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ABTA: Refunds for Cancelled Trips Due to Brexit, but No Compensation

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has confirmed that travelers will be entitled to a full refund should their holidays be cancelled due to Brexit.

Brits Have Soft Spot for Europe, Tourism Figures Rising

All the more Brits are packing their bags, many eyeing Greece, as demonstrated by the rising outgoing tourism figures presented by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

Applications Open for Athens Tour Guide Schools, Vocational Training Units

The Athens Tour Guide School and eight vocational training units are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year through to September 14.

Greek Travel Agents Discover Hangzhou, China, at Athens Event

The Hangzhou Tourism Commission and Argo Travel Group hosted an event in Athens to introduce the city of Hangzhou to Greek travel agents.

Russia Demand for Greece Travel Packages on the Rise

Sales for holiday packages to Greece are on the rise in Russia, with tour operators there expecting a plus 5 percent increase this year.

TUI Group Set to Become World’s Leading Provider of Destination Services

TUI Group says it is set to become the world's leading provider of destination services and leisure activities, following the completion of its acquisition of Destination Management from Hotelbeds Group.

ABTA Warns Traveling Brits to Avoid Hiring Quad Bikes

Citing dire statistics on road accidents, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) is calling on all Brits to avoid hiring quad bikes for their transport.

Top Annoying Travel Habits – Study

Noisy travelers, smart-phone obsession, cultural insensitivity, mass tour groups and selfie-takers are cited as being the most annoying travel habits, according to a survey released by Agoda.

Amadeus Aiming to Create ‘Live Travel Space’ to Deliver Better Journeys – Interview with Christian Baillet

Amadeus' Christian Baillet speaks to GTP on the company's innovative plans to offer the best possible travel experience.

Tripsta/airtickets Blames GDS Partner for ‘Massive Liquidity Problem’

Greek OTA Tripsta/airtickets said it was taking legal action against its main GDS provider for causing “a massive liquidity problem”, which resulted to the company suspending the issuance of future airline tickets.

New EU Package Travel Directive to Come into Effect July 2018

As of July 1, a new EU directive will take effect aiming to achieve consumer protection for package travel and linked travel arrangements.

Turnover Up in Q1 2018 for Greek Travel Agencies

The Greek travel agency sector saw turnover rise by 25.4 percent in the first quarter of the year, compared to the corresponding period of 2017.

Smile Acadimos Expands to Athens’ Southern Suburbs with New Branch

Aiming to further expand its activities and operations in the Greek market, Athens-based travel agency Smile Acadimos has opened a new branch in the suburb of Glyfada.

AFEA Travel & Congress Provider Backs ‘Health for All’ on Naxos

In efforts to support social vulnerable groups, AFEA Travel & Congress Services recently sponsored the “Health for All” program in the municipality of Naxos and the Small Cyclades.

Travelgems Launches Tours and Activities Platform for Tourism Professionals

Travelgems, an innovative travel web service, has launched a new tours and activities reservations platform, designed especially for tourism professionals.

Versus Travel Thanks Clients with Special Tango Event

Versus Travel held a special tango event for its clients at the Athens Concert Hall, in return for their support during its 23 years of operations.

GDPR: What Greek Travel Agents Need to Know About EU’s New Privacy Law

A new privacy law, known as GDPR, will take effect across the EU, as of May 25, restricting how personal data is collected and handled.

Travelife for Tour Operators Achieves ‘GSTC-Accredited’ Status

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) recently announced that the Travelife for Tour Operators program has achieved the "GSTC-Accredited" status.

Crete Travel Agencies Call for Actions Ahead of New Year

The Western Crete Travel Agencies Association is calling on all stakeholders in tourism to focus on addressing pending issues in view of the new year and the forthcoming tourism season.

Aegean Introduces New Distribution Channel Fee to Travel Agents

Aegean Airlines has informed travel agents that a Distribution Channel Fee (DCF) will be imposed on tickets booked through certain GDS systems.