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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...

New Cruise Concept Draws Younger Crowds

Cruises are a serious vacation alternative for younger people, said Andreas Stylianopoulos, general manager of Navigator Travel, at a recent press conference aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas.

Blue Star Ferries Acquires Three More Ships

Last month, Blue Star Ferries, part of Attica Group, acquired all of Dane Sea Line's assets at a bankruptcy auction held on Rodos island. Dane, placed in bankruptcy at the request of Anek Lines, had assets that included three ferries, Diagoras, Patmos and Rodos, and real estate...

Athens Promoted as a City Break Destination

The Organization for Tourism and Financial Development for Athens (OTOAA) submitted a bid to organize the annual City Break Expo and the European Cities Tourism (ECT) conference in Athens in June 2007.

Loutraki Casino Sponsors Restoration of Ancient Temple

The Club Hotel Casino Loutraki will grant 500,000 euro over the next four years for restoration of the ancient temple of Zeus in Nemea, the Peloponissos. Last month, a sponsorship agreement was signed by representatives of the hotel and Berkeley University in the U.S., which will...

First Pan-European Agro-tourism Forum Held

The first pan-European forum for agro-tourism was held recently in Epirus. Organized by Agrotouristiki S.A., the state organization for alternative tourism development, the forum will be held annually to promote agro-tourism in Greece, and to increase cooperation between Greek...

Investors Pressure Government for New Golf Legislation

A group of foreign real estate developers recently formed an association that aims to pressure government to revamp a golf course development law. The president of the Association of Foreign Investors in Tourism, Clemente Pinedo, says foreign investors thus far have steered clear...

Hotel Sponsors Popular Summer Sport

Domotel and its hotels, Les Lazaristes in Thessaloniki and Xenia Voulou, are sponsoring the Thessaloniki beach volleyball team, which stars Mariana Hounda and Mara Lazaridou.

Skal World Congress Set For Thailand in Mid-October

The 67th Skal International World Congress will take place October 15-20 in Pattaya, Thailand. This year's program has numerous highlights. For example, for the first time, the Congress' Tourism Forum will take the form of a Business-to-Business workshop with numerous keynote...

Qatar Airways Receives Multiple Awards for 2006

Qatar Airways earned a string of accolades in the annual Skytrax awards, rising to sixth best airline in the world from eighth place last year.

Carnival Cruises Plans New Greek Island Itinerary For Next Year

In celebration of its new 110,000-ton ship, Carnival Freedom, next summer Carnival Cruise Lines will offer new itineraries that feature the Greek islands and other Mediterranean destinations.

International Conference Explores Current Greek Tourism Issues

The continual changing of advertising companies selected to promote Greece every year has resulted in a lack of continuity in the image Greece projects and no distinct brand identity, said Cleopatra Veloutsou, a Glasgow University lecturer, at last month's Second International...

ITB Board Appoints New Members and Sets 2007 Dates

The ITB Berlin supervisory board appointed two new members, Marco Montini, director of the Italian State Tourism Board, and Andreas Sakkas, director of the Cyprus Tourism Organization and president of Corps Touristique. The new members were selected to strengthen the board in the...

Hotel in Crete Exclusively for People with Disabilities

Eria Resort, the first hotel designed for people with disabilities, is located near Chania in Crete. The hotel owner, Grigoris Archontakis, is a pharmacist with a successful business in orthopedic and medical equipment.

Swissport and Sky Express Sign Service Agreement

Swissport signed a contract to provide ground service for passengers and airplanes with Sky Express, the new Greek airline based in Heraklion, Crete. Sky Express, established in 2005, offers passengers domestic flight service to the Greek islands and has plans to begin...

Sand Sculpture Workshops in Western Peloponnisos

Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort has brought sand sculpting to Greece for the first time this summer. The resort located in Killini, on the west coast of Peloponnisos has invited artists from the World Sand Sculpture Academy (WSSA) in Holland to create sculptures and provide...

Epidavros Agro-tourism Festival Showcases Argolida

Every weekend last month, tourists, travelers and locals had the opportunity to experience a unique side of the Argolida area as this year's month-long 8th annual Epidavros Agro-tourism Festival showcased the traditions and products of Argolida Prefecture.

Cultural Tourism Network for the Mediterranean

Creating a network of culture and tourism in the Mediterranean region is a focus of the EU's Daedalus project presented last month by Agrotouristiki SA to tourism ministry staff and travel agency and hotel representatives. The three-year project, with a 2.5 million euro budget,...