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Athens to Celebrate the Rebirth of Hotel de la Grande Bretagne

On the first of next month, Athenians celebrate the rebirth of the capital's most magnificent lodging unit: The Hotel Grande Bretagne. After spending some 70 million euros during the past year and one-half and literally gutting the old "palace," owners rebuilt the GB, as it is...

Aegean Continues Expansion To German Centers

Aegean Airlines is one of the few airlines in the world today that has been able to cut costs drastically, without cutting service standards, over the past 12 months. As well, the private Greek carrier managed to increase revenue in 2002 by more than 14%, to reach 180 million...

Piraeus And Thessaloniki Get Lion’s Share Of Port Infrastructure Funds

Greece's major seaports are scheduled to undergo a series of large construction projects designed to upgrade their infrastructure and increase their cargo handling capacity.

Tourism Organization Signs Deal With Visa

The Hellenic Tourism Organization and the Visa credit card company have announced an agreement for a mutual promotion project within the framework of the 2004 Olympic Games.

Greece EU Presidency Features Open Skies Policy

When Greece assumes the European Union presidency on January 1, for a six-month period, its transportation brief will include a member states' agreement to award the European Commission a wide-ranging mandate to negotiate a bilateral USA-EU "open skies" agreement.

Convention Bureau Top Priority For New Attica Hoteliers’ Association Board

A convention and visitors bureau for Athens, that's the top priority for the new board of directors of the Attica Hoteliers' Association. Already, the board has the support of the Attica Regional Authority. The next step is to convince travel-related associations in the region to...

Greece Supports International Luxury Travel Market Concept

Greece was a strong player in last month's Luxury Travel Market fair held at Cannes. More than 20 Greek companies paid the steep fees required to participate. In all, some 450 exhibitors from around the world worked out of 167 stands.

HotelWorld Purchased By VIP International

VIP International Corporation, one of the world's largest reservation service providers through global distribution systems and the Internet, purchased the assets of UK-based HotelWorld Global from Associated Newspapers Group. With the purchase, VIP International increases its...

WATA Delegates First To Know

Delegates to the recent World Association of Travel Agents annual general assembly here in Athens (November 28 to December 1) felt privileged to be the first to hear how 2004 Games' tickets will be distributed.

Worldspan Continues Expansion Efforts In Greece

When global distribution system and travel e-commerce provider Worldspan opened its new full-service branch office in Thessaloniki, it was but a first step in investment plans for the Greek market. Additional investment plans for Greece are imperative in order to build market...

New Look, New Engine, New Features

A newly-designed home page, a totally new and powerful accommodation search engine and new features are but a few of the fresh improvements that make GTP's (Greek Travel Pages) new Internet site an exciting place to be.

Eurostar Signs New Agreement With Galileo

Eurostar, one of the largest tourism corporations in Greece, recently expanded its cooperation with Galileo Hellas concerning the Galileo's electronic reservation system (CRS) Eurostar uses at its headquarters and branch offices.

Development Minister Agrees To Formation Of Private Company To Promote Greece

Once again, the Hellenic Tourism Organization was unable to get its tourism advertising program off the ground as scheduled. Instead of last October, the organization got its 31-million-euro (10.6 billion drachmas) program for 2002 off the ground in mid January with television...

SETE Pessimistic For Sector Tourism This Year

Nikos Angelopoulos, vice president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, told its annual Christmas press gathering that he and the association were not optimistic for tourism possibilities in 2002. He said association sources foresee a possible drop in arrivals from...

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.