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Cruise Tourism in Greece Begins a New Era

Greece can play a leading role and become a hub for itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean cruise industry, was the unanimous outlook expressed by all leading representatives of the international cruise industry who attended the recent cruise forum CRUISEinGREECE.

AirSea Lines Doesn’t Just Imagine The Possibilities

Some eighty representatives of the local tourism and travel industry attended the recent seminar organized by AirSea Lines under the auspice of the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agencies. During this event they were informed of the developments, services and network...

Russian Tourism Offers Great Prospects

The president of the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agencies (HATTA), Yiannis Evangelou, estimates that tourist arrivals from Russia could reach some 500,000 in the next two years. He believes that Greece should proceed with carefully studied moves and the cooperation...

HATTA Challenges “City Sightseeing” Public Bus

The Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies has declared the recent action of the Athens Urban Transport Organization illegal, with reference to the new "discover Athens sightseeing" bus, line 400.

The Travel Sector Raises Concerns Over Repeated Strikes

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies recently raised concerns over the continued strikes of employees at archeological sites in Athens. It fears the strikes create a negative image of Greece and will have severe repercussions if the strikes continue during the...

No Tourism Growth Without Increased Airline Links

If Greece wants to increase its number of incoming tourists, the country must concentrate on upgrading its 38 airports - in particular the 15 that accept international air passenger traffic - increase air links, and airports and airlines must work more closely to create a better...

HATTA Celebrates World Tourism Day

This year HATTA celebrated World Tourism Day by honoring the most important cultural event of the year for Greece: the opening of the new Acropolis Museum. On 28 September HATTA organized a special tour of the new museum for Greek and foreign tourism industry representatives....

Argyro Fili

This year's 25th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia is taking place at a time when the global economic crisis has affected international tourism and of course Greek tourism.

HATTA Takes Court Action Against Tour Guide Legislation

A recent meeting of the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agencies raised awareness over issues that concern illegal activity in the tourism sector and the problems that arise from the monopoly with tour guides.

Returning Greek Citizens Permitted Entry Using Old Passports

Greek citizens who left Greece by December 31, 2006 with their old passports will be allowed reentry into the country despite the fact that their old passports are no longer valid as of the first of this month.

New Up-market Tourism Product for Greece

Event Makers, which focuses on special events and conference organization, last month presented its newest acquisition to the local travel trade: An ultra luxurious motor coach ideal for small but very special group travel, as well as on-the-road meetings, incentives or product...

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.

Government Responsible for Inadequate Ferry Routes

Tourism and shipping industry speakers said Greek passenger ferries and dozens of popular Aegean island ports must urgently improve if this Mediterranean country is to continue to see strong increases in tourism arrivals. At a recent press call to announce the conclusions of last...

ITS Athens Makes a Good First Attempt

The International Tourism Salon - Athens 2006, the first attempt to establish a much-needed truly international tourism exhibit in the country's capital city, did relatively well and received strong support from Greece's leading tourism organizations.

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...

GNTO Presents New Portal

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

Travel Agencies Called To Join Forces

Proposed solutions and improvements on technical and substantive issues within the relations of tourism offices and airline companies were discussed recently in Athens at the "Air Services 2009" conference.

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.

Egnatia Odos Links Northern Greece

A program contract was signed recently in Xanthi for the tourism development of the Egnatia Odos motorway and approved by 11 prefectural councils of Thrace, Macedonia and Epirus.

Continental Airlines’ Fam Trip for Travel Agents

Continental Airlines recently organized a familiarization trip to New York for 12 representatives of Greek travel agencies. The aim of the trip was the complete familiarization of the agents of all the stages of the airline's services to passengers, which, according to airline...