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Sabre Appoints Andreas Syrigos as Regional Director for Nordics, Greece and Cyprus

Sabre has announced that Andreas Syrigos will take an expanded role to lead its Travel Network business in the Nordics, having already achieved tremendous growth during his leadership of Greece and Cyprus.

Alonissos Attracts Interest of Leading Travel Experts in Finland

A number of Finnish tourism professionals and journalists were introduced to the tourism offerings of Alonissos in Greece, during an event in Helsinki.

Report: Greece Must Invest In Its Image To Attract More Tourists From Nordic Market

Awareness of Greece is very high in the Nordic market but the country lacks when it comes to attractiveness, according to a destination report that analyzed and evaluated the position and image Greece has in the four Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

Finnair To Open Route To Athens, Greece, In 2015

Next year Finnair will add a seasonal service to Athens, Greece, on 5 April.

Greece In Trouble Over E.U. Travel Agent VAT Rules

Greece is among the eight Member States that were referred to the European Union’s Court of Justice for failing to properly implement E.U. VAT rules for travel agents, the European Commission announced in late January.

Flights in Europe Increase to a Record High in 2007

Eurocontrol, the European organization for the safety of air navigation, has released an analysis of traffic and delays in Europe in 2007 and predictions for 2008. According to the results of the analysis the number of flights in Europe increased to some 10 million in 2007, a 5.3...

HAPCO Presents Potential of Greece as a Conference Destination

The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers recently did a presentation entitled "Meetings, Conferences and Incentives in Greece" at the Nordic travel fair MATKA 2008 held in Helsinki Fair Center (Finland) on 17 to 20 January. HAPCO was officially invited by the...

More Countries Join Schengen Area

On 21 December 2007, nine countries were inducted into the Schengen area thus facilitating travel within Europe and eradicating land and sea border control restrictions.

Cruise Accident Under Investigation

Tourism Development Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia praised the efforts of locals, crew members and government agencies on the evacuation of but two of the 1,156 cruise passengers aboard the Sea Diamond that sank off Santorini last month.

EU Will Revisit Aviation Security Measures

In response to last month's foiled terrorist plot to bomb transatlantic flights departing from London, an emergency meeting was held between UK Home Secretary John Reid and EU ministers from Finland (now holding EU presidency), France, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, which hold...

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.

Louis Hellenic Cruises Inaugurates Latest Ship

Last month, Louis Hellenic Cruises inaugurated the "Sea Diamond," the latest cruise ship to join its fleet, with blessing of the ship followed with speeches by the Ministers of Tourism Develop and Merchant Marine, among others. The ceremony ended with the raising of the Greek...

Sale of Three Superfast Vessels Concluded

Superfast owners Attica Holdings last month announced it concluded the sale and delivery of Superfast VII, Superfast VIII and Superfast IX to the AS Tallink Grupp in exchange for some 310 million euros in cash.

World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Ready to Set Sail

The biggest cruise ship in the world, "Freedom of the Seas," constructed for Royal Caribbean International by Aker Finnyards Turku of Finland is complete and will sail on its first cruise on June 4.

Superfast Ferries Remains Greece-Italy Leader

For the eighth consecutive year, Superfast Ferries held the leading position for the transportation of passengers and freight units on the Greece-Italy route in the Adriatic Sea. Last year, the company's market share for passengers was 24.2%, for freight units 21.7% and for...

Superfast Group Continues to Increase Revenue

Attica Holdings, the holding company for Superfast Ferries, announced last month that its financial results for the nine months to 30th September, 2005, show turnover of 306.5 million euros and earnings before interest and depreciation 89.7 million euros, both up slightly...

Greece Included in New Eurail Pass

Eurail is adding a new Eurail Pass Category and new country combinations to the Eurail Regional Pass for 2006. For the first time in its history, Eurail offers single-country rail passes, starting Jan. 1.

Superfast Ferries Scoops “Best Ferry Company” Award

The Attica Group's Superfast Ferries company, which runs Scotland's only direct route to the European mainland from Rosyth to Zeebrugge, was selected 'Best Ferry Company' in the 19th Guardian, Observer and Guardian Unlimited Travel Awards 2005.

A New Era Opens for Philoxenia Travel Fair

With new ideas, new management and a strong 2004 participation to work with, the organizers of Philoxenia say the Greek travel fair has entered a new era. Last year, the fair welcomed 10% more general visitors and saw a 140% increase in foreign commercial visitors when compared...

Attica Holdings Enters Ro-Ro Market

The Board of Attica Holdings S.A. last month announced the delivery of 7,395 GRT, ice-class 1A, Ro-Ro ferry m/v Nordia, capable of carrying approximately 90 unaccompanied freight units.
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