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Research Institute Sees Continual Tourism Decline

Greece's tourism sector continued to fall further behind its foreign competitors during the first nine-month period of this year, according to the latest report published by the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasting.

Worst Tourism Season in 30 Years

Greece's tourism enterprises haven't felt such negative pressure in 30 years, says the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents. "The negative economic effects experienced thus far have reached dangerous proportions for the future of tourism enterprises," says the...

New Investment Bill Introduced

The Greek finance ministry recently introduced a draft bill on investment incentives. The bill contains five points that are significant for the tourism sector. First, investment subsidies for comprehensive plans for refurbishing hotels are revised from 4.5 million euros to 10...

New Transportation Business Plan Announced

Government last month announced the approval of a new "Railway-Airport-Public Transport" business plan worth almost 3 billion euros. The lion's share of the funds, some 2 billion euros, goes to modernizing Greece's rail network, particularly the Athens-Thessaloniki and...

New Crete Golf Course Opens July 5

Greece's newest golf course opens this month on the island of Crete. Owners say it is the most challenging golf course in Greece and one that will be meticulously maintained. The course takes in the typical ancient landscape of Crete and will host many of the visitors that come...

HATTA Sides With Traveling Public

An Athens court recently ruled in favor of an injunction brought by the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agents against the Media & Travel Group, which distributes Travel Card, advertised as offering discount accommodation in over 300 hotels throughout Greece.

Amphitrion Opens New Office On Santorini

One of Greece's leading travel companies, the Amphitrion Group of Companies, continued its expansion activities recently with the launch of a new branch office on the island of Santorini.

Strintzis Management Pleasantly Surprised

Traffic on our new routes is even better than we expected, says Blue Star Ferries (Strintzis Lines) sales and marketing director, Michalis Sakelis. "We are particularly pleased and pleasantly surprised with the traffic on our new Piraeus-Chania route," he says.

A Common EU Tourism Policy Possible and Likely

The informal meeting last month of EU development ministers and tourism officials on the island of Crete laid the foundations for drafting a common tourism policy in the European Union by proposing specific measures on tourism promotion and communication.

Tourism Promotion Campaign Underway

The Hellenic Tourism Organization said it would begin its 7.3-million-euro tourism advertising campaign abroad this month. The organization's president, Yiannis Patellis, said that the campaign's theme would very much resemble that of last year and announced that Greece had...

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...

Strintzis Introduces New Routes

Within the new liberalized framework of Greek coastal shipping, Strintzis Lines (Blue Star Ferries), expands its routes. As of this month, the Greek ferry line is at the forefront with three brand new ships on the Cycladic Islands' routes, the Blue Star 1 in the Dodecanese on the...

Tourism to Greece at Satisfactory Levels Says WTO

Tourism arrivals to Greece in 2002 remained at a satisfactory level, said the Word Tourism Organization's secretary general, Francisco Frangialli, during the recent Fitur travel fair held in Madrid. He added that prospects for Greece's tourism sector remain positive in light of...

The Rise and Fall of Greece’s Top Name in Travel

A few years back, many in the travel industry would point to Manos Travel as an example of how to succeed in the business. The company started from a small office and through pioneering ideas grew by leaps and bounds into the biggest and most successful in the country.

New Lodging Complex For Wine Lovers

Georgos Kokotos, once a well-known hotelier with units on Rodos and Crete, is back in the business: This time with a new and unique product for Greece. He is creating a winery complex with accommodation facilities for visitors who wish to acquaint themselves with the entire...

Luxurius Sofitel Adds Creative Class To Airport

From the outside, this does not appear to be a particularly distinctive premium hotel. Its classical style, however, designed to blend in with the intentional blandness of the new El.Venizelos airport at Spata, does grab your attention. Once inside, the change is mind boggling.

Air Transport Conference

An International Conference on Air Transport and Airports and their evolution in the 21st Century takes place next month at the University of Patras on December 3 and 4. Organizers expect to welcome some 300 experts in air transport from the European Union, including Greece, and...

Worldspan Hosts Gala For Clients

One of the world's major global distribution system providers, Worldspan, spent lavishly last month in a successful effort to thank their many clients throughout the country for using their services. Some 200 travel agents arrived for the gala night-out event held at one of the...

AKS Adds Another Hotel To Group

AKS Hotels of Cyprus recently added the five-star Annabelle Village on Crete to its stable of hotel units. With the 264 rooms the unit offers, the hotel group now boasts 1,800 rooms in Greece.

Capsis Opens New Conference Center On Rodos

With a total conference capacity of 8,000 delegates, the new "Marika Capsis 2000" convention center in the Sofitel Capsis hotel on Rodos, which opens this month, is the country's biggest.