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The King George Palace overlooking Syntagma Square.
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King George Palace Gets New Management

Hotel group Lampsa SA will operate the 91-room King George Palace on Syntagma Square, according to a recent agreement the group signed with the hotel’s owner Eurobank. Lampsa is the owner of the adjacent Hotel Grande Bretagne.
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New Airline Plans Direct Flights From Greece To Canada, US

New Greek-Canadian airline SkyGreece is planning to launch a direct flight from Greece to Canada, according to recent reports.
UP Greek Tourism's third project is to raise funds and set up a billboard to promote Greek tourism on Piccadilly Circus, London.
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Up Greek Tourism Launches Third Initiative

Spread the word! Volunteer group “Up Greek Tourism” today, Monday, 3 December, launched its third crowd-funding and social media campaign to gather funds and set up a new billboard on Piccadilly Circus, London, to promote Greek tourism.
Photo by Spencer Platt/Newsmakers
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OECD To Help Cut Greek Red Tape

Tourism is one of the key sectors of the economy the Greek Government will focus on in its effort to lift bureaucratic and competition obstacles that currently hinder development.

ACB: Athens’ Reputation Abroad Is Improving

The climate for the Greek capital showed signs of improvement at the EIBTM 2012 exhibition as many professionals expressed “last minute” interest in the Greek capital for the hosting of conferences, incentive trips and corporate meetings next year, the Athens Development and...
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Thessaloniki On National Geographic’s “Must-See” List

Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, was included as one as one of the new year's 20 must-see travel destinations in the National Geographic magazine’s “Best of the World 2013” list.
Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni
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Key Actions For Effective Greek Tourism Policy Announced

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni referred to key actions for a unified and effective tourism policy during her speech on the strategic plan for the country’s tourism development at the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 23rd annual conference “The Greek Economy: State...
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Christmas In Athens 2012 Events

Musical events, art events, educational programs, workshops for children and adults, storytelling, theater, animators, clowns, acrobats, jugglers and carols are just some of the many surprises that await Athenian citizens from 11 December 2012 until 5 January 2013!
Chrismas Village
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Christmas Fun At Helexpo

Helexpo invites all to the Asterokosmos (star world) Christmas event to be held on the grounds of the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center as of Saturday, 8 December.
Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris
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Thessaloniki Tourism Policy In The Works

Developing a tourism policy for Thessaloniki is among the municipality’s main priorities, Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris said on Tuesday, 4 December, while unveiling initiatives to reform the Greek Northern city.
Meeting between Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Germany’s federal deputy labor minister, Hans-Joachim Fuchtel*.
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Greece Considers To Team Up With Germany On Tourism Education

The launch of a Greek-German cooperation to link tourism education with the Greek labor market for students to be absorbed directly by the tourism industry was discussed in a meeting, yesterday, 7 December, between Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Germany’s federal...
Athens public transport.
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Tourist Ticket For Unlimited Athens Travel To Launch

A three-day tourist ticket for unlimited travel on all modes of Athens public transport is soon to be launched, according to a recent joint ministerial decision of the Ministries of Finance and Development.
Ground handling services
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Airline Associations Call For Opening Of Ground Handling Services At EU Airports

The Association of European Airlines (AEA), the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and the International Air Carrier Association (IACA) today, Monday, 10 December, called on the European Parliament to increase competition in the ground handling market to benefit operators...
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CarbonTour Project: Strategic Planning Towards Carbon Neutrality In Tourism

Greek tourism professionals gained valuable insights yesterday, 10 December, on calculating their carbon footprint and reducing CO2 emissions, during the presentation of the CarbonTour project and software tool at the international conference on the promotion of sustainability...
Virgin Atlantic Airways, Boeing 747
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Virgin Atlantic To Form Alliance With Delta

Virgin Atlantic Airways reached an agreement with Delta Air Lines for a new joint venture that will create an expanded trans-Atlantic network and enhance competition between the U.K. and North America, offering greater benefits for customers traveling on those routes, it was...
Airport Check-In
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MEPS Vote On “Better Airports” Package

The European Parliament voted today, Wednesday, 12 December, on proposed measures to help increase the capacity of Europe's airports, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to passengers.
UNWTO’s symbolic one-billionth tourist, Mrs Dale Sheppard-Floyd. Source: UNWTO facebook page.
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International Tourism Hits One Billion

“Today, we welcome the symbolic arrival of the one-billionth tourist,” UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, said today, Thursday, 13 December 2012. One billion tourists have traveled the world in 2012, marking a new record for international tourism.
According to the tourism minister, a major investment is in the works on the island of Kea. (Photo credit: GNTO, USA).
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Upcoming New Tourism Zoning Plan To Secure Investments

Major tourism investments and an extended tourism season are expected to result from the new Special Zoning Plan for Tourism, the basic points of which were presented today, 13 December, to the Greek media by Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Alternate Minister of...
Tourists in Athens
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Greek Hotels In Favor Of Shops Opening On Sundays

Greek hoteliers in Athens and Thessaloniki are in favor of the government's intention to allow the optional opening of Greek retail shops on Sundays as it would benefit city break tourists on holiday in the country. Sunday opening is a long-standing taboo in Greece.
The launch of the PATRAS–IGOUMENITSA–ANCONA–TRIESTE new service was celebrated onboard the CRUISE EUROPA at the port of Trieste on Wednesday, 12 December.
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Minoan Lines Extends Maritime Services In Trieste

Minoan Lines, member of the Grimaldi Group, last week inaugurated its new maritime service between the ports of PATRAS–IGOUMENITSA–ANCONA–TRIESTE, a new service considered to be a significant connection between Greece, Northern Italy and Europe.