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Online Travel Continues To Rise

Despite tough economic conditions, a tense political climate and fewer travelers, the online travel market in North America performed surprisingly well in 2002. According to a new report from PhoCusWright Inc., "Online Travel Overview: Market Size and Forecasts 2002-2005," online...

Worldspan Signs Agreement with Hotwire.com

Worldspan has announced a technology agreement with Hotwire.com, a leading discount travel site, to power Hotwire's airline bookings. As part of the new partnership, Worldspan will supply Hotwire with an enhanced technology agreement, which includes a range of essential...

Balkan Federation Agreement Signed

The Federation of Travel and Tourism Agencies Association in the Balkan Region is now a reality. During last month's Tourism Panorama the final signatures from seven presidents of 10 Balkan country travel agency associations entered the cooperation agreement.

Concorde Jets Pushed Into Retirement

Concorde, the needle-nosed aircraft for the super-rich and super-rushed, is retiring after a quarter-century of service, its British and French operators announced last month. "Never has such a beautiful object been designed and built by man," Air France president Jean-Cyril...

Mont Parnes Sale Approved

A government bill to privatize the Mont Parnes casino near Athens received parliamentary approval on March 2, despite disagreement from the opposition over its terms.

Amadeus Adds More Low-fare Carriers

Travel agencies worldwide connected to Amadeus can now sell seats on Germanwings, the new German low-fare carrier. On 1 April 2003, Germanwings joined other low fare airlines already available through the Amadeus System, such as Virgin Express, Zip Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle,...

Athens 2004 Games to Host A Million Visitors

More than a million visitors are expected to flock to Athens to watch the action at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. According to the Athens 2004 committee, foreign visitors during the two weeks of the Games will total somewhere between 500,000 and 700,000. Another 300,000 are...

Luxair Is Back With Daily Flights

Luxair, Luxembourg's flag carrier, resumed flights to Athens on March 30. The airline had suspended its flights to here some four years ago but now flies daily out of Athens to Luxembourg, with a stopover at Italy's Milan Bergamo airport, using a 49-seat Embraer 145 Eurojet that...

Athens Festival Readies For New Season

Hellenic Festival has announced its program for both the Athens Festival and Epidaurus Festival. The Athens Festival begins June 2 with Andrea Bocelli in Concert. Programs continue through until September 28. These include opera, classical and contemporary dance, orchestras,...

Holidaymakers Flock to Panorama 2003 Tourism Fair

In the midst of yet another international crisis, and a slow economy, Greeks took full advantage of this year's Panorama tourism fair, the eighth, in hopes of finding some special deals and domestic holiday possibilities this year. Exhibitors said they were truly surprised at the...

Blue Star Ferries Inaugurates Chania-Piraeus Route

Piraeus-based Blue Star Ferries now runs a ferry route from Piraeus to Chania, Crete, with its newbuild Blue Star 2. The journey takes a mere five hours and 45 minutes. The vessel, built in 2000, plies the route at a speed of 28 miles an hour and carries up to 1,900 passengers...

HATTA Behind Creation of Balkan Travel Agency Associations’ Federation

With little help but with a lot of work, Yiannis Evangelou, president of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents, managed to draw together all similar associations throughout the Balkans and pose an idea. "Let's cooperate through a pan-Balkan federation of travel...

Tourism Organization Considers Additional Tourism Promotion Activities

The Hellenic Tourism Organization is now in the process of increasing promotional activities of Greece abroad. Besides agreements with major television companies in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, a major television crew from China just left Greece after...

Greek Hotel Sector Improves Financial Picture

There are a plethora of complaints coming from Greece's hotel sector regarding difficult times, desperately low room rates and a severe drop in business. Perhaps so. Figures released recently by the ICAP Data Bank, however, tell a different story. These figure show that 2001 was...

Air Traffic Remains Volatile

The first AEA traffic report for 2003 shows an increase in passenger-km of 6.4 percent over January of last year. This brought traffic volume back to within 1.5 percentage points of where it had stood in January 2001.

Cruise Market Concerned but Upbeat

Greece's passenger shipping association says its sector is in for a difficult time this year. It wants government to help soften the blow with a cut in port costs, and subsidies for new employees, for newbuildings, and for employee insurance. It also wants a 50% increase in...

Airlines Sell Worldspan

An agreement was signed last month by Travel Transaction Processing Corporation to purchase Worldspan from its three airline owners (Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and American Airlines).

Amphitrion Bucks Trends and Expands

In today's difficult climate most companies attempt to cut costs to the bone and downsize as much as possible. But not Amphitrion Holidays, which is one of the country's biggest and most successful tourism enterprises. Its most recent expansion activity was to open a new airline...

Strintzis Introduces New Routes

Within the new liberalized framework of Greek coastal shipping, Strintzis Lines (Blue Star Ferries), expands its routes. As of this month, the Greek ferry line is at the forefront with three brand new ships on the Cycladic Islands' routes, the Blue Star 1 in the Dodecanese on the...

Prolonged Iraqi War Requires Contingency Plans

A prolonged war in Iraq would destroy more than three million jobs in the global travel and tourism industry and eliminate more than $30 billion of economic value (gross domestic product) in 2003, the latest research from the World Travel & Tourism Council shows.