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GNTO Announces New President And Board Members

The Greek National Tourism Organization announced in late December 2009 its new Board of Directors. Newly appointed GNTO President is Nikolas Kanellopoulos, Supreme Court lawyer, who has operated in the past as an advisor to Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou.

New GNTO Board Of Directors Have First Meeting

The new Board of Directors of the Greek National Tourism Organization had its first meeting last month to examine a number of critical issues concerning the proper and transparent function of the organization.

Deputy Minister Sets Goals For Greek Tourism

Organization, aim, control and effectiveness are the foundations on which today's tourism leadership will operate, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou said recently while addressing parliament during the debate on the 2010 state budget.

GNTO To Participate In 54 International Travel Fairs

The Greek National Tourism Organization will participate in 54 international tourism fairs in the first quarter of 2010, which will include the country's first time participation in exhibitions of alternative and special forms of tourism, according to a recent announcement made...

GNTO Offices Abroad In Trouble

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou recently commented on critical Greek press articles in regards to the bad management of Greek National Tourism Organization offices abroad.

Philoxenia 2009 Hangs On Strong

The 25th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held together with the hotel furnishing exhibition Hotelia, saw trade visitors increase this year by some 28 percent compared to last year's exhibition as 4,782 trade visitors were counted, the exhibition's organizer Helexpo said.

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...

Athens Classic Marathon Expo 2009

The third Athens Classic Marathon Expo, which focuses on running, lifestyle, sports and tourism, health and fitness, is the perfect opportunity to promote Greece as a sports tourism destination, said the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) that is organizing the event.

Downtown Athens Awaits Stepped Up Law Enforcement

Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos called a meeting during the summer to focus on the issue of security in downtown Athens on the occasion of the peak tourist season.

Tourism Chamber Not Wanted

In a letter addressed to Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos, the President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Konstantinos Michalos, called for the tourism ministry to abandon its plans to convert the hotel chamber into a tourism chamber.

Greek Tourism Industry Still Behind On ICT Use

New opportunities that will revolutionize the business profile of Greek tourism enterprises are rising through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), according to a recent study by the Observatory for the Greek Information Society.

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.

Greek Week In Birmingham Center

Chamberlain Square in Birmingham, U.K., was transformed last month into an urban oasis as a "Greek beach" was set up that provided residents and visitors the opportunity to sample the Greek experience.

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 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’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.

U.S. Bookings to Greece Raise Concern

Greek tourism destinations may see a drop of up to 50 percent in bookings from the U.S., the president of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Tourism, Yiorgos Trivizas, said recently.