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Possible Increase In Airline Passenger Compensation

The European Commission last month tabled a proposal that, if adopted, would oblige airlines to pay a hefty sum to passengers forced to miss their flights either through overbooking or cancellation.

Athens Convention Bureau Taken Off Back Burner

Many years have passed since the local tourism trade called for the creation of a conference and visitor's bureau for the Athens area. Since then, not a single positive step has been taken, but the idea remains as not only a viable one but also a vital one to implement.

Tourism Crisis Not Critical

European Union travel agencies may be suffering somewhat financially, but for the moment the repercussions from the September terrorism attack are not near as bad as first anticipated, said Carl Axel Rheborg, president of ECTAA, which is the group of national agents and tour...

Axon Airlines Grounded

Axon Airlines, which was bidding to buy national carrier Olympic Airways, announced the suspension of operations on November 30, citing an industry downturn and rising losses in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Air Transport Conference

An International Conference on Air Transport and Airports and their evolution in the 21st Century takes place next month at the University of Patras on December 3 and 4. Organizers expect to welcome some 300 experts in air transport from the European Union, including Greece, and...

Coastal Shipping Companies Unhappy With New Legislation

Greece's coastal shipping companies say new legislation that aims to liberalize the sector and open Greek routes to competition counters free enterprise and allows for greater state intervention. They even went as far as to say the bill creates the risk of placing some companies...

Travel Agents Blame Government For Tourism Arrival Decrease

Because government employees can not do their job properly and because government is unable or unwilling to give the proper incentive or education to rectify the matter, Greece loses billions of drachmas in precious tourism foreign exchange, says Yiannis Evangelou, president of...

State To Cover Olympic Airways Debts

The government is willing to meet Olympic Airways' debts despite the anticipated reaction from the European Union, said Transport Minister Christos Verelis in a recent interview with the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea.

Greece’s Tourism Surplus Shrinks

Recent Eurostat figures for 1998 show that Greece’s tourism sector posted a surplus balance in its tourism sector of 288 billion drachmas.

EU Approves Proposal To Include Tourism In Constitution Revision

The European Union is studying Greek proposals for the European tourism industry following submissions made by Greek Euro-MP Costis Hadjidakis, who heads the European Parliament’s regional transport and tourism policy committee.

A note by the publisher

Αυτά είπε ο Επίτροπος για το Τουρισμό στη συνάντηση της ETAG, 8/2/2000 στις Βρυξέλλες. Πριν χρησιμοποιήσει την "Φιλοξενία", θα έπρεπε βέβαια να γνώριζε ότι αποτελεί ιερό όρο των Ελλήνων, οι οποίοι δεν μπορούν να ζήσουν χωρίς αυτή ούτε μια στιγμή. Καλό θα ήτα...

Billions Promised For Tourism Development

After nine months of difficult negotiations, Greek political leaders and members of the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) managed to get the European Union to promise 153.7 million euros, or about 51 billion drachmas, for Greek tourism projects.