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Government Not Taking Tourism Seriously

Because government fails to enact in unison the tourism sector fails to perform at an acceptable level, says the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises.

Tourism Ministry Joins Forces With SETE

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos and the president of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, Nikos Aggelopoulos, recently decided to work together on issues in relation to tourist traffic data and marketing strategies.

Measures for Development of Patras Port

The Ministry of Mercantile Marine, The Aegean and Island Policy recently held discussions in Patras on the development plan of the city's port.

Alexandroupolis Harbor to be Privatized

Shipping giants Dubai Ports and Maersk Lines have expressed an interest for the Alexandroupolis harbor, which seems to be the next Greek port to be privatized after foreign investors took over the management of Greece's two biggest ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, in regards to...

New Tax Measures Cause Reactions

Minister of Economy and Finance Yiorgos Alogoskoufis recently announced new tax measures that raised the concern of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Travelers Prefer to Book On-line

Travelers on a global scale are more secure on making on-line reservations, according to a recent survey.

Tourism Initiatives for Islands and Small Areas

The development of the natural environment of Greek islands and small areas through the growth of ecotourism and other alternative forms of tourism is the main theme of the 'Alternative tourism and environment management in small and/or island areas' conference to be held on...

Civil War Refuge Site to Open

The military refuge of the head of the Communist Party of Greece during the Civil War (1946-1949), Nikos Zachariadis, and the cave used as a military hospital by his Democratic Army of Greece in the mountains of Western Macedonia are to be converted into tourist attractions.

Minoa Palace Resort & Spa Opens New Wing

The new wing of the Minoa Palace Resort & Spa luxury hotel in Platanias (Chania, Crete) was recently inaugurated.

Rent-a-cars Want to Go Green

The Greek Car Rental Companies Association recently suggested the creation of a 'green fleet' of rental cars to circulate in Greece so as to combat air pollution released from aged automobiles.

Qatar Airways Reinforces Top Ten Status

Five-star carrier Qatar Airways recently confirmed its leading position as one of the top 10 airlines in the world and also as the best carrier in the Middle East region.

Kavala Continues Efforts to Upgrade Services

The Prefect of Kavala recently referred to a series of improvements that have been made within the prefecture as well as to Thassos Island that includes the improvement of hotel infrastructure and services.

Promotion of Thessalia Considered a Success

The promotion campaign of tourist destinations of the region of Thessalia (Larissa, Karditsa, Trikala and Magnessia—Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos) was recently completed with countable results.

Alternative Forms of Tourism in Larissa

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently visited Larissa and refered to the significant growth prospects of the prefecture.

Hotel Chamber Seeks Solutions from Health Minister

The board of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently discussed key issues with Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos that concern both the hotel industry and the health ministry.

Greek Hotel Profits

A recent survey by Stat Bank characterized the Greek hotel sector as a "two-speed industry" since 58 percent of hotels showed profits and 42 percent reported losses in 2007.

Amadeus Signs With Arab Airlines

Amadeus, the global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, last month signed a 10-year distribution agreement with 13 members of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

Greek Tourism Industry Can Do Better in ICT Use

According to a recent study conducted by the Observatory for the Greek Information Society in regards to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by the tourist industry, large tourism companies show a positive attitude towards new technologies but there is...

Decision Made for Theme Parks

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently signed a joint ministerial decision that sets the necessary specifications of theme parks for their inclusion within the development law. The current development law is the first that foresees the financial backing of theme parks.

Greeks Prefer Trips Abroad

Greek tourists prefer to travel abroad rather than spend their holidays at home as they consider Greece too expensive as opposed to competing tourist destinations.