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UNWTO, European Travel Commission Address Crisis Communications in Tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) recently co-organized a working session with European countries to discuss crisis communications in tourism.

Hotel Brands in Greece On The Rise

Over the past years hotel brands in Greece have expanded although their share still remains low when compared with other European countries, says tourism and hospitality consultant, Dr. Dimitris Koutoulas.

Greece Opens to Aviation Tourism

Aviation tourism (private aircraft and aero sports) was one of the main topics on the agenda of the third scientific conference "Aviation - Present and Future," which took place recently at the Hellenic Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Second Chance for Metropolitan Congress Center

Minister of Tourism Development, Fani Palli-Petralia, during her opening speech at last month's conference on congress tourism said that the private sector was accountable for the delay in creating a Metropolitan Congress Center. She explained that over a ten-month period, while...

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...

New Name for World Tourism Organization

After the transformation of the World Tourism Organization into a specialized agency of the United Nations, the tourism organization now refers to itself as UNWTO. It's newly-elected secretary general - till the end of 2009 - Francesco Frangialli, said because the acronym WTO was...

Sabre Purchases Lastminute.com

Sabre Inc. reached an agreement last month to acquire lastminute.com for an estimated $1.1 billion. Sabre said the addition of lastminute.com, with its well-established consumer brands, is expected to provide Sabre's Travelocity unit with greater scale and the leading position in...

New Railway Section Cuts Travel Time

Prime Minister Costas Simitis, along with Transport Minister Christos Verelis, last month inaugurated a new, improved section of the Athens-Thessaloniki railway that cuts travel time between Greece's two major cities by 27 minutes, to four hours and 30 minutes. "What was once...

Tourism Development Depends On You

If we want the Greek tourism sector to develop at a satisfactory pace, we in the private sector must take it upon ourselves to do so, said speakers at the recent "The Need to Create a Tourism Development Strategy" conference held last month in Athens.

Terrorism Crisis Hits Greece’s Cruise Industry Hardest, For The Moment

Greece's cruise industry, because a significant portion of its business comes from North American customers, is in for a tough time. Along with this, the industry also has to deal with the possible surge in oil prices, the likelihood of a global recession, the difficulties in air...