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Uniquely Designed Semiramis Opens in Kifissia

Athens now has that particular accommodation for everybody, from posh to up-market to business to boutique to hostels. The newest addition to the variety of lodgings came recently with the opening of Seriramis, a hotel with a totally different concept in design and color, a...

Attica Hotels Experience At Least One Good Month

For the month of August at least, hotels in the general and greater Athens region managed to do well with their average occupancy rate hitting 95% during the Olympic Games, says the Attica Hoteliers’ Association.

Zorpidis Expansion Continues with New Athens Office

For anyone walking into the new downtown Athens offices of Zorpidis Travel Services it's difficult to imagine that there's a tourism crisis. Besides bustling with activity, the office permeates a feeling of success. It will be hardly surprising to see the office expanded within a...

Hellas Flying Dolphins Awaits Catamarans

Hellas Flying Dolphins says it will start off the new year with two new catamarans to be named Flyingcat 5 and Flyingcat 6. The new vessels are scheduled to ply the North Sporades linking the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos with the ports at Volos and Aghios Konstantinos.

Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis Announces Tourism Development Policies

Greece's Premier outlined numerous development strategies, many of which center on the tourism sector, in his speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair last month. He said his government would give first priority to policies that concern the countryside, and mountain and...

Athens Hosts Historic Paralympic Games

The biggest and what appears to be the best Paralympic Games in history began in style last month as fireworks and illuminations lit up the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony.

New Tourism Legislation Before Parliament

New tourism legislation before parliament foresees a strong tourism ministry complete with tourism coordination activities among ministries, regional authorities and other authorities and organizations.

Association Calls for Strong Tourism Ministry

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises last month urged the government to go ahead immediately with tourism-related infrastructure projects throughout the country, infrastructure works on the same scale as seen in Athens over the past several years.

Leros Remembers Ravages of War

The German commandant of forces on Leros in 1943 was among the veterans and dignitaries from Greece and abroad, including Britain, Germany, and Italy, that took part in the first international symposium on the Battle of Leros to be held on the island on the 61th anniversary of...

Latest ITEP Study Shows 4% Annual Increase for Tourism Sector

Professor Panagiotis Pavlopoulos of Research Institute for Tourism explained to the press last month that his latest study shows it is possible for the tourism sector to show a 4% annual increase even though many economists here continue to dwell on the country's economical...

Piraeus Port Improvements Phenomenal

Ioannis Tzoannos, general secretary for the ministry of merchant marine, told guests during an Athens Business Club 2004 seminar on nautical tourism that he would like to see a close cooperation with the new tourism ministry. In particular he said he would like the simplification...

SkyTeam Alliance Welcomes New Members

Airline alliance SkyTeam solidified its position last month as one of the world's fastest growing airline alliances with the acceptance of Continental Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Northwest Airlines as full members. The alliance's governing board also announced that...

Athens Area Hoteliers Demand Conference Center

Attica Hotel Association President Yiannis Tsakiris, during a press call last month, said a letter signed by all the tourism industry's associations, which calls for the designation of one of the Olympic installations as Attica's major conference and exhibition center, has been...

Alitalia Reaches Life-saving Agreements with Unions

After Alitalia managed to reach an agreement late last month with its nine unions, its existence is no longer in question. The unions approved layoffs of one-sixth of the airline's workforce and the breakup of the carrier into two units: a separate company for ground handling and...

Athens 2004 Games Ensure Tourism Boom

The promotion of Greece and the heavy investment in infrastructure that has taken place, thanks to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, could push the number of foreign visitors from around the 13 million mark expected this year up to 18 million in 2010, according to an Alpha Bank...

Athens In Its Finest Regalia Becomes True Cultural Capital

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos continually emphasizes the importance of changing Greece's tourism image, and at every press opportunity he stresses the importance of Greek history and culture. Millions of guests during the Athens 2004 Games have had a taste of...

New Incentives to Foster Tourism Investment

Red tape, leading to delays and the disappointment of investors, has lead to less-than-expected investment in the Greek tourism sector over the past years. But now Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis and Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, say the...

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...