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Athens 2004 Should Recoup 2004 Expenses

Counting security measures, Greece has spent a bundle when compared with other Olympic hosts - at total of five billion to seven billion euros at last count - nevertheless, if Greece doesn't recoup the expenses involved in staging the Athens 2004 Games, it will be the first in...

Rio-Antirio Promises Massive Increase in Tourism

With the long-awaited opening of the Rio-Antirio bridge across the western end of the Gulf of Corinth -- Rio on the Peloponnesian side and Antirio on the northern coast - tourism to the area is expected to increase by leaps and bounds. And according to some initial estimates,...

Hopes for Continuation of Cultural Olympiad

Stamatis Mavros, President of the Hellenic Culture Organization, during the presentation of the Cultural Olympiad last month at Zappeion Hall, said that the main idea that led us to the Cultural Olympiad was based on the necessity for a series of remarkable cultural events during...

Tourism Minister Meets with IFTA Chief

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said last month that Greek tourism would enter "a new dynamic phase" after the Olympics, mainly by tapping the potential offered by the considerably improved infrastructure and the image of the country. He said tourism would take...

Greece Honored Country at 25th World Travel Market

Greece has been chosen as the honored country at this year's World Travel Market, London, November 8-11, which celebrates its silver anniversary. On hand for the fair's inauguration ceremonies as special guest will be Greece's tourism development minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Not All Greek Destinations Are Suffering

Numbers of visitors to popular Greek destinations outside of the general Athens area - passengers on scheduled flights arriving at Athens International Airport were up 14% during the first half of the year when compared with the same period last year - may not be as high as last...

New Era Dawns for Hellas Flying Dolphins

After several years in the doldrums, Hellas Flying Dolphins seems to have pricked the interest of Greece's major coastal shipping companies. Last month, under its new managing director, Gerasimos Stintzis, HFD announced an agreement whereby it would purchase two new vessels. And...

Dane Sea Lines on the Verge of Bankruptcy

After years of economic problems, it appears that the ferry operator for the Dodekanissos islands, Dane Sea Lines, is about sink into the realm of memory. Citizens of the island, however, continue to fight for some assistance that would allow the company to continue running. In...

Hoteliers Back to Basics

Hundreds of flights a day seen during the first 20 days of the month of August have been bringing plane-loads of Olympic visitors to Athens, especially during the days leading up to the launch of the Olympic Games. But it's still too early to confirm whether predictions - that...

China Guest Country at 20th Philoxenia

This year's Greek tourism fair Philoxenia, November 4-6, promises to be the biggest and best ever held, says its organizer, Helexpo. The 20th Philoxenia once again will be hosted by Thessaloniki International Fairgrounds.

Tourism High on EU Agenda

European tour operators have given a broad welcome to the inclusion of tourism as a new item in the proposed EU Constitution. A clause on tourism has emerged in the latest draft of the Constitution for discussion among ministers and stakeholders in the member states of the...

Attica Hotel Awarded Blue Flag

The Poseidon Hotel on the Athens area Paleo Faliron seafront is one of the very rare local hotel units that has been able to cover all the strict prerequisites required to fly the coveted European Union Blue Flag designated only for clean beaches and excellent swimming waters.

Alternate Tourism Key to Development

Rural, conference, exhibition, athletic, religious and cultural tourism are the main ingredients for tourism development, according to speakers at the recent Negroponte Resort Eretria conference on "tourism as the key to strategic development under modern conditions."

Tourism Minister Flaunts New Tourism Exhibits

Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos called Greece's tourism leaders to a double launch and a reception last month at Zappeio Hall. The minister presented tourism promotion plans for after the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and the new tourism exhibition stands within Zappeio...

Ministries Join to Confront Greek Tourism Visa Problems Abroad

Four Greek ministries (tourism, economy, foreign affairs, public order), along with private-sector tourism organization representatives, met last month to discuss the tourism visa problems encountered by potential visitors to Greece, and how best to solve these problems.

Greece’s Lodging Units Outside of Attica Slash Prices

Negative data for the months of May and June, and a severe lack of bookings for the peak summer period, have forced lodging units outside of the Athens/Attica area to slash prices in an attempt to entice Greek holidaymakers.

New ITEP Study Focuses on Seniors

Prospects for travel by seniors to Greece is more than optimistic, said the head of the Research Institiute for Toruism (ITEP), Professor Panagiotis Pavlopoulos, during the recent presentation of the institute's latest study. He said seniors are increasing in numbers as a...

International Investor Sees Tourism As Greece’s Only Economic Engine

The Greek economy can advance and prosper in the international environment only if it develops itself to cater to up-market tourism and wealthy foreigners wishing to acquire holiday homes, said well-known investor and American fund manager, George Soros, during a recent visit to...

Greek Travelers Face Health Problems

Travel agents may not be doing their job as well as they should, according to a recent study from the Center for Infectious Disease Control at the State General Hospital.

Additional Tourism Promotion Funds for Prefectures

Greece's prefectures get 30% more than last year in funds for tourism promotion from the Hellenic Tourism Organization. Deputy Tourism Minister Anastassios Liaskos told reporters last month that the funds allocated this year amount to 4.5 million euros, against the three million...