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Attica Hotel Awarded Blue Flag

The Poseidon Hotel on the Athens area Paleo Faliron seafront is one of the very rare local hotel units that has been able to cover all the strict prerequisites required to fly the coveted European Union Blue Flag designated only for clean beaches and excellent swimming waters.

Alternate Tourism Key to Development

Rural, conference, exhibition, athletic, religious and cultural tourism are the main ingredients for tourism development, according to speakers at the recent Negroponte Resort Eretria conference on "tourism as the key to strategic development under modern conditions."

Tourism Minister Flaunts New Tourism Exhibits

Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos called Greece's tourism leaders to a double launch and a reception last month at Zappeio Hall. The minister presented tourism promotion plans for after the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and the new tourism exhibition stands within Zappeio...

Ministries Join to Confront Greek Tourism Visa Problems Abroad

Four Greek ministries (tourism, economy, foreign affairs, public order), along with private-sector tourism organization representatives, met last month to discuss the tourism visa problems encountered by potential visitors to Greece, and how best to solve these problems.

Greece’s Lodging Units Outside of Attica Slash Prices

Negative data for the months of May and June, and a severe lack of bookings for the peak summer period, have forced lodging units outside of the Athens/Attica area to slash prices in an attempt to entice Greek holidaymakers.

New ITEP Study Focuses on Seniors

Prospects for travel by seniors to Greece is more than optimistic, said the head of the Research Institiute for Toruism (ITEP), Professor Panagiotis Pavlopoulos, during the recent presentation of the institute's latest study. He said seniors are increasing in numbers as a...

International Investor Sees Tourism As Greece’s Only Economic Engine

The Greek economy can advance and prosper in the international environment only if it develops itself to cater to up-market tourism and wealthy foreigners wishing to acquire holiday homes, said well-known investor and American fund manager, George Soros, during a recent visit to...

Greek Travelers Face Health Problems

Travel agents may not be doing their job as well as they should, according to a recent study from the Center for Infectious Disease Control at the State General Hospital.

Additional Tourism Promotion Funds for Prefectures

Greece's prefectures get 30% more than last year in funds for tourism promotion from the Hellenic Tourism Organization. Deputy Tourism Minister Anastassios Liaskos told reporters last month that the funds allocated this year amount to 4.5 million euros, against the three million...

Greece Airways Welcomed to Athens International

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos last month welcomed Greece Airways to the Athens airport community. The new airline, a subsidiary of Air Scotland but with Greek participation, recently launched two weekly scheduled services (every Monday & Friday) that...

Scenic Diakopto-Kalavryta Cog Rail Route Renewed

Hellenic Railways Organization announced last month that it has completed most of the renovation project being carried out on the popular scenic railway line connecting Diakopto and Kalavryta. It said the Diakopto-Kalavryta Cog Railway system is ready to receive the new trains...

New Luxury Art Hotel for Athens

The Eridanus is the latest in luxury hotels to open its doors this summer in time for the Olympic Games. Although comparatively small, 38 rooms in all, this unit displays some high quality service personnel and luxurious style and furnishings.

Mount Parnes Completes First Phase of Major Renewal

Just a year after taking over management of the Mount Parnes Casino, Regency Casino has completed its initial first phase investment program at a cost 23 million euros. The project included the complete renovation of the casino premises and the replacement of the unit's mountain...

WWF Urges Travelers to Consume Less Water

The tourism boom around one of the world's most popular summer holiday destinations, the Mediterranean Sea, is endangering freshwater supplies and tourists in the area must cut their consumption, the environmental group WWF said in an announcement last month.

Fast-growing New Low-cost Airline from Eastern Europe

Wizz Air, a new European low-cost airline that focuses on the Central and Eastern Europe markets, inaugurated Athens-Budapest flights last month. The CEO and general manager of Wizz Air, Jozsef Varadi, said he expects to fill 2,000 seats per week out of Athens and 100,000 seats...

AKS Conference Center Opens Next May

AKS Hotels says it will open its new conference center at Porto Heli in May of next year.

Prime Minister Labels Tourism National Importance

Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis showed his personal interest in the tourism sector last month when he opened this year's general assembly of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. During his speech, he labeled tourism as a sector of national importance for the country's...

Athens International Airport Europe’s Best and Safest

Athens International Airport's "Eleftherios Venizelos" was recently voted the best and safest airport of its kind in Europe and the second best in the world, according to an independent survey carried out by the Global Airport Monitor of the International Air Transportation...

Major Changes in Greece’s Coastal Shipping Sector

Greek coastal shipowners have taken the bull by the horns and come hell or high water will attempt this year to settle the waters after almost three years of rough seas. For example, last month the Greek Coastal Shipowners Association issued an open threat to the Merchant Marine...

Greece Signs Tourism Agreement with China

Greek Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, after his recent visit to China, said he would take steps to open up the local tourism market to millions of Chinese holidaymakers. While in that country, he signed a cooperation agreement with his Chinese counterpart.