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Quality System for Greek Travel Agencies

Travel agents that wish to belong to the Dutch Association of Travel Agents must adhere to a specific quality guarantee system, and the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Association intends to implement a similar system in Greece.

ITB Berlin Showed Mixed Picture for Arrivals to Greece

German bookings data for holidays in Greece so far this year give a mixed picture, officials said at last month's ITB international travel show in Berlin, one of the world's largest.

Strong Demand from U.S. for Greek Island Cruises

Americans bombard their travel agents for prices on cruises in Europe, including the Greek Islands. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says that Europe will be on the cruise map this year.

New Tourism Investment Infrastructure Interest

According to local press reports, foreign investors and large foreign enterprises are targeting some of the most important Greek ports and all airports, expecting that the country's tourism development will continue and expand, in particular into the winter season.

Greek Tourism Gets Organized on the WWW

Greek tourism has been offered a unique opportunity to benefit from a more organized worldwide online promotion through the adoption of the ".travel" domain ending for destinations, organizations and travel companies.

Aris Spiliotopoulos

Tourism constitutes one of the most dynamic sectors in the Greek economy. The post-Olympic era finds our country in one of the best positions in the ranking of world tourism destinations, a fact that is of extreme significance within the framework of ever-increasing world tourism...

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...

Former Tourism Development Minister Meets President of WTTC

Former Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia, met the president of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Jean Claude Baumgarten, who recently visited Greece.

Andreas A. Andreadis

For yet another year, Greek tourism has developed its potential and proved its endurance to adversity and to elements of the "unexpected." The rhythm of development it has displayed is higher than the world and European average and all the available statistics allow a reserved...

Yiannis Evangelou

As I write these words for Philoxenia 2007 I find myself contemplating the eighties when Philoxenia took its first steps. It was another era when tourism made initial openings and was finding its footing for a new epoch.

George Doukas

POET would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors and exhibitors at this years' Philoxenia exhibition, which has seen increasing improvement and enrichment over the past few years.

Stavros Andreadis

It is well known that tourism in Greece is an important sector to the economy as well as to society in general. In the global scene as well, Greek tourism holds a strong position. Considering the small size of Greece compared with our competitors, our country's 12th position in...

Dimitrios Mantousis

We salute the top tourism exhibition in Greece that substantially reinforces, for a second-year-running, the institution of predetermined meetings between exhibitors and selected tourism professionals from abroad (hosted buyers). With the end of the summer season comes a breeze...

HATTA Calls For United Stance Against Crisis

The economic crisis dominated this year's general assembly of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies that recently took place.

ITB Berlin Continues Strong

Despite the global economic crisis the 43rd ITB Berlin travel trade show (11-15 March) saw a positive mood among exhibitors. The fair attracted some 110,000 trade visitors—42 percent from abroad—an increase of four percent from 2008.

Hoteliers Claim Investment Law Unfair

Following the recent amendment of the new investment incentives law, Greek hotel owners requested the withdrawal of two "unfavorable" provisions.

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.

Greece Holds Low Profile Online

Online advertising can offer the best exposure for Greek tourism as it is international, targeted and efficient concluded the MSN Travel and Tourism Day conference that took place recently in Athens.

Cabinet Reshuffle Changes Tourism Minister

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis recently proceeded with a government reshuffle whereas the up until now tourism minister, Aris Spiliotopoulos (now education minister), was replaced by New Democracy Member of Parliament for Evia, Kostas Markopoulos.

Crisis Management Committee Has First Meeting

The Crisis Management Committee, set up last summer by former Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos, had its first meeting during December's outbreak of violence after the fatal police shooting of a Greek teenager.