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Tourism Minister Readies Institutional Changes

Greece's tourism development minister, Fanni Palli-Petralia, says she intends to change the country's tourism image this year through institutional changes in both the public and private tourism sector.

Hoteliers Against New Subsidies

Hoteliers are voicing strong opposition to a clause in the new investment incentives law that provides for subsidies of at least 15 percent for the construction of new hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Attica Hotels Post Increases In Overnights

The Attica Hoteliers' Association announced last month that for the month of November overnights were up when compared with the same month the year before.

Patras Vies for Race Track Approval

Last month, Greek President of the Republic Carlos Papoulias signed a presidential decree that stipulates the technical specifications required to create and operate a professional race track in Greece.

Greek Tourism Services on Same Level with Europe

A recent survey by the Marc group, which was ordered by the Greek National Tourism Organization, shows that tourism services in Greece are on at least the same level as those of the rest of Europe, but quality-price is not. The survey was completed in mid January and concentrated...

Hotel Classification Progresses Steadily

The tourism development ministry recently announced the completion of the process of selection of a committee that will be responsible for the classification of hotels and rooms to rent. It also announced developments on basic issues of the tourism industry such as the promotion...

Athanasios Oikonomou

Philoxenia, as one of the now recognized institutions in the tourism marketplace of Southeast Europe, offers much in the development of Greek tourism. It consists traditionally and in essence as a promotion step for Greek tourism, which gives an opportunity to business, workers...

New Identity for Greece at WTM 2007

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos presented the world with the new image of Greece at World Travel Market, which was held in London last month. The new slogan and logo for Greece was revealed at the inauguration of the Greek National Tourism Organization stand...

Philoxenia Affords Opportunity to Flaunt Government Tourism Policies

The 23rd Philoxenia opened its gates to buyers and sellers from all around the world last month with little different to present compared with previous years. The most significant business event took place on opening day as some 100 hosted buyers from some 30 countries met with...

Tassos A. Stylianopoulos

I would like to wish this year's Philoxenia every success and a wider participation of foreign visitors and exhibitors so as to succeed one day in becoming the meeting epicenter of foreign exhibitors, with increased participation of decision makers from our most significant...

Tourism Minister Optimistic

Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently claimed to be optimistic in regards to the direction of where this year's tourism season is headed. For the first time he estimated that there would not be a double-digit percentage decline in arrivals from abroad.

Domestic Tourism Gains Ground

The dynamics of domestic tourism to the benefit of Greek tourism businesses and the general public were highlighted at the third Summer Holidays Expo, held from 28 to 31 May at the Helexpo center in Thessaloniki.

GNTO Presents New Portal

The Greek National Tourism Organization recently presented its new portal through which it aspires to convert electronic visits into actual tourist arrivals to Greece.

Piraeus Prefect Discusses Tourism

The Piraeus Prefecture recently held a meeting that focused on tourism and ways to deal with the economic crisis in the areas and islands within its jurisdiction.

Greek Tourism Up Against “Cold” Winter

Foreign arrivals at Greek airports fell nine percent year-on-year in August while the number of foreign visitors in Greece dropped 8.5 percent in the first eight months of the year, the Research Institute for Tourism and Forecasts (ITEP) recently said. The institute sees airport...

Greece Targets Russian Market

The 16th Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) exhibition ran from 18-21 March in the atmosphere of the world economic crisis and analysts wondered of overall consumer demand and, first and foremost, if the demand for traveling had dropped.

U.S. Bookings to Greece Raise Concern

Greek tourism destinations may see a drop of up to 50 percent in bookings from the U.S., the president of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Tourism, Yiorgos Trivizas, said recently.

Athens Hotel Occupancy Tumbles in December

Overnight accommodation in Athens saw a 25.9 percent drop in all hotel categories in December 2008 when compared with the year before, the Athens-Attica Hoteliers' Association said recently.

New Strategy and Changes in Greek Tourism Sector

After the change of the tourism minister in January, the president of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Athanasios Oikonomou, resigned from his post and was replaced by Yiannis Kofinis.

5th IMIC Offers Survival Strategies

The need for Greece's tourism policy to improve drastically was the main point of this year's 5th International Meetings and Incentives Conference (IMIC) titled "Selling Destinations, Venues and Services: Supplier Perspectives - Buyer Demands," which took place recently in Athens.