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Alitalia Joins SkyTeam Alliance

One of the last big independent names in air travel, Alitalia, signed an agreement recently with the global alliance SkyTeam. Members include Air France, Delta Airlines, Korean Airlines, Aeromexico and CSA Czech Airlines. CSA's international hub in Prague strengthens Skyteam's...

AKS Adds Another Hotel To Group

AKS Hotels of Cyprus recently added the five-star Annabelle Village on Crete to its stable of hotel units. With the 264 rooms the unit offers, the hotel group now boasts 1,800 rooms in Greece.

Travel Company Mergers On Hold

Some six months ago the biggest news circulating within the local travel trade included the merger talks between Amphitrion and the Lambrakis group's Travel Plan, and the purchase of Manos Travel System by the Vassilakis group (Hertz). Neither deal reached fruition, nor did any...

Tourism Organization Offers Greek Cuisine Emblem For Restaurants

The Hellenic Tourism Organization now offers a special Greek cuisine emblem to any eating establishment that adheres to some very strict health, hygiene and quality standards. During a special event held to launch the emblem, the minister explained that today's tourist wants not...

Some Greek Beaches Lose Prized Blue Flag Designation

After summer inspections of a good portion of the 351 Greek beach properties awarded the prestigious 2001 Blue Flag designation, 23 beaches were stripped of their award. The inspectors came from the head organization, the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe, and the...

World Tourism Day Celebrated

Tourism professionals again this year paid little heed to World Tourism Day celebrated last month on September 27. The exception, once more, was the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents (HATTA), which held a reception at the Benaki Museum to honor the event.

Tourism Knocked Down, But Not Out

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington last month dealt a terrible blow to the tourism industry, but officials of the World Tourism Organization predict that the industry will demonstrate its characteristic resilience with a quick recovery.

Terrorism Crisis Hits Greece’s Cruise Industry Hardest, For The Moment

Greece's cruise industry, because a significant portion of its business comes from North American customers, is in for a tough time. Along with this, the industry also has to deal with the possible surge in oil prices, the likelihood of a global recession, the difficulties in air...

Attica Beach Properties Ready For Modern Development Projects

Most of the organized beach properties in the Athens region are soon to be leased to the private sector for development and management. So far, 10-year lease agreements have been signed for the beach properties at Alimos and Vouliagmenis between Hellenic Tourism Properties and a...

Greek Marinas Go Private

Three of the Greek capital’s most popular marinas are about to go private.  Last month, just two days after it handed over the operation and upgrading of five state-owned beaches in the Attica basin to the private sector, Hellenic Tourism Properties (ETA), announced plans...

60 Business Groups Bid for Parnitha Casino

Owners of the profitable Parnitha Casino, Hellenic Tourism Properties, have called for bids of interest from international investors interested in taking over the management of the casino on Mount Parnes. So far, some 60 company groups have expressed initial interest.

World Tourism Day September 27

The official celebration of the twenty-second World Tourism Day will take place in the Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday, 27 September 2001 with the theme "Tourism A Tool for Peace and Dialogue among Civilizations".

Tourism Sector Good But Needs Improvement

Domestic tourists, and some foreign visitors, are not happy with the services offered by Greek tourism enterprises. According to the General Federation for Consumer Protection in Greece (INKA), initial data show the tourism sector as a whole needs to upgrade its services and find...

A note by the publisher

No one can blame business people for doing their best to get better prices for the services they must pay in order to get a job done. But there should be a limit to how far they will go to achieve such aims. A question in point is the new international Eleftherios Venizelos...

Greece To Welcome 17 Million Tourists By 2020

Greece's tourism sector remains the country's strongest economic leg, but according to the World Tourism Organization the sector will grow at a much slower rate in the next two decades and lose ground in favor of its neighbors.

Esperia Creates Country’s Biggest Water Park

Local hotel enterprise Esperia has created Greece's biggest and some claim most beautiful water park. The complex covers some 80,000 square meters at the Faliraki area on the island of Rodos, and is just 10 kilometers from the Esperos Palace hotel.

European Airlines Protest EU Proposals On Airport Slots

Latest European Commission proposals to amend the 1993 Regulation on airport slots have come under fire from the Association of European Airlines and its members, who believe that the commission has reneged on a promise made last year to limit this stage of the legislative...

World Travel Market Readies For November

World Travel Market 2001 (12-15 November) in London, is to turn the spotlight on the latest 'buzzword' for the industry - effective customer relationship management (CRM). In partnership with KPMG, one of the world's leading professional services firms, World Travel Market will...

Athens Airport Eleftherios Venizelos To Cut Rates

Negative reports in local newspapers concerning the new Athens International Airport at Spata, Elefterios Venizelos, may have played a role in the airport's recent announcement that it will lower airport fees later this year. The newspaper reports concentrated on the lower...

European Airlines Create Online Travel Portal

Nine of Europe's leading airlines recently unveiled plans to move into the online travel market with the launch this year of a new online travel service, that sells flights and other travel products direct to the consumer.