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International Tourism Up by 5.5%

In 2005 international tourism sustained the sharp upturn that began in 2004 in spite of the various tragic events it had to contend. According to preliminary results presented with by the United Nations specialized agency, the World Tourism Organization, the number of...

Financial Support for Tourism Enterprises

The third cycle of financial support for small and mid-sized businesses in the manufacturing and tourism sector gets underway this month. The appropriate papers have been signed by the ministries of economy and tourism, and details have been published in the Government Gazette....

Last Year’s Arrivals Up 16% Against 2004

Although unable to produce accurate data, last month the country's tourism development minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, estimated that tourist arrivals last year rose by 16 percent against 2004.

Major Tourism Projects Planned This Year

At least five major tourism projects are expected to get underway this year. Two are completely new projects initiated by the Municipality of Katerinis (Pieria) and by the Elia Prefecture (Peloponissos).

New Emphasis on Religious Tourism

Greece is ready to exploit its rich religious tradition in order to entice visitors from fellow Orthodox Christian countries with the Greek Tourism Ministry intending to tap a bountiful heritage of churches, relics and miraculous icons dating back to the Byzantine Empire.

Legal Coverage in Greece for Foreign Visitors

Greece's tourism ministry says it is working to set up a special agency to provide it’s 13 million foreign tourists each year with quality legal coverage while in Greece.

Evros Delta a National Park

Government last month unveiled plans to protect the Evros Delta, one of Greece's most significant natural showcases of flora and fauna, by turning it into a national park. According to initial plans agreed upon by five ministries, the park will cover 20,000 hectares.

EU Incentives for Regional Airports

The European Commission announced it encourages the development of regional airports and that it has adopted new rules that should encourage their development.

Cyprus Airways’ Employees Agree to Salary Cuts

Cyprus's loss-making national carrier, Cyprus Airways, will shed more than a quarter of its work force this year to save the airline from closure, senior officials said last month.

Tourism Professionals Cite – Tourism Satellite Account Imperative

The annual success of the tourism sector depends on systematic groundwork and sound preparation, according to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.

New York Show Promotes Greece

GreecExpo, a showcase of available luxury tourism products in Greece, takes place at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on April 8 and 9 of this year.

Guides Undergo Training as Mountain Specialists

Visitors interested in exploring Greece's mountains now have properly trained official guides, all of which have followed months of training through vocational programs.

Pausanias Route Created for Peloponissos

Agrotouristiki SA, the state corporation for alternative tourism development, is setting up a network of municipalities in the central Peloponnese that follow the route of ancient geographer Pausanias, and thus promote the region as a model "ecoagritourism" zone.

New Passports Required by Year End

Greeks wishing to travel will need to obtain a new passport by the end of 2006, regardless of whether or not their existing one will still be valid.

New Olympic Air Carrier Before Summer

Transport Minister Michael Liapis told reporters last month that he would soon appoint a board of directors for the proposed new Olympic Airways company, which he expects to start flying this spring (press reports say September at the earliest).

Patras as Europe’s Cultural Capital Plans 152 Events

Six different thematic units, 152 events totaling 17.5 million euros, three international conferences and one large pan-European meeting of amateur and young artists will make up the program of events for Patras 2006: European Capital of Culture.

Amadeus Introduces Call Center Solution for Agencies

Amadeus last month announced the launch of a new solution to help travel management companies, travel agencies and airlines manage business and leisure call centers more efficiently.

Qatar Initiates Flights to Nairobi

Qatar Airways spread its wings into Africa this winter with the launch of scheduled flights to Nairobi. The Kenyan capital is served non-stop five-times-a-week from Doha, the operational hub of award-winning Qatar Airways.

Hotel Prices Fall in Attica Region

Athens hotel occupancy rates last year remained at 2004 levels but the average price per room fell more than 15 percent, according to a recent report by the Attica Hoteliers' Association.

Acropolis Candidate as One of Seven Wonders of the World

The Acropolis in Athens and the Agia Sophia church in Istanbul are among 21 sites competing to be named among the new Seven Wonders of the World, organizers of an Internet vote said last month.