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Alternate Tourism Springs to the Forefront

Instead of the usual everyday tour packages, visitors to the recent Paris world toursim fair, were presented with interesting alternatives to sun and sea travel. Thousands upon thousands of catalogues, brochures and leaflets on country stands promoted "green" tourism, adventure...

Millions of Visitors from China Expected

If the right policies are followed, Greece can expect a large number of tourists from China in the coming years, when that country is projected to become the world's biggest tourism market, according to a study by the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts.

New Legislation to Attract Tourism Investment

To attract foreign investors to the tourism sector, three ministries are cooperating (Environment, Town Planning & Public Works, Tourism Development, and Economy & Finance) in an effort to develop a new legislative framework that would lift numerous and serious...

Greeks Rave Over Budapest Spring Festival

The recent annual Budapest Spring Festival has developed into a popular international cultural event with more than one-third of its audience arriving from abroad to attend the various presentations. The two-week program this year, which is the 25th year for the event, included...

The City of Athens To Establish Tourism and Economic Development Agency

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis recently submitted a proposal before City Council to establish a tourism development agency in collaboration with the private sector, as part of efforts to raise the Greek capital's profile as a year-round tourism destination.

Best Western Holds Semi-annual Meet in Athens

Last month Athens was the venue for the semi-annual meeting of executives and country representatives of Best Western International. The last time such a meeting was held in Greece was in 2001 (Crete). During the meet, Carol Marriott, president and managing director of Best...

Mont Parnes Completes First Phase of Major Renewal

At a press call last month, executives from the Mont Parnes Casino complex outlined the many changes that have taken place and that are underway at the complex. Owners intend to invest more than 110 million euros in renewal projects.

Greece Possible Venue for Next Year’s WTTC Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council released its 2005 travel and tourism forecasts for 174 countries and the world and an assessment of the impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami on the industry at the recent 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in New Delhi, India. It also...

Five Bids for Olympic

The government has received five bids in an international sale tender for a majority stake in national carrier Olympic Airlines, according to a government announcement last month. The binding offers accompanied by letters of guarantee were from all groups that expressed interest...

Minoan Doubles Profits

Minoan Lines announced recently that it managed to more than double its net profit for last year despite a drop in traffic on Adriatic routes and less-than-expected passenger loads on the domestic routes, especially in the summer months during the Athens Olympics period.

Trinity Now Fully Operational

Nikos Skoulas former Minister of Tourism, and now the president of Trinity International Hospitality Studies, an English speaking institution of higher learning, says the school starts its full academic program this fall within the facilities of Terra Maris hotel and conference...

Tourism Sector Cooperates With Eurovision Star

For once, Greece is grabbing every opportunity to promote itself as a tourism destination. Last month, Aristides Kalogeropoulos, president of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, held a press conference to announce the organization's close cooperation with Eurovision star Elena...

Athens/Attica Tourism Promotion Campaign

For the first time in its history, the Athens/Attica region has successfully initiated a full-fledged tourism promotion campaign. The campaign includes professional-done brochures, all with exceptionally well done, original and excellent advertising creations, and a well-designed...

National Tourism Council Meets

Although not much came out of it, the country's National Tourism Council met last month for the first time under the present government. But the country's tourism minister did announce a promise a 9-point legislation for tourism development and investment.

Land Development Legislation Planned

The land use question once again was the focus of a meeting last month of the governmental committee handling Greece's tourism sector. Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias vowed to table legislation on land use and the designation of new areas for tourism development.

Greece Outshined Competitors at ITB

For the first time in memory, Greece held its head high at a world travel exhibition and showed the world its capabilities. The Greek pavilion, with its avid colors, wide-open spaces, and design continuity, outshone its Mediterranean competitors, not only with its design but also...

Lufthansa Buys Out Swiss

The supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the board of directors of Swiss International Air Lines AG late last month approved the business model jointly developed by both companies for the takeover and integration of Swiss into the Lufthansa Group.

Hellas Jet Continues Search for Buyer

Hellas Jet, a creation of Cyprus Airways, continues its search for a buyer after Dutch and British buyers backed out of a possible purchase agreement. Press reports say the airline will be forced to shut down.

Plotin On the Verge of Bankruptcy

Heavy debts have apparently forced one of Greece's oldest travel companies to the brink of bankruptcy. The Plotin group, owned by the Antoniou family and the German travel group Neckerman, has subsidiary operations in Corfu, Crete, Rodos and Chalkidiki.

A Call to Save a Greek Tradition

A key element of Greece's tourist allure, the traditional wooden fishing boats that brighten many an island harbor, is facing a major threat of extinction due to EU policies and government indifference, activists warned last month.