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Ministries Join to Confront Greek Tourism Visa Problems Abroad

Four Greek ministries (tourism, economy, foreign affairs, public order), along with private-sector tourism organization representatives, met last month to discuss the tourism visa problems encountered by potential visitors to Greece, and how best to solve these problems.

WTO Suggests International Hotel Classification System

The World Conference on New Trends and Measures in the Hotel Industry, jointly organized by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the International Hotel and Restaurants Association (IH&RA), last month suggested a cautious, albeit systematic approach to hotel...

Greece’s eTourism Potential Remains Untapped

The majority of Greek Internet sites are in the early stages of development concerning electronic tourism, said Dr. Dimitrios Buhalis of the University of Surrey during a seminar held last month in Athens. The seminar analyzed a recent study done by the speaker where 348 Greek...

2004 Tourism Picture Remains Clouded

When compared with last year, the drop in tourism arrivals this year is expected to reach anywhere between less than 1% to as high as 10%. It all depends on whom you listen to. Tourism revenue, again according to whom you listen to, will drop from 5% to as high as 15% against...

ITB Breaks Records as Greece Sleeps

The world's largest international travel fair, ITB Berlin, continues to break attendance records -- the 121,000 visitors were some 10,000 more than last year -- and exhibitor records. A total of 10,023 exhibitors from 178 countries and territories, representing every sector of...

Tourism Industry Leaders Pessimistic for 2004 Season

Greece's tourism professionals are not in the least optimistic about the future of the country's main currency-earning industry thus crushing earlier hopes that 2004, being the country's Olympic year, would provide the much-needed shot in the arm to the sector.

Superfast Ferry Sold to Italian Group

Attica Enterprises announced last month that Atlantic Navigazione of Grimaldi Group, Napoli, has entered into an agreement with its wholly owned subsidiary Superfast Ferries to acquire the fast ferry Superfast I.

Planned New Convention Center Includes New Hotel

The Attica hotel owners association met with the head of Hellenic Tourism Properties recently to discuss the construction of a convention center at the old Athens International Airport at Hellenikon. When and if completed, the center will accommodate 8,000 participants. A hotel...

Global Tourism Back On Track

Global tourism is on the road to recovery despite worries over terrorism and the SARS virus, with visitor numbers expected to increase strongly for the foreseeable future, the British research group Mintel said.

Summer Arrivals Offset Earlier Losses

An increase in foreign arrivals during the early part of the summer so far has helped cancel the losses seen in the early part of the year. And in an effort to stem some profiteering, particularly at eating establishments, government inspectors continue to visit tourism...

Worst Tourism Season in 30 Years

Greece's tourism enterprises haven't felt such negative pressure in 30 years, says the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents. "The negative economic effects experienced thus far have reached dangerous proportions for the future of tourism enterprises," says the...

Six New Tourism Promotion Programs Announced

The Hellenic Tourism Organization announced six tourism promotional programs worth five million euros where, for the first time, the private sector is invited to participate. Five of the programs, announced earlier this year, are worth 1.5 million euros and will center on...

New Low-cost Carrier from Athens and Thessaloniki

Germany's low-cost carrier "germanwings" now flies out of Athens to Cologne four times a week and out of Thessaloniki three times a week with a ticket price of 19 euros, and that includes all taxes. That price, however, is for anywhere from 15 to 20% of all available seats. As...

Low Cost Carriers Not Necessarily Cheap

A Carlson Wagonlit Travel study showed that potential cost savings on low-cost carriers (LCCs) for large multinationals are, in at least half the cases, just 10% off normal costs. Carlson said effective marketing of low price offers by these carriers often leads multinationals to...

Europcar Earns TUI Excellence Award

Greece's rent-a-car specialist, Batek, which runs the Europcar franchise here, picked up TUI's 2002 "Best Service" award recently. Germany's TUI said Europcar offices in Greece were Europe's best thanks to their excellent cooperation and excellent quality of service.

Pessimism Prevails In Tourism Sector

Greece's public sector tourism leaders continue their attempts to support tourism sector moral in the face of what appears to be a very difficult year for the sector.

Europe Embraces Internet as Greece Waits in the Wings

With about one-third of the European population connected to the Internet, the popularity of low-cost carriers and the emergence of dynamic packaging, the European online travel market is finally taking hold. Led by the U.K., France and Germany, travel e-commerce reached 7.6...

Berlin Fair Disappointment for Greece

Berlin's international tourism exhibition last month was an eye opener for some but a chance to carry out substantial business for others. Stands at Greece's pavilion were perhaps the least visited while stands at neighboring pavilions (France, Portugal, Spain) welcomed a steady...

Prolonged Iraqi War Requires Contingency Plans

A prolonged war in Iraq would destroy more than three million jobs in the global travel and tourism industry and eliminate more than $30 billion of economic value (gross domestic product) in 2003, the latest research from the World Travel & Tourism Council shows.

Tourism Sector Weakened By Strong Euro

The strength of the euro against the dollar brings some opportunities to the forefront for Greek travelers to countries outside of the EU. The same applies to travelers from other European Union countries, including Greece's main markets of Germany and Britain, who may forsake...