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GNTO Spending Cuts Affect Offices Abroad

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) saved some 62 million euros last year as its operating expenses in 2010 were reduced by 36.85 percent compared to the year before, according to an announcement the organization made last month.

Domestic Tourism May Tumble This Year

The number of Greeks going on holiday at home this year may see a 20 percent drop compared to the year before that will affect tourism revenue at a rate of three to four percent, according to recent statements made to the press by the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers last month....

Aegean Airlines Enhances Network

Aegean Airlines last month announced its principle growth targets for 2011 that include new destinations abroad, additional frequent flights to major existing destinations and direct connections of Greek regional destinations to foreign markets in order to support tourism.

Kavaliero Viajes Teams Up With Astra Airlines

Kavaliero Viajes last month announced a deal with Astra Airlines for scheduled flights to Paphos, Cyprus, directly from Thessaloniki as of 4 March.

VAT Reduction Keynote At Philoxenia 2010

The 26th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held this year on 18-21 November at Helexpo in Thessaloniki, roughly hosted 500 exhibitors from Greece and 12 other countries (Egypt, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Cyprus, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Turkey, and Tunisia).

SETE’s Facts And Figures On Greek Tourism

“Our statistical data on Greek tourism clearly shows that the country’s tourism is entering a new state of recession of unknown duration,” General Manager of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) George Drakopoulos said.

Greece Strengthens Tourism Ties With Cyprus

The tourism agreement signed between Greece and Cyprus 20 years ago will be updated and issues of common interest will be included, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis said last month. “These issues concern special forms of tourism, common travel packages to...

Summer Holidays Expo 2010 Attracts Thousands

Some 20,000 visitors were informed of this year’s top Greek destinations at the fourth Summer Holidays Expo international exhibition, according to organizer Helexpo. The exhibition took place 22-25 April at the Helexpo exhibition center in Thessaloniki.

SETE Sees a Gloomy Tourism Season

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises painted a black picture at a press conference last month and called on to the government for additional measures to support the tourism industry.

Greece’s Competitiveness Drops

Greece dropped two places in the third annual Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009, published by the World Economic Forum, as it ranked 24th among 133 countries.

Greece Comes Second in Travel Habits Poll

Italy was voted favorite European country in this year's Telegraph Travel Awards reader's survey followed by Greece and Switzerland.

Sports Tourism On the Table

The postgraduate program in business management of the Athens University of Economics and Business recently held the first Panhellenic Conference and International Symposium on Sports Tourism.

New Direct Flight Athens-Ljubljana

A new scheduled route from Ljubljana in Slovenia to Athens commenced last month served by Adria Airways, Slovenias’ national airline and a regional Star Alliance member. The carrier flies three-times-weekly from Ljubljana to Athens on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays, with an...

Border Checks Lifted for Newest Schengen Members

Border checks were lifted at the airports of the nine countries that joined Europe's border-free Schengen area last year. Controls on land and sea frontiers were lifted last year and those at airports have now been lifted as security upgrades have been completed.

Greece Shifts Two Positions on TTCI

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) jointly announced Greece has shifted up two positions on the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) released annually by the World Economic Forum. Greece has moved...

Aegean Airlines Receives First of Ten New Airbus

Aegean Airlines received the first of ten new Airbus A320/1's recently ordered by the airline to replace the six Boeing 737-300/400's, which are in the process of being withdrawn. The airline—whose total investment is some one billion euros—aims to acquire 25 new aircraft in...

Greek Tourists Pick Destination-Cyprus

Some 100,000 Greek tourists picked Cyprus as their holiday destination in the first three quarters of 2007. According to official statistics presented by the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO), there was 15 percent more tourism movement from Greece to Cyprus during this period...

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.

Greek Tourism Gets Organized on the WWW

Greek tourism has been offered a unique opportunity to benefit from a more organized worldwide online promotion through the adoption of the ".travel" domain ending for destinations, organizations and travel companies.

Delta Airlines Welcomes New Commercial Director

Giorgos Zermas recently assumed the position of commercial director for Greece and Cyprus at Delta Airlines.