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Cruise Tourism in Greece Begins a New Era

Greece can play a leading role and become a hub for itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean cruise industry, was the unanimous outlook expressed by all leading representatives of the international cruise industry who attended the recent cruise forum CRUISEinGREECE.

Government Not Taking Tourism Seriously

Because government fails to enact in unison the tourism sector fails to perform at an acceptable level, says the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises.

Ministry Announces Initial 2008 Tourism Data

Prior to an agreement between state tourism officials and the private tourism sector (see page 3), Geece's tourism ministry expressed its satisfaction with this year's tourism figures.

Superfast Ferries FAM Trip for Port Agents

Superfast Ferries recently invited several port agents on a three-day familiarization trip to Italy. The group, made up of company executives from several departments and Adriatic coast port agents from Patra, Igoumenitsa, Corfu, Bari and Ancona, boarded Superfast V for Bari.

Athens Tourism Before and After the Games

The Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company, in the context of the creation of a ‘tourism observatory’ for the City of Athens, conducted a study entitled ‘Registered Athens Tourism Study—from pre-Olympic to the post-Olympic period: The influence of the Olympic Games and...

EKPOIZO Reports Overpriced Airline Tickets

Consumer organization EKPOIZO recently discovered that advertized airline tickets have serious price variations, some which reached up to 63 percent between the advertized on-line cost and the actual charge.

Greece Experiences Twenty Percent Rise In Arrivals

At its annual press call to discuss tourism developments the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises said tourism arrivals to Greece have increased more than 19.5 percent in the period 2005-2006 when compared with 2004. It also forecast another major increase this year since the...

Greece Scores Low For Image

Greece earned one of the last places amongst the 12 most important European destinations in a recent poll conducted by the German tourism magazine Touristik Report, of which the judges were 34 of the most powerful people in the European tourism trade. Amongst the judges were...

National Travel Agents’ Associations Seek Mediterranean Cooperation

Representatives of the United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations (UFTAA) met in Rome recently with associations from Greece, Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Italy, FYROM, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey to consider the future of a "Mediterranean...

AirSea Lines Suspends Flights to Aegean

AirSea Lines officially suspended its programmed flights from Lavrio seadrome to islands in the Aegean but it said it would continue flights as planned for the Ionian islands and Brindisi, Italy, from Patra.

Blue Star Shoots Profit up 34%

Blue Star Maritime S.A recently announced the significant improvement of the financial results of Blue Star Group for the first quarter of 2007. Revenue stood at 28.45 million euros against 21.18 million euros in the first quarter of 2006, an increase of 34,3%.

ITS Athens Makes a Good First Attempt

The International Tourism Salon - Athens 2006, the first attempt to establish a much-needed truly international tourism exhibit in the country's capital city, did relatively well and received strong support from Greece's leading tourism organizations.

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,...

Philoxenia Affords Opportunity to Flaunt Government Tourism Policies

The 23rd Philoxenia opened its gates to buyers and sellers from all around the world last month with little different to present compared with previous years. The most significant business event took place on opening day as some 100 hosted buyers from some 30 countries met with...

Greece Stars At E.U. Awards

Greece was once again amongst the grand prize winners that received the "European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/ Europa Nostra Award" for 2009 at the award ceremony that took place last month at the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily (Italy).

ARGO Signs with Travelport

Greek travel agency ARGO Travel & Tourist Bureau recently signed a multi-year agreement with Travelport GDS, one of the world's leading global distribution system providers, for its Worldspan product.

Amadeus Research Reveals Greek Travel Agencies Must Embrace Technology

Amadeus, a leading provider of solutions to the travel industry for the management of distribution and selling of travel services, recently held an event in Athens where results from research revealed the Internet and new technology hold many opportunities for Greek travel...

Greece Comes Second in Travel Habits Poll

Italy was voted favorite European country in this year's Telegraph Travel Awards reader's survey followed by Greece and Switzerland.

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.

Greek Tourism Joins Forces with E! Entertainment

The Tourism Development Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) have joined forces with E! Entertainment—the only 24-hour entertainment channel—and signed a memorandum in a bid to attract the "creative class."