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Quality System for Greek Travel Agencies

Travel agents that wish to belong to the Dutch Association of Travel Agents must adhere to a specific quality guarantee system, and the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Association intends to implement a similar system in Greece.

Travel Plan Signs Agreement with Amadeus

Amadeus Hellas and Travel Plan of the Lambrakis group of companies officially inaugurated the beginning of their partnership, which was effective as of January 1, 2007, with a celebration that took place at a central Athenian hotel with the participation of both companies'...

Mouzenidis Travel Moves to New Offices in Athens

Thessaloniki-based Mouzenidis Travel, opened in 1995 by Boris Mouzenidis to specialize in travel to and from Russia, recently opened new offices in downtown Athens.

Travel Agents Tap Internet Social Network

Amid the rapidly changing social-networking on the Internet, a growing number of travel agents and industry leaders are tapping into new technological "supplements" to reach out to get the attention of on-the-go clients.

Monogram’s Staff Enjoy a Weekend Retreat

A positive atmosphere and lively crowd characterized Monogram Travel's successful weekend retreat for its staff held in Vrahati, Corinth. "Monogram employees are the key to the company's success," said Monogram President Dimitris Spyropoulos.

Business Development Program for Travel Agencies

A new program called Allways Tourism is being developed to improve the quality and services of Greek travel agencies so they can compete more effectively in the international market. The program will focus on continuing education for employees, business development, improving the...

New Travel Industry Era for Cel Tours

With a new board and a new dynamic strategy, Cel Tours breaks into a new era in its 22-year history. Mary Souli Kafkios, the company's chairperson and managing director, says it’s time to take off the blinkers and jump into the international marketplace. She began Cel's...

First Choice Buys Meridian Travel

Local incoming tour operator Meridian Travel was purchased recently by the British tour operator First Choice. Julia Laganopoulou, Meridian's managing director, says there will be no change in the company's management for the next three years, but that the company will begin...

Tour Operators and Cruise Lines Cut Agency Commissions

After the success of airlines in cutting travel agency commissions, some of Europe's tour operators have jumped onto the bandwagon and taken the opportunity to cut their commission rates. Presently, analysts say the hotly-debated move of some British Tour operators to cut agent...

World Heritage Sites Acquire Online Promotion

Expedia, the world's largest online travel agency, last month announced a partnership with the United Nations Foundation to promote travel to World Heritage sites. The move is part of Expedia's strategy to raise its international profile, provide more customized services and...

Cosmorama Appointed to Represent Holland America

Independent tour operator Cosmorama, based in downtown Athens, was recently appointed exclusive sub-agent in Greece for Holland America Line.

Travel Agents No Longer Issue Passports

Greek travel agents soon will no longer be able to issue passports to customers. As of this coming January, Greeks will have to visit one of the 90 new centers being set up around the country where they can obtain or renew their passports, government announced last month. The new...

Esser Travel Moves to New Quarters

Due to increases in staff and business, Esser Travel recently moved from Glyfada to bigger, better and brighter quarters in the Ano Glyfada area. Joergen Esser, owner and managing director of Esser Travel, says that this is just another step in the constant expansion of the business.

Sports Tourism Moves to the Forefront

Sports tourism agreements appear plentiful of late with major companies like TUI Hellas taking more interest in the sector, and with the government ready to create a World Athletics Museum.

Travel Agents Look to Luxury Travel for Profits

Apparently there's an explosion in luxury travel. Within Europe and North America it's considered a fast-growing market and a really profitable one.

New World Travel Agent Alliance

A group of travel agency organizations have formed the World Travel Agents’ Associations Alliance. Announced recently in Geneva, Switzerland, the WTAAA aims to facilitate exchanges of information and advice about matters of mutual interest to its members around the globe.

Aktina and Horizon Join Forces

Two of the country's major tourism offices, Aktina and Horizon, joined forces last month and will begin their cooperation as of July 1 under the name Aktina-Horizon S.A. This follows the merger announcement earlier this year of Aktina Travel with Marine Tours, where the two...

Tourism Agents Promised New Operational Framework

Members of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents were told during their general assembly last month that the policy leaders within the tourism development ministry would soon change the legislative framework on travel office operations, and would examine the...

Tour Operators Upbeat On Travel to Greece

Greece has to pursue deep institutional and qualitative changes in its tourism industry so as to become one of the world's most popular destinations, Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a recent meeting with members of Europe' biggest and most influential tour...

Germans Opt for Cheaper Destinations

It appears that Germans have turned away from Greece as a holiday destination and have headed to cheaper destinations outside the euro zone. Greek tourism professionals say the move has been going on since 2002 and to a great extent is due to the condition of the German economy...