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DRATTE Conference on “F&B” a Great Success

The fifth "Hotel Management Conference on F&B" that took place recently, organized by Action for the Development of Tourism and Tourist Education (DR.A.T.T.E), was a success in highlighting the significance of the F&B (Food and Beverage) sector in the creation of a...

Hovercrafts to Revolutionize Sea Travel in Greece

The route Heraklion to Piraeus, now some six hours by high-speed ferry, could be done in one hour and 36 minutes by the end of 2008 with the new hovercrafts that can reach 200 kilometers an hour and can 'fly' some 12 meters above the sea.

Blue Star Ferries Supports “Diadrasi” Program

Blue Star Ferries targeted the local communities of the Aegean islands as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program by supporting the non-profit cultural organization "Diadrasi" in the program "Agoni Grammi Gonimi 2008."

Minister of Mercantile Marine Meets President of HPYOA

Minister of Mercantile Marine, the Aegean and Island Policy George Voulgarakis recently met with President of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association (HPYOA) Antonis Steliatos to discuss topics concerning the sector and specifically, the development of nautical tourism...

New Seaplanes Connect Volos to Athens & Sporades

New seaplane carrier Argo Airways (a member of Kanapitsa Group) is expected to commence twice daily flights from the port of Volos to Athen's Flisvos Marina this month and extend its routes to Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Thessaloniki later in the summer.

New Identity for Tourism Businesses in Drama

A seminar/workshop recently took place at Jennifer Home Hotel in Drama for the businessmen that are members of the Tourism Development Company for Alternative Tourism in the prefecture of Drama, within the framework of the company's contract with the University of the Aegean. The...

Greece Honored at Naples Tourism Exhibition

Greece was the country of honor at the "Borsa Mediterranea Del Turismo" tourism exhibition that took place on 4-6 April at Naples. The aim of the exhibition was to strengthen cooperation and ties between members of the travel industry in Mediterranean countries. As the country of...

First Phase of Costa Navarino Open in 2009

The first phase of Costa Navarino, one of the largest investments in Greek tourism, is expected to welcome its first visitors in 2009. The 550-million-euro project by Greek Development Company TEMES S.A. (Tourism Enterprises of Messinia) in Messinia, southwest Peloponissos,...

Grand Hotel Palace Expands Conference Center

Grand Hotel Palace in Thessaloniki inaugurated its new conference center with a total capacity for 1,500 delegates following the five million euro investment by the Serafeim Dedeoglou group of companies.

New Era for Theophano Imperial Palace

“Villa Princess Theophano” is the new name for the recently refurbished five-star "Theophano Imperial Palace" in Halkidiki that opens its doors on June 15. "Villa Princess Theophano," one of the five hotels in the of G-Hotels resort chain, is the outcome of a 10 million euro...

Amphitrion Moves to New Premises

Amphitrion group of companies recently moved to new premises as part of its investment and development strategy. Amphitrion is now housed in new, modern, 2,000-square-meter offices at Megalou Alexandrou 7 & Karaiskou in Argyroupoli. The group of companies' telephone and...

G.R.Louis Buys Hotel in Larissa

G.R.louis S.A, the company that manages the five-star G.R.Louis Athens Hotel, recently took over Doma Hotel in the center of Larissa. The new addition to the G.R.Louis family will be renamed "G.R.Louis Larissa Hotel" and after full refurbishment through an investment of some...

Corfu Takes Action for Promotion in Japan

A recent independent survey conducted in Japan showed Corfu as the second most popular destination for Japanese tourists in 2007 amongst UNESCO world heritage site destinations. Japanese tourists are renowned for picking destinations from UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, of...

First Stage of EU-USA Open Skies in Effect

The first stage of the "Open Skies Agreement" between the European Union and the United States of America was signed on March 30 in a ceremony held within the scope of the "EU-USA Summit" in Washington. The European Union-United States air transport agreement is considered an...

New Direct Flight Athens-Ljubljana

A new scheduled route from Ljubljana in Slovenia to Athens commenced last month served by Adria Airways, Slovenias’ national airline and a regional Star Alliance member. The carrier flies three-times-weekly from Ljubljana to Athens on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays, with an...

Tourism Museum Soon a Reality

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos announced a Greek Tourism Museum would soon be a reality at a recent gala held in honor of women in tourism. The new Tourism Museum—a long-term aim of the Greek Women in Tourism association—would be under the auspices of the...

Border Checks Lifted for Newest Schengen Members

Border checks were lifted at the airports of the nine countries that joined Europe's border-free Schengen area last year. Controls on land and sea frontiers were lifted last year and those at airports have now been lifted as security upgrades have been completed.

Nicosia’s Ledra Street Reopened

Greek and Turkish Cypriots recently reopened Ledra Street, a major crossing in the divided Cypriot capital of Nicosia. Local officials declared Ledra Street, which stood as a symbol to the island's partition, open. It was then closed again for a couple of hours by the Greek...

Greece Shines at ITB Berlin

Greece shined from beginning to end at the 42nd ITB Berlin travel trade show (5-9 March) last month. During the inauguration of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) stand, Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos announced Greece has gone up two positions (from...

Memorandum of Cooperation for Ancient Olympia Signed

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with Mayor of Ancient Olympia Giorgos Aidonis and National Metsovian Polytechnic University Rector Konstantinos Moutzouris to launch a pan-Hellenic student competition for the design of a...