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Galant Represents All Nippon In Greece

Athens-based Galant Ltd has been awarded general sales agent in Greece for All Nippon Airways. The Japanese carrier began flying in 1974. Today, it is the world's sixth biggest passenger carrier.

Hyatt Looks To Expand

Greece's Hyatt Regency aims to expand its hotel-casino business in the immediate future to countries outside of Greece, says the company's chairman, Georgos Galanakis. He did not, however, exclude expansion in Greece and said the company would utilize every business opportunity...

International Conference On Tourism, Recreation And Leisure

The Research Institute for Tourism in cooperation with the Athens Hotel Association will hold an International Conference in Athens, August 24-26, 2000. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, practitioners and students of tourism, recreation, leisure and other...

SETE Calls For Private Corporation To Handle Tourism Promotion

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) recently forwarded a letter to the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) and suggested that a cooperation with the private sector would be ideal to promote tourism.

Environment Takes Front Seat At Tourism Meet

The Hellenic Tourism Organization's secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, called the country's environment and animal protection organizations and associations to a meeting recently. He wanted their thoughts on how they and the tourism sector could best cooperate within the...

Small Ferries Link Corfu And Sarande

A total of up to 500 people a day can visit Sarande from Corfu and vice-versa thanks to three small ferries which carry out three sailings daily. The sailings were resumed after disturbances a few years back and now there is an upward trend regarding passenger travel.

New Attractions On Rodos

A new "wonder" and millennium monument will be built on Rodos harbour by 2004, according to the island's mayor, Giorgos Yiannopoulos. The monument will draw inspiration from the "Kolossos" statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World that was allegedly ruined some 2,220 years ago.

Chios Chandris Reopens

The Chandris hotel group recently completed a billion-drachma renovation of its unit on Chios island as part of efforts to meet the growing demands of the tourism market.

Airtour Greece Revamps Services, Changes Name And Looks To Franchises

Airtour Greece, a subsidiary of German tour operator TUI and its official representative here, has been renamed TUI Hellas. Airtour has been operating here for the past 30 years and is one of the most successful and best-organized offices of its kind in Greece. It hosted some...

New Ferry Line On Local Dodecanese Routes

Dodecanese Maritime, a new provincial company, launched a newly-built catamaran named the Dodecanese Express last month at Greece's main port, Piraeus. The vessel then made its way to Rodos, where it will be based. The vessel, which is 40.5 meters long and 11.46 meters wide, will...

Coastal Shippers Order 50 New Vessels

Within the next two years, the Greek coastal shipping sector will accept delivery of some 50 new ferry vessels. With these new fast ships, the time it will take to sail from Piraeus and Rafina to the Greek islands, and Italy, will be substantially reduced.

Greece Opens Entertainment Park

Just a few days before the start of the new millennium, the Village Entertainment Park opened its doors to the Greek public. Promoted as the largest such leisure park, not only in Greece but also in all of Europe, the 40-billion-drachma venture sports 20 cinema screens, 45...

New Athens Airport 93% Complete

By the end of this September, the Athens International Airport at Spata becomes a reality. "This airport, Europe's best," said Dr. Jorg Schill, chief executive officer for Athens International Airport, during a presentation of construction completed, "will be completed (in...

Tourism Units Head For Stock Market

At least four tourism enterprises head for the Athens Stock Exchange this year in search for cash. The Astir Group wants 18 billion drachmas, the Divanis group 20 billion, the Club Hotel Loutraki 55 billion, and the Casino Xanthis two billion drachmas.

Mergers Turn 20 Ferry Lines Into Three, But Some Routes Monopolized

"Sales commission for travel agents has been reduced; there are fewer discounts available; special group rates have been abolished; and prices have risen more than 20% on some routes."

Panorama To Host 250 Exhibitors

Greece's domestic tourism fair, which has opened its doors to international exhibitors for the first time, expects to host a record number, more than 250, of exhibitors this year. From the international arena, organizer Kappa Exhibitions expects participation from countries such...

C&N Bids For Thomson Travel

A decent development in Europe's tourism industry places the sector within the new globalization sphere where most of the world's major industries now sit. Last month, C&N Touristik (Condor & Neckermann) made an official hostile takeover bid for the UK's Thomson Travel Group. The...

Airotel Group Expansion Centers On Quality

Stratos Vasilikos is one of the few in the Greek tourism industry who realized early that quality is the only way to compete and make money. In a step-by-step approach, he practiced what he preached.

Louis Group Raises Greek Flag

One of the many aims of the Louis Group of Cyprus is to fly the Greek flag on its cruise vessels. "It's a shame Greek ships do not fly Greek flags," said the Louis Group's chairman, Costas Loizou, at a recent Athens press conference, "as this is in Greece's interest and in the...

Olympic Aviation Goes International With New Jets

With the delivery last month of two new passenger jets, Olympic Airways' subsidiary Olympic Aviation breaks out of the confines of the regional market and heads for the skies over Europe.