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Returning Greek Citizens Permitted Entry Using Old Passports

Greek citizens who left Greece by December 31, 2006 with their old passports will be allowed reentry into the country despite the fact that their old passports are no longer valid as of the first of this month.

Piraeus Theoxenia Holds Official Opening

The Piraeus Theoxenia Hotel, which opened in September 2006, is the new addition to the Theoxenia Palace Hotels luxury chain.

Expedia Promotes Benefits to Greek Hoteliers

Expedia, the world's leading online travel provider, is holding ten workshops in major cities throughout Greece. This initiative to help promote tourism in Greece and improve hotel competitiveness is a result of an agreement made between Expedia and the Hellenic Hotel Federation.

Philoxenia Hangs On

Aristotelis Thomopoulos, president of Helexpo, the organizer of the Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, says this year's fair, the twenty-second, saw an increase in visitors and exhibitors (additional exhibitors this year included those to the new special section for spa...

Crete’s Major Tourism Project Gets Green Light

The ministry of environment approved the environmental study for a major tourism development project in Lassithi, Crete. The developer, London-based Minoan Group, formerly Loyalward Ltd. had initially signed a contract with the Ecclesiastical Foundation of Panagia Akrotiriani...

Greece Featured on NBC’s Travel Cafe Show

Greece will be featured on the popular Travel Cafe show of the American television network NBC that is hosted by Chuck Henry, the well-known television news co-anchor.

Greece and Turkey Sign Tourism Agreement

Last month, the Greek Minister of Tourism Fanny Palli-Petralia and her Turkish counterpart, Attila Koc, signed a memorandum on tourism cooperation. The agreement signed on Ms Palli-Petralia's second visit to Turkey will make travel between the two countries easier, encourage...

Greek Chapter of SITE Holds Opening Ceremony

Last month, the official opening ceremony for the Greek chapter of the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) was held. Brenda Anderson, CEO of SITE International, and Carolyn Dow, executive director of SITE Europe and past SITE President, attended the opening and...

New Hotel Booking Website Up and Running

A new on-line resort and hotel booking site, youtravel.com, was launched last month. So far 25,000 rooms are available in destinations including Greece, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Malta, Cyprus, Tunisia, Portugal, Morocco, Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia, Dominican Republic and Dubai.

Galileo Signs Agreement With Galileo Hellas

Galileo, a leading global distribution system (GDS) and subsidiary of Travelport, renewed its long-term distribution agreement with Galileo Hellas, the government-owned travel distribution company, to distribute Galileo GDS to the Greek and Cypriot markets.

Demand for Shared Leisure Real Estate on the Rise

The purchase of shared leisure real estate is expected to double in the next five years, with the main markets being Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific was the key message of the third annual European conference on leisure real estate held in Athens last month.

WTM Mirrors Success of Global Tourism

The World Travel Market (WTM) held in London last month was the perfect venue to present Greece's new advertising campaign with the message "Explore your senses in Greece."

Accessible Tourism Workshop Held in Athens

The European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) held its first International Workshop in Athens. The program included presentations on good practices and discussion sessions on accessible tourism in Europe, with a focus on ENAT members' activities and work to promote and...

Greece Would Draw Millions of Tourists as a Cruise Hub

Making Greece an international cruise hub for the eastern Mediterranean would bring five million tourists in a few years and tremendous financial returns were the main conclusion drawn from the forum organized by the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) on...

Fanny Palli-Petralia

Every country's economic development is supported by its dynamic sectors, its competitive advantages, as well as the model it has chosen to face the challenges of the future.

Gerassimos L. Fokas

Over the past years, the international tourism market has undergone serious crises, suffered from unforeseen factors and was characterized by dramatic restructuring. Perhaps, a more significant conclusion for this period was confirmation of the system of balances that we call the...

George Doukas

The growth in demand for holidays in Greece from most countries over the past two years, as is indicated by the notable increase in arrivals, raises further expectations for the future of Greek tourism.

Dimitrios Mantousis

It is anticipated that Greece will host about 20 million tourists annually by 2012. This forecast is based on the current tourism policy and the positive turning point in tourism arrivals in the past ten years. The tourism environment has changed today and the success of new...

Time Is Running Out For Olympic Airways

Last month, the European Commission requested the European Court to impose penalties on Greece for non-compliance with the Commission's 2005 ruling that Olympic must repay illegal government subsidies of 161 million euros received from 1998 to 2002.

Amadeus Hellas Exceeds Customers’ Needs

Amadeus Hellas has outperformed in Greece and Cyprus every year for the last three years, marking record growth levels in the travel industry market.