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Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau on the Move

Although formed just better than a year ago, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau, or Athens CVB, is just now getting down to the nitty gritty with regards to enticing conferences to the capital. (The Athens Olympics Organizing Committee kept it busy handling a mounting...

Greece Honored Country at 25th World Travel Market

Greece has been chosen as the honored country at this year's World Travel Market, London, November 8-11, which celebrates its silver anniversary. On hand for the fair's inauguration ceremonies as special guest will be Greece's tourism development minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

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...

Athens Hosts Europe’s Hotel Managers

Some 280 hotel managers from throughout Europe arrived in Athens recently to take part in the European Hotel Manager Association's 31st general assembly. During the assembly participants heard in-depth reports on Europe's hotel industry and its difficulties.

Tourism Key Economic Activity for Foreign Investment

Greece is emerging as a hub of inter-European networks in the Balkans and hopes to attract large investment schemes in key sectors such as energy and tourism, Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told a conference on "Greece: The Economic Center of Southeastern Europe" held...

Greece Stand Prominent at World Travel Market

After last year's fiasco, the London office of the Hellenic Tourism Organization worked closely with the head office this year. In the end, the office and its staff did a superior job in organizing its Greek presentation at one of the world's biggest travel and tourism fairs,...

Alitalia Inaugurates Flights from Thessaloniki to Milan

At a time when most airlines are concentrating on cutting costs and routes, Alitalia took a brave step forward and opened a new route from Thessaloniki to Milan recently with two daily flights. The first flight leaves Thessaloniki at 6:20 and the second at 13:30. Alessandro...

Hellas Jet Officially in the Air

Greece's newest airline, Hellas Jet, held its first meet last month to officially inaugurate its airline and flights from Athens to Brussels, London, Zurich and Paris as it finally received all necessary licenses. Company officials said the carrier would claim a leading role in...

Air France-KLM Deal Just the Beginning

Air France's planned takeover of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which would create Europe's largest airline, may just be the beginning of a trend as airline carriers look to ways to cooperate and cut costs after two years of extensive losses.

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...

Tourism Organization Promotes Via Internet

The Hellenic Tourism Organization implemented its newest and perhaps most expansive tourism promotional activity recently via the Internet. With the basic aim to inform potential tourists of the country's tourism products, and to promote the same, the organization signed an...

Hellas Jet Up and Away Complete with Aegean Cooperation

When Cyprus Airways failed in its efforts to take over Olympic Airways back in 2001, it decided on a counter move and launched its own Athens-based carrier, Hellas Jet, which got off the ground on June 24. The new carrier hopes to undercut Olympic by 15 percent, says the...

Athens One of World’s Most Expensive Cities

Athens ranks as the 71st most expensive city worldwide, according to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting's first cost of living survey for 2003, against a placing of 111th last year. Using New York as a base measure of 100, the semi-annual survey, which covers 144 cities,...

Low Cost Carriers Not Necessarily Cheap

A Carlson Wagonlit Travel study showed that potential cost savings on low-cost carriers (LCCs) for large multinationals are, in at least half the cases, just 10% off normal costs. Carlson said effective marketing of low price offers by these carriers often leads multinationals to...

Luxair Is Back With Daily Flights

Luxair, Luxembourg's flag carrier, resumed flights to Athens on March 30. The airline had suspended its flights to here some four years ago but now flies daily out of Athens to Luxembourg, with a stopover at Italy's Milan Bergamo airport, using a 49-seat Embraer 145 Eurojet that...

SkyTeam Alliance Expands through Associate Membership

Executives from the airline alliance SkyTeam, met in London recently where they announced plans to introduce an associate airline program that will expand customer benefits to additional regions of the world. The plan calls for opening associate SkyTeam membership to carriers...

Tourism Industry Takes Action At World Tourism Market To End Crisis

Greece's tourism heads were optimistic after their contacts with UK's most important tour operators during the International World Tourism Market in London last month. General Tourism Secretary Dimitrios Georgarakis and Hellenic Tourism Organization President Evgenios...

World Travel Market Readies For November

World Travel Market 2001 (12-15 November) in London, is to turn the spotlight on the latest 'buzzword' for the industry - effective customer relationship management (CRM). In partnership with KPMG, one of the world's leading professional services firms, World Travel Market will...

European Airlines Create Online Travel Portal

Nine of Europe's leading airlines recently unveiled plans to move into the online travel market with the launch this year of a new online travel service, that sells flights and other travel products direct to the consumer.

New Acropolis Museum Ready For 2004 Olympic Games

Pressure will be exerted on Britain internationally to return the Elgin marble collection of sculptures taken from the Parthenon, albeit in the form of a "long-term loan," as the 2004 Olympics approach, said Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos last month.