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Permits Granted for Messinia Tourism Project

Greek ship owner Vasilis Kostantakopoulos' large tourism development project in the Messinia Prefecture of Peloponnisos finally received all the permits required to get underway. The permitting process was complex and took many years to complete because of the numerous regulatory...

Bidding for ETA Properties Begins

The bidding competition for long-term leases of two Xenia hotels, one in Tsagarada and the other on Thasos, has officially begun and offers must be submitted no later than October 18. Of those received, a short list will be selected and a closed competition will ensue. The...

Zoning Plan Study Completed

Last month, finally, Greece saw the completion of studies for the country's zoning plans. The studies, delivered to the Environment and Public Works Ministry, concern the national zoning plan as well as special zoning plans for industry, tourism, renewable energy sources and...

Golfing Development Planned in Volos

A 100-million euro investment in a resort complex with golf courses is a step closer to being realized following the signing of a preliminary agreement between the Golfing Developments company and the Orthodox Church in Volos, which owns a part of the property planned for the...

FAM Trip to Promote Cruises in Greece

The Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies is organizing a five-day FAM trip at the end of the month to promote cruising in Greece and to commemorate World Tourism Day.

Travel Agencies Offer Best Deals

Package tours are growing increasingly popular reports the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies, with sales increasing during the popular travel season last month.

Aegean Airlines Purchases Three More Airbus A320s

Aegean Airlines, a fast-growing Greek airline, ordered three more A320 aircraft. According to an agreement signed in December 2005, the airline has committed to 14 A320s, including three A320s leased from ILFC and holds a further nine options. Deliveries are scheduled between...

New Legislation May Force Increase in Ferry Tickets

Ferry ticket prices are likely to increase by at least eight percent shortly due to a European Union directive that requires companies to switch to a more environmentally friendly fuel, according to press reports.

Trinity Signs Agreement with Canadian University

Trinity International Hospitality Studies, situated in Heraklion, Crete and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) of Kamloops, Canada, signed a cooperation agreement.

Pedestrian Bridge Improves Access to Piraeus Harbor

Last month the new pedestrian bridge in Piraeus was inaugurated. The new bridge spans the busy road and connects passengers emerging from the train station in Piraeus with the ferry boats in the harbor.

Amadeus Signs Agreements with Two Chinese Airlines

Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, signed agreements with China Eastern Airlines and China Airlines to power their international websites with the company's e-commerce solutions. Implementation of the programs...

Tourism and Development Conference Set for October

The Association for Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) is holding its fifth Tourism and Development Conference in Athens on October 16 and 17.

Mediterranean Travel Fair Being Held in Cairo

Despite tensions in the Middle East, the Mediterranean Travel Fair 2006 (MTF) will be held in Cairo from September 5th through the 7th, and by all indications it is set for a great start. Trade pre-registration has exceeded expectations and is currently up 100% from the...

Deadline for New Greek Passports Nears

Government says that more than 85 percent of Greeks have yet to file applications for new passports. The deadline runs out at the end of this year. To handle the expected barrage of applications, the country's public order ministry said it would place more personnel at police...

Tourists Complain of Price Gouging

The Greek consumer group INKA announced last month that it received 7,100 complaints from tourists between the start of the year and the end of June. Most complained of excessive charges for poor-quality services.

Rodos Park Suites Distinguished as Best City Hotel

Rodos Park Suites Hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, received the Hellenic Hotelier Chamber's award for the best city hotel in Greece.

Sustainable Tourism Model Being Developed for the Mediterranean

Greece is one of four partner countries, namely, Cyprus, Italy and Malta, involved in a program to develop a Mediterranean standard for sustainable tourism (MSST).

Public Education Programs to Improve Tourism Services

The Organization for Tourism Education and Training (OTEK) is accepting student applications for its vocational schools in the fields of hotel and restaurant operations, the culinary arts and pastry-making.

EU Proposals Aimed at Reforming Aviation Law

The European Commission has prepared several proposals to reform the Single Market legislation for aviation introduced some ten years ago which gave airlines unrestricted market access and permitted them to set fares independently.

Hotel Chamber Elects New Board

Last month's Hellenic Hotel Chamber elections resulted in a new board led by Gerasimos Fokas, reelected as president, and Vasilis Plevris and Dimitris Karalis as vice-presidents.