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Athens Tourism Before and After the Games

The Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company, in the context of the creation of a ‘tourism observatory’ for the City of Athens, conducted a study entitled ‘Registered Athens Tourism Study—from pre-Olympic to the post-Olympic period: The influence of the Olympic Games and...

Athens Hotels After the 2004 Olympics

A report was recently released in regards to the effects the Athens 2004 Olympic Games had on the hotels of the Greek capital.

Fourth Annual HAPCO Conference Focuses on New Athens Convention Bureau

The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) recently held its fourth annual two-day conference on "The Environment, Synergy and Crisis Management in Conference Tourism" at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, where much emphasis was placed...

Athens International Airport Retains its Title

The Official Airline Guide (OAG) recently announced the route Barcelona-Madrid to be the most frequent route with 971 flights weekly. The route Sao Paolo Congonhas-Rio de Janeiro with 894 weekly flights came runner up, and then Jeju-Seoul Gimpo with 858 flights and...

British Airways Hails Athens as a Popular Destination

British Airways recently revealed that Greece is one of the most popular European destinations this summer and on the same par as Paris, Rome, Nice, Madrid and Barcelona.

Thessaloniki Earns Popular Conference Destination Status

The annual publication of the International Congress and Convention Association recently found Thessaloniki amongst the top one hundred conference destination cities for the third year in a row.

Air Transat Adds 16th Wide-Body Jet to its Fleet

Air Transat, Canada's leading travel holiday airline, announced the addition of a new Airbus A310-300. For this summer, Air Transat will be serving 30 European cities including Barcelona, Malaga, Vienna and Athens. Together with its sister company, Transat Holidays, and its...

Environmental Protection of Mediterranean Sea Vital for Tourism

The European Commission proposed a long-term environmental strategy for cleaning up and protecting the Mediterranean Sea. This unique ecosystem, it said, is deteriorating as environmental pressures such as pollution and construction increase.

Greece Would Draw Millions of Tourists as a Cruise Hub

Making Greece an international cruise hub for the eastern Mediterranean would bring five million tourists in a few years and tremendous financial returns were the main conclusion drawn from the forum organized by the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) on...

Princess Cruises To Embark From Piraeus in Spring 2007

S Cruiseplan, said, "will give Greeks the opportunity to escape completely from their daily routine."

Market Optimistic for 2006 Tourism Arrivals & Revenue

Travel agents, hoteliers, car-rental agencies and tour operators are enthusiastic and optimistic for this year's tourism season. They foresee yet another year of increases in arrivals and revenue.

EIBTM Proved Good for Most, Bad for Some

The recent EIBTM fair in Barcelona for meetings and incentives proved exceptional for some, and not so for others. In particular, it was not so good for 14 Greek exhibitors, including two municipalities and some of the country's most respected tourism professionals.

Tourism and Development Conference Stresses Cooperation

The fourth annual tourism conference organized by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises welcomed speakers from 10 countries this year. On opening the conference, the association's president, Stavros Andreadis, said that since the last conference there has been no change in...

Louis Hellenic Cruises to Raise the Greek Flag

At least three Louis group cruise ships will raise the Greek flag, CEO Costakis Loizou said aboard Thomson Destiny, the group's flagship, during a reception held while the vessel was docked in Piraeus last month.

Regional Authorities Now Urge for Lower Athens Airport Fees

The municipal authorities of the Saronic Gulf tourist islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses last month made a joint appeal for a reduction in usage charges at Athens international airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, which they said would encourage more charter flights to the...

Now or Never for Greek Tourism

Perhaps the best and most professional tourism conference ever organized in Athens was organized and superbly executed last month by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. The conference not only started on time but also started without the usual barrage of empty speeches...

Fast-growing New Low-cost Airline from Eastern Europe

Wizz Air, a new European low-cost airline that focuses on the Central and Eastern Europe markets, inaugurated Athens-Budapest flights last month. The CEO and general manager of Wizz Air, Jozsef Varadi, said he expects to fill 2,000 seats per week out of Athens and 100,000 seats...

Festival Cruises Sells Three Vessels

In late January, Festival Cruises (of Greek-Italian interests) was broiled in talks with creditors in an attempt to reverse a decision to auction off its three recently acquired cruise ships -- the Mistral, European Vision and European Star. In mid February, Festival announced...

A note by the publisher

The perpetual tale of Olympic Airways -- as of December 12, Olympic Airlines -- continues with no end in sight. Although the government says it has selected one of five potential bidders for further talks on a takeover of Olympic Airlines, the slimmed-down successor to heavily...

Alitalia Inaugurates Flights from Thessaloniki to Milan

At a time when most airlines are concentrating on cutting costs and routes, Alitalia took a brave step forward and opened a new route from Thessaloniki to Milan recently with two daily flights. The first flight leaves Thessaloniki at 6:20 and the second at 13:30. Alessandro...