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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.

AirSea Lines Doesn’t Just Imagine The Possibilities

Some eighty representatives of the local tourism and travel industry attended the recent seminar organized by AirSea Lines under the auspice of the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agencies. During this event they were informed of the developments, services and network...

Tourism Development Minister Shuts Down Hotels

Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia recently shut down 41 small and medium-sized hotels for failure to obtain fire safety certificates. Ms. Petralia, who has continuously expressed her desire to "protect the reputation of Greek tourism" took this decision and...

Greece Scores Low For Image

Greece earned one of the last places amongst the 12 most important European destinations in a recent poll conducted by the German tourism magazine Touristik Report, of which the judges were 34 of the most powerful people in the European tourism trade. Amongst the judges were...

Greek Tourism Trends 2007

Kapa Research, a subsidiary of the Kalofolias group, recently announced the results for present trends in Greek tourism. The survey shows the realization of a holiday is still a major priority for the Greek traveler who, as a rule, chooses domestic destinations over international.

Santorini Research Establishes Trends in Cycladic Tourism

The Development Company of the Cyclades conducted a two-year study to identify the characteristics of tourism within the Cyclades. The specific case study centered on Santorini. Some 4,250 people participated in the research that took place in 2005/2006 and covered the months of...

Blue Star Shoots Profit up 34%

Blue Star Maritime S.A recently announced the significant improvement of the financial results of Blue Star Group for the first quarter of 2007. Revenue stood at 28.45 million euros against 21.18 million euros in the first quarter of 2006, an increase of 34,3%.

easyCruiseOne To Sail the Greek Islands

EasyCruise announced that easyCruiseOne will sail the Greek islands this summer, beginning May 31, 2007, offering three to 14-day cruises to 11 islands (Cyclades and Saronic). The eleven islands include popular islands such as Mykonos, Paros and Ios, and less well-known islands...

Cyclades Goes Beyond ‘Sun and Sea’ Concept

The Cyclades holds the first place throughout Europe for the internationally known 'sun and sea' elements but so many other essentials compose the group that are unknown to most, according to the island group's Prefect Dimitris Bailas.

Grace Family Enters The Ionian

After leaving its mark in the Cyclades, Grace Hotels Group moved up the map and recently added two more luxury boutique hotels to its brand in the Ionian island group.

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...

Blue Star Social Responsibility Aimed at Island Youth

Blue Star Ferries’ corporate social responsibility program for 2007-2008 focused once again on the youth of the islands served by company vessels and inspired by the Aegean Sea. In early 2007, Blue Star Ferries announced a School Competition divided in two sections—one of...

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.

New Tourism Investment Group to Invest In Greece

An investment group announced last month that it plans to spend, in the medium term, up to 1 billion euros in Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Turkey to develop organized tourism accommodation complexes, mainly for northern Europeans. In Greece its interest focuses on the Peloponnese,...

Luxury Cruise Operator Looks to Expansion in Greece

Navigator Travel is now representing Silversea Cruises in Greece. Silversea, a luxury cruise company, has a fleet of four six-star ships (with two more under construction) that travel to ports throughout the world. The company's high quality cruises, explains Aris Zarpaneli of...

AirSea Lines Plans to Invest over 100 Million Euros

AirSea Lines representatives last month announced plans to invest over 100 million euros for the acquisition of 30 seaplanes to service its existing and newly planned bases in Greece.

Cosmopolitan Mykonos Entices Discerning Travelers

The brilliant-white, cube-shaped homes and bluegreen seas of Mykonos island are among the most popular images of Greece's island tourism.

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.

Blue Star Ferries Supports Special Olympics

The Olympic Flame for the European Special Olympics begin held in Italy until the 6th of the month, sailed from Patras aboard Blue Star's ferryboat Blue Horizon.

Tourists Spend Most on Food and Drink

The Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts (ITEP) last month released figures that offer an insight into how the 14 million tourists expected to visit the country this year might spend their money during their stay.