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Fish Tourism Initiative Taken

The Municipality of Avdiron (south of Xanthi) organized its first fish tourism conference and implemented the first pilot program of fish tourism in Greece within the framework of the “Fish Tourism” plan.

Airline Association Unhappy with EU-U.S. Aviation Agreement

The European Union late last month reached a agreement that gives airlines greater freedom to choose trans-Atlantic routes and potentially lead to lower fares. While details of the pact were not released as we went to press, it is intended to allow European airlines to fly from...

New EU Ruling Favors Disabled Airline Passengers

Disabled airline passengers and those with reduced mobility had their rights formally regulated last month after a EU proposal. According to the ruling, the responsibility for the care of disabled passengers will now be vested not with the airlines but with the airports who are...

Difficulties in Establishing a New Olympic Airlines

As we go to press, negotiation meetings to determine the future of Olympic Airlines continue. The EU gave the government until the end of March to develop a plan for liquidating the airline, and a business plan for the new company with private capital for funding.

Measures Required to Entice More Chinese Arrivals

Chinese tourism to Greece has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Local tourism professionals estimate an even stronger rise for the immediate future, provided a few basic measures are initiated. They remind that European countries have begun a race to attract as...

Tourism Professionals Against EU Directive on Services

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies last month expressed concern on how the European Union's Bolkestein directive, which is designed to open up the EU service sector, will impact the group's members.

Aviation Single Market Extended

The recent proposal to enlarge the European Common Aviation Area - the European Single Market for aviation - from 25 to 35 members, with the inclusion of a number of states and provinces in Southeast Europe, as well as the formal incorporation of existing participants Norway and...

Tourism Key to EU Growth and Employment

Ministers and government representatives from the EU-25, the accession and candidate countries, EFTA/EEA and the Western Balkans met in Vienna last month for a European conference of tourism ministers.

Arab-Hellenic Trade Relations Forum Set for September

The first forum, "Historic Relations and New Horizons for Cooperation," is being organized for September 14 and 15 by the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce & Development, and will be held in Athens.

EU Will Revisit Aviation Security Measures

In response to last month's foiled terrorist plot to bomb transatlantic flights departing from London, an emergency meeting was held between UK Home Secretary John Reid and EU ministers from Finland (now holding EU presidency), France, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, which hold...

EU Proposals Aimed at Reforming Aviation Law

The European Commission has prepared several proposals to reform the Single Market legislation for aviation introduced some ten years ago which gave airlines unrestricted market access and permitted them to set fares independently.

New Legislation May Force Increase in Ferry Tickets

Ferry ticket prices are likely to increase by at least eight percent shortly due to a European Union directive that requires companies to switch to a more environmentally friendly fuel, according to press reports.

Time Is Running Out For Olympic Airways

Last month, the European Commission requested the European Court to impose penalties on Greece for non-compliance with the Commission's 2005 ruling that Olympic must repay illegal government subsidies of 161 million euros received from 1998 to 2002.

New Air Travel Regulations for Those with Special Needs

The Association of European Airlines reacted with disappointment last month to the vote in the European Parliament on legislation affecting persons with reduced mobility traveling by air, which would have a direct impact on the services that airlines currently provide for their...

Marine Ministry Opens Diving to Tourism Sector

After decades of indecision, Greece's Ministry of Mercantile Marine last month forwarded a bill that not only allows recreational diving but also promotes it. "The new diving bill could position Greece prominently into the world's scuba diving industry and boost the country's...

New Airline Security Measures

Last month, the European Union's new security rules regarding the amounts of liquids and semi-liquids passengers can take through security checkpoints and on airplanes took effect for all passengers and flights departing from or in transit in the airports of the EU, Iceland,...

Ferry Company Mergers Foreseen

Piraeus-based XRTC Business Consultants says it expects more mergers and cooperation agreements within the Greek coastal shipping arena.

Some Ferry Prices Freed and Government Incentives for New Ships

Government last month said it would provide ferry operators with incentives to renew their aging fleets, and that it would liberalize ticket prices for ships sailing out of the Port of Piraeus, all in an effort to improve the country's ferry services.

Cultural Tourism Network for the Mediterranean

Creating a network of culture and tourism in the Mediterranean region is a focus of the EU's Daedalus project presented last month by Agrotouristiki SA to tourism ministry staff and travel agency and hotel representatives. The three-year project, with a 2.5 million euro budget,...

Travel Agents No Longer Issue Passports

Greek travel agents soon will no longer be able to issue passports to customers. As of this coming January, Greeks will have to visit one of the 90 new centers being set up around the country where they can obtain or renew their passports, government announced last month. The new...