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German Tourism Committee Visits Athens

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos last month welcomed a proposal for Greece to participate in a Greek-German tourism summit in Berlin, Germany, that would give Greece the opportunity to promote tourism investment possibilities.

Measures Announced To Revive Athens Center

Prime Minister George Papandreou chaired a Cabinet meeting last month after a week of street violence occurred in an Athens city district and announced a series of measures aimed to revamp the Greek capital’s historic center.

Greece To Make Visa Services Easier For Russians

The Greek Government has undertaken extensive initiatives to facilitate the arrival of Russian tourists to Greece and visitors from countries such as India and China, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 18th Moscow International Travel and Tourism...

ECTAA Sees Recovery Of Greek Tourism

“The European markets are receiving optimistic messages in regards to the recovery of Greek tourism,” President of the European Travel Agents and Tour Operators Associations (ECTAA) Irene Gueorguieva said at a dinner held during the 102nd ECTAA Biannual Meeting in Athens last...

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).

Ryanair Announces New Route

The Culture and Tourism Ministry announced last month that it aims to encourage airlines to add routes to Greek destinations or enhance existing flights to Greece from many destinations especially in Europe.

Qatar Airways Among Top Three At Skytrax Awards

“To be considered among the top three airlines in the world is a huge achievement for Qatar Airways and takes us a step closer of being recognized at the best airline in the world,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said.

Volcanic Ash Outcome On Tourism

From 15 April until 21 April a total of 1,177 flights to and from Greek airports were canceled due to the volcanic ash cloud from Ireland, according to Civil Aviation Authority data.

easyCruise Welcomed By Amadeus Cruise

easyCruise recently announced that it is now available on Amadeus Cruise, an innovative and unique Graphical User Interface booking tool, as it actively targets the travel agency distribution channel to shift the balance towards industry sales.

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.

Travel Agencies Called To Join Forces

Proposed solutions and improvements on technical and substantive issues within the relations of tourism offices and airline companies were discussed recently in Athens at the "Air Services 2009" conference.

Economic Crisis Affects Business Travel

The expectations of business travelers are in a turnaround as the economic pressure has made them care less about luxury and more about the basics a hotel delivers, a recent survey said.

Cabotage Still An Issue For Cruise Companies

The Association of Passenger Ship Owners recently requested from the tourism ministry a solution for the upgrading of legislation to allow foreign-flag cruise ships to use Greece as a homeport.

Fthiotida Welcomes Atalanti Hills Project

A two-billion-euro tourism resort investment aimed to transform the area of Atalanti, Fthiotida, into a quality all-year-round destination was presented recently.

New Strategy and Changes in Greek Tourism Sector

After the change of the tourism minister in January, the president of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Athanasios Oikonomou, resigned from his post and was replaced by Yiannis Kofinis.

Athens Promoted at EIBTM

Athens was recently promoted as a destination for events, meetings and incentives to more than 30 countries of Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia by the Athens Convention Bureau (ACB), which participated for the first time at the global Meetings & Incentive...

Aegean Airlines Signs Partnership with Brussels Airlines

Aegean Airlines recently signed a commercial cooperation agreement with Brussels Airlines that includes the operation of the route Brussels-Athens.

Athens Not a Business Center

Athens was last on the list of ideal European cities for the accommodation of business. The 19th European Cities Monitor annual survey, carried out by international real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, compares Europe's major business cities and indicates their performance...

ATEDCO Becomes Official Tourism Organization

The Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company (ATEDCO) recently became an official member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and sealed its role as an official tourism body of the city.

Kavala Continues Efforts to Upgrade Services

The Prefect of Kavala recently referred to a series of improvements that have been made within the prefecture as well as to Thassos Island that includes the improvement of hotel infrastructure and services.