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National Tourism Council Reorganization

Just before the New Year's holidays, Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos announced the reorganization of the National Tourism Council. He said he wanted the council to play a bigger role in shaping policy, and not merely act as an advisory body to the minister.

Tourism Key Economic Activity for Foreign Investment

Greece is emerging as a hub of inter-European networks in the Balkans and hopes to attract large investment schemes in key sectors such as energy and tourism, Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told a conference on "Greece: The Economic Center of Southeastern Europe" held...

Tourism Arrivals down Slightly in 2003

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said Greece has begun a "communication blitz" for Greek tourism promotion abroad in 2004, planning to expand beyond Europe after January. Meanwhile, employees of the Hellenic Tourism Organization are meeting to decide on possible...

Tourism Secretariat to Take over Tourism Organization

If Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos's recent announcement comes to pass, the Hellenic Tourism Organization will be merged with the development ministry's general secretariat for tourism and a new company, EOT SA, will undertake Greece's promotion as a tourism destination,...

Government Talks of Tourism Reforms

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told journalists last month that the government hoped tourism would soon become "the basic economic factor in our country's economic and social development."

New Trends in Sports Tourism

Some 46 speakers, through case studies, showed how important and viable sports is to a country's tourism sector during last month's International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism's (AIEST) 53rd world congress held at the Divani Apollo Hotel in Kavouri September 8-11...

Summer Arrivals Offset Earlier Losses

An increase in foreign arrivals during the early part of the summer so far has helped cancel the losses seen in the early part of the year. And in an effort to stem some profiteering, particularly at eating establishments, government inspectors continue to visit tourism...

Hoteliers Upset Over Government’s Refusal To Change Depreciation Rate

Greek hoteliers continue efforts to pressure government quarters to change depreciation rates for tax purposes from 4% to the 8% it was some two years ago. Representatives from Greek Hotel Chamber and the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises say they are very disappointed...

New Decree to Ease Sale of Properties for Tourism Development

A presidential decree ready to be signed opens the way for tourism development projects on large land plots by the private sector. Projects would combine hotel resorts and holiday home complexes that would be up for sale or taken on a long-term lease basis, according to recent...

Development Minister Announces Need for National Tourism Promotional Policy

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told regional authorities and tourism professionals in Chalkidiki that we needed a national promotional plan for tourism and that we must create a marketing company that would have the responsibility to promote the country's tourism...

S.E. European Tourism Ministers Agree to Unite

Tourism ministers from Southeastern Europe met in Athens recently under the initiative of Greece's development minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, to sign a tourism cooperation agreement. This followed close on the heels of an agreement signed during the Panorama tourism exhibition by...

Finally, New Offices for Hellenic Tourism Organization

After numerous decades at its offices in downtown Athens on Amerikis Street, the 52-year-old Hellenic Tourism Organization last month moved to bright, new, modern quarters. It now takes up all seven floors of space within a modern office building on Tshoha Street not far from the...

Government Expects Minor Drop In Arrivals

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos during a recent press call said that Greek tourism is heading for recovery following the end of the war in Iraq. He said tourist arrivals will pick up pace later this year following the end of the war in Iraq and despite the threat posed...

A Common EU Tourism Policy Possible and Likely

The informal meeting last month of EU development ministers and tourism officials on the island of Crete laid the foundations for drafting a common tourism policy in the European Union by proposing specific measures on tourism promotion and communication.

Mont Parnes Sale Approved

A government bill to privatize the Mont Parnes casino near Athens received parliamentary approval on March 2, despite disagreement from the opposition over its terms.

Minister Satisfied With 2002 Tourism Arrivals

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told reporters that tourism arrivals to Greece last year dropped by around 1% while tourism exchange receipts increased by some 1%. "This means quality improvements have led to an increase in tourism revenue," he said.

Tourism Council Meets With Aim to Develop into Positive Forum

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, after chairing last month's meeting of the National Tourism Council, said his government plans to take steps to reinforce the tourism industry in the event war breaks out with Iraq. He mentioned the creation of a committee to propose...

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.

Greece Suggests Balkans Form Tourism Committee

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos proposes that the Balkan countries create a tourism committee in an effort to better cooperate in overcoming the handicap of being single destinations.

Minister Says To Entice Tourism From USA And China

Ministry of Development Akis Tsohatzopoulos says he will put the stress on invigorating incoming tourism from the U.S., which has been downgraded to a great extent the last few years.
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