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AIMS Opens Headquarters In Athens

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos (far right) looks on as the president of the Association of International Marathon and Distance Races’ (AIMS), Paco Borao, cuts the ribbon at the new headquarters of AIMS located in the building of the OAKA Olympic Outdoor Aquatics...

TUI Sparks Panic With Drachma Warning To Greek Hoteliers

“In recent months, one of the reasons we got into this situation was the misinformation and the fact that markets made reckless movements without taking data and results under consideration,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos told US business TV channel CNBC last...

Professionals Cautious On 2011 Domestic Tourism

Tourism professionals appeared satisfied with bookings during the Athenian exodus of the 28 October weekend holiday when compared with those recorded in previous years for the same period, the Greek press said last month.

WTM Report Bashes Governments’ Indifference To Tourism

“The world’s governments should do more to support travel and tourism,” World Travel Market’s Chairman Fiona Jeffery told the industry during her opening speech at the tourism fair at ExCel in London, UK, held this year 7-10 November.

SETE Proposes Joint Tourism Strategy

Although the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises’ (SETE) tenth annual tourism and development conference was slightly overshadowed by Greek political instability and uncertainty last month it will remain in history as a conference first of its kind that took a step further...

Pavlos Yeroulanos

Greece provides a unique way of life; a way of life that puts forth values that have been tested through time. So it is not surprising that many of those who visit our country are people who have been exposed to these values through their schooling and their studies.

Athens Hosts 8th Greek-Turkish Forum on Tourism

President of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) Giorgos Telonis, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and his Turkish counterpart, Ertugrul Gunay during the 8th Greek-Turkish Forum on...

Pavlos Yeroulanos Elected Chairman Of UNWTO Commission For Europe

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos was elected Chairman of the UNWTO Commission for Europe for the next two years, last month during the 19th Session of the General Assembly of UNWTO in Korea.

Greece Celebrates World Tourism Day With Strikes

World Tourism Day was celebrated on 27 September globally around the theme “Tourism–Linking Cultures” and highlighted tourism’s role in bringing the cultures of the world together and promoting global understanding through travel.

Minister Briefs SETE On Government’s Tourism Strategy

“Our first priority is to attract more investment to Greece through tourism in order to attract more visitors… These are the two main pillars we are working on,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said to the press last month after he presented the government's...

Stronger Ties Between Greece And Serbia

“Serbian visitors to Greece this year are expected to reach 700,000 and the aim is for that figure to increase to one million visitors over the next few years,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said last month.

Athens Tourism A Challenge For 2012, Minister

“In Athens we have a problem, it is the black hole of our tourism and this is where we must focus our full attention in the coming year,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said during an interview last month.

Minister On Future Plans For Tourism

“The Culture and Tourism Ministry is currently examining how to promote Greece as an all year round tourism destination,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos told the Financial Times Deutschland last month.

UNWTO Optimistic On Greek Tourism

“Greece has returned. Greece is making a dynamic comeback and we can confirm this," UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai said while citing official data during the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism that took place in Madrid, Spain, 15-16 September.

Record Foreign Arrivals Expected In Greece This Year

Foreign arrivals to Greece this year are expected to reach, if not surpass, some 16.5 million, the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, informed Prime Minister George Papandreou during a meeting held in late August. So far,...

Athens’ Hotels-Expedia.com Campaign Continues

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos last month approved a three-month extension of a campaign launched by the Athens-Attica Hotel Association and online travel company Expedia.com. The Greek National Tourism Organization will finance the extension of the campaign.

Plato’s Academy Site To Receive Upgrade

“The upgrade and unification of Plato's Academy is a project that has been delayed greatly… Plato’s Academy is a source of wealth for Athens and it must be promoted as such,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said recently.

Hoteliers Cautious On Tourism Residential Accommodation

Greek hoteliers consider the tourism residential accommodation a necessary measure but under certain conditions, according to a survey carried out recently by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Minister Wants To Abolish Greece-Turkey Visa Restrictions

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos recently spoke about the obstacles posed by the European Union in regards to the abolition of visa restrictions in travel to and from Turkey, during a recent interview to Turkish National TV broadcaster TRT.

Greek Cabbies Suspend Strikes, Bookings Canceled

Some 20 percent of bookings to Greece were canceled for the mid August-October period during the three-week strike of Greek taxi owners and drivers, press reports said last month. Tourism professionals stressed the taxi strike cost Greek tourism 250,000-300,000 bookings and...