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The City of Athens To Establish Tourism and Economic Development Agency

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis recently submitted a proposal before City Council to establish a tourism development agency in collaboration with the private sector, as part of efforts to raise the Greek capital's profile as a year-round tourism destination.

Best Western Holds Semi-annual Meet in Athens

Last month Athens was the venue for the semi-annual meeting of executives and country representatives of Best Western International. The last time such a meeting was held in Greece was in 2001 (Crete). During the meet, Carol Marriott, president and managing director of Best...

Mont Parnes Completes First Phase of Major Renewal

At a press call last month, executives from the Mont Parnes Casino complex outlined the many changes that have taken place and that are underway at the complex. Owners intend to invest more than 110 million euros in renewal projects.

Greece Possible Venue for Next Year’s WTTC Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council released its 2005 travel and tourism forecasts for 174 countries and the world and an assessment of the impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami on the industry at the recent 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in New Delhi, India. It also...

Five Bids for Olympic

The government has received five bids in an international sale tender for a majority stake in national carrier Olympic Airlines, according to a government announcement last month. The binding offers accompanied by letters of guarantee were from all groups that expressed interest...

Minoan Doubles Profits

Minoan Lines announced recently that it managed to more than double its net profit for last year despite a drop in traffic on Adriatic routes and less-than-expected passenger loads on the domestic routes, especially in the summer months during the Athens Olympics period.

Trinity Now Fully Operational

Nikos Skoulas former Minister of Tourism, and now the president of Trinity International Hospitality Studies, an English speaking institution of higher learning, says the school starts its full academic program this fall within the facilities of Terra Maris hotel and conference...

Tourism Sector Cooperates With Eurovision Star

For once, Greece is grabbing every opportunity to promote itself as a tourism destination. Last month, Aristides Kalogeropoulos, president of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, held a press conference to announce the organization's close cooperation with Eurovision star Elena...

Athens/Attica Tourism Promotion Campaign

For the first time in its history, the Athens/Attica region has successfully initiated a full-fledged tourism promotion campaign. The campaign includes professional-done brochures, all with exceptionally well done, original and excellent advertising creations, and a well-designed...

National Tourism Council Meets

Although not much came out of it, the country's National Tourism Council met last month for the first time under the present government. But the country's tourism minister did announce a promise a 9-point legislation for tourism development and investment.

Land Development Legislation Planned

The land use question once again was the focus of a meeting last month of the governmental committee handling Greece's tourism sector. Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias vowed to table legislation on land use and the designation of new areas for tourism development.

Greece Outshined Competitors at ITB

For the first time in memory, Greece held its head high at a world travel exhibition and showed the world its capabilities. The Greek pavilion, with its avid colors, wide-open spaces, and design continuity, outshone its Mediterranean competitors, not only with its design but also...

Lufthansa Buys Out Swiss

The supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the board of directors of Swiss International Air Lines AG late last month approved the business model jointly developed by both companies for the takeover and integration of Swiss into the Lufthansa Group.

Hellas Jet Continues Search for Buyer

Hellas Jet, a creation of Cyprus Airways, continues its search for a buyer after Dutch and British buyers backed out of a possible purchase agreement. Press reports say the airline will be forced to shut down.

Plotin On the Verge of Bankruptcy

Heavy debts have apparently forced one of Greece's oldest travel companies to the brink of bankruptcy. The Plotin group, owned by the Antoniou family and the German travel group Neckerman, has subsidiary operations in Corfu, Crete, Rodos and Chalkidiki.

A Call to Save a Greek Tradition

A key element of Greece's tourist allure, the traditional wooden fishing boats that brighten many an island harbor, is facing a major threat of extinction due to EU policies and government indifference, activists warned last month.

Hoteliers Urge Adoption of Longer Hours for Museums and Shops

The Greek Chamber of Hotels says that the increase in opening hours of shops and museums in the country, as recently proposed by the government, is a positive step towards bolstering tourism.

Louis Hellenic Cruises Begins 2005 Cruise Program

Last month, Louis Hellenic Cruises held an inauguration reception in Piraeus aboard its cruise ship The Emerald. The new cruise company announced the beginning of its cruise program for this year. Company executives say bookings have topped every expectation and that if the trend...

Formula One Racing In Greece

Greece is considering building a Formula One racetrack to tune up the country's vital tourism industry. However, the venue for the track is causing some problems for government leaders.

Tour Operators Upbeat On Travel to Greece

Greece has to pursue deep institutional and qualitative changes in its tourism industry so as to become one of the world's most popular destinations, Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a recent meeting with members of Europe' biggest and most influential tour...