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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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

Greece Would Draw Millions of Tourists as a Cruise Hub

Making Greece an international cruise hub for the eastern Mediterranean would bring five million tourists in a few years and tremendous financial returns were the main conclusion drawn from the forum organized by the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) on...

POET Joins SETE

The Panhellenic Federation of Tourist Enterprises (POET) became a member of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) last month to support the association's efforts to more fully represent tourism enterprises in the country.

Humanitarian Aid to Lebanon

The Arab-Hellenic Chamber in cooperation with the Messinia Chamber organized a humanitarian aid effort to ease some of the suffering in war-torn Lebanon.

FAM Trip to Promote Cruises in Greece

The Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies is organizing a five-day FAM trip at the end of the month to promote cruising in Greece and to commemorate World Tourism Day.

Travel Agencies Offer Best Deals

Package tours are growing increasingly popular reports the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies, with sales increasing during the popular travel season last month.

Tourism Develops on Southern Kefalinia

Neatly dressed in a double-breasted blue suit, a Greek fisherman's cap firmly set over his white hair, Theodoros Exadaktilos recounts the summer of 1963 when he brought the first tourists to Kefalinia, the largest Ionian island.

First National Council for Travel Agencies

Yiannis Evangelou, president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies, announced that for the first time national and regional tourism councils are being established.

50 Chinese Tourism Professionals Visit Greece

In a move to increase Chinese tourism in Greece, 50 Chinese tourism professionals were invited to meet with Greek colleagues last month by the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies.

Measures Required to Entice More Chinese Arrivals

Chinese tourism to Greece has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Local tourism professionals estimate an even stronger rise for the immediate future, provided a few basic measures are initiated. They remind that European countries have begun a race to attract as...

Business Development Program for Travel Agencies

A new program called Allways Tourism is being developed to improve the quality and services of Greek travel agencies so they can compete more effectively in the international market. The program will focus on continuing education for employees, business development, improving the...