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New Development Law Receives Positive Reactions

Tourism entrepreneurs were generally positive to the government's new investment incentives bill, which supports small and medium-sized enterprises and contains a special chapter on tourism.

Prime Minister Wants Athens a Year-round Tourism Destination

Olympic installations will remain in the hands of the state and will leave a lasting legacy by making Attica a year-round tourist attraction and by upgrading the quality of life of local residents, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis said during a recent press call.

Alternative Tourism a Priority

The Hellenic Tourism Organization has set the development of alternative forms of tourism as a priority, the organization's secretary-general, Haris Kokkosis, told a special event on winter tourism that was held just days after the gover-nment’s new development bill was announced.

Conference Tourism Most Dynamic Greek Tourism Sector

If there is one thing certain as a result of a country holding the Olympic Games it's that conference tourism to that country increases substantially over a five-year period. But excluding that distinct possibility, professional conference organizers insist that the conference...

Optimism for Tourism Arrival Increases

Some local tourism professionals, but not all, foresee yet another unhealthy year for Greek tourism because of a weak dollar and stagnant European economies, all of which they say would offset any gains expected from the country's successful holding of last August's Athens Olympics.

Initial Indications for 2005 Tourism Not Especially Optimistic

Members of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises say the initial indications for 2005 do not justify any special optimism and that unless the government speeds up its promised tourism projects, Greece will not be able to take advantage of the successful holding of the...

Senior Travel Highly Profitable for Destinations

Youthful elderly people in Greece, especially when they have a satisfactory pension, are beginning to change the traditional image. They now have a social life as they go to the theater or the cinema frequently, they meet friends for meals, and they travel - to the extent that...

SkyTeam Awards Travel Partners

Through a most successful seminar on its products and services, the airline alliance SkyTeam solidified its position last month within the Greek market as one of the most popular teams of airlines preferred by both travel agents and travelers.

BA Closes Athens Bookings Department

British Airways, in an ongoing attempt to cut costs, will move its bookings department from its Athens office to a call center on Cyprus.

Attica Voted Best Passenger Line Of The Year In Lloyd’s List Shipping Awards

Attica Group, parent company of Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries, was voted “Best Passenger Line of the Year”in Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards.

Attica Hoteliers Promised New Conference Center By Early 2005

The Taekwondo sports complex on the Athens seaside at Faliron will be turned into a conference center that will be ready by this March, said Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos during the recent annual general assembly of the Attica Hoteliers Association.

Philoxenia Celebrates 20th Year

This year's Philoxenia tourism fair, the 20th, was another successful one according to its organizing body, Hel-expo. It announced increases in stand participation and increases in the number of visitors.

Implementation of Announced Tourism Development Measures Imperative

Europe's tourism specialists seem to be coming around to the view that the era of Greek improvisation is over and that a long-term strategy is evolving. "In 2005, you will see the first recovery signs, but the significant rise will come in the next few years when the results of...

Get Ready for Arrivals from China

Sui Hui, commercial councilor in Greece for China's embassy here, last month told delegates to the seminar "From Athens to Beijing: The Olympic Bridge" that they had best get ready for Chinese visitors, "but first you must get prepared."

WTM Signals New Start for World Tourism

There were no unpleasant surprises at his year's World Travel Market held in London last month. On the contrary, the tourism fair was again extremely well organized and and a pleasant experience for most. As well, it was a pleasant surprise to see a new, modern pavilion created...

Arrival Decline Continues

In the recent release of their annual study on Greece's tourism sector, the directors of Hellenic Tourism Organization offices abroad estimate that arrivals this year will drop by 5.5% against last year, and that the initial outlook for 2005 is not particularly promising...

Benchmark Survey of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Α global benchmark survey of convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) was recently released by Dr. Dimitris Koutoulas, a tourism and marketing consultant based in Athens. This survey explores the operational and financial characteristics of CVBs located mainly outside the USA, thus...

Lost Opportunity for Many

Greece's first conference on the meetings industry, organized last month by Kostas Konstantinidis of Heliotopos Conferences, welcomed some 140 delegates. Few of these, however, were hoteliers or regional authority leaders who could have gained valuable knowledge on a sector of...

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Tourism is not only our major sector for economic development, but it is also a sector with major social benefits. Our new tourism strategy, which we intend to implement shortly, covers all of Greece and has year-round tourism as its main aim with an emphasis given to alternate...

Haris Kokkosis

Greece boasts one of the richest ecosystems in Europe, boasts 40 centuries of cultural heritage and is a safe and friendly destination for all tourists. With the latter in mind, our basic aim is the quality improvement of our tourism product along with the development of...