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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...

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.

Positive Outlook in Tourism Traffic for 2007

The Athens Hoteliers Association recently shared statistics collected from monthly reports on hotel occupancy in Athens and the Attica region. In the months of May and June an increase in traffic has been noted of approximately six percent.

Egypt Air and Lufthansa Unite With Code-Share Agreement

Lufthansa and Egypt Air recently signed a code-share contract in a move to cooperate more closely in the future. Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, and chairman of Egypt Air, Eng. Atef Abd El Hamid, signed the contract that marked the start of the partnership.

EC Proposes Inclusion of Airlines in Emissions Trading

The European Union's Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said last month that a proposal will shortly be submitted to the European Commission (EC) that includes airlines in the EU's existing Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). This proposal, he continued, includes all airlines,...

ITB Berlin Showed Mixed Picture for Arrivals to Greece

German bookings data for holidays in Greece so far this year give a mixed picture, officials said at last month's ITB international travel show in Berlin, one of the world's largest.

Athens Sphere Attracts Thousands

The first World of Athens roadshow, part of a series of international events of an extensive advertizing campaign for the promotion of Athens, took place at Potters Fields Park in London on 22-25 May.

Athens Goes International With New Ad Campaign

The tourism ministry recently announced the launch of an extensive advertising campaign for the promotion of Athens set for May and June that includes a series of actions and events to take place in the U.S. and Europe.

SETE Sees a Gloomy Tourism Season

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises painted a black picture at a press conference last month and called on to the government for additional measures to support the tourism industry.

Attica Hotel Association Says Tourism Traffic in Athens is Stagnant

The Attica Hotel Association recently announced the statistics on hotel occupancy for November 2007, and claims "tourism traffic during the holiday period showed neither positive nor encouraging results and remains stagnant.”

Aegean Airlines Signs Partnership with Brussels Airlines

Aegean Airlines recently signed a commercial cooperation agreement with Brussels Airlines that includes the operation of the route Brussels-Athens.

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...

Greek Regions Impress at Paris Exhibition

The Municipality of Alonissos and the periphery of the Ionian Islands recently took part in the five-day "Le Monde a Paris" international tourism exhibition (13/3/08-17/3/08) with positive results. The Municipality of Alonissos, also present at the exhibition last year, had a...

Travel Bloggers at ITB Berlin

A major meeting of travel "bloggers" from around the world is planned for the first time at the PhoCusWright@ITB Berlin event during the ITB Berlin exhibition this month. According to the organizers, “Bloggers are regarded as influential opinion-formers since user-generated...

Greece Stars at Record-breaking ITB Tourism Fair

Greece, for the first time, bathed in the limelight as the partner country at the 40th global tourism expo ITB held last month in Berlin. Greece hosted the opening event and reception for over 5,000 guests with a rich artistic program that included singers Alkistis Protopsalti...

Lufthansa Welcomes New General Manager

Paulo Yoshikawa is Lufthansa's new general manager for Greece and Cyprus. The Japanese-Brazilian national began his career with Lufthansa in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1975 and has been with the German carrier ever since. Before coming to Athens, Mr. Yoshikawa was based in Madrid,...

Government Predicts Substantial Rise in Tourism

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos last month, during a press call, said that we would see at least a seven percent rise in tourism arrivals this year. He said that according to data received from Hellenic Tourism Organization offices abroad the increase would be...

Greek 60 Million-euro Tourism Promotion Campaign Well Underway

Greece's tourism promotion campaign steams ahead in both Europe and the USA. The first phase of the 60-million-euro campaign has been completed and the second phase is now in full force.

European Travel Trends Released by IPK International

Again this year, IPK International released its Global Travel Trends study during Berlin's tourism fair International Travel Bourse. The study found that Europeans continue their strong preference for sun and sea holidays.

Travel Trade Concerned But Optimistic For 2003 Tourism Year

Despite ominous forecasts, Greek hoteliers and travel agents are somewhat optimistic for this year's tourism sector. They feel Greece this year most likely will have fewer than anticipated losses thanks to its six-month EU presidency, which is expected to be a boon for the...