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Agritourism Summer Bazaar in Epidavros

Agrotouristiki and the Municipality of Epidavros last month organized a series of cultural events and exhibits for the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of agritourism activities in Epidavros.

Greek Beaches Stripped of Blue Flags

Fourteen Greek coasts, winners of the 'Blue Flags' international program for environmental education, information and awareness were recently dropped from the 2008 list and lost their award.

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.

ITEP Predicts Greek Tourism Will Worsen in 2009

A study conducted by the Research Institute for Tourism and Forecasts on the performance of the Greek tourism sector for the first nine months of 2008 concluded that global tourism has been affected by the international economic crisis and despite the strength it has shown in...

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...

Hellenic Seaways Honors National Environment Day

Hellenic Seaways honored International Environment Day (5/6/07) with the organization of a beach clean up on the islands of Chios and Aegina.

Aegean Airlines Christens New A320s

Theodoros Vassilakis, chairman of Aegean Airlines, was on hand late last month at the Athens International Airport for the inauguration ceremony of his company's new Airbus A320s.

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.

Ai Stratis Island To Go Green

Greek island Ai Stratis won the government "competition," announced by Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, to become the country's first "green island" that will feature large-scale infrastructure for green energy, such as photovoltaic systems and wind farms.

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.

Azamara Quest Embarks and Disembarks from Pireaus Port

Azamara Cruises recently added the refurbished cruise ship Azamara Quest to its fleet, which will conduct cruises in the Mediterranean with Pireaus as the port of embarkation or disembarkation, from June to November 2008.

Acoustic Guides on Chios

Erytha Hotel & Resort on the island of Chios recently announced an innovation in its facilities as it is the first hotel in Greece to offer its guests the option of an acoustic tour of the island's key sites. When the resort opens this month guests may obtain the...

Hellenic Seaways Offers Many Passenger Benefits

Hellenic Seaways, a leading coastal ferry operator in Greece, has designed special programs for its passengers. The company's fleet of 34 ferries serves the northeastern Aegean, Cyclades, Crete, Argosaronikos and Sporades, and also provides freight service to Venice, Italy.

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.

Blue Star Ferries Inaugurates Chania-Piraeus Route

Piraeus-based Blue Star Ferries now runs a ferry route from Piraeus to Chania, Crete, with its newbuild Blue Star 2. The journey takes a mere five hours and 45 minutes. The vessel, built in 2000, plies the route at a speed of 28 miles an hour and carries up to 1,900 passengers...

Greece Sees Drop In Air Arrivals

Air arrivals to Greek airports appeared reduced by 7.8 percent for the January-October 2009 period while for the month of October the decline reached 6.2 percent, the Institute of Tourist Research and Forecasts (ITEP) reported recently.

Visa-Free Pilot Program Proves A Success

The visa facilitation pilot program launched in June that allows non-European Union citizens to enter Greece from Turkey and visit five Greek Eastern Aegean islands without a visa from a Greek consulate was said last month to be making big progress.

Olympic Aviation Goes International With New Jets

With the delivery last month of two new passenger jets, Olympic Airways' subsidiary Olympic Aviation breaks out of the confines of the regional market and heads for the skies over Europe.

Coastal Shippers Order 50 New Vessels

Within the next two years, the Greek coastal shipping sector will accept delivery of some 50 new ferry vessels. With these new fast ships, the time it will take to sail from Piraeus and Rafina to the Greek islands, and Italy, will be substantially reduced.

Tall Sailing Ship Runs Greek Island Cruises

As of this summer, the Star Flyer, a tall sailing cruise ship, runs a cruise from Piraeus every Saturday to the islands of Mykonos, Chios, Kusadasi, Patmos, Sifnos and Kea. Its alternate program includes the islands of Hydra, Santorini, Rodos, Bodrum and Paros.