arrivals dropping from 6-8% in almost all destinations, with the exception of Athens. If we consider revenues, we estimate that the decrease is even higher, taking into account lower prices and special offers made by all...

Tourism Down 8% This Year

Most Greek destinations were disappointed this summer when arrivals failed to increase as expected during the summer months. The end result, according to trade professionals, is that Greece will post an 8% drop in tourism arrivals this year. And this occurs after a difficult 2003.

Nine Offers for Tourism Promotion Campaign

As October comes to a close there is still no news on how the nine advertising firms faired on their bids to handle the Hellenic Tourism Organization's advertising and promotion program for 2004-2005, which is worth about 31 million euros.

Now or Never for Greek Tourism

Perhaps the best and most professional tourism conference ever organized in Athens was organized and superbly executed last month by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. The conference not only started on time but also started without the usual barrage of empty speeches...

Greek Image Abroad More Than Positive

Greece is now considered to be a safe destination and a modern European country by both Europeans and North Americans, according to a survey carried out by MRB, VPRC, Research International for the organizers of Athens 2004. The survey covered the first three weeks of September...

Global Tourism Megatrends

Global megatrends that are about to revolution-ize the tourism industry at the dawn of the third millennium were released recently by the director of Tourism Control Intelligence (France and USA), Michael Nowlis. Of the many tendencies foreseen are that the cruise industry will...

Aegean Airlines Europe’s Best

The European Regions Airline Association voted Aegean Airlines the Airline of the Year for 2004-2005. The 230-member association represents 70 European airline companies active in 250 European airports.

Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau on the Move

Although formed just better than a year ago, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau, or Athens CVB, is just now getting down to the nitty gritty with regards to enticing conferences to the capital. (The Athens Olympics Organizing Committee kept it busy handling a mounting...

Alitalia Launches Thessaloniki-Rome Daily Flight

Alitalia last month launched a new direct daily flight from Thessaloniki to Rome. With the addition of the new Thessaloniki-Rome flight, the Italian national carrier now offers daily direct and fast access from Thessaloniki to Rome and Milan.

Investment Projects for Tourism Development

The government says it's in the process of drawing up plans to improve the picture and operation of ports and airports with a view to bolstering the tourism, Deputy Tourism Development Minister Anastassios Liaskos told a recent international conference on transport and technology...

The Louis Group to Set Up Greek Cruise Line

Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines announced last month that it would have a new company set up and running cruises out of Piraeus by March of next year. The first ships, Calypso and Ithaki, will execute three- four- and seven-day cruises out of Piraeus.