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A Good Year, But Next Year Even Better

The strong rise in the number of foreign visitors this year should not cause officials to relax their efforts to solve the problems of the tourism industry, the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises said last month.

Government to Pursue High-income Arrivals

The government's "Inner Cabinet" met recently to discuss the 10-year Greek tourism development plan drafted by the tourism ministry. According to the plan, Greece would welcome 20 million foreign visitors to 20 million upon the plan's completion, up from a projected 14 million...

Double-digit Increase in Tourism Arrivals

Both private and public sector tourism leaders predict that final tourism arrival figures for this year would show a double-digit increase over last year.

Athens Hosts International Accessible Tourism Seminar

Paricipants from across Europe joined with individuals and organizations in Greece last month to learn more about the current European Union project that centers on creating a One-stop-shop for Accessible Tourism in Europe. Athens hosted this second workshop of the OSSATE project...

Superfast Ferries Scoops “Best Ferry Company” Award

The Attica Group's Superfast Ferries company, which runs Scotland's only direct route to the European mainland from Rosyth to Zeebrugge, was selected 'Best Ferry Company' in the 19th Guardian, Observer and Guardian Unlimited Travel Awards 2005.

SkyTeam Presents Fourth Mexican Festival

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, last month welcomed top tourism professionals to its annual Mexican Food Festival organized with the cooperation of the Athenaeum Intercon-tinental and the local Mexican embassy. This marks the fourth year in succession for the festival.

Blue Star Ferries Back in the Black

Blue Star Maritime S.A. last month announced that first half results for 2005 show a marked improvement over the same period last year. The Greek ferry line said that earnings before interest, tax, and depreciation increased by 19% and stand at €11.1 million, while net profit...

Yacht Arrivals More than Double

The number of foreign recreational boats arriving in Greek ports and marinas has more than doubled this summer. Data collected by the sector's professional bodies and submitted to the Ministry of Tourism Development, show that from May up until the end of August there were 1,101...

Greek Golf Investment Back in the Limelight

Golf investment in Greece is showing signs of exceptional vigor and numerous projects are proceeding from the drawing board to the fairway.The success of two new courses, one at Porto Carras in Chalkidiki and a second course on Crete, seems to have spurred the strong interest of...

Cosmorama Appointed to Represent Holland America

Independent tour operator Cosmorama, based in downtown Athens, was recently appointed exclusive sub-agent in Greece for Holland America Line.

Greece and Cyprus Mourn Air Crash Victims

A Cypriot-based Helios Airways passenger jet, Helios Flight 522, crashed into a mountainside near Marathon, and about 40 kilometers north of Athens, on Sunday, August 14. All 121 people aboard, including the six crewmembers, were killed. Debris from the crash was spread at least...

A Surge in Internet Usage this Year for Travel

Overwhelmingly, consumers are turning to the Internet for their summer travel planning and purchasing needs, according to independent research conducted by Feedback Research, a division of the Claria Corporation a leader in online behavioral marketing in the U.S.

Peak Summer Arrivals Increase Substantially

The number of tourists that entered Greece during the month of August mark an impressive rise against the last few years. This year's peak travel period was so strong that a good number of hotels around the country were unable to absorb the demand.

Disability-friendly Tourism Infrastructure Increases Arrivals

Hospitality and other travel service providers could see revenues from travel by the disabled double if they removed obstacles and made their hotels, restaurants and transportation systems more accessible, a new study has found.

Visitors Enthused With Greek Rock Climbing

In a country with intersecting mountain ranges, thousands of natural climbing sites, a huge range of rocks (each demanding a different style of climbing) and an ideal climate, rock-climbing in Greece is slowly becoming a popular sport for both visitors and Greeks alike.

Ferry Company Mergers Foreseen

Piraeus-based XRTC Business Consultants says it expects more mergers and cooperation agreements within the Greek coastal shipping arena.

Some Ferry Prices Freed and Government Incentives for New Ships

Government last month said it would provide ferry operators with incentives to renew their aging fleets, and that it would liberalize ticket prices for ships sailing out of the Port of Piraeus, all in an effort to improve the country's ferry services.

Extended Opening Hours for Museums Sought

The majority of visitors to Greece's museums feel safe and are satisfied with the services offered, however, about half complained about the opening hours, saying that they should be extended, according to a poll made public last month.

Research Institute Says Greek Tourism Rebound Mild at Best

As government boasts that arrivals this year will surpass last year's numbers by more than 10%, a report from the country's Institute for Tourism Research says we'll be fortunate to see a 7% increase in arrivals.

Tender Called for 2006 Tourism Ad Campaign

The Tourism Development Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization recently announced a tender for the design and production of the creative aspect for next year's tourism advertising campaign.