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Hellenic Seaways Expands Its Fleet

Hellenic Seaways (HSW) not only launched the newly built ferry boat, Nissos Chios, last month, but also purchased a relatively new large ferry boat. Both ships are part of HSW's 200 million euro investment strategy to expand and modernize its fleet and improve the services the...

Greece and Turkey Sign Tourism Agreement

Last month, the Greek Minister of Tourism Fanny Palli-Petralia and her Turkish counterpart, Attila Koc, signed a memorandum on tourism cooperation. The agreement signed on Ms Palli-Petralia's second visit to Turkey will make travel between the two countries easier, encourage...

Greek Chapter of SITE Holds Opening Ceremony

Last month, the official opening ceremony for the Greek chapter of the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) was held. Brenda Anderson, CEO of SITE International, and Carolyn Dow, executive director of SITE Europe and past SITE President, attended the opening and...

New Hotel Booking Website Up and Running

A new on-line resort and hotel booking site, youtravel.com, was launched last month. So far 25,000 rooms are available in destinations including Greece, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Malta, Cyprus, Tunisia, Portugal, Morocco, Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia, Dominican Republic and Dubai.

Galileo Signs Agreement With Galileo Hellas

Galileo, a leading global distribution system (GDS) and subsidiary of Travelport, renewed its long-term distribution agreement with Galileo Hellas, the government-owned travel distribution company, to distribute Galileo GDS to the Greek and Cypriot markets.

Demand for Shared Leisure Real Estate on the Rise

The purchase of shared leisure real estate is expected to double in the next five years, with the main markets being Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific was the key message of the third annual European conference on leisure real estate held in Athens last month.

Skal International Elects New President

Litsa Papathanassi from Rodos was elected as the new president of Skal International during the 67th Skal International World Congress held in Pattaya, Thailand last month. This is only the second time in the organization's 72-year-history, that a woman president was elected.

Hotel and Technical Chambers Sign Memorandum

Hellenic Hotel Chamber President Gerasimos Fokas and Technical Chamber of Greece President Yiannis Alavanos signed a memorandum of agreement on seven critical issues that concern both the hotel and technical sector.

Fanny Palli-Petralia

Every country's economic development is supported by its dynamic sectors, its competitive advantages, as well as the model it has chosen to face the challenges of the future.

Dimitrios C. Lambadarios

The Philoxenia exhibition, now in its 22nd year, has become an institution for Greece, which has been organised successfully for all these years and is an event of great significance for the Greek tourism industry.

Gerassimos L. Fokas

Over the past years, the international tourism market has undergone serious crises, suffered from unforeseen factors and was characterized by dramatic restructuring. Perhaps, a more significant conclusion for this period was confirmation of the system of balances that we call the...

George Doukas

The growth in demand for holidays in Greece from most countries over the past two years, as is indicated by the notable increase in arrivals, raises further expectations for the future of Greek tourism.

Yiannis Evangelou

During the last two years, Greek tourism has entered a phase of great improvement. However, we must not rely completely on these positive developments. All of us, the state, local government, and businessmen are responsible for the positive developments, and any possible negative...

Andreas A. Andreadis

The general impression today is that tourism on an international level is exceptionally dynamic and filled with promise. This sector's development rate has risen steadily over the past three years and it is expected that in the next years, it will be further strengthened,...

Stelios Polykratis

It is a fact that today competition in tourism must be centered on quality and not cost and what we mean by quality is not only those elements an accommodation can offer, but also the quality of the destination that contributes significantly to our being able to stimulate the...

Evangelos Stavropoulos

Philoxenia, just as all of the world's tourism exhibitions and shows, is a very important tool for professionals in tourism. It allows trade professionals from all over the world to meet, discuss and to get to know each other, yet, at the same time, this exhibition creates an...

Dimitrios Mantousis

It is anticipated that Greece will host about 20 million tourists annually by 2012. This forecast is based on the current tourism policy and the positive turning point in tourism arrivals in the past ten years. The tourism environment has changed today and the success of new...

Designing Investment Policy For Greek Tourism

For Greece to become a more attractive tourism destination, investment must be oriented to improving quality of life by combining the uniqueness of the Greek lifestyle experience with the standards and values created by global community, says the Association of Greek Tourist...

Greece Would Draw Millions of Tourists as a Cruise Hub

Making Greece an international cruise hub for the eastern Mediterranean would bring five million tourists in a few years and tremendous financial returns were the main conclusion drawn from the forum organized by the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) on...

Competitive Bidding for Hellenic Seaway Shares

Bid proposals for Minoan Lines' 33.3 percent share in Hellenic Seaways (HSW) were the buzz on the coastal shipping market last month. Proposals have been submitted by ship-owner Panos Laskaridis (Laskaridis Group) who already controls 17 percent of HSW, Apostolos Ventouris of Nel...