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Hotel Brands in Greece On The Rise

Over the past years hotel brands in Greece have expanded although their share still remains low when compared with other European countries, says tourism and hospitality consultant, Dr. Dimitris Koutoulas.

Foreign Arrivals To Greece Drop

International arrivals at major airports of Greece for the first five months of 2009 showed a decrease of 8.85 percent over the same period of 2008, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises recently announced.

Domestic Tourism Gains Ground

The dynamics of domestic tourism to the benefit of Greek tourism businesses and the general public were highlighted at the third Summer Holidays Expo, held from 28 to 31 May at the Helexpo center in Thessaloniki.

Athens Sphere Attracts Thousands

The first World of Athens roadshow, part of a series of international events of an extensive advertizing campaign for the promotion of Athens, took place at Potters Fields Park in London on 22-25 May.

Tourism Minister Speaks At EU Meeting

The tourism industry's role amid the current global economic crisis was discussed in Brussels recently at the European Union Competitiveness Council. The discussion was set up by the initiative of the Greek government.

SETE Briefs The IMF On Greek Tourism

Representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently announced that it would regularly include an assessment of the Greek tourism performance in its future scheduled visits.

Athens Surpasses London As A Convention Destination

Athens moved up 10 places--from 25th to 15th-- in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) global city ranking for 2008.

Athens Hoteliers Want A Safer Capital

Along with the side effects of the economic crisis Athenian hotels now must deal with criminal acts against tourists (hotel guests) and employees of certain hotels in the city center, the Athens-Attica Hotels Association recently stressed.

Hoteliers Turn Down Health Minister

Greek hoteliers recently responded negatively to Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos's proposal for the use of a room in each hotel complex to isolate a tourist that would develop H1N1 (swine) flu symptoms.

Public Transport Made Easier For Tourists

The Transport and Communications Ministry recently circulated a 16-page guide/booklet titled "Getting around Athens-What I need to know" that includes the rights and obligations of passengers who move around the capital via public transit.

Greece Stars At E.U. Awards

Greece was once again amongst the grand prize winners that received the "European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/ Europa Nostra Award" for 2009 at the award ceremony that took place last month at the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily (Italy).

Lesvos Wins EDEN Award

Lesvos Island received the award for top sustainable tourism destination in Greece for 2009 in the European Commission's third "European Destinations of Excellence" (EDEN) project.

easyCruise Welcomed By Amadeus Cruise

easyCruise recently announced that it is now available on Amadeus Cruise, an innovative and unique Graphical User Interface booking tool, as it actively targets the travel agency distribution channel to shift the balance towards industry sales.

Kythera Goes Web 2.0

New online guide "Visit Kythera" is intended to become the main tool of the island's local economy, according to the creators of the website.

Nikolaos Metaxas

Nikolaos Metaxas, age 94, founder of the Metaxas Group of Companies S.A., died on Sunday, 21 June, 2009.

New Website For ETA

The Hellenic Tourism Development Company (ETA) recently launched its new modern website, which reflects its identity and is a handy tool for potential investors and visitors. The company’s new site www.etasa.gr introduces two innovations that incorporate geographical...

Tourism Museum In The Works

The Association of Women in Tourism recently presented the planned Tourism Museum that is to open its doors to the public by next year. According to the association, the museum’s aim is to inform the next generation on how Greece’s tourism industry began, who were the...

Greek Tourism Makes Bad Start

The Bank of Greece recently released data that shows a 20.2 percent reduction in tourism revenue for the first two months of 2009 over the same period last year. January and February 2009 also saw a 20.6 percent drop in spending by Greeks that traveled abroad. More specifically,...

Kythera Wins Over Austrians

A group of Austrians, composed by GNTO representatives, Austrian journalists and tour operators were recently given the "inside story" of Kythera through a familiarization tour that took place last month on the island.

Piraeus Welcomes The Costa Luminosa

Cruisexperts Hellas organized a presentation of the Costa Luminosa, the thirteenth ship in the fleet of Italy-based Costa Cruises, which had docked in the Piraeus Port last month.