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Athens Trade Event Attracts Interest From High Profile Hosted Buyers

Fifty-two hosted buyers have already confirmed their participation in the “Travel Trade Athens 2013” event to be held 22-23 April at the New Acropolis Museum.

Hotels May Be Exempt From New Property Tax

Hotels and lodges may be off the hook in regards to a new property tax introduced to the Greek society last month by Economy Minister Evangelos Venizelos. According to reports, the government expects to draw three billion euros from the new tax, which will be charged on and...

Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Travel Awards 2010

Readers of the Greek version of the Condé Nast Traveller magazine were called to vote for their favorite hotels, tour operators, airlines and spas for 2010 as part of the Readers' Travel Awards: an internationally-recognized mark of excellence within the travel industry.

“Selective” VAT Cut To 6.5% Causes Mixed Reactions

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) last month welcomed the news of a reduction on the Value Added Tax for accommodation facilities but at the same time expressed its dissatisfaction on the VAT increase on other tourism services.

Hotels Get Digital Support

The Special Secretariat for Digital Planning of the Ministry of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping recently announced the approval of 2,143 investment proposals to take part in the Digi-Lodge funding program for hotel lodgings.

New Categorization Plan for Lodgings

The tourism ministry has inaugurated a public discussion for the formation of the functional specifications and quality criteria arrangement plan for Greek tourist resorts, which will lead to a new categorization system for “stars” for hotels and “keys” for rooms to let.

Greek Tourism Trends 2007

Kapa Research, a subsidiary of the Kalofolias group, recently announced the results for present trends in Greek tourism. The survey shows the realization of a holiday is still a major priority for the Greek traveler who, as a rule, chooses domestic destinations over international.

Health & Safety Accreditation System Launched

Two leading accommodation booking companies in the UK - with about 5,000 properties represented - are first to sign up to a new holiday accommodation safety scheme, according to recent on-line press reports. The Travelsafe health and safety accreditation system will mean hotels,...

Tourism Enterprises Eligible for Subsidies

Tourism enterprises eligible for the Third Community Support Framework subsidy cycle include small to mid-sized C, D and E class hotels, as well as B class hotels with a capacity of up to 125 beds. Also eligible are C and D class camping grounds, and furnished rooms, apartments...

Travelers Demand More and More from Hotels, Including Bath Fixtures

Trendwatching.com - an Amsterdam-based independent trend agency that uncovers global consumer trends - says that the desire for a more luxurious "home away from home" has become a popular global trend.

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...

Conference Cancellations Continue

One after another, conferences scheduled for the fall in Athens are being canceled along with the corresponding hotel bookings that go with them. There is no indication that they are simply being postponed.

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...

UFTAA Holds World Congress

The 34th UFTAA World Congress will be held in Colombo - Sri Lanka from October 29 to November 02, 2000. The theme for this year's congress is "Travel Specialists of the New Millenium" with topics on environment, travel agents, hotels and other travel related subjects being...

Greek Tourist Enterprises Enters New Phase

After sitting quietly since its inception some two years ago, the holding company formed to manage the Hellenic Tourism Organization's extensive list of properties seems ready to enter a new phase. At a recent press call to present the company's new chairman, Stefanos...

No Executive Changes Foreseen Within The Country’s Tourism Organization

No changes appear forthcoming within the Hellenic Tourism Organization as a result of Greece's national elections held last month. The country's new Minister for Development, who is responsible for tourism, Nikos Christodoulakis, met with the organization's leaders a few days...

Panorama To Host 250 Exhibitors

Greece's domestic tourism fair, which has opened its doors to international exhibitors for the first time, expects to host a record number, more than 250, of exhibitors this year. From the international arena, organizer Kappa Exhibitions expects participation from countries such...

DANE Considers Thessaloniki-Kusadasi Connection

Cooperation with Turkish businessmen to establish a connection between Kusadasi and Thessaloniki was considered at a recent meeting in Istanbul between Greece's DANE lines and the president of the Greek-Turkish Council Iakovos Geronikolas.

Panorama 2000 Expands Into The International Arena

Greece's domestic tourism fair, Tourism Panorama, expands this year to include participation from the international arena. Organizer Kappa exhibitions expects participation from countries such us Tunisia, Malaysia, Turkey and Libya, which changes its tourism policy and now...