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Amadeus Out to Conquer with Technology

With the biggest non-military data base in the world, with technology investments triple that of its closest competitor, and with a dedicated staff of 100-plus nationalities, Amadeus intends to conquer any and all competition.

SkyTeam Cruise for its Top Sellers

Last month, some of the top Greek sellers of SkyTeam alliance airlines' 15,000 daily flights joined with local representatives of the airlines to enjoy a working 3-day cruise with Superfast Ferries. Some two dozen agents took the opportunity to spend time with friends and...

Qatar Airways Expanding at Rapid Rate

Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, does in Greece what it is doing and will do in all major European cities; it's expanding at a rapid rate. In just months since it opened offices in Athens, the airline has staffed modern offices with more than 20...

Worldspan Rate Runner Released in Greece

As of late last year, Worldspan's 'Rate Runner' is available within its Go! product for travel agency office managers in Greece and includes which low cost carriers are available in Rate Runner for the markets in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,...

New Name for World Tourism Organization

After the transformation of the World Tourism Organization into a specialized agency of the United Nations, the tourism organization now refers to itself as UNWTO. It's newly-elected secretary general - till the end of 2009 - Francesco Frangialli, said because the acronym WTO was...

A Surprising Philoxenia

The amount of business done during Philoxenia, Greece's major tourism fair held last month in Thessaloniki, surprised most exhibitors this year. Another surprise was the traffic. Although it wasn't evident, Helexpo, the fair's organizer, said Philoxenia attracted 23,790...

WTM Participants Foresee Double-digit Tourism Increase for Greece

Greek tourism is expected to record a back-to-back rise in 2006 following this year's bumper season, which saw an estimated 10 percent increase after years of decline, according to tourism professionals who visited last month's World Travel Market held in London.

Superfast Group Continues to Increase Revenue

Attica Holdings, the holding company for Superfast Ferries, announced last month that its financial results for the nine months to 30th September, 2005, show turnover of 306.5 million euros and earnings before interest and depreciation 89.7 million euros, both up slightly...

Blue Star Ferries Increases Profit 121%

Blue Star Maritime S.A. last month announced consolidated net profit after taxes of €19.2 million for the nine months ending 30th September, 2005, against €8.7 million for the same period in 2004, a significant increase of 121%.

Yet Another New Olympic Airline

A new company is to be launched early next year to replace Olympic Airlines, according to a recent government announcement. This follows the state's latest failed attempt to find a buyer for the country's ailing flag carrier. In mid November, government officially declared that...

European Single Sky Program Ratified

In a landmark occasion for European air transport, the contract for the definition phase for the Single European Sky Implementation Program was ratified on November 17 by 29 partners in the Air Traffic Alliance, the vice president of the European Commission and the director...

Tourism Code of Ethics for Travel Advisories

A country's ill-written travel advisory could be extremely damaging for tourism to the pertinent destination. Fortunately, one of the issues that emerged from the World Tourism Organization's tourism code of ethics is the proper drafting of travel advisories.

Greek Village Highlights Benefits of Light Tourism

Nymphaion, which not so very long ago was an isolated, abandoned village of 35 elderly inhabitants in northern Greece, has come to life again. The settlement and surrounding area has been transformed into a living museum of national heritage and unspoiled nature, population has...

Greek Hotels Least Developed in Branding

Although among the world's best, Greece's hotels are not aware of the benefits of brand names, according to a recent study. The 2005 Greek Hotel Branding Report, which is the first of its kind for the Greek tourism market, explores the extent of branding among Greek hotels and...

A Guide for Tourism Trade Fair Exhibitors

The International Tourism Trade Fairs Association recently launched a detailed exhibition guide, entitled 'Effective Exhibiting Made Easy' that is aimed at helping exhibitors participate more effectively in tourism trade fairs.

World Heritage Sites Acquire Online Promotion

Expedia, the world's largest online travel agency, last month announced a partnership with the United Nations Foundation to promote travel to World Heritage sites. The move is part of Expedia's strategy to raise its international profile, provide more customized services and...

Deeper Cooperation Sought Between EU and Regional Airlines

Antonis Simigdalas, president of the association for European Regional Airlines, has asked Stavros Dimas, Commissioner for the Environment, and Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, to look at ERA's "A Vision for European Air Transport" as a better...

Acropolis Museum Structure Ready by Spring

The first phase of the long-awaited Acropolis Museum will be ready by the end of next year, according to the country's culture ministry. The ministry said that the 20,000-square-meter glass and concrete museum would display sculptures and other finds from the 2,500-year-old...

Local SkyTeam Members Awarded

Local SkyTeam members were awarded for their comprehensive powerpoint presentation created for their annual agency workshop held in 2003. Head office said the presentation was so professional that it was adopted as the basis for the 2004 and 2005 SkyTeam market presentations held...

Delta Out to Conquer the Airways Albeit Under Chapter 11 Protection

Just a month after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Delta has announced a huge international expansion plan. With the aim to be the "world's largest airline across the Atlantic" the beleaguered carrier will launch additional flights from its Atlanta and New York bases...