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Greek 60 Million-euro Tourism Promotion Campaign Well Underway

Greece's tourism promotion campaign steams ahead in both Europe and the USA. The first phase of the 60-million-euro campaign has been completed and the second phase is now in full force.

New Athens Festival Program Announced

Two of the "Three Tenors" will perform at separate events this summer at Greece's annual Hellenic Festival, organizers announced last month.

Full House Expected at This Year’s ITB

If you have yet to make arrangements to attend the International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin, which runs from 11 to 15 March on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and in the ICC Berlin, the chances are you'll be staying home.

Germans Opt for Cheaper Destinations

It appears that Germans have turned away from Greece as a holiday destination and have headed to cheaper destinations outside the euro zone. Greek tourism professionals say the move has been going on since 2002 and to a great extent is due to the condition of the German economy...

No Increase in Arrivals from Greece’s Main Markets

Vassilis Minaidis, president of the Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation, is not overly optimistic for tourism to Greece this year. "At the very best, foreign arrivals to our country this year should increase by some 3-5%," he says. This increase, however, is hardly enough to cover...

Colossus of Rhodes to Rise Again

The Colossus of Rhodes will rise again, if ambitious plans by the mayor of Rodos, Yiannis Iatridis, to rebuild the ancient statue come to fruition. Mayor Iatridis said that Cypriot sculptor Nikos Gotziamanis had undertaken both to carry out the project and find funding for it.

Institute of Tourism Research Study Shows Economic Importance of Tourism Sector

The reduction of the current account deficit by nearly 2 billion euros during the first 11 months of 2004 underscores the leading role the service sector, or at least part of it, can play toward balancing Greece's international transactions, according to the latest report of the...

Secrets to Perfect Business Travel

A business travel survey has revealed a magic formula for the perfect business trip: a direct flight, flat bed, in-flight Blackberry, a friendly face at the airport, language lessons, online booking, e-tickets, flying alone, an iPod, high-speed Internet access, a power shower, a...

Salamina Vies for Position as Strong Tourism Destination

The nearby island of Salamina is out to pick up a reputation as a tourism destination. Its mayor, Vangelis Agapiou, says a major campaign is now underway to entice visitors to the island. "Although I don't expect to see many visitors from abroad, I do expect to see a substantial...

Greece’s Major Tourism Markets Depend on Internet Use

Germany and the UK, two markets that make up more than half of all arrivals to Greece each year, have become very dependent on online travel. The German online travel market alone has multiplied in the past two years, outpacing the rest of Europe, according to a new report...

New Airline Compensation for Passengers

New rules on an airline's obligations to passengers came into effect last month. The rules change the amounts given in compensation, and redefine the circumstances where compensation must be provided.

Travelers Demand More and More from Hotels, Including Bath Fixtures

Trendwatching.com - an Amsterdam-based independent trend agency that uncovers global consumer trends - says that the desire for a more luxurious "home away from home" has become a popular global trend.

New Possibilities for Greece’s Ecotourism Sector

A step taken last month by the Greek government opens new possibilities for the country's Ecotourism sector. Ecotourism, a sub-category of sustainable tourism, is considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry, according to the World Tourism Organization, with an...

Former Olympic Sites Open to Commercial Development

The heads of four local authorities surrounding the huge former Olympic sites near the old Athens international airport, which had been earmarked four years ago to become "Europe's largest" metropolitan park, last month joined forces to express fear that the much of the...

Record Tourism Promotion Campaign Underway

Greece's spending on tourism advertising will reach record highs in 2005, approaching 60 million euros. Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos announced last month that of the 31.8 million euros promised, Athens will fork out another 28 million euros for supplementary...

Greece Presents New Image

Last month, during the 20-odd tourism exhibitions held across Europe, well over a million Europeans were among the first to view the new image of Greece.And at the recent Valantiebeurs fair held in Utrech, Holland, a survey during the same showed that the Dutch not only...

National Archaeological Museum Near Completion

The country's biggest showcase of antiquities, the Athens National Archaeological Museum, currently functioning at under half-capacity pending repairs for earthquake damage, will fully reopen this summer, the government said last month.

Two of Greece’s Biggest Travel Agencies Initiate Merge

Two of Greece's major travel enterprises took the plunge last month and started off the new year with a merger announcement. Panagiotis Zerzivilis of Aktina Travel and Giorgios Economou of Marine Tours said they merged their consolidation departments and formed a new company...

Annual ABTA Report Promotes Greece and Athens City Breaks

Positive remarks for Greece in general and Athens in particular were included in the recent annual report of vacation preferences formulated by the Association of British Travel Agents. For 2005 vacation possibilities, the association reminded members of the efforts carried out...

Huge New York Company Buys European Travel Giants Octopus and Gullivers Travel

Cendant Corporation recenlty announced that it has agreed to acquire privately held, UK-based Gullivers Travel Associates, the trading name of Donvand Ltd., and Octopus Travel Group Ltd. (together: "Gullivers") for approximately $1.1 billion in cash.