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International Concern for Impact of Fires on Greek Tourism

The recent fires in Greece have destroyed over 1,900,000 hectares of land, claimed over 60 lives and destroyed dozens of villages. The loss of value of a number of tourism-related companies stocks on the days of the fires show how, according to the international press, the fires...

Shipping Becomes Priority for Piraeus Mayor

Mayor of Piraeus Panagiotis Fasoulas recently proposed the organization of an annual event, on the level of the International Exhibition of Thessaloniki, to support shipping.

Aristotelis Thomopoulos

For the past four years Philoxenia has been developing to even greater status levels and to a stronger role in the wider region of southeastern Europe.

U.A.E. Decision to Establish Embassy in Athens

The government of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) officially announced its decision to establish a United Arab Emirates embassy in Athens. To date the U.A.E embassy had its headquarters in Rome.

Greece and Cyprus Mourn Air Crash Victims

A Cypriot-based Helios Airways passenger jet, Helios Flight 522, crashed into a mountainside near Marathon, and about 40 kilometers north of Athens, on Sunday, August 14. All 121 people aboard, including the six crewmembers, were killed. Debris from the crash was spread at least...

New Possibilities for Greece’s Ecotourism Sector

A step taken last month by the Greek government opens new possibilities for the country's Ecotourism sector. Ecotourism, a sub-category of sustainable tourism, is considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry, according to the World Tourism Organization, with an...

Renewed Interest in Golf Investment

The Greek tourism sector, struggling to defend its share of the market against cheaper rivals such as Turkey and other Mediterranean nations, is eager to stretch its season beyond the summer months and become more than a sun-and-sea paradise for holidaymakers that are on a budget.

New Incentives to Foster Tourism Investment

Red tape, leading to delays and the disappointment of investors, has lead to less-than-expected investment in the Greek tourism sector over the past years. But now Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis and Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, say the...

Tourism Council Meets With Aim to Develop into Positive Forum

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, after chairing last month's meeting of the National Tourism Council, said his government plans to take steps to reinforce the tourism industry in the event war breaks out with Iraq. He mentioned the creation of a committee to propose...

No Problem To Host Olympic Games Visitors

Akis Tsohatzopoulos, Greece's development minister, says requirements of the Olympic Hospitality program will be met. "There is absolutely no concern about securing the beds required for the 'philoxenia' program, since, out of the 23,000 rooms needed, 20,000-21,000 have already...

Restaurant VAT Hike Causes Stir

“The increase of the VAT on food catering services will not affect the taxation of all-inclusive tourism packages sold abroad,” Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said during a press conference in late August. The Greek Government received criticism from restaurant owners and...

Protests in Athens Upset Hotel Bookings

Only a few days after the violent anti-austerity protests that took place 28-29 June at Syntagma Square, central Athens, some 8,000 booking cancelations in 20 of Athens hotels were recorded, Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association President Yiannis Retsos told journalists last month.

State To Cover Olympic Airways Debts

The government is willing to meet Olympic Airways' debts despite the anticipated reaction from the European Union, said Transport Minister Christos Verelis in a recent interview with the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea.

SAAE On AIA’s High Charges

The luxurious status of the most expensive airport in Europe must end, according to the Hellenic Association of Airline Representatives (SAAE) in regards to Athens International Airport’s (AIA) high aviation charges.

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Και ο αριθμός συνεχίζει να αυξάνει. Ο ρυθμός αύξησης ο ίδιος. Σε αυτήν τη θέση τελικά δεν λεει να στεριώσει κανείς. Είχαμε την ελπίδα ότι κάτι θα άλλαζε, αν και η αλήθεια είναι ότι η δομή της Κυβέρνησης που προέκυψε από την τελευταία εκλογική αναμέτρηση υπέκρυπτε υποβάθμιση τ...

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Τέλος Αυγούστου και ήρθε πάλι η ώρα για απολογισμούς, μετρήσεις και αριθμούς. Οι τουρίστες σιγά σιγά αναχωρούν και οι Έλληνες επιστρέφουν στις δουλειές τους μετά από ένα ομολογουμένως πολύ ζεστό καλοκαίρι. Οι επαγγελματίες του τουρισμού κάνουν ταμείο, οι διάφο...

SETE: 9th Tourism & Development Conference

The challenge of adding tourism to the Greek government’s development priorities will be analyzed at the ninth annual tourism and development conference of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) scheduled for 18-19 October.

Low-Cost Airlines To Boost Activity In Greece

The Greek Government will cooperate with low-cost airlines and provide every possible facility on a business level, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said in a recent meeting with 18 representatives of international low-cost airlines.

A note by the publisher

Ξεκινάω αυτόν το μήνα δανειζόμενη την πολλή πετυχημένη, και μάλλον σαρκαστική, φράση ενός φίλου: «Ένας νόμος την ημέρα, τη χρεοκοπία κάνει πέρα». Δεν υπάρχει αμφιβολία πως η Ελλάδα καλείται να κάνει μέσα σε λίγους μήνες όσα δεν έκανε σε δεκαετίες. Η Κυβέρνηση έχει επιδοθεί σε ένα...

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.