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Major Renovation Projects for Greece’s Border Points

In cooperation with the development, interior and culture ministries, as well as regional authorities, Hellenic Tourism Properties signed an agreement with a private-sector firm to carry out quality renovation works at Greece's five main in-land border points: Evzones, Promahona,...

New Publication Enlightens Tourism Professionals

The latest publication by Hellenic Tourism Organization Research and Investment Director Betty Hadjinikolaou could be a godsend for tourism professionals as it's the first time Greece's various tourism legislation acts are collated in a single book.

Minister Satisfied With 2002 Tourism Arrivals

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told reporters that tourism arrivals to Greece last year dropped by around 1% while tourism exchange receipts increased by some 1%. "This means quality improvements have led to an increase in tourism revenue," he said.

Athens Hilton Reopens

After a multi-million-euro refurbishment and expansion program, the Athens Hilton reopened last month to the cheers and admiration of employees and special guests. The "new" unit takes on a complete new look inside and out with a particular emphasis on a modern style with lots of...

Tourism to Greece at Satisfactory Levels Says WTO

Tourism arrivals to Greece in 2002 remained at a satisfactory level, said the Word Tourism Organization's secretary general, Francisco Frangialli, during the recent Fitur travel fair held in Madrid. He added that prospects for Greece's tourism sector remain positive in light of...

Solid Soft Banks On Expansion

Greece's top back-office software provider for Greek travel agents, Solid Soft International, recently launched a series of expansion moves. These initiatives could place the company within an enviable position in the years to come.

Tourism Panorama 2003 Opens March 28

Greece's domestic travel fair, Tourism Panorama, runs this year from March 28-31 at the Piraeus Port Authority exhibition center. At a recent press conference, the fair's organizer, the Kalofolias Group, said even though we are experiencing difficult times for tourism, the...

Amazing Holidays Honored by Thailand

At its fairly recent holiday awards ceremony, Thailand's tourism minister honored the tour operators it considered the most important and best for Thailand's tourism industry. On the top of the list was Amazing Holidays, a subsidiary company of Athens-based Cel Tours.

Poseidon Resort Joins International Groups

Loutraki's Poseidon Resort is now a member of Premier Hotels and Resorts and of The Charming Hotels of the World. The international recognition comes as a result of a major investment in upgrading both the unit's services and amenities.

Athens Airport Opens Environmental Information Center

Athens International Airport is about to open an environmental information center within its main terminal building, according to a recent press release issued by airport management.

The Rise and Fall of Greece’s Top Name in Travel

A few years back, many in the travel industry would point to Manos Travel as an example of how to succeed in the business. The company started from a small office and through pioneering ideas grew by leaps and bounds into the biggest and most successful in the country.

New Hotel Chamber President Promises Modernization

A trip into the downtown offices of the Greek Hotel Chamber does not leave one impressed with its civil-servant-type organization. The chamber's newly elected president, Makis Fokas, however, says he intends to change this.

Another Museum Closed For Renovations

One by one, Greece's major archaeological museums are closing down for refurbishment ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games. The fear expressed by Greece's travel professionals is that this simultaneous rush will leave many visitors over the next year and one-half standing enraged...

Travel Trade Concerned But Optimistic For 2003 Tourism Year

Despite ominous forecasts, Greek hoteliers and travel agents are somewhat optimistic for this year's tourism sector. They feel Greece this year most likely will have fewer than anticipated losses thanks to its six-month EU presidency, which is expected to be a boon for the...

Travel Agents Do Not Need Airlines To Survive

With airlines posting negative revenue reports, and their "zero commission policy," the future of the travel agency industry was considered in doubt last year. But some agents have found ways to prosper amid all the uncertainties.

New Lodging Complex For Wine Lovers

Georgos Kokotos, once a well-known hotelier with units on Rodos and Crete, is back in the business: This time with a new and unique product for Greece. He is creating a winery complex with accommodation facilities for visitors who wish to acquaint themselves with the entire...

Grave Concern For 2003 Tourism Industry

Members of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises expressed grave concern for Greece's tourism industry this year. The association's president, Stavros Andreadis, said that after last year's drop of about 5% in overall arrivals, coupled with international events, this year...

Bids Called For The Sale Of Galileo Hellas

Greece's transport ministry announced a tender for the sale of a majority stake in Galileo Hellas. Tenders were to be accepted up until January 17.

Flisvos Marina Leased To Lamda

State-owned Hellenic Tourism Properties last month signed a concession agreement that grants operation rights for the Flisvos Marina facility on the Athens coast to the Lamda Technol consortium.

Greece Suggests Balkans Form Tourism Committee

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos proposes that the Balkan countries create a tourism committee in an effort to better cooperate in overcoming the handicap of being single destinations.