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A New Era Opens for Philoxenia Travel Fair

With new ideas, new management and a strong 2004 participation to work with, the organizers of Philoxenia say the Greek travel fair has entered a new era. Last year, the fair welcomed 10% more general visitors and saw a 140% increase in foreign commercial visitors when compared...

Delta Receives Athens Airport Award

Delta has been named the "Fastest Growing Airline for North America" by Athens International Airport at the first award ceremony of its kind. Delta's commercial director for Greece and Cyprus, Dimitri Karagioules, said on receiving the award that "Delta is delighted to receive...

Forty-nine New Hellenic Tourism Organization Offices Planned

The tourism ministry is planning to establish 49 new Hellenic Tourism Organization offices around the world, in addition to the current 23 international offices, Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a press conference called last month.

Best Western Holds Semi-annual Meet in Athens

Last month Athens was the venue for the semi-annual meeting of executives and country representatives of Best Western International. The last time such a meeting was held in Greece was in 2001 (Crete). During the meet, Carol Marriott, president and managing director of Best...

ETTFA Goes Global

The travel exhibition industry will soon be speaking with a stronger voice as ETTFA - the European Tourism Trade Fairs Association - goes global.

New Scheduled Flights for Helios Airways

Helios Airways announced recently that it would add two new flights from Heathrow to Larnaca this summer, taking direct service to Cyprus from 5 to 7 times a week.

Louis Cruise Lines Brings Yet Another Cruise Vessel to Piraeus

Louis Cruise Lines announced the purchase of the cruise ship "Seawing" from My Travel Group plc, in response to the surge in demand for cruises from Piraeus.

BA Closes Athens Bookings Department

British Airways, in an ongoing attempt to cut costs, will move its bookings department from its Athens office to a call center on Cyprus.

Tourism Down 8% This Year

Most Greek destinations were disappointed this summer when arrivals failed to increase as expected during the summer months. The end result, according to trade professionals, is that Greece will post an 8% drop in tourism arrivals this year. And this occurs after a difficult 2003.

Alitalia Launches Thessaloniki-Rome Daily Flight

Alitalia last month launched a new direct daily flight from Thessaloniki to Rome. With the addition of the new Thessaloniki-Rome flight, the Italian national carrier now offers daily direct and fast access from Thessaloniki to Rome and Milan.

The Louis Group to Set Up Greek Cruise Line

Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines announced last month that it would have a new company set up and running cruises out of Piraeus by March of next year. The first ships, Calypso and Ithaki, will execute three- four- and seven-day cruises out of Piraeus.

Association Calls for Strong Tourism Ministry

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises last month urged the government to go ahead immediately with tourism-related infrastructure projects throughout the country, infrastructure works on the same scale as seen in Athens over the past several years.

WWF Urges Travelers to Consume Less Water

The tourism boom around one of the world's most popular summer holiday destinations, the Mediterranean Sea, is endangering freshwater supplies and tourists in the area must cut their consumption, the environmental group WWF said in an announcement last month.

2004 Tourism Picture Remains Clouded

When compared with last year, the drop in tourism arrivals this year is expected to reach anywhere between less than 1% to as high as 10%. It all depends on whom you listen to. Tourism revenue, again according to whom you listen to, will drop from 5% to as high as 15% against...

Delta Adds New Athens-New York Flight

From June 3 until September 30 of this year, Delta adds a second direct flight from Athens to New York, says the U.S. airline's commercial director for Greece and Cyprus, Dimitris Karagioules. The new flight will leave Athens every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Alitalia Inaugurates Flights from Thessaloniki to Milan

At a time when most airlines are concentrating on cutting costs and routes, Alitalia took a brave step forward and opened a new route from Thessaloniki to Milan recently with two daily flights. The first flight leaves Thessaloniki at 6:20 and the second at 13:30. Alessandro...

Aegean Expands Its Route Network Once Again

Aegean Airlines is one company that appears to believe the worse is over for the travel industry. The private-owned Greek airline plans to extend its route network early next year to include destinations in neighboring countries such as Cyprus, Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria,...

Tourism Sector Hopes For Last-minute Bookings

The tourism sector had best hope for a barrage of last-minute bookings if Greece's consumers' federation is correct in its forecasts. Four out of every 10 Greeks will not take summer holidays this year, mainly to save money, while most of those who do go away will stay in their...

First Sports Tourism Company Up and Running

Sportius Hospitality, the first Greek company to specialize in sports tourism, said during a recent presentation that it aims to be the biggest organization here to provide accommodation during next year's Olympics. Company executives said they would have 5,500 rooms and...

Still No Master Plan For Greek Tourism

Greece can expect to see a 5- percent increase in tourist arrivals next year based on the double premise that the global economy recovers from the current uncertainty and the government takes steps to boost the industry, according to a study released last month by the Tourism...