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Athens International Airport Celebrates 15th Birthday

Athens International Airport (AIA) "Eleftherios Venizelos" recently celebrated 15 years of operations. "We celebrate our 15 years in a period when, despite the country’s severe macroeconomic conditions, the year 2016 prospects seem quite positive", AIA's CEO, Yiannis Paraschis, said.

Europe Welcomes First Certified ‘T-Guides’ for Visitors with Learning Difficulties

FEG and ENAT have certified the first two professional tourist guides in Europe as "T-Guides" for guiding visitors with learning difficulties.

Greece Tourist Accommodation Licensing to Get Easier?

The licensing procedure for tourist accommodation facilities in Greece to get the coveted Special Operations Sticker will be simplified requiring fewer supporting documents, among others, according to a new plan by the Economy, Development and Tourism ministry.

Active in Greek Tourism? Apply Now for NSRF Funds

Greek tourism sector professionals can now apply online for EU subsidies through the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2014-2020 program, with the procedure running through to May 17.

FEDHATTA Officially Launches Greek Tourism Action Plan ’12’, Aims to Extend the Season

The Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist & Travel Agencies (FEDHATTA) has launched an action plan, dubbed “Dodeka”, designed to boost Greece as a year-round tourism destination.

Chios’ Kambos Among Europe’s 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites

The semi-rural area Kambos on the Greek island of Chios, has been listed among Europe’s seven most endangered heritage sites, Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage organisation, and the European Investment Bank Institute (EIB) announced recently.

IATA: ‘Terrorists will Never Succeed in Destroying the Right to Travel’

"Terrorists will never succeed in destroying the fundamental urge and right of people to travel, explore and learn about the world", the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) director general and CEO, Tony Tyler, said on Tuesday.

Tapping into Greece’s Thermal Springs for Tourism

Thermal springs in Greece can bring in tourism revenue and tourists all year round, according to experts attending a special event held on Tuesday in Athens marking World Water Day celebrated annually on March 22.

Greece @ ITB 2016 – Photo Report by GTP

Greece received positive and optimistic messages from the German market at the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry, ITB Berlin, which marked 50 years.

Gastronomy & Tourism: The Case of Greek Olive Oil – Opinion

Greek olive oil is inextricably linked with the Greek identity and can be considered a valuable asset which can enhance and differentiate the Greek tourist product. - Opinion by Alexandros Passalis

Angelina Jolie Concludes Visit to Greece, Urges Expansion of Legal Pathways for Vulnerable Refugees

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt concluded her mission to Greece on Thursday meeting volunteers, NGOs and local authorities engaged in emergency response efforts on the island of Lesvos, and speaking with refugee families.

UNWTO Projects a Positive 2016 for Tourism in Greece

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai on Thursday expressed the confidence of the organization in the continued growth of the tourism sector in Greece.

Angelina Jolie Pitt Visits Refugees in Athens, Meets with Greek PM

US actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt on Wednesday visited Greece on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

CAPA Summit: New Era of Travel Means Unbundling

One could safely say that unbundling was the focus of last week’s CAPA Airlines in Transition Summit.

CAPA Summit 2016: Getting the Customer’s Attention and Keeping It

Google, Ryanair and Uber were the perhaps the three words that dominated the sessions of this year’s CAPA Airlines in Transition Summit held in Dublin last week, where the world’s top industry players got together to discuss challenges and offer solutions.

Messe Berlin: 50th ITB Sees More Trade Visitors and Record Sales

As it took place for the 50th time, from March 9 to 13, the ITB Berlin saw some 10,000 exhibiting companies from 187 countries and regions meet with 120,000 trade visitors in the 26 exhibition halls.

Travelport – mtt a Step into the Next Era of Travel

The travel industry is changing, there’s no doubt about it, and in the words of Travelport’s Global Head of Product and Marketing, Air Commerce, Ian Heywood, this is a “customer-driven technology-enabled industry”.

‘The Walking Dead’ Cast Makes a Stop in Greece During European Fan Tour

Members of the cast of America’s hit TV show “The Walking Dead” visited Athens recently to give interviews and climb the Acropolis during their European fan tour.

ITB 2016: Attica Region Presents its ‘Perfect 10’ – Video

Aiming to promote its various destinations, products and advantages for year round tourism, the Region of Attica launched a new promotional video on the sidelines of the ITB Berlin trade fair.

Travelife and ‘We do local’ Launch New Collaboration

"Travelife for Hotels & Accommodations" recently signed an agreement with the Greek "We do local" certificate, committing to closer partnership. The two certification schemes recognize the achievements of tourism businesses committed to working in a sustainable way by supporting...