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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...

Cyprus Airways To Create Greek Subsidiary

Either through a Greek subsidiary airline or through an alliance with a private Greek carrier, Cyprus Airways is about to take on Olympic Airways. The Cypriot flag carrier says it will concentrate on international flights out of Greece and perhaps team up with a private Greek...

Tourism Industry Takes Action At World Tourism Market To End Crisis

Greece's tourism heads were optimistic after their contacts with UK's most important tour operators during the International World Tourism Market in London last month. General Tourism Secretary Dimitrios Georgarakis and Hellenic Tourism Organization President Evgenios...

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.

Arrival Figures Remain Steady

Greece's tourism industry is expected to host about the same level of visitors as last year, but prospects regarding revenue are less certain.