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Olympic Airlines Administration Shuffle

Transport and Communications Minister Costis Hatzidakis recently rearranged the administration of Olympic Airlines, Olympic Airways-Services and Pantheon Airways.

Limo Services for Taxis Not Rent-a-car Offices

Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis recently expressed his intention to give taxi owners the opportunity to provide limo services, all of which caused a major uproar within the Greek Car Rental Companies Association.

Beijing & Athens Form Bond

A Memorandum of Brotherhood was signed recently in Beijing between Beijing Capital International Airport, which is preparing to host the 2008 Olympic Games, and Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, which four years ago had the the honor to welcome and bid...

Asian Adventure From Athens

One of the first foreign-flag cruise ships to begin its itinerary from Athens, Azamara Quest, docked in Piraeus last month.

Agritourism Summer Bazaar in Epidavros

Agrotouristiki and the Municipality of Epidavros last month organized a series of cultural events and exhibits for the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of agritourism activities in Epidavros.

Tourism Education Forum

The tourism ministry recently organized the second International Conference of the Forum for Tourism Education and Training in Athens.

First Round of Tourism Seminars Completed

The first round of tourism seminars that aim to train executives of the Greek foreign affairs ministry were recently completed. These seminars prepare the executives for their placement to countries where Greek tourism offices are not available.

Tourism Minister Optimistic

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos called a press conference recently and expressed his conclusions on Greek tourism and his optimism in regards to the current image Greece has within the sector.

Increased Tourists, Reduced Tourist Spending in 2007

Tourist spending appeared relatively low in Greece for 2007 when compared with 2004. According to a recent report released by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, the average spending of tourists per capita in 2004 was 882 euros. In 2007 this number dropped to 748 euros.

Difficult Times for Tourism and Maritime Sector

Andreas Andreadis, chairman of the of the Hellenic Hotels Federation, recently informed the Business & Travel show on “sbc” that a drop in arrivals is expected for 2009 as the tourism sector will be up against a difficult period until 2010, when the market will pick up its...

Greece Lags Behind in Tourism Development After the Olympics

The European Tour Operators Association recently published a report, titled “Inbound Tourists Go Away and Stay Away for the Olympics,” which reinforces the conclusions of a study it published two years ago that hosting the Olympic Games typically stalls tourism growth.

Sports Tourism On the Table

The postgraduate program in business management of the Athens University of Economics and Business recently held the first Panhellenic Conference and International Symposium on Sports Tourism.

Greece Drops Four Slots in Country Brand Index

Greece falls to ninth place in the top 10 list of desired country brands when it comes to travel, according to the recent release of Country Brand Index 2007: “Greece has great country assets, but needs to be steadier with its brand efforts.”

Greece Opens to Aviation Tourism

Aviation tourism (private aircraft and aero sports) was one of the main topics on the agenda of the third scientific conference "Aviation - Present and Future," which took place recently at the Hellenic Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Fish Tourism Initiative Taken

The Municipality of Avdiron (south of Xanthi) organized its first fish tourism conference and implemented the first pilot program of fish tourism in Greece within the framework of the “Fish Tourism” plan.

easyCruise Steps Into Parthenon Marbles Debate

Sir Selios Haji-Ioannou, founder of easyCruise, recently announced the launch of an advertising campaign that aims to initiate a conversation between Greece and the United Kingdom regarding the cultural debate of the Parthenon Marbles.

Sky Team Donates to SOS Children’s Villages

Sky Team aviation alliance (which celebrates its eighth year) together with Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, recently donated 15,000 euros to the international child welfare organization SOS Children's Villages in Greece.

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Warns of Tourism Crisis

Greek tourism once again enters a crisis period, as a series of negative factors form a new, difficult situation and lead to deep concern, said the chairman of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Gerasimos Fokas, at a press conference held recently.

Sunways Travel Goes Green

Sunways Travel advised all travelers to "travel responsibly" at the presentation of its new environmental strategy in an event organized under the auspices of the City of Athens and the support of Technopolis and the Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company.