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Athens Goes International With New Ad Campaign

The tourism ministry recently announced the launch of an extensive advertising campaign for the promotion of Athens set for May and June that includes a series of actions and events to take place in the U.S. and Europe.

Cabinet Reshuffle Changes Tourism Minister

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis recently proceeded with a government reshuffle whereas the up until now tourism minister, Aris Spiliotopoulos (now education minister), was replaced by New Democracy Member of Parliament for Evia, Kostas Markopoulos.

British Airways Celebrates 75th Year in Greece

British Airways recently celebrated its 75th year in the Greek airline industry with the Athens-London flight, and the connection of Thessaloniki in 2005 to the British capital.

Athens Not a Business Center

Athens was last on the list of ideal European cities for the accommodation of business. The 19th European Cities Monitor annual survey, carried out by international real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, compares Europe's major business cities and indicates their performance...

EU Agrees to Olympic Airlines’ Privatization

The European Union last month gave its consent to Greece's plan to privatize the Greek carrier Olympic Airlines next year, but said the airline must pay back 850 million euros in illegal state aid it received between 2005-2007.

Positive Tourism Trend to Athens Continues

A recent study shows that tourists to Greece's capital spend more money, visit more sites and keep hotels more profitable, and it appears that the trend will continue.

Bad British Behavior in Greece

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recently released its third annual ‘British Behavior Abroad’ report in an effort to deal with thousands of UK citizens who continue to attract trouble when on holiday overseas.

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...

New Routes Planned by Aegean from Thessaloniki

Aegean Airlines President Theodoros Vassilakis recently announced new routes by the carrier from Thessaloniki during a ceremony held to christen two new Airbus A321 and A320 jets—with the names "Philoxenia" and "Exelixis" respectively—received by the airline. The ceremony was...

Greek Regions Impress at Paris Exhibition

The Municipality of Alonissos and the periphery of the Ionian Islands recently took part in the five-day "Le Monde a Paris" international tourism exhibition (13/3/08-17/3/08) with positive results. The Municipality of Alonissos, also present at the exhibition last year, had a...

First Stage of EU-USA Open Skies in Effect

The first stage of the "Open Skies Agreement" between the European Union and the United States of America was signed on March 30 in a ceremony held within the scope of the "EU-USA Summit" in Washington. The European Union-United States air transport agreement is considered an...

2nd Tourism & Property Show a Double Success

More than 7,000 visitors, hundreds of investors in the tourism sector and some 250 foreign visitors attended the 2nd International Tourism & Property Show held from 22 to 24 February at the Olympic Fencing Center at Hellinikon.

Greek Representative in BA Kids’ Council

Eleven-year-old Gerasimos Kavalieratos was the Greek representative amongst the 13 children from around the world who participated in British Airway's second Kids' Council at the airline's headquarters in Waterside, London. The council, made up of children aged eight to 14, is a...

Business Travelers Show Environmental Concern

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) in cooperation with KDS on-demand travel and expense management recently surveyed—for the third year-running—the opinions of an international group of business travelers and travel managers and identified a real desire to...

City of Athens Joins Battle Against Climate Change

Mayor of Athens Nikitas Kaklamanis announced the Greek capital is now a member of C40 Cities. C40 is an international initiative comprised of 40 major cities that have joined forces to help combat climate change.

American Express Surveys Trends in Business Travel

American Express Business Travel recently released a survey of European business traveler's "Loves and Hates" that indicates despite the current economic downturn and ongoing cuts in corporate spending, 93 percent of participants believe they would be traveling for business just...

British Airways Launches New Carrier OpenSkies

British Airways recently announced its plans to launch a subsidiary inter-continental airline, "OpenSkies," that would conduct daily flights from New York to Brussels and Paris.

Athens Welcomes the London Speaker Bureau

The Greek office of the London Speaker Bureau group recently began operation through Zita Congress & Travel in order to cover Greece and the whole of Southeast Europe.

Oceanis Travel Crosses the Channel

Oceanis Travel recently announced they are now the general sales agents for SNCF (the national railway of France), Rail Europe and the Eurostar trains that run between London and Paris in two hours and fifteen minutes. This adds to the existing Europe-wide network that Oceanis...

World Travel Market 2007 Breaks All Records

World Travel Market 2007 proved a great success and "broke all records," according to the organizer, who recently revealed un-audited figures. WTM is a four-day travel industry event held in London annually, which brings together worldwide buyers and sellers from every sector of...