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Qatar Airways Completes a Successful Year in Athens

Last month Qatar Airways, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, completed its first year of successful operations in Athens. The company's acceptance in the Greek market, by both individuals and travel agents, exceeded all expectations and is driving the company to boost...

The Human Factor in Tourism and Shipping

The human factor and the growth of tourism and shipping, two key aspects of the Greek economy, was the focus of IST/University of Hertfordshire's meeting last month. Professors Haris Kokkosis and Ioannis Tzoannos, each representing the ministry's they work for, pointed out the...

Starwood Chosen to Manage Astir Palace Hotel

Astir Palace's board of directors finally chose Starwood after an intense selection process that began with 20 proposals in September 2005. Starwood was among four companies short-listed, including Marriott, InterContinental and Accor.

Direct Flights from Athens to Montreal and Toronto

Air Transat is now offering direct flights from Athens to Montreal and Toronto once or twice a week (Monday and Friday) from May to November 6, 2006.

Monogram’s Staff Enjoy a Weekend Retreat

A positive atmosphere and lively crowd characterized Monogram Travel's successful weekend retreat for its staff held in Vrahati, Corinth. "Monogram employees are the key to the company's success," said Monogram President Dimitris Spyropoulos.

AirSea Lines Plans to Invest over 100 Million Euros

AirSea Lines representatives last month announced plans to invest over 100 million euros for the acquisition of 30 seaplanes to service its existing and newly planned bases in Greece.

Trinity To Offer M. Sc. Degree

Officials of Trinity International Hospitality Studies and U.S.-based Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) announced that they have agreed in principle to offer a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Hospitality Administration in Greece through Trinity's campus. This degree...

New Conference Center in Porto Heli

AKS hotel group celebrated its new conference center in Porto Heli with an opening ceremony last month. Menelaos Siakolas, president and managing director of AKS Hotels, said that the company recognized the importance of conference tourism and believed that their center will help...

Pro-Am Golf Tournament a Success

Aegean Airline's first Pro-Am golf tournament was held last month at the Crete Golf Club in Hersonissos, an 18-hole championship desert course. Competitors for the 36-hole tournament came from 13 countries. Fifty-one teams, comprised of one professional and three amateur players...

Delta’s New Daily Direct Flight to Atlanta

Last month, Delta began its daily direct flights to Atlanta International Airport in the south-eastern U.S., the airline's most important hub and the largest airport hub in the world. This flight gives passengers countless convenient connections to destinations to more than 200...

Corfu Hosted Inflatable Boat Races

With numerous successes under its belt in organizing boat races, the island of Corfu once again took on the task of organizing and presenting the Panhellenic Inflatable Boat Races last month.

Princess Cruises To Embark From Piraeus in Spring 2007

S Cruiseplan, said, "will give Greeks the opportunity to escape completely from their daily routine."

Domotel Celebrates Opening of Xenia Volou

Last month, Domotel celebrated the opening of its newest acquisition, the five-star Xenia Volou on the coast of Volos. This is the only hotel in the city that can host large conferences thanks to its facilities and modern technology, services, rooms and suites that meet the...

Cosmopolitan Mykonos Entices Discerning Travelers

The brilliant-white, cube-shaped homes and bluegreen seas of Mykonos island are among the most popular images of Greece's island tourism.

New Legislation to Encourage Tourism Investment

Government intends to introduce new legislation shortly that aims to cut huge chunks out of the country's thick bureaucratic approvals process, said Tourism Minister Fani Palli-Petralia last month during her first press call since her appointment in February. She said the new...

New Business Model Essential for Tourism

At the Association for Greek Tourist Enterprises’ assembly meeting last month, its president, Stavros Andreadis, pointed out that the ministry of tourism development's role is not as clear as it could be to the public sector in general, and although "coordinated efforts are...

Panorama Welcomed Consumers

Although this year's Panorama welcomed a barrage of new visitors, the number of tourism professionals to the fair appeared minimal when compared with past years. Most said the venue, Expo Athens, Anthoussa, was too far away for them.

Neorion Holdings May Construct New Ships for EasyCruise

EasyGroup, the holding company of Greek entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, signed a letter of intent with the Greek shipyard, Neorion Holdings, for the construction of as many as four cruise ships for use by its low-cost cruise business easyCruise. The new 500-passenger cruise...

Ferry Ticket Prices Liberalized

Legislation to liberalize ferry ticket prices for third class fares and vehicles was signed by the Ministry of Merchant Marine, and includes ferries departing from the ports of Pireaus, Rafina, Lavrio, Kimi, to and from Elefsina, and from Patra to Kerkyra.

Tourism Services Need Upgrading Finds Kappa Study

The Panorama fair's organizer, the Kalofolias group, released results of its annual survey on domestic tourism at the fair's inauguration ceremony. According to the survey, holidays and travel remain significant priorities for Greeks. The majority (52.7 percent) spend more than...