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Freedom for Coastal Shipping, or Bust

Alexandros Panagopoulos, president and managing director of Superfast Ferries, told guests at last month's Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises meeting that unless coastal shipping is liberalized, now, the entire sector would fall into decay.

Trinity Now Fully Operational

Nikos Skoulas former Minister of Tourism, and now the president of Trinity International Hospitality Studies, an English speaking institution of higher learning, says the school starts its full academic program this fall within the facilities of Terra Maris hotel and conference...

Two of Greece’s Biggest Travel Agencies Initiate Merge

Two of Greece's major travel enterprises took the plunge last month and started off the new year with a merger announcement. Panagiotis Zerzivilis of Aktina Travel and Giorgios Economou of Marine Tours said they merged their consolidation departments and formed a new company...

Seaworld Opens On Crete this Spring

Seaworld, a new, innovative aquarium, promoted as the largest and most modern in the Mediterranean, opens on Crete early this year. Four thousand sea creatures, currently being kept in fish traps by the Fish Farming Institute, will be transferred to the 32 tanks that are ready at...

Minoan to Triple Profits

By year-end, Minoan Lines expects to post triple the amount of its last year's net profit of 3.5 million euros. Highly placed company executives say that their forecast takes into account all of the negative factors of the economy that could affect coastal shipping.

Greece’s Lodging Units Outside of Attica Slash Prices

Negative data for the months of May and June, and a severe lack of bookings for the peak summer period, have forced lodging units outside of the Athens/Attica area to slash prices in an attempt to entice Greek holidaymakers.

Additional Tourism Promotion Funds for Prefectures

Greece's prefectures get 30% more than last year in funds for tourism promotion from the Hellenic Tourism Organization. Deputy Tourism Minister Anastassios Liaskos told reporters last month that the funds allocated this year amount to 4.5 million euros, against the three million...

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...

New Crete Golf Course Opens July 5

Greece's newest golf course opens this month on the island of Crete. Owners say it is the most challenging golf course in Greece and one that will be meticulously maintained. The course takes in the typical ancient landscape of Crete and will host many of the visitors that come...

Piraeus And Thessaloniki Get Lion’s Share Of Port Infrastructure Funds

Greece's major seaports are scheduled to undergo a series of large construction projects designed to upgrade their infrastructure and increase their cargo handling capacity.

Luxurius Sofitel Adds Creative Class To Airport

From the outside, this does not appear to be a particularly distinctive premium hotel. Its classical style, however, designed to blend in with the intentional blandness of the new El.Venizelos airport at Spata, does grab your attention. Once inside, the change is mind boggling.

Airport Ground Handling Companies Hit Financially

Airport ground handling companies here in Greece now suffer the same financial blows felt by airlines after the New York terrorism attack. Airlines, in an dire attempt to cut costs wherever possible, have made life unbearable for some independent companies, not least of which are...

Tourism Sector Good But Needs Improvement

Domestic tourists, and some foreign visitors, are not happy with the services offered by Greek tourism enterprises. According to the General Federation for Consumer Protection in Greece (INKA), initial data show the tourism sector as a whole needs to upgrade its services and find...

Capsis Opens New Conference Center On Rodos

With a total conference capacity of 8,000 delegates, the new "Marika Capsis 2000" convention center in the Sofitel Capsis hotel on Rodos, which opens this month, is the country's biggest.

Arrival Figures Remain Steady

Greece's tourism industry is expected to host about the same level of visitors as last year, but prospects regarding revenue are less certain.

Axon Takes Delivery Of Five New Aircraft As It Bids For Olympic Airways

With or without Olympic Airways, Axon Airlines, which has emerged as the frontrunner in a privatization tender for Olympic Airways, intends to grow by leaps and bounds. The two-year-old airline last month took formal delivery of five new aircraft - two Boeing 737-400s and three...