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Tourism Industry Must Diversify

Greece's tourism industry must diversify and invest its energies into developing alternative forms of tourism, stressed Hellenic Tourism Organisation Secretary General Evgenios Yiannakopoulos at a recent press luncheon organized by the Foreign Press Association of Greece. He...

A note by the publisher

Αυτά είπε ο Επίτροπος για το Τουρισμό στη συνάντηση της ETAG, 8/2/2000 στις Βρυξέλλες. Πριν χρησιμοποιήσει την "Φιλοξενία", θα έπρεπε βέβαια να γνώριζε ότι αποτελεί ιερό όρο των Ελλήνων, οι οποίοι δεν μπορούν να ζήσουν χωρίς αυτή ούτε μια στιγμή. Καλό θα ήτα...

Utell launches ‘Discover Greece 2000’

Utell, the worldwide hotel reservations and marketing service of REZsolutions, has launched 'Discover Greece 2000' program in conjunction with Astra Hotels. A dozen destinations within Greece are spotlighted within the program. The destinations spotlighted include Athens,...

Greek Tourism Museum Planned

An association made up of Greek women in the tourism profession recently decided to create a Greek tourism museum somewhere within the central Athens area.

Jewish Museum Greece Doubles Number Of Visitors

The Jewish Museum of Greece, considered the fourth in importance throughout Europe, hosts some 7,000 artifacts of historical and religious importance. And after its move to new quarters, the museum doubled its annual number of visitors.

Star City Project Begins Next Month

Construction on a major league tourism and recreation park in the Athens area gets underway next month. The 18-billion-drachma "Star City" venture covers some 278,000 square meters of beachfront property in the Athens suburb of Glyfada.

Grecotel Opens Omonia Grand Hotel

Greece's biggest hotel chain, Grecotel, last month officially opened its new city-center hotel, the Omonia Grand. This second city hotel of the group stands proudly in front of the capital's second most popular square, Omonia. Its first city unit, the 5-star Athens Plaza, faces...

Athens Hoteliers Sign Athens 2004 Contracts

At least five Athenian hotels have signed contracts with tour and travel offices for room bookings during the 2004 Olympic Games.

SITE President Calls for Greek Chapter

The president of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE), Greek-born and raised Tassos Pappas now of Brussels, called on the incentive specialists in the Greek market to form a Site chapter.

Thessaloniki Creates Country’s First Convention & Visitors’ Bureau

Thessaloniki beats out Greece's capital and takes the initiative to establish the country's first convention and visitors bureau. Its role will be to promote conference tourism to northern Greece.

Greek Cuisine Again On German Rail Network

German commuters were wined and dined Greek-style on their country's railways last month. Organizers hope the taste of Greece will tempt some of the commuters to spend their annual vacation in Greece.

Rodos Golf Course Again Up For Grabs

The Rodos Afandou golf course is set to undergo a major redevelopment that is to be funded by the Hellenic Tourism Organisation (EOT). The decision to revamp the course, considered an important element of the island's effort to develop alternative forms of tourism, was announced...

Attica Region Secretariat Launches Tourism Promotion Campaign

Under the title "Attica Athens Hellas, the Multiple Choice Destination," and complete logo, the local authorities of the Attica Region Secretariat launched its first common tourism promotion campaign.

Dane Sea Lines Strengthens Its Position With New Vessels

Dane Sea Lines, which has managed to pull itself out of deep financial troubles with the help of strategic investor Anek Lines, has been granted provisional permits to service the Piraeus-Dodecanese group of routes.

Spain Honors EOT President Stefanides

Spain paid tribute to Greece and the Hellenic Tourism Organization during a recent ceremony held in conjunction with Madrid's travel and tourism fair, Fitur. Guest of honour was the organization's president, Yiannis Stefanides.

Room And Apartment Holiday Lodgings Get “Key” Category System

Greece's hoteliers have finally accepted rental rooms and apartments as official holiday lodgings and have agreed with the adoption of the "key" category system for rating these lodgings. Owners of rental rooms and apartments, in the meantime, have adopted the unofficial slogan...

Northern Greek Travel Agents Unite

More than 100 travel agents in Thessaloniki and the wider region of northern Greece united recently to form a cooperative as a way to expand on and improve services offered in the area.

Tourism Cooperation Agreement between Greece and Turkey

Members of Greek and Turkish Skal clubs got together in Athens last month to agree on ways in which they can cooperate in the tourism sector. All agreed that "we need peace in the Aegean and for this we need tourism." They suggested the entire Aegean area be promoted as a...

Record Attendance At Travel Agent General Assembly

Never in its 70 years of history did the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents (HATTA) see so many members attend a general assembly as it did last month. Reasons for the strong interest varied.

Greece’s Prime Minister Supports Tourism Sector

Prime Minister Costas Simitis expressed a personal interest in Greece's vital tourism industry at a recent inner cabinet meeting and said he would attend the next session of the national tourism council. Development Minister Evangelos Venizelos relayed the premier's intentions at...