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Bucharest Receives First GNTO Office

The Greek National Tourism Organization launched its first office in Romania in an effort to strengthen the tourist traffic to Greece and increase the Romanian tourism flow by the promotion of all-year-round travel opportunities.

Greek Tourism Industry Can Do Better in ICT Use

According to a recent study conducted by the Observatory for the Greek Information Society in regards to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by the tourist industry, large tourism companies show a positive attitude towards new technologies but there is...

Philoxenia Turns Heads

This year's Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition sported newly designed modern stands, welcomed a continual arrival of visitors, boasted a huge increase in trade visitors, and wrote up what appears to be a record number of business agreements.

New Tourism Brochure for Tourist Rights

A new brochure entitled ‘Visiting Greece’ written by the European Consumer Center Greece and published by the development ministry is now available.

Greece Through Posters

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently launched the exhibition “Trek to the Greek Light and Color Through Posters of the GNTO” on Crete.

Tourism Development Minister Shuts Down Hotels

Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia recently shut down 41 small and medium-sized hotels for failure to obtain fire safety certificates. Ms. Petralia, who has continuously expressed her desire to "protect the reputation of Greek tourism" took this decision and...

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.

GNTO Doubles Inspections To Tourism Firms

Inspections to tourism enterprises throughout Greece more than doubled this year by Greek National Tourism Organization representatives the Tourism Ministry said last month.

Tourism Museum To Open

The new tourism museum would add to tourism’s connection with culture and contribute to the awareness of tourism students, tourism business executives and tour operators, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently said after the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation for the...

Financial Aid for Promotion of Kefallonia

The decision to provide the island of Kefallonia with an additional 40,000 euros for its advertisement campaign came from Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia recently in response to the recent fires on the island.

Corfu Hosts Inflatable Boat Races

With numerous successes under its belt in organizing various boat races, the island of Corfu on June 16 once again takes on the task of organizing and presenting the Panhellenic Inflatable Boat Races.

40 Million Euro Greek Tourism Ad Campaign Launched

With distinct hopes of breaking last year's record number of tourism arrivals (up 10 percent over the year before), Greece launched its 40-million-euro advertising campaign (run by the consortium Ashley & Holmes Athens/Karamella) at a gala dinner last month. The campaign,...

Tourism Minister Readies Institutional Changes

Greece's tourism development minister, Fanni Palli-Petralia, says she intends to change the country's tourism image this year through institutional changes in both the public and private tourism sector.

Attica Hotels Post Increases In Overnights

The Attica Hoteliers' Association announced last month that for the month of November overnights were up when compared with the same month the year before.

Greece’s New Media Campaign Presented

Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently presented the new international advertising campaign of the Greek National Tourism Organization for 2009-2010.

Tourism Minister Optimistic

Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently claimed to be optimistic in regards to the direction of where this year's tourism season is headed. For the first time he estimated that there would not be a double-digit percentage decline in arrivals from abroad.

Domestic Tourism Gains Ground

The dynamics of domestic tourism to the benefit of Greek tourism businesses and the general public were highlighted at the third Summer Holidays Expo, held from 28 to 31 May at the Helexpo center in Thessaloniki.

GNTO Presents New Portal

The Greek National Tourism Organization recently presented its new portal www.myGNTO.gr through which it aspires to convert electronic visits into actual tourist arrivals to Greece.

Piraeus Prefect Discusses Tourism

The Piraeus Prefecture recently held a meeting that focused on tourism and ways to deal with the economic crisis in the areas and islands within its jurisdiction.

Greece and Romania Strengthen Ties

Romanian Tourism Minister Elena Udrea recently said that a cruise line between Constanta, Romania, and the Greek islands, to be effective as of this summer, is under consideration.