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Plan for Privatization of All Greek Airports

The interministerial committee for denationalization last month gave the 'green light' for the utilization of regional airports by private investors.

Chania Calls for Tourist Police on Bicycles

The tourism sector of the Chania prefecture recently requested additional policing, advanced services of tourist police and the set up of new police stations in tourist areas.

Minoa Palace Resort & Spa Opens New Wing

The new wing of the Minoa Palace Resort & Spa luxury hotel in Platanias (Chania, Crete) was recently inaugurated.

Greece Experiences Twenty Percent Rise In Arrivals

At its annual press call to discuss tourism developments the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises said tourism arrivals to Greece have increased more than 19.5 percent in the period 2005-2006 when compared with 2004. It also forecast another major increase this year since the...

Domestic Tourism Shows Losses

Overnight stays of Greeks at various destinations in the country reported significant reductions, which in some cases reached over 20 percent, the Research Institute for Tourism and Forecasting (ITEP) and the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said recently. ITEP said that hotel revenue...

Don’t Know? Ask First

The General Secretariat for Youth under the auspices of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs and the non-government organization PRAKSIS launched an innovative campaign to inform young people about a better quality of life.

Agritourism Festivities on Greek Islands

Chios island has established its agritourism festivities as an annual institution. The agritourism festival that took place last month in the municipal gardens, under the auspices of the municipality of Chios and the tourism sector of southeast Chios, aimed for the promotion of...

AirSea Lines Suspends Flights to Aegean

AirSea Lines officially suspended its programmed flights from Lavrio seadrome to islands in the Aegean but it said it would continue flights as planned for the Ionian islands and Brindisi, Italy, from Patra.

Greek Airports Open 24 Hours

Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia last month met with Greek ministers in an effort to coordinate actions that would improve the tourism sector.

Crete in for a Bleak Tourism Season

The international economic crisis is expected to cause a 25 to 40 percent drop in tourism traffic to Rethymno, Crete, as countries such as the U.K. and Germany are shying away to cheaper non-euro destinations, say the island's tour operators.

Athens Airways Takes Off

New private airline Athens Airways announced recently that it intends to raise the bar of Greek air service quality and aims for a five to 12 percent share of the domestic passenger traffic.

Hoteliers Worried about Contract Revisions

Hoteliers on Crete recently expressed their surprise that major tour operators want to revise the 2009 holiday contracts and demand price reductions.

Greek Airports Receive Aesthetic Improvements

The Hellenic Ministry of Transport and Communications (YME) and the Tourism Development Ministry held a joint press conference recently to reveal the process to aesthetically improve peripheral airports in Greece following a memorandum sent to YME by the Association of Tourist...

Another Increase in Air Traffic

Athens International Airport's spring timetable offers 836 weekly scheduled flights - 47 more compared to the respective period in 2005 (+6% growth on a year-to-year basis) - operated by 56 airlines, connecting AIA to 68 international destinations in 47 countries.

Ferry Ticket Prices Liberalized

Legislation to liberalize ferry ticket prices for third class fares and vehicles was signed by the Ministry of Merchant Marine, and includes ferries departing from the ports of Pireaus, Rafina, Lavrio, Kimi, to and from Elefsina, and from Patra to Kerkyra.

Blue Star Ferries Increases Profit 121%

Blue Star Maritime S.A. last month announced consolidated net profit after taxes of €19.2 million for the nine months ending 30th September, 2005, against €8.7 million for the same period in 2004, a significant increase of 121%.

Research Institute Says Greek Tourism Rebound Mild at Best

As government boasts that arrivals this year will surpass last year's numbers by more than 10%, a report from the country's Institute for Tourism Research says we'll be fortunate to see a 7% increase in arrivals.

Hotel in Crete Exclusively for People with Disabilities

Eria Resort, the first hotel designed for people with disabilities, is located near Chania in Crete. The hotel owner, Grigoris Archontakis, is a pharmacist with a successful business in orthopedic and medical equipment.

Blue Star 2 Most Popular Ferry on Piraeus-Chania Route

The newest ferry vessel on the Piraeus-Chania route, the Blue Star 2, has managed to sail ahead of all its competitors. For the month of December, Blue Star 2 increased travel on the route by some 43% and increased cargo transport by about 31%, when compared with the same month...

Unique Greek Resort Complex Ideal for the Physically Challenged

At least one Greek tourism enterprise seems to have taken to heart the potential gains as described in last year's edition of the Hellenic Tourism Organization's manual entitled "Making Europe Accessible for Tourists with Disabilities."