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ITEP Urges Greece to Open Info Offices in Russia

Because Russians are just now emerging as serious tourists, and because Greece could attract them with the right strategy, the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts urges the government here to open information centers and meeting points for tourists in several major...

Greece Outshined Competitors at ITB

For the first time in memory, Greece held its head high at a world travel exhibition and showed the world its capabilities. The Greek pavilion, with its avid colors, wide-open spaces, and design continuity, outshone its Mediterranean competitors, not only with its design but also...

European Travel Trends Released by IPK International

Again this year, IPK International released its Global Travel Trends study during Berlin's tourism fair International Travel Bourse. The study found that Europeans continue their strong preference for sun and sea holidays.

New Era Dawns for Hellas Flying Dolphins

After several years in the doldrums, Hellas Flying Dolphins seems to have pricked the interest of Greece's major coastal shipping companies. Last month, under its new managing director, Gerasimos Stintzis, HFD announced an agreement whereby it would purchase two new vessels. And...

New ITEP Study Focuses on Seniors

Prospects for travel by seniors to Greece is more than optimistic, said the head of the Research Institiute for Toruism (ITEP), Professor Panagiotis Pavlopoulos, during the recent presentation of the institute's latest study. He said seniors are increasing in numbers as a...

2004 Tourism Picture Remains Clouded

When compared with last year, the drop in tourism arrivals this year is expected to reach anywhere between less than 1% to as high as 10%. It all depends on whom you listen to. Tourism revenue, again according to whom you listen to, will drop from 5% to as high as 15% against...

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.

Renewed Interest in Golf Investment

The Greek tourism sector, struggling to defend its share of the market against cheaper rivals such as Turkey and other Mediterranean nations, is eager to stretch its season beyond the summer months and become more than a sun-and-sea paradise for holidaymakers that are on a budget.

Government Replaces Its Tourism Leaders

The government says it will present a comprehensive restructuring plan for the country's tourism administration. The announcement followed the replacement of government tourism leaders and the reshuffling of responsibilities among the Development Ministry's General Secretariat...

Research Institute Sees Continual Tourism Decline

Greece's tourism sector continued to fall further behind its foreign competitors during the first nine-month period of this year, according to the latest report published by the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasting.

Cruise Sales At Home Drop Significantly

It's not only local cruise companies -- for the first half of this year cruise passengers on Greek vessels are down some 30% over the same period last year -- that face difficulties this year.

New Crete Golf Course Opens July 5

Greece's newest golf course opens this month on the island of Crete. Owners say it is the most challenging golf course in Greece and one that will be meticulously maintained. The course takes in the typical ancient landscape of Crete and will host many of the visitors that come...

Cruise Market Concerned but Upbeat

Greece's passenger shipping association says its sector is in for a difficult time this year. It wants government to help soften the blow with a cut in port costs, and subsidies for new employees, for newbuildings, and for employee insurance. It also wants a 50% increase in...

A (Royal) Family Affair

The dream of most Greek small business owners is for their children to follow in their footsteps and expand the family business. In most cases, however, their children follow their own dreams. In rare cases, all of the children's dreams follow that of the founder. One such dream...

Athens Hilton Reopens

After a multi-million-euro refurbishment and expansion program, the Athens Hilton reopened last month to the cheers and admiration of employees and special guests. The "new" unit takes on a complete new look inside and out with a particular emphasis on a modern style with lots of...

Athens Convention Bureau Taken Off Back Burner

Many years have passed since the local tourism trade called for the creation of a conference and visitor's bureau for the Athens area. Since then, not a single positive step has been taken, but the idea remains as not only a viable one but also a vital one to implement.

SETE Pessimistic For Sector Tourism This Year

Nikos Angelopoulos, vice president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, told its annual Christmas press gathering that he and the association were not optimistic for tourism possibilities in 2002. He said association sources foresee a possible drop in arrivals from...

More Funds To Be Spent On Greek Tourism Promotion

Economy and Finance Deputy Minister Christos Pachtas approved credits worth 32 million euros (11 billion drachmas) to finance a marketing campaign for Greek tourism, domestically and abroad. That is twice the figure spent last year, the minister said.

Luxurius Sofitel Adds Creative Class To Airport

From the outside, this does not appear to be a particularly distinctive premium hotel. Its classical style, however, designed to blend in with the intentional blandness of the new El.Venizelos airport at Spata, does grab your attention. Once inside, the change is mind boggling.

Ghiolman Yacht Vies For World Record

Michael Ghiolman of Ghiolman Yachts-Travel-Aviation hopes to get his name in the Guiness Book of World Records with his yacht Nidri. The Greek-built 'Skipper 53,' he says, was chartered out for the longest term ever by a broker, and accordingly Mr. Ghiolman has sent an...