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The London Event” a Greek Success

The first Tourism & Property Roadshow, dubbed "The London Event" by the organizer, was held in London recently to promote Greek holiday homes abroad. The Roadshow was held in London's Hellenic Center and attracted a large amount of potential investors.

New Hotel Chain Takes Greek Market by Storm

A new hotel chain, Grace Hotels, marked its presence in the Greek market with the launch of Mykonos Grace Hotel recently. Mykonos Grace, a boutique hotel, won worldwide recognition in 2007 and was awarded the first prize at the European Hotel Design Awards held in London for...

New Identity for Greece at WTM 2007

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos presented the world with the new image of Greece at World Travel Market, which was held in London last month. The new slogan and logo for Greece was revealed at the inauguration of the Greek National Tourism Organization stand...

Attica Hotel Association is Realistic and Optimistic

The Attica Hotel Association recently held its 38th annual assembly where its members revealed and discussed statistics for 2007. The assembly was opened by the president of the association, George Tsakiris, who began by referring to 2006 as "an overall successful year for the...

New Tourism Development Minister in Office

The September election result brought New Democracy to power for a second term running, and was followed by changes in the structure of ministries as well as the allocation of new ministers in several positions.

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts Choose Greece

The Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts selected Greece as its first location in Europe. The company anticipates the creation of two luxury resorts, on the island of Santorini and Pylos of Messinia, under its management by 2009.

British Airways Gives Children a Voice

British Airways recently invited twelve young travelers from all over the world to its London headquarters in Waterside, in order to participate in a kid's council that would inquire into the needs of this age group.

London-Paris in Record Time

The virgin voyage of the Eurostar train along the new and improved High Speed 1 railroad set a new record for train journeys as the journey London to Paris was completed in two hours and three minutes.

British Airways Hails Athens as a Popular Destination

British Airways recently revealed that Greece is one of the most popular European destinations this summer and on the same par as Paris, Rome, Nice, Madrid and Barcelona.

Positive Outlook in Tourism Traffic for 2007

The Athens Hoteliers Association recently shared statistics collected from monthly reports on hotel occupancy in Athens and the Attica region. In the months of May and June an increase in traffic has been noted of approximately six percent.

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...

WTM Mirrors Success of Global Tourism

The World Travel Market (WTM) held in London last month was the perfect venue to present Greece's new advertising campaign with the message "Explore your senses in Greece."

Crete’s Major Tourism Project Gets Green Light

The ministry of environment approved the environmental study for a major tourism development project in Lassithi, Crete. The developer, London-based Minoan Group, formerly Loyalward Ltd. had initially signed a contract with the Ecclesiastical Foundation of Panagia Akrotiriani...

EU Will Revisit Aviation Security Measures

In response to last month's foiled terrorist plot to bomb transatlantic flights departing from London, an emergency meeting was held between UK Home Secretary John Reid and EU ministers from Finland (now holding EU presidency), France, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, which hold...

Tourists Complain of Price Gouging

The Greek consumer group INKA announced last month that it received 7,100 complaints from tourists between the start of the year and the end of June. Most complained of excessive charges for poor-quality services.

Another Increase in Air Traffic

Athens International Airport's spring timetable offers 836 weekly scheduled flights - 47 more compared to the respective period in 2005 (+6% growth on a year-to-year basis) - operated by 56 airlines, connecting AIA to 68 international destinations in 47 countries.

European Cruise Market Continues Expansion

Louis Cruise Lines last month announced the delivery of the latest addition to its fleet, the 1,250-passenger cruise ship Sea Diamond (ex-Birka Princess). After its planned upgrading, the Sea Diamond this month begins 3- and 4-day cruises from Piraeus on behalf of Louis Hellenic...

Last Year’s Arrivals Up 16% Against 2004

Although unable to produce accurate data, last month the country's tourism development minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, estimated that tourist arrivals last year rose by 16 percent against 2004.

Greece Ideal for Luxury Travel

New thoughts and expectations on the future of luxury travel to Greece were expressed at last month's Exclusive Travel fair held at the Helexpo Palace exhibition center in Athens.

Local SkyTeam Members Awarded

Local SkyTeam members were awarded for their comprehensive powerpoint presentation created for their annual agency workshop held in 2003. Head office said the presentation was so professional that it was adopted as the basis for the 2004 and 2005 SkyTeam market presentations held...