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EC Suggests Gradually Returning to Schengen Border Policies

Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway can phase out temporary controls currently in place at their internal Schengen borders over the next six months.

Athens Hotels’ Occupancies Trend Downward

June 2008 saw a 1.9 percent drop in average hotel occupancy rates in the Athens Attica region, according to recent figures released by the Hellenic Hotels Federation.

Athens Hotels After the 2004 Olympics

A report was recently released in regards to the effects the Athens 2004 Olympic Games had on the hotels of the Greek capital.

Athens Tourism Before and After the Games

The Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company, in the context of the creation of a ‘tourism observatory’ for the City of Athens, conducted a study entitled ‘Registered Athens Tourism Study—from pre-Olympic to the post-Olympic period: The influence of the Olympic Games and...

Greece Behind in On-line Bookings

Greece has picked up its pace in regards to on-line booking as 35 percent of reservations have been settled via the Internet, while the European average is approximately 60 percent.

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.

Sabre Survey Shows Evolution of Low-Cost Carriers

A recent study by Sabre Airline Solutions revealed a new breed of "hybrid" carrier is quickly overtaking traditional low-cost carriers and that more passengers travel on this "hybrid" carrier than on traditional low-cost carriers.

Greece Receives Double Honor in China

Greece was the country of honor at the World Travel Fair in Shanghai where it also received the award for "Most Popular European Destination" from Shanghai municipality.

Greece Shines at ITB Berlin

Greece shined from beginning to end at the 42nd ITB Berlin travel trade show (5-9 March) last month. During the inauguration of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) stand, Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos announced Greece has gone up two positions (from...

Greek Nominees at MENA Travel Awards 2008

For a third year running the Greek companies Interdynamic S.A. tourist organization (DMC/PCO) and Unique Luxury Prestigious Cars have been nominated in the "Best Tourism Project Award" and "Best Car Rental-International Brand Award" categories respectively at the MENA awards 2008...

Greece Experiences Twenty Percent Rise In Arrivals

At its annual press call to discuss tourism developments the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises said tourism arrivals to Greece have increased more than 19.5 percent in the period 2005-2006 when compared with 2004. It also forecast another major increase this year since the...

Seven Wonders Are Not A Beauty Contest

People around the world recently voted the new Seven Wonders of the World being the Great Wall of China, India's Taj Mahal, the centuries-old ruins of Petra in Jordan, Petra's Machu Picchu, Brazil's Christ the Redeemer, Mexico's Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and the Colosseum of...

Agritourism Flaunts Internet Portal

The Internet portal for agritourism, www.agrotravel.gr has received much commendation recently as it earns its place amongst the most visited Greek portals with a plethora of daily hits worldwide to the Greek and English version of the site.

Greece Scores Low For Image

Greece earned one of the last places amongst the 12 most important European destinations in a recent poll conducted by the German tourism magazine Touristik Report, of which the judges were 34 of the most powerful people in the European tourism trade. Amongst the judges were...

No Tourism Growth Without Increased Airline Links

If Greece wants to increase its number of incoming tourists, the country must concentrate on upgrading its 38 airports - in particular the 15 that accept international air passenger traffic - increase air links, and airports and airlines must work more closely to create a better...

Aegean Airlines Christens New A320s

Theodoros Vassilakis, chairman of Aegean Airlines, was on hand late last month at the Athens International Airport for the inauguration ceremony of his company's new Airbus A320s.

MSC Cruises’ New Ship Visits Greek Waters

MSC Cruises' brand new ultra luxurious cruise ship, MSC Musica, called into Piraeus harbor as part of its European cruise itinerary for the 2006-2007 season.

Yes! Hotels Group Acquires Another Property

Last month, Yes! Hotels group owned by Dakis Ioannou acquired the Olympic Palace Hotel in Athens, which brings the group's collection of boutique hotels up to five.

Athens Promoted as a City Break Destination

The Organization for Tourism and Financial Development for Athens (OTOAA) submitted a bid to organize the annual City Break Expo and the European Cities Tourism (ECT) conference in Athens in June 2007.

First Pan-European Agro-tourism Forum Held

The first pan-European forum for agro-tourism was held recently in Epirus. Organized by Agrotouristiki S.A., the state organization for alternative tourism development, the forum will be held annually to promote agro-tourism in Greece, and to increase cooperation between Greek...