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Wizz Air Promotes Thessaloniki as a City Break Destination

Hungarian low cost carrier Wizz Air is promoting Thessaloniki – one of its destinations in Greece – as an ideal choice for city break travelers.

Greece Among Most Welcoming Places on Earth, Says Booking.com

Greece has been included on the list of the 10 most welcoming places on earth, which was recently released by Booking.com.

Wizz Air Launches Seven New Routes from Athens

Hungarian carrier Wizz Air has launched operations from Athens, aiming to bring affordable air travel services to Greek customers.

Wizz Air Announces 8 New Routes from Athens

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air will launch eight new routes from Athens to Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Lithuania, Republic of Moldova and Poland.

Greece to Shine at Utazas 2009

Greece will be the country of honor at the 32nd International Tourism Exhibition Utazas in Hungary during 26 February - 1 March.

Greece Fourth Place for Austrians

Austria's daily Kronen Zeitung recently published the 10 most popular holiday destinations Austrians visited during the July-September 2008 period.

Border Checks Lifted for Newest Schengen Members

Border checks were lifted at the airports of the nine countries that joined Europe's border-free Schengen area last year. Controls on land and sea frontiers were lifted last year and those at airports have now been lifted as security upgrades have been completed.

More Countries Join Schengen Area

On 21 December 2007, nine countries were inducted into the Schengen area thus facilitating travel within Europe and eradicating land and sea border control restrictions.

Buyers Show Great Interest in 23rd Philoxenia Exhibition

Interest generated by the Philoxenia exhibition (November 1-4, Thessaloniki) for buyers has exceeded expectations a month before the event. Travel agencies and tour operators from 50 countries and some 3,000 potential buyers have contacted the organizers so far, and the list,...

Greek Consumers Satisfied with Package Travel Services

Although the recent problem with Sun Mediterranean - a travel agency that left Greek travelers stranded in Vienna - was a future incident, a Eurobarometer poll found that a mere 4% of Greek consumers were dissatisfied with package travel services in their country. In Germany, 6%...

Philoxenia Hangs On

Aristotelis Thomopoulos, president of Helexpo, the organizer of the Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, says this year's fair, the twenty-second, saw an increase in visitors and exhibitors (additional exhibitors this year included those to the new special section for spa...

Worldspan Rate Runner Released in Greece

As of late last year, Worldspan's 'Rate Runner' is available within its Go! product for travel agency office managers in Greece and includes which low cost carriers are available in Rate Runner for the markets in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,...

Greece Included in New Eurail Pass

Eurail is adding a new Eurail Pass Category and new country combinations to the Eurail Regional Pass for 2006. For the first time in its history, Eurail offers single-country rail passes, starting Jan. 1.

Ministries Cooperate to Promote Ancient Greek World

At a joint press conference held at Zappeion Hall last month, the minister of tourism, the minister for the Aegean, and deputy ministers for the economy and for culture presented an ambitious series of conferences to be held through-out the summer.

A New Era Opens for Philoxenia Travel Fair

With new ideas, new management and a strong 2004 participation to work with, the organizers of Philoxenia say the Greek travel fair has entered a new era. Last year, the fair welcomed 10% more general visitors and saw a 140% increase in foreign commercial visitors when compared...

Forty-nine New Hellenic Tourism Organization Offices Planned

The tourism ministry is planning to establish 49 new Hellenic Tourism Organization offices around the world, in addition to the current 23 international offices, Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a press conference called last month.

Fast-growing New Low-cost Airline from Eastern Europe

Wizz Air, a new European low-cost airline that focuses on the Central and Eastern Europe markets, inaugurated Athens-Budapest flights last month. The CEO and general manager of Wizz Air, Jozsef Varadi, said he expects to fill 2,000 seats per week out of Athens and 100,000 seats...

EU Enlargement Creates Coherent European Tourism Industry

The enlargement of the European Union, with ten new members joining in May, will help create a "more complete and coherent European tourism industry, which should be recognized in the future European Constitution," according to the World Tourism Organization.

Eurail Group Holds Prices of Eurail Passes for 2004

Erik A. Mollen, Eurail Group's managing director, announced last month that Eurail passes will not increase in price next year. "Our railways want Eurail Passes to provide the best possible value for money in this time of recovery," Mr. Mollen said. "With overseas markets coming...

Solid Soft Banks On Expansion

Greece's top back-office software provider for Greek travel agents, Solid Soft International, recently launched a series of expansion moves. These initiatives could place the company within an enviable position in the years to come.
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