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No Rise in Piraeus Port Rates

The administration of the Piraeus Port Authority recently announced that the port would maintain its current prices for at least the first half of 2009 given that any attempted adjustment will burden the market due to the economic crisis.

Greece to Shine at Utazas 2009

Greece will be the country of honor at the 32nd International Tourism Exhibition Utazas in Hungary during 26 February - 1 March.

City of Athens Officially Takes On the ICG’s in 2009

The 43rd International Children's Games in 2009 has been officially taken on by the City of Athens as an agreement was signed recently between the Mayor of Athens Nikitas Kaklamanis and the president of the International Children's Games (ICG) Committee, Torsten Rasch.

Aegean Airlines Signs Partnership with Brussels Airlines

Aegean Airlines recently signed a commercial cooperation agreement with Brussels Airlines that includes the operation of the route Brussels-Athens.

Greece Comes Second in Travel Habits Poll

Italy was voted favorite European country in this year's Telegraph Travel Awards reader's survey followed by Greece and Switzerland.

Egnatia Odos Links Northern Greece

A program contract was signed recently in Xanthi for the tourism development of the Egnatia Odos motorway and approved by 11 prefectural councils of Thrace, Macedonia and Epirus.

The Limneon Resort & Spa-Golden Opens in Style

The Limneon Resort & Spa-Golden, characterized by the locals of Kastoria as the "new jewel" of the city, recently had its grand opening.

Prospects to Grow Between Greece and Azerbaijan

Business cooperation between Greek and Azerbaijani tourism entrepreneurs was predicted after the recent familiarization tour of Azerbaijani tour operators to Athens, Crete and Thessaloniki organized by the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies.

Grevena and Pindos Join LIFE

The prefect of Grevena, Dimosthenis Kouptsidis, recently signed the "grant agreement" for the Pindos-Grevena project, which entered the European Union's LIFE program and will be implemented throughout the Grevena prefecture from 2009 to 2011.

Lefkada Stands Up to Economic Crisis

The prefecture and the Local Authorities Union of Lefkada held a press conference recently where the prospects of tourism development for the island in 2009 were discussed.

Hoteliers Enlightened On Social Media

Greek hotels do not take advantage of today's technology, according to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises' Ideas & Action Council (SID) forum held recently titled "Internet Social Media: On-line Travel Communities."

Piraeus Port Authority Signs Concession Agreement

Chinese-based Cosco Pacific recently signed a concession agreement with Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) to develop and operate Piers 2 and 3 of the port of Piraeus.

Attica Hotels Study Results a Disappointment for 2008

The president of the Athens-Attica Hoteliers' Association, Yiorgos Tsakiris, recently presented the results of a study on Attica hotel progress as well as the level of customer satisfaction for hotels in Attica.

Joint Committee for Conference Tourism Formed

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently approved the foundation of a special joint committee to promote conference tourism.

Conference Tourism Becomes Research Topic

The tourism enterprises department of the Alexandreion Technological Education Institute of Thessaloniki, in collaboration with the Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers, is conducting an experiential research project on infrastructure and human resources in...

Athens Promoted at EIBTM

Athens was recently promoted as a destination for events, meetings and incentives to more than 30 countries of Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia by the Athens Convention Bureau (ACB), which participated for the first time at the global Meetings & Incentive...

Hotel Chamber Wants Support Measures to Tackle Crisis

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels called for the state and the private sector to overhaul their forces in order to formulate a new tourism strategy, which will assist the industry to limit the negative impact of the international economic crisis.

Hotels Called to Upgrade Technology

Greek hotels must adapt to the needs of the 21st century customer, whose habits and demands in regards to technology have increased over the past, according to conclusions of the first Hotel Experience Day conference held recently in Athens. It was held under the auspices of the...

Zoning Law Continues to Spark Reactions

Disputes in regards to the content of the planned zoning law for tourism was expressed recently by the Greek Urban and Land Planners Association who made proposals for its improvement.

Agritourism Gains Ground

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos said recently that the new agritourism company "Agrotima SA" is the corporate section of the promotion and implementation of the tourism ministry's policies on issues of specific forms of rural tourism and mild recreational activities.