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Greece And The Travel Industry Loses A Man Of Ideals

On September 19, Greece's travel trade professionals paid their last respects to one of the industry's most well-known and well-liked travel and tourism pioneers, Dinos Arvanitis.

Conference Tourism Remains Strong

Ever larger numbers of Greek hoteliers have invested heavily in conference facilities over the past years. So far, the investment has paid off. Expenses have been covered royally as income from conference organization is substantial.

Leptos Group Renovates Panorama Hotel On Crete

The Panorama hotel unit in Chania recently became the latest member of the Cyprus-based Leptos Hotels & Resorts group. The 167-room first-class unit immediately underwent an extensive refurbishing program.

More And More Greeks Head For The Hills

This year, a substantial number of Greek holidaymakers headed for the mountains during the peak July-August vacation period instead of heading for the beaches. "An increase in mountain tourism has been seen in the past few years, even during the summer months," says Thimios...

Minoan To Place Seven New Vessels In Greek Waters

In less than two years, Crete-based Minoan Lines plans to accept delivery of at least seven new fast-ferry vessels. A number of these vessels are slated for routes to European ports, while others will replace older vessels on basic Greek routes.

Electronic Booking May Soon Replace Brochures

The brochure for travel may fade from travel offices within the next decade, according to the latest trends in travel sales. Major tour operators are planning Internet websites, with videos of destinations, to eventually replace the now standard printed brochures, which have...

Amphitrion Takes Delivery Of Six New Tour Coaches

The Athens-based Amphitrion group says that it has taken delivery of six new, ultra-modern tour coaches. The company says the new vehicles were needed to meet increased demand and the needs of its clientele.

Porto Carras’s New Owners Renovate And Expand Unit

Plans for an extensive renovation of the Porto Carras complex in Halkidiki, northern Greece, will proceed despite an outstanding legal decision concerning management of the unit's casino. One of the new owners of the complex, Greek construction company Techniki Olympiaki,...

Louis Hotels Opens New Zakynthos Unit

The Cypriot-based Louis Group is securing a firm foothold in Greece through buyouts of existing hotels and the construction of new units. Its most recent purchase was the Louis Imperial Beach on Zakynthos, which lies next to the group's Palazzo di Zante and Royal Palace, just 17...

Greek Tourism Dreams Continue To Infiltrate Japanese Market

Strong penetration of Greek tourism into the Japanese market continues unabated. The most recent achievement was the release of a second four-page supplement that focused on the latest developments in the Greek tourism sector.

Americans Remain Strong Mediterranean Cruise Passengers

The Mediterranean now attracts some 15 percent of world cruise passengers, according to recent data from the Cruise Lines International Association. The prime source for cruise passengers continues to be North Americans, with some six million estimated for this year, or about 80%...

Car Rental Agencies Continue Dramatic Expansion

Greek car rental agencies continue to expand at a rapid rate, according to a recent report from the Athens-based Research Institute, ICAP. In its third report on the car rental industry, the institute says that Greece hosts around 2,500 such companies. It says their major...

Tall Sailing Ship Runs Greek Island Cruises

As of this summer, the Star Flyer, a tall sailing cruise ship, runs a cruise from Piraeus every Saturday to the islands of Mykonos, Chios, Kusadasi, Patmos, Sifnos and Kea. Its alternate program includes the islands of Hydra, Santorini, Rodos, Bodrum and Paros.

Greece Levies Low Tourism Taxes

Travellers on a typical package tour pay an average of $276 in tax for their vacation, according to a study of 52 countries published in Greece. The survey was commissioned by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises.

State To Cover Olympic Airways Debts

The government is willing to meet Olympic Airways' debts despite the anticipated reaction from the European Union, said Transport Minister Christos Verelis in a recent interview with the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea.

Tourism To Get 750 Billion Drachma Investment Injection

Some 750 billion drachmas in direct and indirect support goes to the country's tourism sector by the year 2006. That's 25 percent of the total national and regional programs for competitiveness and growth, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis said last month.

World Tourism Day 2000 Promotes Technology And Nature

World Tourism Day, September 27, concentrates on the two challenges for tourism at the dawn of the twenty-first century, technology and nature. The creator of the annual event, the World Tourism Organization, says "as we enter the twenty-first century, the world will be...

Tourism Organization Continues Inspections

The Hellenic Tourism Organization last month continued its inspections of tourist resorts and businesses around the country. The organization's secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, said that in a single week last month 51 inspectors checked 309 hotel units, 139 tourism...

Structural Changes Planned For The Hellenic Tourism Organization

The executive infrastructure of the Hellenic Tourism Organization changes this month, according to recent statements by Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis. Basic changes expected include the placement of a tourism secretariat under the development ministry. The new...

A note by the publisher

An article in the August 20 edition of the morning daily Kathimerini caught our eye. The title: "(Greece's) Blue & White is Dropped from 2,250 Yachts; the Consequences of Greek Authorities' Tactics are Incalculable."