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Environment Takes Front Seat At Tourism Meet

The Hellenic Tourism Organization's secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, called the country's environment and animal protection organizations and associations to a meeting recently. He wanted their thoughts on how they and the tourism sector could best cooperate within the...

Panorama To Host 250 Exhibitors

Greece's domestic tourism fair, which has opened its doors to international exhibitors for the first time, expects to host a record number, more than 250, of exhibitors this year. From the international arena, organizer Kappa Exhibitions expects participation from countries such...

Pieria Prefecture Plans New Promotion Program

The northern Greek prefecture of Pieria plans to spend a total of 153 million drachmas to participate at all major tourism exhibitions that take place this year.

Nafplio Xenia Taken Over By Mantonanakis Group

The Mantonanakis Group recently signed an agreement for the long-term lease of the Xenia Akronafplias hotel group of Nafplio, which is owned by the Hellenic Tourism Organisation (EOT). The organization's general secretary, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, and Mantonanakis company's...

Greece Stars At ITB 2000

With a pavilion of 800 square meters that hosted some 60 Greek tourism enterprises, Greece stood out as one of the big stars at this year's ITB Berlin tourism fair. According to the 60-plus exhibitors from here, Greece will welcome a record number of German visitors this year.

Tourism Leaders All For Tourism Museum

At a recent seminar held in the Old Parliament in downtown Athens tourism and political leaders gave their full support and are one hundred percent in favor of the Women in Tourism association's proposal to create a Greek tourism museum.

Panorama 2000 Expands Into The International Arena

Greece's domestic tourism fair, Tourism Panorama, expands this year to include participation from the international arena. Organizer Kappa exhibitions expects participation from countries such us Tunisia, Malaysia, Turkey and Libya, which changes its tourism policy and now...

EOT Publishes “Ancient Flavors”

A few years back, some Greek gastronomists created the Center for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Greek Gastronomy. Today, one of the center's most successful projects created is the "Archestratos" program, named after an ancient Greek poet who scribed the Greek...

EOT Launches Revamped Internet Site

The Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) launched its revamped Internet site last month, but admitted there is much work to be done before the site is up to the standards planned by the organization. A brief surf, however, of www.gnto.gr shows some impressive photographs of the...

A note by the publisher

Greek hotel owners have a serious problem. They can't seem to get together to agree on the requirements to categorize their units under the international star system. It's a problem that has been plaguing the industry for almost a decade.

Tourism Industry Must Diversify

Greece's tourism industry must diversify and invest its energies into developing alternative forms of tourism, stressed Hellenic Tourism Organisation Secretary General Evgenios Yiannakopoulos at a recent press luncheon organized by the Foreign Press Association of Greece. He...

Athens Hoteliers Sign Athens 2004 Contracts

At least five Athenian hotels have signed contracts with tour and travel offices for room bookings during the 2004 Olympic Games.

Thessaloniki Creates Country’s First Convention & Visitors’ Bureau

Thessaloniki beats out Greece's capital and takes the initiative to establish the country's first convention and visitors bureau. Its role will be to promote conference tourism to northern Greece.

Rodos Golf Course Again Up For Grabs

The Rodos Afandou golf course is set to undergo a major redevelopment that is to be funded by the Hellenic Tourism Organisation (EOT). The decision to revamp the course, considered an important element of the island's effort to develop alternative forms of tourism, was announced...

Spain Honors EOT President Stefanides

Spain paid tribute to Greece and the Hellenic Tourism Organization during a recent ceremony held in conjunction with Madrid's travel and tourism fair, Fitur. Guest of honour was the organization's president, Yiannis Stefanides.

Room And Apartment Holiday Lodgings Get “Key” Category System

Greece's hoteliers have finally accepted rental rooms and apartments as official holiday lodgings and have agreed with the adoption of the "key" category system for rating these lodgings. Owners of rental rooms and apartments, in the meantime, have adopted the unofficial slogan...

Northern Greek Travel Agents Unite

More than 100 travel agents in Thessaloniki and the wider region of northern Greece united recently to form a cooperative as a way to expand on and improve services offered in the area.

Tourism Cooperation Agreement between Greece and Turkey

Members of Greek and Turkish Skal clubs got together in Athens last month to agree on ways in which they can cooperate in the tourism sector. All agreed that "we need peace in the Aegean and for this we need tourism." They suggested the entire Aegean area be promoted as a...

Greece’s Prime Minister Supports Tourism Sector

Prime Minister Costas Simitis expressed a personal interest in Greece's vital tourism industry at a recent inner cabinet meeting and said he would attend the next session of the national tourism council. Development Minister Evangelos Venizelos relayed the premier's intentions at...

Marina Congress To Be Held In Greece

The second European Congress of Marinas will be held from May 11-13, 2000, and hosted by the municipality of Lavrion, which has one of the largest marinas in Greece. The biennial conference is under the auspices of the Ministry of Development and the Hellenic National Tourism...