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Fewer Ferry Routes and Higher Fares Affect Tourism

Fare increases in conjunction with route cuts had a negative impact on traffic to the Aegean and Ionian islands.

Blue Star Ferries Supports “Diadrasi” Program

Blue Star Ferries targeted the local communities of the Aegean islands as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program by supporting the non-profit cultural organization "Diadrasi" in the program "Agoni Grammi Gonimi 2008."

European Cruise Market Continues Expansion

Louis Cruise Lines last month announced the delivery of the latest addition to its fleet, the 1,250-passenger cruise ship Sea Diamond (ex-Birka Princess). After its planned upgrading, the Sea Diamond this month begins 3- and 4-day cruises from Piraeus on behalf of Louis Hellenic...

Bankcards & Internet Portal Priorities for Hoteliers

Bankcards for members and an internet portal are among the priority plans presented by Andreas Andreadis, president of the newly elected board of the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX).

Peak Summer Arrivals Increase Substantially

The number of tourists that entered Greece during the month of August mark an impressive rise against the last few years. This year's peak travel period was so strong that a good number of hotels around the country were unable to absorb the demand.

Greek-Turkish Tourism Agreement Signed

Turkish Tourism Minister Guldal Aksit arrived in Athens last month to sign a tourism cooperation agreement with Greek Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos. The agreement includes efforts to promote a common tourism product to markets such as North America, China and Russia.

Temes Senior Open Golf Tournament Hands Out 70 Million Drachmas

Ninety of the best senior golf professionals in the world (three are Greek) arrived in Athens last month to play a tournament that hands out some 70 million drachmas to winners. The tournament will be televised over 20 television stations around the world and be seen by some 140...

Greek Hoteliers To Unite And Attract Luxury Tourists

Greek hoteliers are planning to design a new tourism package, gain a leading role in luxury tourism and attract visitors of high income, the Greek press said last month.

Tourism Industry Takes Action At World Tourism Market To End Crisis

Greece's tourism heads were optimistic after their contacts with UK's most important tour operators during the International World Tourism Market in London last month. General Tourism Secretary Dimitrios Georgarakis and Hellenic Tourism Organization President Evgenios...

Helipads For Greek Island Destinations

The construction of four new helipads, three in the Aegean and one on an Ionian island, were announced last month by the government – Ithaca, Dodecanese, Patmos, Tinos, Lesvos. All four projected helipads will be able to operate day and night for helicopters of up to 15 meters –...

AEGEANALE: Mediterranean Inspiration, Global Participation

Launching in the summer 2013, AEGEANALE is an international annual platform of contemporary art, culture and tourism taking place throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. “For thousands of years, the Aegean has been contemporary,” says Aegeanale’s Founder and General Manager, Nikos...

Greece To Open First European Sustainable Tourism Observatory Under UNWTO Auspices

A Memorandum of Cooperation for the establishment of a National Sustainable Tourism Observatory in Greece, was signed by Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, today, 27 March, in Izmir, Turkey.

Thessaloniki Chosen As Jewish Passover Destination

The Thessaloniki Tourism Organization recently organized a special evening for 300 tourists from Israel that had chosen to spend the Jewish Passover (25 March- 2 April) in the Northern Greek city for the first time.

Greek Aegean Islands Named One Of The 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations

The Aegean Islands in Greece have been selected as one of the "10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014" by Wine Enthusiast magazine in their January issue.

Prime Minister Underlines Importance of Greek Tourism

Tourism and uncertainty do not go together, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Friday from Rhodes in the context of New Democracy's pre-election campaign just two weeks until elections.

Greece Considers Mandatory Credit Card Use to Combat Tax Evasion on Islands

Credit card use for transactions of more than 70 euros at Aegean islands is expected to become mandatory, according to a new multi-bill of reforms to be tabled soon in Greek Parliament.

Santorini Steps in as Year-Round Sunshine Destination

The popular Aegean island of Santorini is ready to offer sea, sun and luxury all year round, the island’s municipal authorities decided on Wednesday.

South Aegean Prefect Slams Government for Abolishing Reduced VAT Rate on Greek Islands

South Aegean Prefect George Hatzimarkos on Thursday slammed the government for agreeing to axe the reduced value-added-tax (VAT) rates that apply on the Greek islands.

Effective Dates of VAT Rate Changes for Tourism-related Services in Greece

The value-added tax (VAT) rates for many basic goods and services in Greece have increased from July 20, 2015, according to a new law recently published in the Greek Government Gazette.

South Aegean Region Stands Out from the Crowd at WTM 2015

The Region of the South Aegean made its presence felt at this year's World Travel Market in London.