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KLM Revitalizes Its Management In Greece

Besides revitalizing its executive management in Greece, KLM and its partner Northwest Airlines have created what they call their new World Business Class. The idea behind the new class is to offer better services and roomier and more comfortable seats for their clients. They...

UFTAA Holds World Congress

The 34th UFTAA World Congress will be held in Colombo - Sri Lanka from October 29 to November 02, 2000. The theme for this year's congress is "Travel Specialists of the New Millenium" with topics on environment, travel agents, hotels and other travel related subjects being...

Autohellas To Take Over Manos Travel

Autohellas last month signed a preliminary agreement for the purchase of the majority shares in Manos Travel. The purchase places Autohellas in a position to expand services offered to the tourism sector. With its Hertz franchise, the company expects to post revenue of 24 billion...

Five Ferry Lines Cooperate To Cut Costs

Greek coastal shipping companies look to copy some of the international airline moves to cut costs. Five Greek coastal shipping companies have decided to pool their forces to achieve economies of scale to prepare for the deregulation of the domestic passenger shipping market in 2004.

Superfast Selected By Scottish Enterprise For Direct Ferry Service To Europe

Superfast Ferries announced last month that it had won a Scottish state tender to ply routes to northern ports on continental Europe from 2002. Forty two companies took part in the international tender to run a service between Rosyth in Fife, Scotland and the Continent.

Ferry Lines Demand Price Increases Or Increased Sailings

The continued rise of oil prices leaves Greek passenger shipping firms, especially the domestic operators, facing very serious losses. The situation is compounded by the rise of the dollar, which increases their liabilities to banks and insurance firms as a great part of these...

Temes Senior Open Golf Tournament Hands Out 70 Million Drachmas

Ninety of the best senior golf professionals in the world (three are Greek) arrived in Athens last month to play a tournament that hands out some 70 million drachmas to winners. The tournament will be televised over 20 television stations around the world and be seen by some 140...

Greek Internet Users Still Low On European Scale

The basic causes for the low penetration rate of the Web are two: the relatively high cost of access and the lack of Greek content.

Athenaeum Inter-Continental Opens Newly Designed Conference Area

The Athenaeum Inter-Continental Athens has reopened its ballroom following a 950-million drachma renovation of what is considered one of the largest conference venues in Greece.

A Four-year Cultural Plan Announced

Greece's cultural ministry recently announced four-year cultural activity plan in view of 2004 Athens Olympics. The project is called the Cultural Olympiad and will include large-scale events. The cultural ministry has formulated a budget of some 35 billion drachmas for the...

Plan For The Reorganization And Upgrading Of Greek Marinas

State-run marinas in Attica and Thessaloniki will be reorganized and upgraded to the high standards seen elsewhere in Europe, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis announced recently.

Greece Upgrades Tourism Facilities

The Hellenic Tourism Organization says that infrastructure improvements, mainly the expansion of island airports, have contributed to the increase in tourist arrivals.

Greek Tourist Enterprises Enters New Phase

After sitting quietly since its inception some two years ago, the holding company formed to manage the Hellenic Tourism Organization's extensive list of properties seems ready to enter a new phase. At a recent press call to present the company's new chairman, Stefanos...

Major State Investment Program For Tourism

Athens could soon acquire a theme park, an aquarium, a marine research park and more marinas as part of a major two-year investment project by the Hellenic Tourism Organization's new real estate subsidiary, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis said last month.

ABTA Holds 50th Anniversary Convention On Kos

The Association of British Travel Agencies (ABTA) holds its annual convention this month on the island of Kos. This is the second time the association selected Greece to host the event. In 1976, Athens hosted the event.

World Travel Market Celebrates 21st Birthday

World Travel Market, November 13-16, celebrates its 21st birthday this year with a spectacular, world-class social extravaganza that organizers promise will surpass last year's highly popular Millennium Party.

Greece And The Travel Industry Loses A Man Of Ideals

On September 19, Greece's travel trade professionals paid their last respects to one of the industry's most well-known and well-liked travel and tourism pioneers, Dinos Arvanitis.

Conference Tourism Remains Strong

Ever larger numbers of Greek hoteliers have invested heavily in conference facilities over the past years. So far, the investment has paid off. Expenses have been covered royally as income from conference organization is substantial.

Leptos Group Renovates Panorama Hotel On Crete

The Panorama hotel unit in Chania recently became the latest member of the Cyprus-based Leptos Hotels & Resorts group. The 167-room first-class unit immediately underwent an extensive refurbishing program.

More And More Greeks Head For The Hills

This year, a substantial number of Greek holidaymakers headed for the mountains during the peak July-August vacation period instead of heading for the beaches. "An increase in mountain tourism has been seen in the past few years, even during the summer months," says Thimios...