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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.

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.

Philoxenia 2005: HATTA Awards Travel Agents

Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos presented the HATTA annual travel agency brochure awards during Philoxenia 2005.

Greece and Syria to Create Common Tourism Packages

Twenty-four outgoing travel specialists from Greece visited Syria recently to get a better idea of what that country has to offer to the Greek traveler, and to discuss ways in which the Syrian and Greek agents could work together to create common business agreements.

Tourism Agents Promised New Operational Framework

Members of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents were told during their general assembly last month that the policy leaders within the tourism development ministry would soon change the legislative framework on travel office operations, and would examine the...

Greece and India Sign Tourism Cooperation Agreement

Tourism ties between India and Greece were recently strengthened with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Indian Association of Tour Operators and the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents. The signing took place last month during the 5th World...

Tourism Development Depends On You

If we want the Greek tourism sector to develop at a satisfactory pace, we in the private sector must take it upon ourselves to do so, said speakers at the recent "The Need to Create a Tourism Development Strategy" conference held last month in Athens.

Legislation for Tourism Marketing Firm

Legislation before parliament foresees the creation of a tourism marketing firm, most likely under private management. According to the legislation, 51% of the firm's capital will be held by the Hellenic Tourism Organization and the remaining 49% will be split among regional...

Full Liberation of Ferry Routes Doubtful

Presently, four of Greece's major ferry routes -- Dodekanissos, Cylades, Argosaronikos, Crete -- fulfill the requirements for complete liberation when discussions are finalized between Greece's merchant marine ministry and the European Commission.

Hatta General Assembly Speaker Angers Some Agents

During the recent annual general assembly of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents, almost a dozen special guests took to the podium.Most of the speakers were representatives of the country's political parties who, without exception, spoke on the importance of...

Hoteliers Back to Basics

Hundreds of flights a day seen during the first 20 days of the month of August have been bringing plane-loads of Olympic visitors to Athens, especially during the days leading up to the launch of the Olympic Games. But it's still too early to confirm whether predictions - that...

Airlines Double Passenger Compensation

The European Union's transport council recently announced a decision to effectively double the compensation paid to passengers who are unable to be accommodated on the flights on which they are booked.

WATA Delegates First To Know

Delegates to the recent World Association of Travel Agents annual general assembly here in Athens (November 28 to December 1) felt privileged to be the first to hear how 2004 Games' tickets will be distributed.

Greece Must Create New Tourism Products

Greece and its Mediterranean European Union neighbors must create new tourism products in order to survive and flourish as international tourism destinations, said Yiannis Evangelou, president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agents during a recent working lunch...

HATTA Behind Creation of Balkan Travel Agency Associations’ Federation

With little help but with a lot of work, Yiannis Evangelou, president of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents, managed to draw together all similar associations throughout the Balkans and pose an idea. "Let's cooperate through a pan-Balkan federation of travel...

Balkan Federation Agreement Signed

The Federation of Travel and Tourism Agencies Association in the Balkan Region is now a reality. During last month's Tourism Panorama the final signatures from seven presidents of 10 Balkan country travel agency associations entered the cooperation agreement.