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Greece To Welcome 17 Million Tourists By 2020

Greece's tourism sector remains the country's strongest economic leg, but according to the World Tourism Organization the sector will grow at a much slower rate in the next two decades and lose ground in favor of its neighbors.

Esperia Creates Country’s Biggest Water Park

Local hotel enterprise Esperia has created Greece's biggest and some claim most beautiful water park. The complex covers some 80,000 square meters at the Faliraki area on the island of Rodos, and is just 10 kilometers from the Esperos Palace hotel.

European Airlines Protest EU Proposals On Airport Slots

Latest European Commission proposals to amend the 1993 Regulation on airport slots have come under fire from the Association of European Airlines and its members, who believe that the commission has reneged on a promise made last year to limit this stage of the legislative...

World Travel Market Readies For November

World Travel Market 2001 (12-15 November) in London, is to turn the spotlight on the latest 'buzzword' for the industry - effective customer relationship management (CRM). In partnership with KPMG, one of the world's leading professional services firms, World Travel Market will...

Athens Airport Eleftherios Venizelos To Cut Rates

Negative reports in local newspapers concerning the new Athens International Airport at Spata, Elefterios Venizelos, may have played a role in the airport's recent announcement that it will lower airport fees later this year. The newspaper reports concentrated on the lower...

European Airlines Create Online Travel Portal

Nine of Europe's leading airlines recently unveiled plans to move into the online travel market with the launch this year of a new online travel service, that sells flights and other travel products direct to the consumer.

Ghiolman Yacht Vies For World Record

Michael Ghiolman of Ghiolman Yachts-Travel-Aviation hopes to get his name in the Guiness Book of World Records with his yacht Nidri. The Greek-built 'Skipper 53,' he says, was chartered out for the longest term ever by a broker, and accordingly Mr. Ghiolman has sent an...

Capsis Opens New Conference Center On Rodos

With a total conference capacity of 8,000 delegates, the new "Marika Capsis 2000" convention center in the Sofitel Capsis hotel on Rodos, which opens this month, is the country's biggest.

Yet Another New Superfast Vessel Launched

The roll-on, roll-off ferry vessel Superfast XI last month was slid gracefully down the slipway of the Flender shipyard in Lubeck, Germany, into the waters of the Baltic Sea launched at. The 200-meter-long Superfast XI, built for Superfast Ferries' holding company, Attica...

New Acropolis Museum Ready For 2004 Olympic Games

Pressure will be exerted on Britain internationally to return the Elgin marble collection of sculptures taken from the Parthenon, albeit in the form of a "long-term loan," as the 2004 Olympics approach, said Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos last month.

Afantou Golf Expansion Planned

Between 30 billion and 40 billion drachmas worth of expansion projects are planned for the Afantou area on the island of Rodos. Proposed projects include a 3-lane golf course, a hotel and auxiliary lodgings, commercial units, and a hotel marina.

Arrival Figures Remain Steady

Greece's tourism industry is expected to host about the same level of visitors as last year, but prospects regarding revenue are less certain.

Superfast Ferries Takes Delivery Of Superfast VIII

Attica Enterprises, the holding company for Superfast Ferries accepted delivery of its newest ferry, the Superfast VIII, last month. This is the second of a series of four sister vessels built at Howaldtswerke shipyard in Germany and the fourth delivery from the same yard this year.

Axon Takes Delivery Of Five New Aircraft As It Bids For Olympic Airways

With or without Olympic Airways, Axon Airlines, which has emerged as the frontrunner in a privatization tender for Olympic Airways, intends to grow by leaps and bounds. The two-year-old airline last month took formal delivery of five new aircraft - two Boeing 737-400s and three...

Unique New Cruise Program Out Of Piraeus

As of May 4 next year, Piraeus hosts a new cruise program by Classic International Cruises. The Lisbon-based company, Arcolia Shipping, will run seven-day cruises from here with stops at Ismir, Istanbul, Samothraki, Thessaloniki, Volos, Meteora, Santorini and Mykonos.

Clean Greek Coastline Cost 18.7 Billion Drachmas

Kostas Laliotis, environment and public works minister, announced the completion of a 7-year cleanup program for Greek coastlines that cost some 18.7 billion drachmas.

International Advisor To Apply Greek Hotel Star System

The long awaited star system for Greek hotels may finally get off the ground later this year. The Hellenic Tourism Organization has called for an international advisor to assist in the implementation of hotel categorization through an international star system it has partially...

Galileo Becomes First Global Reservation System Not Owned By An Airline

Galileo International, Inc., a popular global distribution system used by Greek travel agents, recently signed an agreement with Cendant Corporation of the U.S. According to the agreement, Cendant acquires all of the outstanding common stock of Galileo for about $2.9 billion....

Online Mergers Begin In Travel Sector

It looks as if the expected batch of mergers in the online travel sector has begun with the purchase of Expedia by USA Networks Inc. The Internet and TV cable company says it plans to become the world's online travel powerhouse by taking control of the world's second largest...

First Batch Of Promotional Funds Handed Over To EOT

Hellenic Tourism Properties handed over some two billion drachmas to the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) recently as the first payment for the organization's tourism advertising campaigns abroad, which covers the majority of debt owed for same. As well, it's now official:...