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Greece’s Airways Back to Safety Level 1

After spending about five years in safety Limbo, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority recently was upgraded to the first category in flight safety by the U.S. federal aviation authority.

Olympic Games Study Shows Athens 2004 a Champion

Every city to have hosted the modern Olympic Games inherited improvements in infrastruc-ture, Olympic installations, facelifts, tourism promotion and a better environment through greater green spaces, says a survey by the international consultancy company Jones LangLalle.

Marketing Through Events Becoming Even More Popular

Ninety-six percent of corporate marketing executives utilize events in their marketing mix and 93% view the importance of event marketing to be constant or increasing, according to EventView '05/'06, the fourth annual study of face-to-face marketing trends sponsored by The George...

Greece Selected ITB 2006 Official Partner

The official partner country at the International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin from 8 to 12 March 2006 is to be Greece. The decision was announced by Dr. Martin Buck, director of travel and logistics at Messe Berlin's Competence Center, and Panagiotis Skordas, director of the...

Athens Concert Hall Turns to Tourism

Athens Concert Hall, better known at home as the Megaron Moussikis, has turned to the tourism sector in hopes of enticing more youth and of keeping its present high status over the next decades.

Greece’s National Tourism Council Meets in Thessaloniki

Greece's tourism industry will see stronger-than-projected growth this year, Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a meeting in Thessaloniki with the National Tourism Council.

Ministries Cooperate to Promote Ancient Greek World

At a joint press conference held at Zappeion Hall last month, the minister of tourism, the minister for the Aegean, and deputy ministers for the economy and for culture presented an ambitious series of conferences to be held through-out the summer.

Hoteliers Calls for Metropolitan Conference Center

Georgios Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association, opened the association's annual general assembly last month with words of praise for the cooperation and work being done by the country's tourism ministry, but he urged the ministry to move faster in implementing...

FORTHcrs Adds Rooms to Booking Systems

Through its OnBoard system, local booking engine company Forthcrs recently enriched its products with the addition of all the rooms and apartments for rent that belong to the Confederation Apartment and Rental Room Enterprises.

Two New National Parks

In a major environmental move aimed at protecting the country's ecosystem, the government last month signed an agreement that will transform 76,000 hectares of forest and wetlands in northern Greece into two national parks.

New Travel Domain Announces Priority Deadline

The ".travel" Registry, owned by Tralliance Corporation, New York, in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization, has affirmed a priority right to the nations of the world to register their respective country, cities, and place names in the .travel Registry.

Airports Adopt Registered Traveler Program

A group of airports has formed the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium to develop standards that would allow each airport to sign up travelers and give passengers the same security privileges at different locations.

A New Era Opens for Philoxenia Travel Fair

With new ideas, new management and a strong 2004 participation to work with, the organizers of Philoxenia say the Greek travel fair has entered a new era. Last year, the fair welcomed 10% more general visitors and saw a 140% increase in foreign commercial visitors when compared...

Major Reforestation Project to Promote Sustainable Tourism

The forest that runs along the Nestos River in Greece's northeastern corner, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, is regaining its former stature. As it regenerates it will once again become a source of life for communities near one of the country's largest flowing bodies of...

New Type Cruise Scheduled for Greek Islands

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, head of easyCruise, says he plans to deploy a cruise ship on a Greek Islands itinerary in the summer of 2006 or 2007, and an Arabian Gulf itinerary on a 2006/2007 winter schedule.

WTTC Praises Greek Tourism

The positive prospects of Greek tourism were praised by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) President Jean-Claude Baumgarten during his meeting with Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos last month in Athens.

Upmarket Travelers’ Services at Olympus Plaza Parks

Olympus Plaza Food Parks, a group of companies formed by Everest (a food company with 51% ownership of Olympic Catering) and Macedonian Shipping Agencies (providers for transport, tourism and the cruise ship companies), continues its expansion program.

Passenger Compensation EC “Maladministration”

European airlines have launched an attack on new regulations that give passengers stronger rights to compensation for delays and cancellations.

Qatar Airways Takes Us Back to the Golden Days

Since its launch of direct flights from Athens, on 15 June 2005, Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, continues it strong promotion campaign, all of which reminds of the golden days when airlines were the stars of the travel sector.

SkyTeam Holds Special Event for Corporate Secretaries

Nearly 400 corporate secretaries from some of the capital's major businesses attended the recent SkyTeam evening reception and fashion show held at one of the Attica area's most deluxe hotels. During the gala affair, alliance members held a draw for a total of 20 airline tickets...