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National Tourism Council Reorganization

Just before the New Year's holidays, Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos announced the reorganization of the National Tourism Council. He said he wanted the council to play a bigger role in shaping policy, and not merely act as an advisory body to the minister.

Tourism Arrivals down Slightly in 2003

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said Greece has begun a "communication blitz" for Greek tourism promotion abroad in 2004, planning to expand beyond Europe after January. Meanwhile, employees of the Hellenic Tourism Organization are meeting to decide on possible...

Planned New Convention Center Includes New Hotel

The Attica hotel owners association met with the head of Hellenic Tourism Properties recently to discuss the construction of a convention center at the old Athens International Airport at Hellenikon. When and if completed, the center will accommodate 8,000 participants. A hotel...

Economic Death Toll for Royal Olympia Cruises

Royal Olympia Cruises, Greece's only international player in the sector, has been forced by creditors to auction off its two star vessels, Olympia Voyager (launched June, 2000) and Olympia Explorer (launched April, 2002).

Full Liberation of Ferry Routes Doubtful

Presently, four of Greece's major ferry routes -- Dodekanissos, Cylades, Argosaronikos, Crete -- fulfill the requirements for complete liberation when discussions are finalized between Greece's merchant marine ministry and the European Commission.

Legislation Tabled for Spa Tourism

Legislation was tabled in parliament recently that if passed would modernize Greece's 1920 legislation regarding spa tourism. Government says the new legislation would create a solid base for the development of spa tourism in Greece by both the public and private sector.

Tourism Sector Swamped in Unpaid Debts

Foreign tourism concerns owe their Greek counterparts more than two billion euros for tourism services rendered, according to recent press reports. Although most of the debt concerns 2003, some has been carried over from previous years.

Corporate Online Travel Bookings to Double in Next Three Years

The battlefield lines are being drawn in the evolving online corporate travel arena. Players positioned at the brink of head-to-head combat, as well as those scuffling behind the front lines, are engaged in an intriguing mix of cooperation and competition. Many are devising...

Vagonetto-Fokis Mining Park A Laudable Tourism Attractio

There are many captivating mining parks around the world. In Greece there's the Vagonetto-Fokis Mining Park, just kilometers away from popular sites such as Delphi, Arachova, Itea, Gravia, Amfissa and Galaxidi. This fascinating park has nothing to envy from its global...

Tourism Key Economic Activity for Foreign Investment

Greece is emerging as a hub of inter-European networks in the Balkans and hopes to attract large investment schemes in key sectors such as energy and tourism, Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told a conference on "Greece: The Economic Center of Southeastern Europe" held...

New Railway Section Cuts Travel Time

Prime Minister Costas Simitis, along with Transport Minister Christos Verelis, last month inaugurated a new, improved section of the Athens-Thessaloniki railway that cuts travel time between Greece's two major cities by 27 minutes, to four hours and 30 minutes. "What was once...

Superfast Ferry Sold to Italian Group

Attica Enterprises announced last month that Atlantic Navigazione of Grimaldi Group, Napoli, has entered into an agreement with its wholly owned subsidiary Superfast Ferries to acquire the fast ferry Superfast I.

Blue Star 2 Most Popular Ferry on Piraeus-Chania Route

The newest ferry vessel on the Piraeus-Chania route, the Blue Star 2, has managed to sail ahead of all its competitors. For the month of December, Blue Star 2 increased travel on the route by some 43% and increased cargo transport by about 31%, when compared with the same month...

Renewed Interest in Golf Investment

The Greek tourism sector, struggling to defend its share of the market against cheaper rivals such as Turkey and other Mediterranean nations, is eager to stretch its season beyond the summer months and become more than a sun-and-sea paradise for holidaymakers that are on a budget.

Government Replaces Its Tourism Leaders

The government says it will present a comprehensive restructuring plan for the country's tourism administration. The announcement followed the replacement of government tourism leaders and the reshuffling of responsibilities among the Development Ministry's General Secretariat...

Olympic Airlines Takes Over Olympic Airways’ Traffic

Greece's national carrier, Olympic Airways, was officially transformed on December 12 into a slimmer, debt-free carrier under the name Olympic Airlines. After 28 years of public ownership, government now hopes to sell at least 51% of the "new" carrier to private investors....

Tourism Development Depends On You

If we want the Greek tourism sector to develop at a satisfactory pace, we in the private sector must take it upon ourselves to do so, said speakers at the recent "The Need to Create a Tourism Development Strategy" conference held last month in Athens.

Students Enthused With Tourism Quality Seminar

As a part of European Quality Week, the Greek Marketing Institute held a tourism seminar recently on "Quality in the Workplace: Make it Happen!" Although few tourism professionals arrived, a good number of tourism marketing students were on hand and had the opportunity to hear...

SkyTeam Workshop Entices Top Travel Agencies

More than a hundred of Greece's top travel agents arrived last month at the rooftop restaurant and bar area of the Hilton Athens to take part in a workshop organized by SkyTeam airline representatives here in Greece -- Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta...

Blue Palace Enters Luxury Collection

The Blue Palace Resort & Spa at Elounda on Crete as of January entered the privileged club of distinctive hotels when it became a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection. The collection is classed as "the world's most extraordinarily unique of hotels and resorts." Blue Star...