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Tourism Falls Victim To Greece’s Political Scene

International bookings dropped some 50 percent only a few days after Greece’s general elections, according to Andreas Andreadis, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE).

Novotel Athenes Cleans Up Central Athens Park

Novotel Athenes hotel in late April cleaned up the park located on the corner of Liosion and Michael Voda streets in central Athens and planted grass and 350 plants throughout the premises.

Marathon Travel Promotes United Arab Emirates

Marathon Travel recently visited three United Arab Emirates states (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Hayman) during a fam trip aimed to promote UAE as a tourism destination.

Aviation News Honors Best In Greek Aviation

Aviation News website honored the best companies and personalities in the Greek aviation field last month at the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel.

Airfasttickets Appoints Director For Athens Branch

Tourism Professional Panagis Vassilatos recently took the reins of global online travel agent Airfasttickets as director for the Athens branch.

Amadeus Turns Crisis Into An Opportunity For Greek Travel Agencies

Although Greece in the midst of its fifth year of recession, Amadeus tells us that travel agents are not held back from pursuing online business opportunities.

Monemvasia: More Than A Weekend Destination

The Monemvasia Tourism Promotion Committee recently organized a familiarization tour to Monemvasia for Greek tourism journalists and introduced them to the highlights and advantages of the municipality: a one of a kind castletown, rich history, natural beauty, gastronomic...

Airlines Exempt From Aviation User Fees At Regional Airports

Airline companies will not be obliged to pay aviation user fees at Greek regional airports for the rest of the year, the Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Ministry announced last month.

Athens Loses Direct Air Connections To Major Destinations

Singapore Airlines will cease routes to Athens as of 26 October 2012 due to “sustained weak performance,” the Greek travel industry was informed last month. This was just the most recent hit as many carriers have already announced plans to stop direct flights to the Greek capital.

EU Air Safety List Updated

“Where we have evidence inside or outside the European Union that air carriers are not performing safe operations, we must act to guarantee to exclude any risks to safety,” the vice president of the European Commission responsible for transport, Siim Kallas, said during the...

Greek Regional Airports Privatization Discussed At Conference

The privatization process of regional airports was presented last month during the seventh “Aviation: Present and Future” conference held at the Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Ministry in Athens.

Amadeus Turns Crisis Into An Opportunity For Greek Travel Agencies

“I believe Greece deserves more attention, especially currently, because it has an immense touristic potential,” Amadeus Vice President of the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Europe (NECSE) region Petra Euler, told GTP in May, within the framework of the company’s 2012...

Public/Private Initiatives For Greek Tourism In The Works

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), foreign tour operators and Greek expatriates have launched a series of initiatives aimed to restore the country's image internationally and reverse the negative trends that have affected bookings in Greece so far.

German Tour Operators On Low Bookings To Greece

A 30-percent-drop forecast for bookings was made last month for this tourism season by Greek tourism professionals, during a workshop held by Germany's leading travel industry media group FVW Mediengruppe in Athens.

Athens To Host Chef Congress In 2016

Athens was selected to host the 37th World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Congress in May 2016. This will be the first time the international congress will be held in a European city.

Greece Slumps In Global Competitiveness

Greece ranked 100th place in its global competitiveness compared to the 101st position the previous year, according to the results of the annual World Bank Group “Doing Business Report 2012” announced recently.

SETE Survey Shows Falling Business Expectations

Business expectations in Greece’s tourism sector continued to decline in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the previous quarter, according to a recent survey conducted by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) in collaboration with the Foundation for Economic and...

Turkish Group To Operate Mytilene Marina

The Mytilene Marina, southern east area of the island of Lesvos, has been leased to Setur, the travel unit of Istanbul-based Koc Holding AS, after it won a government auction in Greece last month.

Museums And Sites Temporary Schedule Hits Dead End

State museums and archaeological sites in Greece continued to operate in accordance to the winter schedule (8am-3pm) last month despite an announcement made by the Culture and Tourism Ministry for a temporary summertime schedule to take effect until June.

Visa Facilitation Connected To Arrivals, Tourism Receipts And Jobs

G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra $206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs by 2015 if visa processes are improved, according to preliminary research presented on the...