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Internet Travel Purchases Continue Rapid Increase Home And Abroad

Internet may account for one in every four travel purchases in the main generating markets within the next five years, according to a recent report issued by the World Tourism Organization Business Council.

More Funds To Be Spent On Greek Tourism Promotion

Economy and Finance Deputy Minister Christos Pachtas approved credits worth 32 million euros (11 billion drachmas) to finance a marketing campaign for Greek tourism, domestically and abroad. That is twice the figure spent last year, the minister said.

Marine Development Profitable

The first phase of the bidding process for the privatization of the Alimos, Floisvos and Zea marinas conducted by the Hellenic Tourism Properties is completed. And some very powerful business groups are among those that will continue to participate in the final stage.

Airport Ground Handling Companies Hit Financially

Airport ground handling companies here in Greece now suffer the same financial blows felt by airlines after the New York terrorism attack. Airlines, in an dire attempt to cut costs wherever possible, have made life unbearable for some independent companies, not least of which are...

Cyprus Airways To Create Greek Subsidiary

Either through a Greek subsidiary airline or through an alliance with a private Greek carrier, Cyprus Airways is about to take on Olympic Airways. The Cypriot flag carrier says it will concentrate on international flights out of Greece and perhaps team up with a private Greek...

Luxurius Sofitel Adds Creative Class To Airport

From the outside, this does not appear to be a particularly distinctive premium hotel. Its classical style, however, designed to blend in with the intentional blandness of the new El.Venizelos airport at Spata, does grab your attention. Once inside, the change is mind boggling.

Still No Master Plan For Greek Tourism

Greece can expect to see a 5- percent increase in tourist arrivals next year based on the double premise that the global economy recovers from the current uncertainty and the government takes steps to boost the industry, according to a study released last month by the Tourism...

More Coastal Shipping Mergers And Alliances

Talk around the Piraeus harbor area these days centers on a plethora of meetings being held in a general effort to form new coastal shipping alliances and merges, such as the rumored alliance between Attica Enterprises (Superfast Ferries) and Minoan Lines. Then there's the merger...

Air Transport Conference

An International Conference on Air Transport and Airports and their evolution in the 21st Century takes place next month at the University of Patras on December 3 and 4. Organizers expect to welcome some 300 experts in air transport from the European Union, including Greece, and...

Superfast And Costa Crociere Alliance

Attica Enterprises, the holding company for Superfast Ferries, and cruise company Costa Crociere, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, signed signed a letter of intent to create two joint ventures in cruise and ferry operations.

Tourism Industry Takes Action At World Tourism Market To End Crisis

Greece's tourism heads were optimistic after their contacts with UK's most important tour operators during the International World Tourism Market in London last month. General Tourism Secretary Dimitrios Georgarakis and Hellenic Tourism Organization President Evgenios...

Europe Still The World’s Convention Continent

Congress and convention specialist, Wolfram D. Svoboda, the head of marketing at the International Congress Center Berlin, said he's very optimistic on the future of congresses as people always will have the demand for personal contacts and personal exchange of thoughts.

Smaller Airlines Preferred By Travelers

It looks like the average flyer believes that the smaller airlines are safer than the big named companies. September's passenger load factor figures were down for Greece's largest airline, state-owned Olympic Airways, as well as major international carriers out of Athens, but...

Unrestrained Optimism For Greek Tourism

If anything was crystal clear at the last month's Destination Greece conference organized by the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, it was that Greece has a fantastic opportunity to develop its tourism sector. All that's needed is the decision.

Alexander Beach Hotel Opens New Congress Center

The Alexandroupoli area in the East Macedonia and Thrace region is about to get its first professional congress center. The unit, being constructed by the Alexander Beach Hotel, opens in the spring and will host up to 1,280 delegates in four halls. The biggest of the four,...

Increase In Number Of British Tourists To Greece

Tourist arrivals from the UK rose by 7 percent this year belying an initial projection of a 4 to 5 percent increase, the Hellenic Tourism Organization announced last month. The figures were compiled from reservations made by UK tourists in the May 2000-August 2001 period for this...

Ports And Marina Exhibition In View Of 2004

The International Exhibition "Ports 2001" for the construction, development and management of ports in view of 2004 took place on September 27-28, 2001 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

AKS Adds Another Hotel To Group

AKS Hotels of Cyprus recently added the five-star Annabelle Village on Crete to its stable of hotel units. With the 264 rooms the unit offers, the hotel group now boasts 1,800 rooms in Greece.

Esperia Creates Country’s Biggest Water Park

Local hotel enterprise Esperia has created Greece's biggest and some claim most beautiful water park. The complex covers some 80,000 square meters at the Faliraki area on the island of Rodos, and is just 10 kilometers from the Esperos Palace hotel.

Ghiolman Yacht Vies For World Record

Michael Ghiolman of Ghiolman Yachts-Travel-Aviation hopes to get his name in the Guiness Book of World Records with his yacht Nidri. The Greek-built 'Skipper 53,' he says, was chartered out for the longest term ever by a broker, and accordingly Mr. Ghiolman has sent an...