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Pausanias Route Created for Peloponissos

Agrotouristiki SA, the state corporation for alternative tourism development, is setting up a network of municipalities in the central Peloponnese that follow the route of ancient geographer Pausanias, and thus promote the region as a model "ecoagritourism" zone.

New Passports Required by Year End

Greeks wishing to travel will need to obtain a new passport by the end of 2006, regardless of whether or not their existing one will still be valid.

New Olympic Air Carrier Before Summer

Transport Minister Michael Liapis told reporters last month that he would soon appoint a board of directors for the proposed new Olympic Airways company, which he expects to start flying this spring (press reports say September at the earliest).

Patras as Europe’s Cultural Capital Plans 152 Events

Six different thematic units, 152 events totaling 17.5 million euros, three international conferences and one large pan-European meeting of amateur and young artists will make up the program of events for Patras 2006: European Capital of Culture.

Amadeus Introduces Call Center Solution for Agencies

Amadeus last month announced the launch of a new solution to help travel management companies, travel agencies and airlines manage business and leisure call centers more efficiently.

Qatar Initiates Flights to Nairobi

Qatar Airways spread its wings into Africa this winter with the launch of scheduled flights to Nairobi. The Kenyan capital is served non-stop five-times-a-week from Doha, the operational hub of award-winning Qatar Airways.

Hotel Prices Fall in Attica Region

Athens hotel occupancy rates last year remained at 2004 levels but the average price per room fell more than 15 percent, according to a recent report by the Attica Hoteliers' Association.

Acropolis Candidate as One of Seven Wonders of the World

The Acropolis in Athens and the Agia Sophia church in Istanbul are among 21 sites competing to be named among the new Seven Wonders of the World, organizers of an Internet vote said last month.

Greece Ideal for Luxury Travel

New thoughts and expectations on the future of luxury travel to Greece were expressed at last month's Exclusive Travel fair held at the Helexpo Palace exhibition center in Athens.

Athens to Wear a Barrage of Colors this Summer

Athens is about to bloom and blossom in colors and art that promises to please the eye. This summer, Athenians and visitors to the capital will see more than 75 artistic and colorful cows "graze" around the city's streets and parks.

Aviation Single Market Extended

The recent proposal to enlarge the European Common Aviation Area - the European Single Market for aviation - from 25 to 35 members, with the inclusion of a number of states and provinces in Southeast Europe, as well as the formal incorporation of existing participants Norway and...

EU Unveils Air Traffic Management System

The European Union recently unveiled an ambitious plan for a 20 billion euro air traffic management system to help Europe cope with an expected doubling in the number of flights over the next 15 years.

New Optimism for Tourism to Athens

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis and Attica Region Secretary General Haralambos Maniatis early last month presented the results of major surveys undertaken by the company Leo Burnett concerning the promotion of Athens and Attica tourism. For the most part, the results were very positive.

ITEP Releases Latest Tourism Data

Although the Institute for Tourism Research has yet to receive clearance from the tourism ministry to take over as the official source of tourism arrival data and the like, as promised by the ministry, it came out last month with arrival statistics. With available data for the...

ICAP Study Foresees 8% Revenue Increase for Hotels

Five-star and 4-star Greek hotels will close 2005 with an 8% increase in sales, when compared with the year before, according to a recent ICAP study. The reason cited for the increase quite simply is the recovery of tourism movement to Greece during the past year.

Trinity Signs Articulation Agreement With Southern

Trinity International Hospitality Studies on Crete announced last month that the school concluded a cooperation and articulation agreement with the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Management of Southern New Hampshire University (USA).

Ledra Marriott Increases Revenue by 42%

With a revenue increase of some 42% in 2004 over the previous year, and with a major increase in guests from North America and Western Europe during 2005, the Ledra Marriott in Athens expects final results for 2005 to be more than acceptable.

Tour Operators and Cruise Lines Cut Agency Commissions

After the success of airlines in cutting travel agency commissions, some of Europe's tour operators have jumped onto the bandwagon and taken the opportunity to cut their commission rates. Presently, analysts say the hotly-debated move of some British Tour operators to cut agent...

New Tourism Investment Group to Invest In Greece

An investment group announced last month that it plans to spend, in the medium term, up to 1 billion euros in Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Turkey to develop organized tourism accommodation complexes, mainly for northern Europeans. In Greece its interest focuses on the Peloponnese,...

Aegean Orders 12 New Airbus A320s

Last month Aegean Airlines signed an agreement for the purchase of eight new Airbus A320 passenger jets and an option for another 12. The new jets will replace present aircraft and allow the airline to extend its present domestic and international network, says the airline.