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Zakynthos Among Thomas Cook’s Top 5 Busiest Destinations for Summer 2019

The Greek island of Zakynthos stands among Thomas Cook's top five busiest destinations for summer 2019, according to the company.
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Thomas Cook – Fosun Examine Rescue Plan

Thomas Cook Group is in advanced talks with its largest shareholder, Fosun Tourism Group, to secure a 750-million-pound cash injection.

Italy’s ‘Through Eternity’ Selects Travelotopos Platform to Distribute its Tours

Through Eternity, a leading tour company in Italy, has selected to distribute its services through the Travelotopos platform.

TUI Expands Hotel Business with Three Hotels on Kos

As part of its expansion strategy to strengthen its high-margin hotel segment, TUI Group moves into Greece with the acquisition of three hotels on Kos.

Greek Travel Agencies Report Improved Performance in 2018

Greek travel agency activity increased by 28.4 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, demonstrating the ongoing dynamic of the tourism sector.

FedHATTA Info Campaign Aimed at non-EU Tourism Services Providers

Greece’s travel agency body fedHATTA has launched a far-reaching information campaign regarding the provision of tourism services by non-EU nationals/entities in Greece.

Extraordinary Hot Summer Hurts TUI’s Earnings

The unusually long and hot summer in Northern Europe in 2018 was said to be among the main reasons for a decline in the earnings of TUI Group.

Tumbling Turkish Lira Takes Toll on Tourism to Northern Greece

The tumbling Turkish lira has taken a toll on tourism flows from the neighboring country of Turkey into Northern Greece, local tour operators say.

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.