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New Categorization Plan for Lodgings

The tourism ministry has inaugurated a public discussion for the formation of the functional specifications and quality criteria arrangement plan for Greek tourist resorts, which will lead to a new categorization system for “stars” for hotels and “keys” for rooms to let.

Tourism Education Forum

The tourism ministry recently organized the second International Conference of the Forum for Tourism Education and Training in Athens.

First Round of Tourism Seminars Completed

The first round of tourism seminars that aim to train executives of the Greek foreign affairs ministry were recently completed. These seminars prepare the executives for their placement to countries where Greek tourism offices are not available.

Tourism Ministry Joins Forces With SETE

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos and the president of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, Nikos Aggelopoulos, recently decided to work together on issues in relation to tourist traffic data and marketing strategies.

Government Not Taking Tourism Seriously

Because government fails to enact in unison the tourism sector fails to perform at an acceptable level, says the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises.

Ministry Announces Initial 2008 Tourism Data

Prior to an agreement between state tourism officials and the private tourism sector (see page 3), Geece's tourism ministry expressed its satisfaction with this year's tourism figures.

Hotel Chamber Seeks Solutions from Health Minister

The board of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently discussed key issues with Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos that concern both the hotel industry and the health ministry.

Philoxenia Turns Heads

This year's Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition sported newly designed modern stands, welcomed a continual arrival of visitors, boasted a huge increase in trade visitors, and wrote up what appears to be a record number of business agreements.

Greek Tourists Opt For Turkey

Turkey has emerged as one of the most popular tourism destinations abroad for Greeks, according to tourist arrival figures recently released by Turkey's statistical office.

Tourism Museum To Open

The new tourism museum would add to tourism’s connection with culture and contribute to the awareness of tourism students, tourism business executives and tour operators, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently said after the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation for the...

New Government Merges Culture With Tourism

Following the parliamentary elections on 4 October that were marked by the victory of PASOK, new Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced a new cabinet and the merging of existing ministries. The ministries of culture and tourism development have become a single Ministry...

Aristotelis Thomopoulos

In the midst of the global economic crisis, Helexpo, the national exhibition center of Greece, has managed to place the 25th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia and the Hotel Equipment Exhibition Hotelia in the limelight of the European exhibition sector. This is due to...

Minister Emphasizes Conference Tourism

The tourism ministry aims to increase the number of major international conferences hosted by Greece in the coming years, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently said at a conference organized by Financial Times Global Events and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Cabotage Still An Issue For Cruise Companies

The Association of Passenger Ship Owners recently requested from the tourism ministry a solution for the upgrading of legislation to allow foreign-flag cruise ships to use Greece as a homeport.

Prospects For Conference Tourism

The conference tourism market is aware of the global financial crisis, but manages to minimize its effects to a large extent, was the conclusion of the 5th Pan-Hellenic Conference for Business and Conference Tourism in Thessaloniki. The Hellenic Association of Professional...

SETE Gives 2008 Overview

The president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, Nikos Angelopoulos, recently called for urgent measures to support and strengthen the tourism sector in order to minimize the losses that are expected in 2009.

New Optimism for Tourism to Athens

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis and Attica Region Secretary General Haralambos Maniatis early last month presented the results of major surveys undertaken by the company Leo Burnett concerning the promotion of Athens and Attica tourism. For the most part, the results were very positive.

ITEP Releases Latest Tourism Data

Although the Institute for Tourism Research has yet to receive clearance from the tourism ministry to take over as the official source of tourism arrival data and the like, as promised by the ministry, it came out last month with arrival statistics. With available data for the...

Long-awaited Tourism Legislation Submitted

More than two years after it was first discussed, the new tourism legislation finally was submitted to parliament for approval.

WTM Participants Foresee Double-digit Tourism Increase for Greece

Greek tourism is expected to record a back-to-back rise in 2006 following this year's bumper season, which saw an estimated 10 percent increase after years of decline, according to tourism professionals who visited last month's World Travel Market held in London.