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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...

New Tourism Organization President Told of Difficult Year Ahead

Haris Kokkossis, the new president of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, met late last month with the organization's directors from abroad and was told that this year would be a difficult one for tourism arrivals to Greece.

Olympic Airlines Saga Ends This Month

Sometime this month, says the government, we will see the completion of the competition called by the previous government for the privatization of Olympic Airlines. Until then, there will be no changes in the airline's management, said Mihalis Liapis, Greece's transportation and...

Worldspan Powers Ahead with Monogram

Travel technology provider Worldspan is reaping the rewards of its investment program in the Greek travel industry market with further agency wins and several new product introductions over the past several months.

Amadeus BTI Agreement in Full Force

After the initial signing of a cooperation agreement between Amadeus Hellas and Business Travel International early this year, Amadeus quickly began to its new front office system and its Amadeus Vista within the BTI offices in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Closer Tourism Cooperation Sought Between Russia and Greece

On his recent trip to Russia for the MITT 2004 tourism fair, Tourism Deputy Minister Anastassios Liaskos sought an increase in Greek-Russia tourism cooperation to confront the problems Russian visitors have to acquire the needed visas to vacation in Greece. He said he would...

Flying Dolphins Back in the Black

After the last few years with red ink on its balance sheet, Hellas Flying Dolphins is back in the black with a net profit for 2003 of some 7.1 million euros, against a loss of 49.3 million euros the year before.

Lycabettus Hill Gets Major Facelift

The City of Athens is spending 4.8 million euros to aesthetically redevelop and make more operational one of its most important monuments, Lycabettus Hill, which hovers 1,000 feet over the city. All renovation works on the hill will be completed by the summer, and all works will...

Blue Star Sets Record Passenger Number

Blue Star Ferries announced that it broke the half a million mark in passengers carried on its Piraeus-Chania route. On March 24 the Greek ferry line's electronic Check-in system on board encountered the route's 500,001 passenger as she boarded with her ticket in hand.

WTO Places Travel Advisories On Priority List

The World Tourism Organization's quality support and trade committee met last month for the first time under the new chairmanship of Portugal and addressed the issues of travel advisories, trade liberalization and health in international travel.

Tourism Sector Gets Promised Ministry

As promised, the new government has created a Greek tourism ministry. The newly appointed minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and his deputy, Anastassios Liaskos, for the moment are the "guests" of Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas until appropriate tourism ministry offices are...

ITB Breaks Records as Greece Sleeps

The world's largest international travel fair, ITB Berlin, continues to break attendance records -- the 121,000 visitors were some 10,000 more than last year -- and exhibitor records. A total of 10,023 exhibitors from 178 countries and territories, representing every sector of...

Hatta General Assembly Speaker Angers Some Agents

During the recent annual general assembly of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents, almost a dozen special guests took to the podium.Most of the speakers were representatives of the country's political parties who, without exception, spoke on the importance of...

Museums Ready to Re-open for Summer

Work on the road and the site has made the Marathon archaeological site unrecognizable as it undergoes refurbishment. As for the museum within the site, scheduled to be ready in June, work has begun on the walkways and planting is in progress.

World Conference to Promote Satellite Account Method

The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) is not only about statistics, it is much more, providing concrete proof that tourism is one of the most important economic sectors and, thus, indispensable in today's world.

No Call From Abroad for 2004 Lodgings

Owners of Athenian houses did not exactly rush to offer their apartments for rent to foreign visitors to the Olympic Games, but what is on offer may still vastly exceed demand.

EU Enlargement Creates Coherent European Tourism Industry

The enlargement of the European Union, with ten new members joining in May, will help create a "more complete and coherent European tourism industry, which should be recognized in the future European Constitution," according to the World Tourism Organization.