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Plan for Privatization of All Greek Airports

The interministerial committee for denationalization last month gave the 'green light' for the utilization of regional airports by private investors.

Domestic Tourism Shows Losses

Overnight stays of Greeks at various destinations in the country reported significant reductions, which in some cases reached over 20 percent, the Research Institute for Tourism and Forecasting (ITEP) and the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said recently. ITEP said that hotel revenue...

Investors Invited To Bid For New Airport On Crete

The Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works recently announced a tender for the construction and management of a one-billion-euro new airport on Crete in the Kastelli area. The new airport is scheduled to replace the existing Nikos Kazantzakis Airport at Heraklio.

Tourist Guide For The Disabled

The National Confederation of Disabled People has released a guide for recreational activities in Greece that addresses accessibility and infrastructure for disabled citizens and visitors of Greek cities and prefectures (hotels, museums, restaurants, cafes and other services).

Crete in for a Bleak Tourism Season

The international economic crisis is expected to cause a 25 to 40 percent drop in tourism traffic to Rethymno, Crete, as countries such as the U.K. and Germany are shying away to cheaper non-euro destinations, say the island's tour operators.

Athens Airways Takes Off

New private airline Athens Airways announced recently that it intends to raise the bar of Greek air service quality and aims for a five to 12 percent share of the domestic passenger traffic.

Aegean Airlines Signs Partnership with Brussels Airlines

Aegean Airlines recently signed a commercial cooperation agreement with Brussels Airlines that includes the operation of the route Brussels-Athens.

Azamara Quest Embarks and Disembarks from Pireaus Port

Azamara Cruises recently added the refurbished cruise ship Azamara Quest to its fleet, which will conduct cruises in the Mediterranean with Pireaus as the port of embarkation or disembarkation, from June to November 2008.

Greek Homeporting Sees Decline, European Cruise Council

The number of passengers that disembarked on Greek cruise destinations from circular cruises that homeported in Greece continued to drop in 2011, according to a report presented during the sixth annual conference of the European Cruise Council (ECC) in Brussels.

Former Air Greece Boss Creates Cretan Airways

Another new domestic Greek airline takes to the skies. As of next month, newly formed Cretan Airways begins flights from Crete to Athens and Thessaloniki with ATR 72 passenger planes, according to the airline's founder, Kostas Badouvas.

Blue Flags For 421 Greek Beaches

Greece once again ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 41 countries, according to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. Spain is in first place.

Greek Tourism Revenue Drops, Arrivals Improve

Greece’s tourism revenue dropped 11.9 percent during the first six months of the year and 15.7 percent in June, according to data from the Bank of Greece.

Rodos And Kos See Major Non-Resident Arrival Increase

Although non-resident arrivals showed a 1.3 percent decrease from last year levels in the first seven months of 2010, Greek islands Kos and Rodos enjoyed more visitors despite the economic downturn, according to figures released by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE).

Grecotel Shuts Classical Acropol In Athens Center

Centrally located hotel Classical Acropol on Omonia Square was recently closed down due to Greece’s economic crisis, according to an announcement of the Daskalantonakis Group in late January. The group controls the Grecotel chain of hotels.

Hotel Chamber Opens First Branch On Crete

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels established its first branch in Heraklio, Crete, last month and announced in a meeting that the establishment of other regional offices in key Greek tourism destinations would soon follow.

Olympic Air To Appeal Merger Rejection, Halts Routes

Olympic Air announced last month that together with Aegean Airlines it would appeal against the decision of the European Competition Commission that blocked their plans to merge. The commission had said that such a merger would monopolize the Greek market.

Aegean Airlines Enhances Network

Aegean Airlines last month announced its principle growth targets for 2011 that include new destinations abroad, additional frequent flights to major existing destinations and direct connections of Greek regional destinations to foreign markets in order to support tourism.

HATTA Board of Directors

Within the framework of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies’ (HATTA) annual general assembly, the association announced its new Board of Directors.

Air Transport Conference

An International Conference on Air Transport and Airports and their evolution in the 21st Century takes place next month at the University of Patras on December 3 and 4. Organizers expect to welcome some 300 experts in air transport from the European Union, including Greece, and...

Hellenic Cruises Ports: Best Practices & Sharing Knowledge

The Heraklio Port Authority S.A. in cooperation with Shipping & Aegean Ministry organize on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of November a conference with subject the development of cruising in Greece.