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Prospects For Conference Tourism

The conference tourism market is aware of the global financial crisis, but manages to minimize its effects to a large extent, was the conclusion of the 5th Pan-Hellenic Conference for Business and Conference Tourism in Thessaloniki. The Hellenic Association of Professional...

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.

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.

ABTA Says Greece Not Only “Sea and Sun”

Tour operators have improved holiday offers to Greece and promote a wide variety of packages such as adventure travel, spa, island tours, city breaks and wedding packages to show that there is much more to Greece than just beaches, according to this year's "2009 Travel Trends...

Greek Hospitality Market Analyzed

Greece cannot compete on a price basis with new destinations under its current hospitality cost structure but the country has the necessary element to reinvent itself, reshape its product, and market itself efficiently in order to maintain the positive publicity and the momentum...

Aegean Airlines Signs Partnership with Brussels Airlines

Aegean Airlines recently signed a commercial cooperation agreement with Brussels Airlines that includes the operation of the route Brussels-Athens.

Prospects to Grow Between Greece and Azerbaijan

Business cooperation between Greek and Azerbaijani tourism entrepreneurs was predicted after the recent familiarization tour of Azerbaijani tour operators to Athens, Crete and Thessaloniki organized by the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies.

Chania Adds Western Crete Travel Agents Association

Crete welcomed a new addition to the tourism sector with the induction of the Association of West Crete Travel Agencies (ATAWC) in the official registry of associations with the number 20/27.06.07.

Atlantica Hotels & Natalie Tours Invest in Greece

Atlantica Hotels & Resorts—50 percent of which belong to TUI Travel PLC—and Natalie Tours, a leading Russian tour operator, have agreed to jointly build some 20 four-and five-star hotels in Greece in the next five to seven years. Both sides met during the Russian-Greek...

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...

13th Touristiko Panorama Shows Greek Travel Trends

Kapa Research revealed significant Greek travel trends for the occasion of the 13th Touristiko Panorama travel exhibition held in Athens on 17-20 April, organized by the Kalofolias Group-Express Newspaper.

Chinese Magazine Honors Greek Olive Oil

Chinese magazine "You Are What You Eat" recently published a six-page article on Greek food and beverages, with emphasis on Greek olive oil, in its September issue. The article followed a road trip of the magazine's journalist around Greece where he visited Athens, Peloponissos...

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).

Major Tourism Projects Planned This Year

At least five major tourism projects are expected to get underway this year. Two are completely new projects initiated by the Municipality of Katerinis (Pieria) and by the Elia Prefecture (Peloponissos).

New Emphasis on Religious Tourism

Greece is ready to exploit its rich religious tradition in order to entice visitors from fellow Orthodox Christian countries with the Greek Tourism Ministry intending to tap a bountiful heritage of churches, relics and miraculous icons dating back to the Byzantine Empire.

Competitiveness of Greek Tourism Product Continues to Decline

Greece continues to lose ground as a preferred tourism destination. In 2004, Greece placed 16th as a tourism destination choice worldwide, a drop from 13th in 2002, according to the findings of a recent study titled, "The Challenge of Competitiveness and Redefining Greek Tourism...

Business Development Program for Travel Agencies

A new program called Allways Tourism is being developed to improve the quality and services of Greek travel agencies so they can compete more effectively in the international market. The program will focus on continuing education for employees, business development, improving the...

Crete Plans Construction of New International Airport

A new international airport costing more than 1 billion euros will be built on Crete, according to a government announcement. The new airport will be able to serve 5,000 holidaymakers at a time and will also serve as a transport hub for air cargo in the eastern Mediterranean.

Greek Agrotourism Enterprises on the Rise

According to Agrotouristiki, the number of accredited agro-tourism enterprises in Greece reach more than 1,000, with some 600 of these providing accommodation. But just 20 or so of these units are truly agrotourism units that encourage visitors to experience agricultural life at...

Amphitrion and C&C Merge Congress Activities

Two of Greece's biggest tourism companies in the area of conferences and congresses recently agreed to merge their congress activities through the creation of a new company called Amphitrion-C&C PCO.