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FerryScreen System for ferries

FerryScreen, a reservations and online ticketing system for coastal shipping companies that's owned by Analysis SA says it issued more than one million coastal lines' tickets for Anek and Blue Star Ferries this year and by the end of 2001 the number will exceed 1,250,000.

Europe Still The World’s Convention Continent

Congress and convention specialist, Wolfram D. Svoboda, the head of marketing at the International Congress Center Berlin, said he's very optimistic on the future of congresses as people always will have the demand for personal contacts and personal exchange of thoughts.

Travel Trade Calls Emergency Session To Confront Commission Cuts

Greece's travel trade associations got together last month ans called emergency general assembly of all travel associations to consider stop selling domestic airline tickets after local carriers cut agency commission down to 6.94% from 9%.

WTO Chief Foresees Positive Tourism Growth

The global tourism industry is projected to grow by 1 to 1.5 percent this year, down from an original forecast of 3 percent, due principally to the global crisis brought on by the attacks on the USA on September 11, said Francesco Frangialli, secretary-general of the World...

Optimistic Atmosphere At Philoxenia 2001

Official reaction to Greece's tourism sector, in light of the September 11 events, was more than optimistic during this year's Philoxenia travel fair held last month in Thessaloniki. The country's new development minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, did more than his part by attending...

The Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents

HATTA, the oldest travel association in the world, this month celebrates its 75th anniversary. The association has played a pivotal role in the life of Greece's tourism development throughout its entire history.

World Tourism Bodies Announce Joint Statement On Industry

Leading travel and tourism industry associations from around the world have collaborated on a joint statement asking governments to work together in partnership to address concerns facing the global travel and tourism industry.

Dimitrios Georgarakis

I believe this year's "Philoxenia" will grow to be an important event for Greek tourism, in spite of the particularly unfavorable international circumstances that cause reasonable concern in the country's tourism sector.

Major Step Forward For Tolo Hotels

Tolo Hotels at Tolon, Argolis, has expanded business with the introduction of a new luxury unit christened Tolo Holidays. The unit comes with an A-class original design swimming pool, and a new conference room for up to 120 delegates, complete with audio-visual equipment.

Tourism Sector Calls For Abolition Of Airport Tax As Air Fares Rise

High insurance fees and low revenue have forced Greek airlines to increase fares. At the same time, they want major decreases in airport fees and taxes. And so far, they have managed to get all of the tourism-related associations in the private sector behind them in a strong...

Smaller Airlines Preferred By Travelers

It looks like the average flyer believes that the smaller airlines are safer than the big named companies. September's passenger load factor figures were down for Greece's largest airline, state-owned Olympic Airways, as well as major international carriers out of Athens, but...

Conference Cancellations Continue

One after another, conferences scheduled for the fall in Athens are being canceled along with the corresponding hotel bookings that go with them. There is no indication that they are simply being postponed.

Development Of Greek Ports Crucial For 2004

The 2004 Olympiad provides the greatest opportunity for the reformation and development of Piraeus, said Antonis Nikolopoulos, of Kantor Management Consultants, at the recent international conference EuroMare 2001. Piraeus Port in particular will play a crucial role as VIP΄s and...

New Athens Airport Dealt Serious Blow

If forecasts for the Athens's new Eleftherios Venizelos airport come to pass, the new airport could be dealt a serious blow. For the moment it expects to see a 20- to 25-percent drop in passenger traffic in the last quarter of the year. This is all a result of the current crises...

State Casinos Up For Sale Post Increased Profits

The state-owned casinos at Parnitha and on Corfu are expected to enrich state coffers by some 15 billion drachmas this year, Hellenic Tourist Properties said last month. The optimistic projection came after the casinos released eight-month results showing growth in both customers...

Closer Ties Expected Between Ferry And Cruise Lines

New strategic partner agreements, even with European cruise and ferry companies, are expected to see the light of day in the near future, according to high ranking executives of Greece's major ferry lines. And Greek ferry companies may play a major role in implementing such deals.

Coastal Fare Hikes Up To 20%

Coastal shipping companies are expected to ask Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis to consent to fare hikes of up to 20 percent. They also called on him to extend the increased summer-season fare schedule into the winter. Ferry operators say higher insurance premiums are...

Lufthansa Closes Thessaloniki Office

In the wake of the many repercussions after the September 11 disaster, some companies were quick to cut costs in hopes of staving off financial disaster. The German carrier Lufthansa, for example, announced the closure of its Thessaloniki office.

European Airlines Seek EU Financial Assistance

Don't weaken our competitive position, the Association of European Airlines tells EU policy-makers. The events of September 11th have taken the global airline industry into uncharted territory, and according to AEA estimates its member airlines will, in the remainder of the year,...

New Tourism Crisis Committee Action Package

Government action to help tourism out of its present predicament was promised early last month by Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis. He announced the formation of an "Tourism Crisis Management Committee," headed by the ministry's tourism officials.