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GNTO’s “Tourism for All” Program Launched

The “Tourism for All” discounted vacation program will run as of this month until 31 May 2013, according to a decision signed last month by Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni aimed to boost the domestic tourism market.

SETE Conference To Focus On Promotion Company

“Marketing Greece,” the public-private marketing company that will aim to promote Greek tourism on an international level, will be the key topic of discussion at the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises’ (SETE) 11th tourism and development conference this autumn.

Independent Tourism Ministry Re-Established

Following the parliamentary elections on 17 June that were marked by the creation of a three-party coalition government, new Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced the re-establishment of an independent Tourism Ministry.

VAT Cut On Restaurants Considered

Greece’s Economy Ministry is considering slashing taxes to enable national economic development, press reports said last month.

Hotel Workers Sign New Contracts

Hotel employees signed a new collective labor contract last month introduced by the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers after five months of negotiations and strike action by the workers.

Bookings To Greece Pick Up Pace After Elections

“The political stability that has resulted from the 17 June elections and the formation of the Government already has influenced recent reservations on a positive level,” Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said while addressing a conference last month.

Greece Opens Its “House” To The World In London 2012

Greece’s tourism potential, culture, history, political and economic developments and sports will be promoted this month at the “House of Hellenes” that will operate during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Louis Cruises Presents New Strategy

Kerry Anastassiadis, CEO of Louis Cruises, presented the cruise company’s new strategy at a special event held at the cruise passenger terminal at Akti Xaveriou for the launch of itineraries of the Louis Olympia from Piraeus in place of the Louis Majesty.

Sofitel Honors Chefs

The Ambassador of France to Greece Mr. Jean-Loup Kuhn-Delforge honored Sofitel Athens Airport cooks Yiorgos Vidalis and Panos Thanasis within the framework of the 2nd Festival of French Gastronomy that took place in Athens 21 May-21 June.

Alltours Launches Campaign

In late May, Alltours launched a campaign to improve Greece's image in Germany and decorated its offices in Duisburg with Greek flags and treated its 500 employees with Greek local products and lapel pins shaped in a heart.

HATTA Targets Kuwait Market

The New Acropolis Museum was among sites visited in Athens by tour operators and journalists from Kuwait during a fam trip organized 16-19 May by HATTA.

European Hotel Managers Informed On Greek Tourism

Greece’s challenges and the difficulties faced by Greek citizens and the tourism industry were among the topics analyzed at the 39th European Hotel Managers Association (EHMA) Annual General Meeting held recently in Vienna.

Travelport Presents New Technology Tools For Greek Travel Agents

Travelport, a broad-based business services provider to the global travel industry, held a workshop last month for agencies in Thessaloniki and briefed travel agents on the company’s new tools and solutions.

Greek Beaches Get Blue Flag Status For 2012

Greece once again ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 48 countries with seven beaches more compared to 2011, according to information provided recently by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature.

Greek “Green” Hotels To Tour Europe This Fall

Greek hotels, accredited by the “Green Key” program for 2012, will be presented to seven European countries this fall via a promotional campaign scheduled to run October 2012-April 2013.

Greek Museums And Sites On Temporary Time Schedule

Operating hours for some Greek state museums and archaeological sites have been temporarily adjusted for the summer season until the process of hiring extra staff is completed, the Culture and Tourism Ministry said last month.

Titania Hotel Reveals Anti-Crisis Plan

“We choose to hit the crisis with an extrovert policy and improvement of our services… Price reduction is not enough when it is accompanied by ‘cutting’ services as well,” the general manager of the Titania hotel, Vasilis Bougoulias, said last month.

Athens City Center Hotel Occupancy In Trouble

“At the beginning of the year I referred to a particularly difficult tourism season but now, based on the rate bookings are moving in Athens, I will now refer to a collapse,” the president of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers, Yiannis Retsos, told tourism journalists recently.

Foreign Tour Operators Show Different Views On Greek Tourism

Some European tour operators began price-cutting campaigns last month in an attempt to attract more visitors to Greece this summer season. Others, on the other hand, appeared not so supportive to Greek tourism.

Yachting Tourism Down In 2012

Yacht reservations dropped some 30 percent in May only, compared with the same period in 2011, while the industry expected better results from last minute bookings, according to the general secretary of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), George Vernicos.