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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...

Astir Group Up And Running

Astir Palace Resorts at the Athens suburb of Vouliagmenis starts off the new year with grand plans for modernization and expansion. Astir's managing director and general manager, Alexios Kimisis, says the group intends to spend more than 10 billion drachmas in a 5-year plan to...

Royal Olympic Cruises Taken Over By Louis

Shares in Royal Olympic Cruises Holdings Inc have been transferred to Louis Cruise Lines Ltd., as part of the latter's purchase of a majority stake in Royal. The stocks represent 70% of the share capital of Royal Olympic Cruises Holdings Inc, which owns 51.42% of Royal Olympic...

SETE Sends EOT Chief 2004 Message

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) has forwarded a letter to the Hellenic Tourism Organization's general secretary Evgenios Yiannakopoulos pointing out that the tourism sector can reap enormous benefits from Athens' hosting of the 2004 Olympics.

American Tourism Professionals Seek Greek Partners

Thirty-one U.S. companies arrived in Greece recently to attend the first-ever tourism infrastructure conference (ITIC '99) sponsored and organized by the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

Tourist Arrivals Increase By At Least 7%

Tourist arrivals to Greece are expected to top 12 million in 1999, up 7.0 percent against the previous year despite a slowdown in overland arrivals due to the Yugoslav war.

Billions Promised For Tourism Development

After nine months of difficult negotiations, Greek political leaders and members of the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) managed to get the European Union to promise 153.7 million euros, or about 51 billion drachmas, for Greek tourism projects.

EOT To Open Office In China

The Greek National Tourism Organization (EOT) plans to open an office in China shortly. EOT's secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos announced last month that the move would help Greece to tap into that country's growing outgoing tourism market.

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Ανεξάρτητα με την ιδεολογική τοποθέτηση στην "παγκοσμιοποίηση" της οικονομίας, ή τους νόμους της "ελεύθερης αγοράς", οι όροι αυτοί επηρεάζουν σήμερα την επιχειρηματική δραστηριότητα. Είναι σημαντικό να σημειώσουμε ότι από το 2004 απαγορεύονται οι επιδοτήσεις ακόμα και...

Greek Fleets Boast Some Of The World’s Safest Coaches

EvoBus Hellas, representatives here for the Mercedes-class tourism coach, held a small reception last month just below the Acropolis to introduce its newest coach to the Greek market. The new coach is said to be the safest of its kind in the world. Marios Trivizas, the president...