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Greece Targets Medical Tourism

A bill that will put an end to legal uncertainties and cover any gaps that hinder the development of medical tourism in Greece should be completed by the end of this year, according to an announcement made during the presentation of a study by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels,...

Tourism Ministry Presents 2012-2013 Strategy

“Our goal is to maximize tourism income and showcase Greece as a global strong tourism force,” Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said during her first official press conference to the media, yesterday, 19 October.

Aegean Airlines To Buy Out Rival Olympic Air

Greek carrier Aegean Airlines and Marfin Investment Group (MIG) reached an agreement today, Monday, 23 October, on the 100 percent sale of Olympic Air to Aegean.

Greek Ferry Fares To Rise On Unprofitable Routes

The price of Greek ferry tickets on state-subsidized, unprofitable routes will increase 2.4 percent for passengers, private vehicles, trucks and motorcycles, according to a decision of Minister of Mercantile Marine and the Aegean Kostis Mousouroulis. The decision came into force...

Minoan Lines To Connect Trieste With Greece

A new maritime service will be launched between the ports of Trieste – Ancona – Igoumenitsa and Patras as of December 2012, according to an announcement made by Minoan Lines, member of the Grimaldi Group.

Greece Seeks To Strengthen Tourism Ties With Germany

“Germany is a traditional top market for Greece. Although this tourism season was difficult, evidence suggests that the year may close positively,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said after her meeting with Germany’s federal deputy labor minister, Hans-Joachim Fuchtel,...

US To Support Greek Tourism

The United States Government intends to provide expertise on tourism development issues to support the Greek tourism sector, economic advisors of the American Embassy in Athens informed the Greek Tourism Ministry’s secretary general, Tasos Liaskos, yesterday, Tuesday, 23 October.

Greek Foreign Arrivals Drop In First Half Of 2012

International arrivals to Greece dropped nine percent in the first six months of the year, according to data released recently by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

EU Task Force Head Discusses Greek Tourism

The extension of the Greek tourism season was one of the main issues discussed yesterday, 24 October, by Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Horst Reichenbach, head of the Task Force of the European Commission in charge of providing technical assistance to Greece.

Athens To Host Annual Tourism Workshops

A series of annual B2B workshops that will bring Greek tourism professionals and local businesses of Athens together with tour operators and conference organizers from abroad will kick off in the Greek capital as of next year.

Aegean Airlines: Acquisition of Olympic Air Is Necessary

If competition authorities give the green light for Aegean Airlines to acquire Olympic Air from Marfin Investment Group (MIG), the deal could be completed within the next five to seven months, Aegean Airlines vice president, Eftichios Vassilakis, said today, 25 October, during a...

Greece Shines On Travel & Leisure List

Three Greek destinations were included on the list of “101 Places Every Traveler Should Know” published in the November issue of renowned US magazine Travel & Leisure.

Delayed Flight Passengers Entitled Compensation

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) confirmed its previous ruling (joined cases C-402/07 and C-432/07 Sturgeon and Others) that passengers whose flights have been delayed for a long time may be compensated, a press release said.

Delta Air Lines To Resume NY-Athens Flights Next Year

Delta Air Lines announced today, 29 October, that it will recommence its nonstop flight between New York’s JFK airport and Athens International Airport effective as of 17 May 2013.

EC Vice President Tajani On Greek Tourism

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni requested for the European Commission’s support on tourism issues during a meeting with Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, held today, 29 October, in Athens.

SETE: “Marketing Greece” To Be Privately Funded

The public-private marketing company for Greek tourism, Marketing Greece, will be financed exclusively by the private sector and is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2013, the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, announced...

GNTO Presents New Strategy To Boost Greece’s Attractiveness

The unique name of “Greece” will be the tool to redefine the country in the global tourism market, Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said on Wednesday, 31 October, during the presentation of the Greek National Tourism Organization’s (GNTO) new communication strategy for Greek...

Cyprus Airways Presents Domestic Routes For Greece

“We are here and we have come to stay… We are not here just for one season,” the president of Cyprus Airways, Stavros Stavrou, said yesterday, 1 November, in Athens, while presenting the airline’s new domestic routes for Greece.

WTM 2012 Ready To Open

World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, on 5-8 November 2012 will open its doors to the international travel trade sector on the fairgrounds of ExCeL–London.

Thessaloniki To Focus On Russian Market, Balkan Countries

Despite the drop in incoming tourism to Greek destinations this year, Thessaloniki recorded small losses, vice-governor of Central Macedonia and deputy president of the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization, Apostolis Tzitzikostas, said Friday, 2 November.