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AVIS Hellas Opens Rental Station at Heraklion Port in Crete

Car rental company Avis Hellas recently announced the opening of a new station at Heraklion Port to service domestic and incoming tourism flows and those traveling to Crete's city during the year.

Professionals Cautious On 2011 Domestic Tourism

Tourism professionals appeared satisfied with bookings during the Athenian exodus of the 28 October weekend holiday when compared with those recorded in previous years for the same period, the Greek press said last month.

Domestic Tourism May Tumble This Year

The number of Greeks going on holiday at home this year may see a 20 percent drop compared to the year before that will affect tourism revenue at a rate of three to four percent, according to recent statements made to the press by the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers last month....

ECTAA Sees Recovery Of Greek Tourism

“The European markets are receiving optimistic messages in regards to the recovery of Greek tourism,” President of the European Travel Agents and Tour Operators Associations (ECTAA) Irene Gueorguieva said at a dinner held during the 102nd ECTAA Biannual Meeting in Athens last...

Deputy Minister Attends International Cruise Convention

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis presented significant opportunities provided for cruise tourism and investments in Greek port projects, following the lifting of cabotage restrictions (currently in process by the Greek government), last month at the 8th...

VAT Reduction Keynote At Philoxenia 2010

The 26th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held this year on 18-21 November at Helexpo in Thessaloniki, roughly hosted 500 exhibitors from Greece and 12 other countries (Egypt, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Cyprus, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Turkey, and Tunisia).

Tourism Minister Speaks At EU Meeting

The tourism industry's role amid the current global economic crisis was discussed in Brussels recently at the European Union Competitiveness Council. The discussion was set up by the initiative of the Greek government.

Tourism Minister Optimistic

Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently claimed to be optimistic in regards to the direction of where this year's tourism season is headed. For the first time he estimated that there would not be a double-digit percentage decline in arrivals from abroad.

Transhotel Expands To Greece

Global travel services provider Transhotel has announced the inauguration of its Greek branch after years of cooperation with Greek tourism professionals.

Tourism Sector Calls For Abolition Of Airport Tax As Air Fares Rise

High insurance fees and low revenue have forced Greek airlines to increase fares. At the same time, they want major decreases in airport fees and taxes. And so far, they have managed to get all of the tourism-related associations in the private sector behind them in a strong...

Terrorism Crisis Hits Greece’s Cruise Industry Hardest, For The Moment

Greece's cruise industry, because a significant portion of its business comes from North American customers, is in for a tough time. Along with this, the industry also has to deal with the possible surge in oil prices, the likelihood of a global recession, the difficulties in air...

Travel Agents Blame Government For Tourism Arrival Decrease

Because government employees can not do their job properly and because government is unable or unwilling to give the proper incentive or education to rectify the matter, Greece loses billions of drachmas in precious tourism foreign exchange, says Yiannis Evangelou, president of...

Influx In Russian Visitors Expected

Changes in the international climate and improvements at the Greek consulates in Russia raise hopes that Greece could see a major increase in Russian visitors to Greece this year, when compared with 1999.

Airotel Group Expansion Centers On Quality

Stratos Vasilikos is one of the few in the Greek tourism industry who realized early that quality is the only way to compete and make money. In a step-by-step approach, he practiced what he preached.

Louis Group Raises Greek Flag

One of the many aims of the Louis Group of Cyprus is to fly the Greek flag on its cruise vessels. "It's a shame Greek ships do not fly Greek flags," said the Louis Group's chairman, Costas Loizou, at a recent Athens press conference, "as this is in Greece's interest and in the...