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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.

Helexpo To Open New Expo Center in March

Last month, Helexpo, Greece's national exhibition agency, signed a five-year renewable lease with Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA) to construct a new exposition center on a 20-stremma area of the center's grounds.

Philoxenia Courts Balkan Countries

This year's Philoxenia tourism fair, November 16-19, expects to welcome a barrage of newcomers from the neighboring Balkan countries. Organizer Helexpo says a hosted buyers' program as well as attendance by Balkan tourism ministers and foreign journalists ensure a strong...

First Phase of Renovations Completed at Mont Parnes

Completion of the first phase of renovations at the Regency Casino Mont Parnes was celebrated last month with an opening for the new high-tech cable-car system and luxurious new base station.

Apostle Paul Competition Stimulates Religious Tourism

As a result of the renewed interest in religious tourism, and in particular history of Apostle Paul in Greece, the neglected archaeological site of Corinth will receive the official attention it deserves as part of a religious tourism program developed by the 21st Ephorate of...

Arrival Increases Confirmed

It's official. Greece, for the second year in a row, managed a substantial rise in its tourism arrivals. According to data from 12 Greek airports, which represent 90% of all air arrivals and 75% of all arrivals, the country welcomed 6.33% more visitors during the first half of...