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Badminton to Stage Ancient Greek Drama in Five Languages for Traveling Theater Lovers

Badminton Theater’s artistic director Vanessa Adam invited the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) to participate in its “Ancient Drama Cycle”, which kicks off on June 12 with the staging of Euripides’ Electra.

German Tour Operators Optimistic, See Crete, Rhodes, Kos as Top Spots

German tour operators are insisting that German tourists are planning to hit Greek shores in droves despite recent media reports about dwindling tourism figures.

European Parliament Extends Package Travel Protection to Online Services

In an unprecedented move earlier this month, the European Parliament and Council reached a deal which when put into effect will offer the same legal protection to online buyers putting together their own package holidays as it does to those purchasing from traditional tour operators.

Greece Welcomes Visa Waiver for UAE Travelers, Expects Boost in Tourism Revenue

Greece is among the countries set to benefit from the Schengen visa waiver for UAE nationals that came into effect on Thursday, as UAE citizens will now be able to travel to 34 EU countries without having to obtain a visa.

TUI Group Keeps Faith in Greek Tourism

Travel giant TUI Group is confident enough in the long-term prospects of Greek tourism that it aims to bring 10 percent more tourists to Greece in 2015 compared to the year before.

Ryanair Makes New Agreement with Sabre GDS

Ryanair and Sabre Corporation announced an agreement that will see the airline’s low fares and ancillary services made available to Sabre-connected travel agencies and corporations across Europe via the Sabre global distribution system (GDS).

Argo Travel Opens for Business on Santorini Island

Argo Travel Group, in addition to Athens, Thessaloniki, London, Geneva and Shanghai, has now opened a branch office on Santorini, one of the most popular islands in Greece and travel mecca for those seeking luxury experiences.

Greek Travel Agencies Cash in on Strong Tourism

Greek tour operators saw their revenues increase thanks to the rising numbers of tourism in the last two years, according to a recent study by business information provider Infobank Hellastat.

Booking.com Settles with EU Regulators, Hotels Can Now Offer Lower Prices Elsewhere

US company Booking.com was slapped on Tuesday with a decision to loosen its disputed pricing and availability contracts with hotels in three European countries after EU competition authorities examined complaints that the online agent was curbing competition.

Argo Travel Brings Greece Closer to Vietnamese Market

Argo Travel Group was the sole Greek exhibitor at the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) held recently in Hanoi and presented destination Greece to leading Vietnamese tour operators and travel agencies.

Chinese ‘Troublemaking’ Tourists to Be Blacklisted

Chinese tourists that behave rudely when travelling abroad will be blacklisted by the Chinese authorities, according to state media reports. The new measure follows several embarrassing incidents involving Chinese tourists due to uncivilized behavior on their part.

Nafpaktos Municipality Teaches Tourism to Local Professionals

As part of its efforts to open up to new markets, the municipality of Nafpaktos, western Greece, held the 1st Tourism Workshop on March 11, with the second in the series to be held on April 22 at the town’s Xenia Hotel.

Greece Among Top Five Choice Destinations for German Tourists

German travellers are expressing interest in Greek packages ahead of the summer season, Deutshe Welle reports ahead of the international tourism ITB 2015 show, which kicks off in Berlin on Wednesday.

Travel Agencies, Greek Church Join Forces to Promote Religious Tourism

Board members of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) met with the Holy Synod, the ruling body of the Greek Orthodox Church, last week to discuss the potential and promotion of religious tourism.

Mouzenidis Group Expands into Hungary

The Mouzenidis Group launched its new offices in central Budapest on January 28, as part of its ongoing expansion strategy, offering Hungarian holidaymakers the chance to get to know Greece better through comprehensive travel experiences.

HATTA Treats Travel Agents to a Taste of Greek Culture

In efforts to promote Greek tourism, provide alternative options and enhance the tourist experience, the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) is organizing guided tours for travel operators in Greece, to a number of the country’s cultural spaces.

Leading Ukrainian Tour Operator that Works with Greek Market Goes Bust

News Travel, a major tour operator in Ukraine working with the Greek market, has suspended operations.

Kuoni Drops Out of Travel Market

One of Europe’s top five tour operators, Swiss-based Kuoni Travel Group, announced on Wednesday, that is seeking new owners for its tour operations, including Kuoni Travel UK, citing increasing challenges from changing market conditions.

Respond on Demand to Promote Northern Greek Travel Agencies Beyond Borders

The Macedonia-Thrace Travel Agencies Association has embarked on a partnership with Respond on Demand, a Greek service which brings hoteliers from Greece and Cyprus in contact with tour operators and travel agents from all over the world.

Travel Package Directive: European Council Agrees on “General Approach”, Industry Professionals Express Concern

The Council of the European Union has agreed on a "general approach" for the reform of the Travel Package Directive, amending the European Commission’s earlier proposals. The "general approach" is on the basis of a compromise text prepared by the Italian Presidency.