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Carnival Cruises Plans New Greek Island Itinerary For Next Year

In celebration of its new 110,000-ton ship, Carnival Freedom, next summer Carnival Cruise Lines will offer new itineraries that feature the Greek islands and other Mediterranean destinations.

Panorama Welcomed Consumers

Although this year's Panorama welcomed a barrage of new visitors, the number of tourism professionals to the fair appeared minimal when compared with past years. Most said the venue, Expo Athens, Anthoussa, was too far away for them.

First Choice Buys Meridian Travel

Local incoming tour operator Meridian Travel was purchased recently by the British tour operator First Choice. Julia Laganopoulou, Meridian's managing director, says there will be no change in the company's management for the next three years, but that the company will begin...

World Travel Trend Report Foresees Slow Travel Growth

Since economic recovery in Europe has not been as strong as expected, due in large part to weak consumer demand, travel specialists expect slow growth for their sector this year. (Greece on the other hand expects to see arrival increases this year.)

Tour Operators and Cruise Lines Cut Agency Commissions

After the success of airlines in cutting travel agency commissions, some of Europe's tour operators have jumped onto the bandwagon and taken the opportunity to cut their commission rates. Presently, analysts say the hotly-debated move of some British Tour operators to cut agent...

Peak Summer Arrivals Increase Substantially

The number of tourists that entered Greece during the month of August mark an impressive rise against the last few years. This year's peak travel period was so strong that a good number of hotels around the country were unable to absorb the demand.

Hellas Jet Continues Search for Buyer

Hellas Jet, a creation of Cyprus Airways, continues its search for a buyer after Dutch and British buyers backed out of a possible purchase agreement. Press reports say the airline will be forced to shut down.

Lufthansa Buys Out Swiss

The supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the board of directors of Swiss International Air Lines AG late last month approved the business model jointly developed by both companies for the takeover and integration of Swiss into the Lufthansa Group.

European Travel Trends Released by IPK International

Again this year, IPK International released its Global Travel Trends study during Berlin's tourism fair International Travel Bourse. The study found that Europeans continue their strong preference for sun and sea holidays.

Colossus of Rhodes to Rise Again

The Colossus of Rhodes will rise again, if ambitious plans by the mayor of Rodos, Yiannis Iatridis, to rebuild the ancient statue come to fruition. Mayor Iatridis said that Cypriot sculptor Nikos Gotziamanis had undertaken both to carry out the project and find funding for it.

Greece’s Major Tourism Markets Depend on Internet Use

Germany and the UK, two markets that make up more than half of all arrivals to Greece each year, have become very dependent on online travel. The German online travel market alone has multiplied in the past two years, outpacing the rest of Europe, according to a new report...

New Airline Compensation for Passengers

New rules on an airline's obligations to passengers came into effect last month. The rules change the amounts given in compensation, and redefine the circumstances where compensation must be provided.

Fast-growing New Low-cost Airline from Eastern Europe

Wizz Air, a new European low-cost airline that focuses on the Central and Eastern Europe markets, inaugurated Athens-Budapest flights last month. The CEO and general manager of Wizz Air, Jozsef Varadi, said he expects to fill 2,000 seats per week out of Athens and 100,000 seats...

Economic Death Toll for Royal Olympia Cruises

Royal Olympia Cruises, Greece's only international player in the sector, has been forced by creditors to auction off its two star vessels, Olympia Voyager (launched June, 2000) and Olympia Explorer (launched April, 2002).

Makedonia Palace Completes Renovations

Thessaloniki's Makedonia Palace recently completed the second phase of renovations, which included the radical upgrade of rooms. The all-new rooms now sport material and carpeting from European fabric houses. The predominate feeling on entering each room is one of luxury.

Research Institute Sees Continual Tourism Decline

Greece's tourism sector continued to fall further behind its foreign competitors during the first nine-month period of this year, according to the latest report published by the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasting.

Greece Stand Prominent at World Travel Market

After last year's fiasco, the London office of the Hellenic Tourism Organization worked closely with the head office this year. In the end, the office and its staff did a superior job in organizing its Greek presentation at one of the world's biggest travel and tourism fairs,...

Airline Traffic Continues Downturn

The Association of European Airlines has released traffic figures for the week ending September 7. While generally an improvement on the previous week, the results gave little cause for encouragement. This was especially the case since a damaging pilot strike in weeks 36-37 of...

Blue Star Ferries Continues to Increase Overall Traffic on Ferry Routes

Blue Star Ferries managed to increase passenger traffic on the Piraeus-Chania route by some 43% during the month of July when compared with traffic on the route in July of last year. Its vessel Blue Star 2, which was placed on the route this year for the first time, covered...

Sabre Travel Network Launches Exclusive Hotels Program in Europe

Sabre Travel Network brings to Europe its Sabre Exclusives hotels program, which was launched in the U.S. last year. The company will negotiate discounted rates with participating hotels and make these available through the Sabre global distribution system to its network of...