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GNTO U.K. Launches “Visit Greece@Westfield London”

Westfield London, Europe's largest urban shopping center, on 19-27 March featured a 1.500 square meter Greek Theme Park on its ground floor atrium and depicted all aspects of Greek tourism.

Nikos Skoulas Presents His Triptych of Success

“It would be very useful for thousands of executives of the public and private sector to study the book written by Nikos Skoulas,” Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the recent book presentation of former tourism minister Nikos Skoulas.

Greek Cruise Contract Considered Complex

The required three-year contract international cruise companies are required to sign with the Greek Government in order to homeport at a Greek port is a “written declaration of cooperation” that may be terminated at any time without any penalty, Maritime Affairs Minister Yiannis...

Greece To Make Visa Services Easier For Russians

The Greek Government has undertaken extensive initiatives to facilitate the arrival of Russian tourists to Greece and visitors from countries such as India and China, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 18th Moscow International Travel and Tourism...

Greece Makes Slight Attempt To Attract Gay Market

“Athens Rainbow Week could be a magnet for gay tourists abroad with the appropriate exposure and promotion of the event, from both international media and travel agencies/tour operators but we can not say that such a promotional targeted effort has been made,” according to the...

Campaign Invites Greeks To Holiday At Home

The second phase of the “Greece, a part of our soul” awareness campaign that aims to attract domestic tourism back to Greece was launched by the Alliance for Greece group at an event held last month at the amphitheater of the Theodore Karatzas Megaron, National Bank of Greece.

GNTO Closes Offices Abroad, Restructures Services

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) offices abroad in their current form have increased costs and produced a poor outcome, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said last month in Parliament.

A note by the publisher

Nice quotes concerning prospects for the Greek 2011 tourism season made by key international tourism figures, politicians, tour operators and foreign media during meetings held by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and Deputy Minister George Nikitiadis at the ITB...

Debate On Greece’s Gain From North Africa’s Tourism

The political turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia may give Greece a 10 percent increase in tourist arrivals this year, the president of the Hellenic Federation of Hotelier’s, Andreas Andreadis, told Bloomberg last month.
GNTO's stand at ITB Berlin 2011.
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Greece Shows Determination At ITB 2011

Business deals worth over six billion euros were made at this year’s ITB among 11,163 exhibiting companies and organizations from 188 countries (2010: 11,127 companies from 187 countries) that presented tourism products and the latest travel trends. The travel trade show counted...

Nine GNTO Offices Abroad Expected To Close

The Culture and Tourism Ministry is expected to soon announce which of the 28 offices and branches it operates abroad will close, the Greek press said recently.

Optimistic Forecasts For Greek Tourism

Greece may see a double-digit growth in tourist arrivals this year, according to a Reuters report based on data from Europe’s biggest tour operator TUI Travel.

Low Cost Carrier Benefits To Greece Discussed

“Does Greece’s tourism product benefit from the operation of low cost carriers in the country?” was one of the main questions asked at the “Low cost carriers in the Greek skies” assembly organized recently in Athens by the Hellenic Aviation Society and the Hellenic Association of...

Ministry Supports Acropolis Rally

The Acropolis Rally will be placed under the auspices of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, according to an announcement made by Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis during a press conference organized for the rally at the New Acropolis Museum in late December 2010.

New Year Brings Abolition Of Cabotage

“A new era begins for Greek tourism and cruise in our country with the arrival of 2011,” Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said last month after welcoming the Panama-flag cruise ship Fantasia to Rodos. Fantasia was the first cruiseship to approach Rodos Port...

Government Promises Golf Tourism Investments

“What the article reports is not groundless and most of what is mentioned is true but it concerns a Greece that is changing,” Deputy Culture and Tourism Ministry George Nikitiadis told the Greek press in response to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article that focused on the...

Greek Tourism 2010 Overview

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis recently announced that legislation on alternative forms of tourism should be completed this year and expressed his hope that 2011 would be the development year for Greek tourism.

New Model For Tourism Discussed At Conference

The year 2011 will find Greek tourism with improved arrivals and overnights and also an increase in revenue, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 3rd European Tourism Conference in late November 2011 in Thessaloniki.

New Convention Bureaus To Open In Greece

“The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) welcomes the deputy minister’s announcement for the creation of new convention bureaus in various regions of Greece and the establishment of a conference tourism committee,” HAPCO’s President Dinos Astras told...

Diving Tourism On Ministry’s Agenda

The development of diving tourism is one of the top priorities of the Culture and Tourism Ministry within the framework of promoting alternative forms of tourism, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the “Biodiversity and Diving Tourism in the Greek Seas”...