connect with us
Travel & Tourism industry news by Greek Travel Pages (gtp)

Hoteliers Get Discount On New Property Tax

The 35 percent of communal areas of hotels and lodges will be exempt from the new property tax, Economy Minister Evangelos Venizelos said recently.

Minister Requests E.U. Help On Visa Issue

The Schengen treaty constrains Greek tourism and particularly Greece’s “soon to be” biggest markets such as Russia, China, India and Turkey, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos told the group of Socialist European Parliament deputies in Athens in late March.

ETA Announces Open Tender

The Tourism Development Company (ETA) last month announced an open tender for the six-year leasing of the refectory of the former border station in Promachona.

Greece Strengthens Tourism Ties With Cyprus

The tourism agreement signed between Greece and Cyprus 20 years ago will be updated and issues of common interest will be included, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis said last month. “These issues concern special forms of tourism, common travel packages to...

New Era Of Olympic Begins: Olympic Air

“Greece is high above,” was the slogan of Olympic Air's press conference held last month in regards to the launch of operations of the new and privatized Olympic that replaces the loss-making state carrier Olympic Airlines.

Athanasios Oikonomou

From the beginning of the year until now Greek tourism has shown resistance. I will not get tired of constantly repeating what Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos has observed from the start. That 2008 was not a usual year.

Greek Tourism in Numbers

According to the latest figures of the National Statistical Service of Greece, 44.2 percent of arrivals in 2007 were those made by Greek nationals and 55.8 percent were made by foreign visitors. As for overnights, 26.5 percent were comprised by Greeks (2.5 nights on average) and...

Marathon for a United Europe

September will see the inauguration of a new athletic institution at the initiative of the Marathon municipality: a marathon run, the same as the route featured in the first modern Olympics in 1896 (from the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens to the Marathon Stadium).

Black List of Banned Airlines

The European Commission recently approved the eighth update of the ‘black list’ of airline companies that are banned from flying to European Union countries due to security issues.

Greece Receives E.U. Cultural Heritage Prize

Greece was amongst the five countries that received a "European Union prize for cultural heritage/Europa Nostra award" last month. The other four were the Netherlands that received two prizes, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Romania.

Half of Misleading Airline Websites Corrected

European Union Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva published a report on a European-wide enforcement investigation involving 15 European Union national authorities and Norway against misleading advertising and unfair practices on airline ticket-selling websites.

Athens and Sofia Sign Protocol

Mayor of Athens Nikitas Kaklamanis and Mayor of Sofia Boyko Borisov signed a protocol of peace and cooperation between the two cities. The protocol specifies an exchange of information on public sector management between Greece's capital and the capital of Bulgaria, that is,...

First Stage of EU-USA Open Skies in Effect

The first stage of the "Open Skies Agreement" between the European Union and the United States of America was signed on March 30 in a ceremony held within the scope of the "EU-USA Summit" in Washington. The European Union-United States air transport agreement is considered an...

Border Checks Lifted for Newest Schengen Members

Border checks were lifted at the airports of the nine countries that joined Europe's border-free Schengen area last year. Controls on land and sea frontiers were lifted last year and those at airports have now been lifted as security upgrades have been completed.

Thessaloniki Takes Part in “Open Museum” Program

Mayor of Thessaloniki Vassilios Papageorgopoulos recently announced the municipality of Thessaloniki would take part in the European Union "Open Air Museum" project. The project is part of the Interreg IIIB Medocc program and is 80 percent funded by the European Union and 20...

Greece and Italy Unite for Rural Tourism

Greece and Italy formed an alliance for rural tourism development through the European Union initiative “Leader+.” The Leader+ program is one of four initiatives financed by European Union structural funds and is designed to help rural administartions consider the long-term...

British Airways Launches New Carrier OpenSkies

British Airways recently announced its plans to launch a subsidiary inter-continental airline, "OpenSkies," that would conduct daily flights from New York to Brussels and Paris.

Tourism Development Minister Signs Contracts with K.E.K

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos has initiated contracts with 97 Vocational Training Centers (K.E.K) throughout Greece for the training of some 8,000 employees of the tourism sector with the aim of improving and upgrading respective skills and knowledge.

Aviation and the Environment Governs ERA General Assembly 2007

Environmental awareness and initiatives in aviation was the predominant theme during this year's European Regions Airline Association general assembly held recently in Athens.

World Tourism Day 2007 Focus on Women

On the occasion of World Tourism Day 2007 a think tank was hosted in Bentota (Sri Lanka) supported by the World Tourism Organization under the theme "Tourism Opening Doors for Women."