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Cultural Tourism Network for the Mediterranean

Creating a network of culture and tourism in the Mediterranean region is a focus of the EU's Daedalus project presented last month by Agrotouristiki SA to tourism ministry staff and travel agency and hotel representatives. The three-year project, with a 2.5 million euro budget,...

AirSea Lines Plans to Invest over 100 Million Euros

AirSea Lines representatives last month announced plans to invest over 100 million euros for the acquisition of 30 seaplanes to service its existing and newly planned bases in Greece.

Neorion Holdings May Construct New Ships for EasyCruise

EasyGroup, the holding company of Greek entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, signed a letter of intent with the Greek shipyard, Neorion Holdings, for the construction of as many as four cruise ships for use by its low-cost cruise business easyCruise. The new 500-passenger cruise...

Greece Stars at Record-breaking ITB Tourism Fair

Greece, for the first time, bathed in the limelight as the partner country at the 40th global tourism expo ITB held last month in Berlin. Greece hosted the opening event and reception for over 5,000 guests with a rich artistic program that included singers Alkistis Protopsalti...

Luxury Cruise Operator Looks to Expansion in Greece

Navigator Travel is now representing Silversea Cruises in Greece. Silversea, a luxury cruise company, has a fleet of four six-star ships (with two more under construction) that travel to ports throughout the world. The company's high quality cruises, explains Aris Zarpaneli of...

New Accessibility Plan Promises Tourism for All

Preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2004 jumpstarted the long-needed improvements to make Greece, and Athens in particular, more accessible to people with special needs. Ongoing initiatives for improved access are being made through the Ministry of Environment's...

Nel Lines Acquires New Vessels and Merges with C-Link

As we go to press, shareholders of Nel-Lesvos Maritime are being asked to back a 23-million capital increase that will be used in part to acquire five used vessels. Two of the vessels are passenger ferries with Cypriot flags and three are ro-ro vessels under the Greek flag.

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.)

Greece Ideal for Luxury Travel

New thoughts and expectations on the future of luxury travel to Greece were expressed at last month's Exclusive Travel fair held at the Helexpo Palace exhibition center in Athens.

Worldspan Rate Runner Released in Greece

As of late last year, Worldspan's 'Rate Runner' is available within its Go! product for travel agency office managers in Greece and includes which low cost carriers are available in Rate Runner for the markets in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,...

New Name for World Tourism Organization

After the transformation of the World Tourism Organization into a specialized agency of the United Nations, the tourism organization now refers to itself as UNWTO. It's newly-elected secretary general - till the end of 2009 - Francesco Frangialli, said because the acronym WTO was...

Panagiotis Bamides

After some very difficult years, we have finally seen some light at the end of the tunnel, and next year looks like it may be a good year. Nonetheless, the past has shown how important it is for Greece to introduce the 'satellite accounts' method for tourism statistics. This...

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.

European Online Travel Buyers Differ in Approach

Many e-commerce vendors learned the hard way in recent years that you can't take a uniform approach to selling in international markets, and a new PhoCusWright study on the online travel market in the U.K., Germany and France brings home that theme.

EU to Publish List of Unsafe Airlines

The European Union last month received permission from air safety officials to publish a blacklist of unsafe airlines. The list will include companies restricted or suspended from operating their planes to, from or over Europe.

Government to Pursue High-income Arrivals

The government's "Inner Cabinet" met recently to discuss the 10-year Greek tourism development plan drafted by the tourism ministry. According to the plan, Greece would welcome 20 million foreign visitors to 20 million upon the plan's completion, up from a projected 14 million...

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.

Greeks Vacation Close to Home

Over a third of the Greek population will not go away on holiday this year, according to a recent survey released by VPRC, a leading independent public opinion research and consulting company here. The survey questioned 614 people throughout Greece who were over the age of 15.

Ministries Cooperate to Promote Ancient Greek World

At a joint press conference held at Zappeion Hall last month, the minister of tourism, the minister for the Aegean, and deputy ministers for the economy and for culture presented an ambitious series of conferences to be held through-out the summer.

Government Predicts Substantial Rise in Tourism

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos last month, during a press call, said that we would see at least a seven percent rise in tourism arrivals this year. He said that according to data received from Hellenic Tourism Organization offices abroad the increase would be...