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PhoCusWright Report Optimistic for Travel Agents

A new report by PhoCusWright, a leader in travel industry research and intelligence, is optimistic about the future of travel agents. PhoCusWright's "Travel Agency Distribution Landscape: 2006-2009" claims that although the Internet has been a significant area of growth and...

13th Touristiko Panorama Shows Greek Travel Trends

Kapa Research revealed significant Greek travel trends for the occasion of the 13th Touristiko Panorama travel exhibition held in Athens on 17-20 April, organized by the Kalofolias Group-Express Newspaper.

New Routes Planned by Aegean from Thessaloniki

Aegean Airlines President Theodoros Vassilakis recently announced new routes by the carrier from Thessaloniki during a ceremony held to christen two new Airbus A321 and A320 jets—with the names "Philoxenia" and "Exelixis" respectively—received by the airline. The ceremony was...

No Visa for Visitors from U.A.E.

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently announced his plans to lift the visa requirements for visitors to Greece from the United Arab Emirates after meeting with U.A.E Finance Minister Sultan Saeed Al Mansouri during his visit to Dubai for the Arabian Travel...

Blue Star Ferries Changes Board of Directors

Blue Star Maritime board of directors convened recently and accepted the resignation of Executive Board Member Michael Gialouris, who was then replaced by Nikolaos Tapiris. The board also assigned offices and responsibilities to its members with Charalambos Paschalis as chairman...

Athens Convention Bureau Officially Launched

The Athens Convention Bureau (ACB) was officially launched at IMEX travel exhibition (22-24 April) in Frankfurt. ACB's participation in the exhibition aroused much interest as it has already been included in worldwide conference publications and has launched a pilot website...

GNTO Sponsors “The Screening Room”

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) announced it would be the sponsor of "The Screening Room" for a second time as part of its association with CNN television network in Europe, Middle East and Africa. "The Screening Room" is CNN's monthly movie show that provides...

New Tour Operator Aims for A Unique Product Exclusively for Travel Agents

New tour operator "Plan and Go" opened its doors on May 2 with the aim of providing "reliable and competitive travel services and products to the package tour market," according to Nikos Bolias, general manager of Plan and Go.

Tourism Minister Meets Athens Mayor

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos met Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis recently to discuss joint action and cooperation between the tourism development ministry and the City of Athens. Mr. Kaklamanis asserted, "Municipal administration considers the city's economic...

MP Questions Validity of Tourism Movement Statistics

Member of the Greek Parliament with PASOK for Corfu, Angela Gerekou, recently questioned the tourism development ministry, the ministry of economy and finance and the ministry of development about the serious problems that appear in the statistics collected by the Greek National...

FAM Trip for Russian Tour Operators in Greece

A familiarization trip was co-organized by the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) and the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) for 19 tour operators from St. Petersburg who flew to Athens on Rossiya Airlines, which recently launched this direct...

Austrian Tour Operators in Laconia

Some 25 Austrian tour operators and media members headed by Niko Papamike, representative of a Vienna-based tour operator, and Ioanna Rafalia, press and public relations officer of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) in Austria, visited Gythio recently, hosted by...

CNN-India Television Crew Visits Greece

A crew from CNN India recently visited Greece, in cooperation with Amphitrion Holidays, to shoot a travelogue for the CNN television series "The Road less Travelled." The Indian journalists explored Athens and visited Delphi, the Ossios Lucas Monastery, Arachova, Mykonos, Rodos,...

Dynamic Promotion of Greece in Russia

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently visited Moscow where he attended the International Travel Fair Intourmarket and Moscow International Travel & Tourism exhibition (MITT). He then visited the exhibition "The Greek Tourist Poster; Time Travel with the...

Athens and Sofia Sign Protocol

Mayor of Athens Nikitas Kaklamanis and Mayor of Sofia Boyko Borisov signed a protocol of peace and cooperation between the two cities. The protocol specifies an exchange of information on public sector management between Greece's capital and the capital of Bulgaria, that is,...

Greece Receives Double Honor in China

Greece was the country of honor at the World Travel Fair in Shanghai where it also received the award for "Most Popular European Destination" from Shanghai municipality.

Olympic Flame Arrives in China

Greece handed the Olympic flame to China, the host of the 2008 Games, on March 30 at Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens. Beijing Games Organizing Chief and Beijing Communist Party Secretary Liu Qi received the flame and said: "In 130 days the 2008 Beijing Olympics begin and we and...

Tourism Development Ministry Participates in EDEN

The tourism development ministry announced it would take part in the European Commissions' "European Destinations of Excellence" (EDEN) pilot project for a second-year-running.

Greek Regions Impress at Paris Exhibition

The Municipality of Alonissos and the periphery of the Ionian Islands recently took part in the five-day "Le Monde a Paris" international tourism exhibition (13/3/08-17/3/08) with positive results. The Municipality of Alonissos, also present at the exhibition last year, had a...

Greek Airports Receive Aesthetic Improvements

The Hellenic Ministry of Transport and Communications (YME) and the Tourism Development Ministry held a joint press conference recently to reveal the process to aesthetically improve peripheral airports in Greece following a memorandum sent to YME by the Association of Tourist...