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Marine Tourism in the Forefront Once More

Yet another tourism minister has announced that marine tourism and yachting are very important pieces of the Greek tourism product. During the recent New Year's reception of the Association of Greek Yacht Owners, Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia added that this was a...

Faliro Marina Up for Grabs

Tourism Development Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia said, as we go to press, that a tender would be published shortly for the marina at Faliro. It is but one of the many properties owned by Tourism Development Company, which recently announced its financial results for the year.

Patras Vies for Race Track Approval

Last month, Greek President of the Republic Carlos Papoulias signed a presidential decree that stipulates the technical specifications required to create and operate a professional race track in Greece.

Travel Agents Tap Internet Social Network

Amid the rapidly changing social-networking on the Internet, a growing number of travel agents and industry leaders are tapping into new technological "supplements" to reach out to get the attention of on-the-go clients.

Government’s Strategic Marketing Advisor Presents Plan

Last month, the tourism ministry's contracted strategic advisor, a group of three companies: PRC Group, MRB Hellas and THR Asesores en Turismo, Hoteliera y Recreacion S.A., presented marketing plans in the first of three working meetings.

EC Proposes Inclusion of Airlines in Emissions Trading

The European Union's Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said last month that a proposal will shortly be submitted to the European Commission (EC) that includes airlines in the EU's existing Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). This proposal, he continued, includes all airlines,...

Eurobank Conference on Increasing Competitiveness

Spain and Turkey are considered Greece's main international competitors by Greek hoteliers due to their lower prices and better promotion by tourism organizations reported an EFG Eurobank study of hotel enterprises throughout Greece carried out August through October 2006.

Returning Greek Citizens Permitted Entry Using Old Passports

Greek citizens who left Greece by December 31, 2006 with their old passports will be allowed reentry into the country despite the fact that their old passports are no longer valid as of the first of this month.

Blue Star Ferries Picks Up Top Award

Blue Star Ferries was voted "Passenger Line of the Year" at the Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards in recognition of its responsibility, consistency, reliability and integrity. Blue Star Ferries' managing director, Michalis Sakellis, received the award at a ceremony in Athens...

Sabre Holdings Bought in Five Billion Dollar Deal

Sabre Holdings was bought out last month by two private equity groups, Silver Lake Partners and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) for $32.75 per share in cash.

Expedia Promotes Benefits to Greek Hoteliers

Expedia, the world's leading online travel provider, is holding ten workshops in major cities throughout Greece. This initiative to help promote tourism in Greece and improve hotel competitiveness is a result of an agreement made between Expedia and the Hellenic Hotel Federation.

Occupancy Up For Athens Hotels

Athens hotels had an increased occupancy rate for the month of October 2006, as well as for the first ten months of last year, while the prices remained about the same, according to the Attica Hoteliers' Association (EXA).

Qatar Airways Opens Premium Terminal at Doha Airport

Qatar Airways opened the world's only dedicated first and business class terminal at Doha International Airport in time for the 15th Asian Games being held there, for which the carrier is the official airline and prestige partner.

Amadeus’ New Solution Boosts Hotel Bookings

Amadeus has a new solution that travel agents and hotels can use to track and claim hotel booking commissions. Amadeus estimates that travel agencies lose more than 120 million euro each year in lost commissions.

Business Tourism Congress Held in Athens

Last month, the Second General Assembly and Annual Congress of the European Federation of the Associations of PCOs was held at the Helexpo Congress and Exhibition Centre in Athens.

Successful Hotel Expands Into the Winery Business

The Papagiannis family, owner of the successful Possidi Holidays Hotel is expanding into the winery business. With an investment of 3 million euros, the family will develop the Domaine Claudia Papagianni winery in Arnaia Chalkidiki with vineyards extending on 250 stremmata.

Tourism Enterprises Can Cut Costs with Renewable Energy

The use of solar energy, water resources with the implementation of new technology, as well as the design of buildings that host tourism facilities that take advantage of renewable sources of energy lead to a reduction in operating costs, improvement of the commercial image of...

SkyTeam Welcomes Aeroflot As Tenth Member

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, welcomed Aeroflot as its tenth member and this event was celebrated in Athens at the annual party. Aeroflot, the largest Russian airline, offers daily flights to 89 destinations in 47 countries with its fleet of 81 aircraft. The carrier is...

MSC Cruises’ New Ship Visits Greek Waters

MSC Cruises' brand new ultra luxurious cruise ship, MSC Musica, called into Piraeus harbor as part of its European cruise itinerary for the 2006-2007 season.

Yes! Hotels Group Acquires Another Property

Last month, Yes! Hotels group owned by Dakis Ioannou acquired the Olympic Palace Hotel in Athens, which brings the group's collection of boutique hotels up to five.