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New Holiday Inn Opens Near Athens Airport

Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos officially opened Greece's newest Holiday Inn, which sits on prestigious piece of property on Attikis Othos. The new five-star unit is expected to entice business people from the capital's Marousi-Kifissia suburbs as it's easy and quick to reach.

SkyTeam Hosts Corporate Accounts in Athens and Travel Agents in Thessaloniki

SkyTeam airline representatives here in Greece arranged two workshops last month - one for major corporate accounts within the Athens area and one for up-market travel agents in Thessaloniki. During both events, representatives of the member airlines explained the many advantages...

Yet Another Record Blue Flag Year for Greece

If the country's beach environment was part of this year's Olympic Games, Greece would pick up the Silver medal this year. Beach properties in the country were awarded a record 378 Blue Flags, against 373 last year, and seven of its marinas now fly the coveted award (five last...

Airline Representatives Demand Second Athens Airport

The Association of Airline Company Representa-tives last month called on government to change present legislation so as to allow a second international airport to be created in the Athens area because, according to the association’s president, Dinos Frantzeskakis, the Athens...

National Archaeological Museum Reopens

After three years of intensive renovations, and the restoration of some 9,000 statues and precious artifacts, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens reopened its doors to the public last month. Although only 32 of the 54 exhibition halls have reopened, visitors are sure to...

WTO Suggests International Hotel Classification System

The World Conference on New Trends and Measures in the Hotel Industry, jointly organized by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the International Hotel and Restaurants Association (IH&RA), last month suggested a cautious, albeit systematic approach to hotel...

Tourism Organization President Now Optimistic

At his first confrontation with the press, Hellenic Tourism Organization President Haris Kokkossis said that he expects this year's tourism arrival figures to stay at the same level as last year. (In an interview days earlier, the newly appointed president had said that he...

Latest Tourism Institute Study Worrisome

Studies released last month by the Tourism Research Institute place Greece's tourism sector in a precarious position. Its annual study, which forecasts this year's tourism flow and analyzes last year's results, found Greece was far behind its competitors. Last year, Greece saw...

2004 Tourism Picture Remains Clouded

When compared with last year, the drop in tourism arrivals this year is expected to reach anywhere between less than 1% to as high as 10%. It all depends on whom you listen to. Tourism revenue, again according to whom you listen to, will drop from 5% to as high as 15% against...

EU Agrees to Share Air Passenger Information with USA

The European Union (EU) will sign a long-debated air passenger data transfer agreement with the United States despite opposition from the European Parliament (EP), said Jonathan Todd, a spokesman from the European Commission (EC), late last month.

Greece’s eTourism Potential Remains Untapped

The majority of Greek Internet sites are in the early stages of development concerning electronic tourism, said Dr. Dimitrios Buhalis of the University of Surrey during a seminar held last month in Athens. The seminar analyzed a recent study done by the speaker where 348 Greek...

Deluxe Tourism School Opens on Crete

Hotel Terra Maris, next to the Creta Maris, hosts the first international tourism school on Crete. Markos Komninakis, director of studies for new Trinity International Hospitality Studies says three-year programs begin this October. Accredited studies range from hospitality and...

Mykonos Theoxenia Readies Grand Opening for June

It may have taken four years, but the total rebirth of the historic Xenia Hotel on Mykonos is complete with a new name, a new owner and a completely new look. Andreas Antoniou, general manager of Louis Hotels Greece, says his company leased the property from the Hellenic Tourism...

Superfast Super Classic Sports Supporter

The Evgenidou Foundation Athens Observatory was the venue for one of the most impressive press conferences this year and was organized by Sueprfast Ferries to present the company's Superfast team of track and field stars. This year's team includes five of the most promising...

Touristiko Panorama Tourism Fair a Mixed Success

This year's Panorama, the ninth, which ran from April 22-25 at the Piraeus Port Authority Exhibition Center, was dedicated to the Athens-Attica area and the network of Olympic Cities. But like the tourism picture in general this year, Panorama left exhibitors and visitors with...

Tourism Minister Promises Positive Moves and 10-Year Tourism Plan

My first priority, Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos told Greece's tourism leaders during a meeting last month, is to initiate "fire-fighting" measures to confront the negative arrival figures projected for the industry this year, despite our holding of the Olympic Games in...

Hellenic Tourism Properties Remains Public Property

Government last month decided to suspend the listing of Hellenic Tourism Properties (ETA) on the Athens Stock Exchange.The company is a state-controlled one that leases property owned by the Hellenic Tourism Organization, including beaches,marinas, casinos and hotels, to private...

Drop in Bookings Encourage Tour Operators to Demand Lower Prices

On average, Athens area hotels so far have kept overnights at last year's level and look forward to a good summer. Not so with hotels outside the area. This season's holiday bookings are down 15 to 20% against last year, according to reports from Hellenic Tourism Organization...

Expo 2008 Committee Visits Athens

All of Greece's top government leaders met last month with the International Exhibition Office's inspection committee to discuss guarantees for the holding of Expo 2008 in Thessaloniki. The committee then visited Thessaloniki to request clear guarantees of the city's capability...

No Increase Expected in Domestic Travel this Year

Hoteliers that count on a substantial rise in domestic travel this year because of the Games may be disappointed. According to research released last month by Greece's major consumer protection group, at least one in three Greeks has no intention of taking the traditional summer...