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Athens and Sofia Sign Protocol

Mayor of Athens Nikitas Kaklamanis and Mayor of Sofia Boyko Borisov signed a protocol of peace and cooperation between the two cities. The protocol specifies an exchange of information on public sector management between Greece's capital and the capital of Bulgaria, that is,...

Border Checks Lifted for Newest Schengen Members

Border checks were lifted at the airports of the nine countries that joined Europe's border-free Schengen area last year. Controls on land and sea frontiers were lifted last year and those at airports have now been lifted as security upgrades have been completed.

World Tourism Day 2007 Focus on Women

On the occasion of World Tourism Day 2007 a think tank was hosted in Bentota (Sri Lanka) supported by the World Tourism Organization under the theme "Tourism Opening Doors for Women."

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.

Greece Scores Low For Image

Greece earned one of the last places amongst the 12 most important European destinations in a recent poll conducted by the German tourism magazine Touristik Report, of which the judges were 34 of the most powerful people in the European tourism trade. Amongst the judges were...

Thessaloniki Forum Voices Reservations For Long-Term Tourism Benefits

Greece holds the top spot among 28 destinations in the world with 67 percent of tourists saying that this country is the most attractive place for vacations, according to a survey by the German tour operator TUI, presented at the recent 11th Thessaloniki Forum.

Philoxenia Hangs On

Aristotelis Thomopoulos, president of Helexpo, the organizer of the Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, says this year's fair, the twenty-second, saw an increase in visitors and exhibitors (additional exhibitors this year included those to the new special section for spa...

New Hotel Booking Website Up and Running

A new on-line resort and hotel booking site, youtravel.com, was launched last month. So far 25,000 rooms are available in destinations including Greece, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Malta, Cyprus, Tunisia, Portugal, Morocco, Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia, Dominican Republic and Dubai.

Alitalia Welcomes New Regional Manager

Antonio Temporini is Alitalia's new regional manager for southeast Europe, including Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Israel, Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkans.

Europeans Make Up Majority of Greek Tourism Market

Seventy percent of Greece's tourism revenue, 11,037 million euro in 2005, comes from the 15 original EU countries found the Bank of Greece's three-year travel survey (2003-2005).

Mediterranean Travel Fair Being Held in Cairo

Despite tensions in the Middle East, the Mediterranean Travel Fair 2006 (MTF) will be held in Cairo from September 5th through the 7th, and by all indications it is set for a great start. Trade pre-registration has exceeded expectations and is currently up 100% from the...

Trinity Signs Articulation Agreement With Southern

Trinity International Hospitality Studies on Crete announced last month that the school concluded a cooperation and articulation agreement with the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Management of Southern New Hampshire University (USA).

New Name for World Tourism Organization

After the transformation of the World Tourism Organization into a specialized agency of the United Nations, the tourism organization now refers to itself as UNWTO. It's newly-elected secretary general - till the end of 2009 - Francesco Frangialli, said because the acronym WTO was...

A New Era Opens for Philoxenia Travel Fair

With new ideas, new management and a strong 2004 participation to work with, the organizers of Philoxenia say the Greek travel fair has entered a new era. Last year, the fair welcomed 10% more general visitors and saw a 140% increase in foreign commercial visitors when compared...

Forty-nine New Hellenic Tourism Organization Offices Planned

The tourism ministry is planning to establish 49 new Hellenic Tourism Organization offices around the world, in addition to the current 23 international offices, Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a press conference called last month.

Best Western Holds Semi-annual Meet in Athens

Last month Athens was the venue for the semi-annual meeting of executives and country representatives of Best Western International. The last time such a meeting was held in Greece was in 2001 (Crete). During the meet, Carol Marriott, president and managing director of Best...

Germans Opt for Cheaper Destinations

It appears that Germans have turned away from Greece as a holiday destination and have headed to cheaper destinations outside the euro zone. Greek tourism professionals say the move has been going on since 2002 and to a great extent is due to the condition of the German economy...

Tourism Down 8% This Year

Most Greek destinations were disappointed this summer when arrivals failed to increase as expected during the summer months. The end result, according to trade professionals, is that Greece will post an 8% drop in tourism arrivals this year. And this occurs after a difficult 2003.

EU Enlargement Creates Coherent European Tourism Industry

The enlargement of the European Union, with ten new members joining in May, will help create a "more complete and coherent European tourism industry, which should be recognized in the future European Constitution," according to the World Tourism Organization.

Government Replaces Its Tourism Leaders

The government says it will present a comprehensive restructuring plan for the country's tourism administration. The announcement followed the replacement of government tourism leaders and the reshuffling of responsibilities among the Development Ministry's General Secretariat...