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Conference Experts At HAPCO’s Gala Dinner

Christos Panagiotopoulos and Despina Amarantidou, members of the Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers Board of Directors; Dinos Astras, president of HAPCO; Petros Alivizatos, deputy culture and tourism minister; Doina Patrubani, consulting human capital...

HATTA Awards 2011

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies honored the best travel agency brochures and websites during the 27th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia last November.

Women Talk Business In Athens

“This conference launches a three-year strategy to build the capacity and presence of women in business leadership through actions to promote active ‘sponsorship’ of gender diversity at the top of organizations,” President of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (BHCC)...

Amadeus Hellas Launches e-Support Centre In Greece

“This investment in new technology will provide customers with better access to information and new and innovative ways to get the support they need when and where they need it,” said Eva Karamanou, general manager of Amadeus Hellas, on account of the recent launch of the...

Thessaloniki Sees Upward Trend In Foreign Overnights

Thessaloniki recorded 31.09 percent more foreign overnights at its hotels during the first nine months of 2011 when compared to the corresponding period in 2010, while overnights by Greeks fell by 5.5 percent, according to recent figures released by the Thessaloniki Hotels Association.

Greek Restaurants In The U.S. To Promote Tourism

Greek tourism will be promoted via 4,500 restaurants in the United States based on an initiative to be carried out by the “Alliance for Greece”* group, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis announced at an event held at the Acropolis Museum in November 2011. Under...

Tour Bus Profession Opens, KTEL Bus Profession Stays Closed

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos sparked an angry reaction from tourism professionals recently when he signed a ministerial decision in November, which liberalized the tour bus profession so licenses would be easier obtained while the profession of KTEL intercity...

Altair Travel Agency Enters The Online Travel Market

Altair Travel Agency, an office with a 30 years of experience in the incoming and outgoing travel market, has recently launched a new B2C website: www.petas.gr—an online system that provides a variety of travel services to the Greek and Cypriot public in the most efficient way.

Thomas Cook Gives Greek Tourism Market A Scare

Greece’s tourism industry recently expressed concerns in regards to the tremendous impact the near-bankruptcy of British tour operator Thomas Cook Group would have had on the Greek tourism market.

Greek Museums And Sites Get New Standards

“Our goal is for all monuments to provide the basic services to the visitor,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said while reviewing the progress of the ministry’s three-year plan to upgrade services of archaeological sites and museums. The program was launched in...

Cabotage Said To Finally Be Lifted

The Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Ministry plans to table a law in Parliament soon and fully lift cabotage restrictions for non-European Union flag cruise ships, the Greek press said recently.

Thessaloniki Opens To Influential Gay Community

“Thessaloniki is a city that does not discriminate and is friendly to all who wish to visit,” Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris said at a recent conference on gay tourism and entrepreneurship held in the northern Greek city.

HATTA Calls Meeting To Improve Downtown Athens Image

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) called a sudden meeting last month to focus on the image of downtown Athens and discuss the negative impact of the city’s tourism. The purpose of the meeting was to examine interventions to improve the image of the...

HAPCO Urges Government To Pay More Attention To Conference Tourism

“The socio-political events and the effects of the economic crisis that has plagued our country and its citizens, has transformed Greece into an undesirable destination that frightens organizers, sponsors and conference delegates and presents Greek professionals as unreliable and...

Athens’ Tourism Continues To Decline

“With the current bipartisan composition of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, we will not understand, justify, explain, accept or even tolerate the possibility of failure to implement concrete promises, commitments and agreed procedures towards a common direction,” Yiannis...

Hotel Chamber Blasts New Property Tax At First General Assembly

“We were considered a heavy industry until the State decided to proceed with the collection of property tax through electricity,” President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Yiorgos Tsakiris said during the chamber’s first ever general meeting hosted at the Metropolitan Expo...

SETE Releases “Must Do” List For Tourism-Related Ministers

President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, appeared quite outspoken last month and received a round of applause from the audience on the first day of HAPCO's 7th Pan-Hellenic Conference, held at Aegli Zappeion in Athens on 8 December 2011.

Athens Airport Launches Incentives To Support Summer Traffic

Athens International Airport (AIA) last month launched three incentives to support airlines and help maintain/increase passenger traffic for this year’s summer season.

Old Friends Meet Up At SETE’s 10th Conference

“Long time no see my friend!” Nikos Skoulas, former tourism minister (right), said to Kostas Katsigiannis, former general director of the Greek National Tourism Organization and current member of the Athens Marathon organizing committee (left).

AIA Launches “Athenspotlighted” Program

Athens International Airport's (AIA) CEO Yiannis Paraschis presented the “athenspotlighted” program last month, an initiative that aims to boost the attractiveness of Athens as a city break destination.