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Summer Arrivals Offset Earlier Losses

An increase in foreign arrivals during the early part of the summer so far has helped cancel the losses seen in the early part of the year. And in an effort to stem some profiteering, particularly at eating establishments, government inspectors continue to visit tourism...

Amphitrion Opens New Office On Santorini

One of Greece's leading travel companies, the Amphitrion Group of Companies, continued its expansion activities recently with the launch of a new branch office on the island of Santorini.

Twelve Superfast Ferry Launched

Superfast XII slid gracefully down the slipway of the yard into the waters of the Baltic Sea last month. Attica Enterprises, the holding company for Superfast Ferries, said its newest super-fast vessel is due for delivery from the Flender Werft shipyards in Lubeck, Germany, in...

Greece Promoted Via Gay Segment At FITUR 2012

Santorini, Chalkidiki, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Paros, Folegandros, Crete and Andros were introduced last month as destinations with ideal hotels for gay and lesbian tourists at this year’s international tourism trade fair FITUR, held in Madrid, Spain.

Thessaloniki Opens To Influential Gay Community

“Thessaloniki is a city that does not discriminate and is friendly to all who wish to visit,” Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris said at a recent conference on gay tourism and entrepreneurship held in the northern Greek city.

Greece Falls Out Of Favor With Gay Tourists

“Gay and lesbian tourists, who for years flocked to the islands of Mykonos and Lesbos, have removed Greece from their list of favorite destinations because of discrimination,” a survey by Amsterdam-based OutNow Consulting said recently. According to the OutNow Global LGBT2020...

Mykonos And Santorini Among Top Destinations

Mykonos and Santorini were included among the top tourism destinations in the world last month, according to reader surveys of two major U.S. travel magazines.

Utell launches ‘Discover Greece 2000’

Utell, the worldwide hotel reservations and marketing service of REZsolutions, has launched 'Discover Greece 2000' program in conjunction with Astra Hotels. A dozen destinations within Greece are spotlighted within the program. The destinations spotlighted include Athens,...

Spain Honors EOT President Stefanides

Spain paid tribute to Greece and the Hellenic Tourism Organization during a recent ceremony held in conjunction with Madrid's travel and tourism fair, Fitur. Guest of honour was the organization's president, Yiannis Stefanides.

Cavo Tagoo Picks Up Yet Another Award

The first-class Cavo Tagoo hotel on the popular summer holiday island of Mykonos recently picked up yet another award for excellence. The most recent award came from the Greek tourism industry in general. It voted Cavo Tagoo as being the top first-class resort hotel in Greece.

Avionic Introduces Flights To Smyrna

Greek airline Avionic last month introduced a direct flights from Athens to the Turkish city of Smyrna. The direct flights are offered every Monday and Friday.

Tourism Organization Continues Inspections

The Hellenic Tourism Organization last month continued its inspections of tourist resorts and businesses around the country. The organization's secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, said that in a single week last month 51 inspectors checked 309 hotel units, 139 tourism...

Tall Sailing Ship Runs Greek Island Cruises

As of this summer, the Star Flyer, a tall sailing cruise ship, runs a cruise from Piraeus every Saturday to the islands of Mykonos, Chios, Kusadasi, Patmos, Sifnos and Kea. Its alternate program includes the islands of Hydra, Santorini, Rodos, Bodrum and Paros.

Louis Hotels Opens New Zakynthos Unit

The Cypriot-based Louis Group is securing a firm foothold in Greece through buyouts of existing hotels and the construction of new units. Its most recent purchase was the Louis Imperial Beach on Zakynthos, which lies next to the group's Palazzo di Zante and Royal Palace, just 17...

Minoan To Place Seven New Vessels In Greek Waters

In less than two years, Crete-based Minoan Lines plans to accept delivery of at least seven new fast-ferry vessels. A number of these vessels are slated for routes to European ports, while others will replace older vessels on basic Greek routes.

Russians Offer Bird’s Eye View Of Greece

The Acropolis, Ancient Agora, districts in Athens and Piraeus, Meteora, Mykonos and Santorini will soon be promoted panoramically through high-resolution images “caught” by renowned Russian group Airpano.

Philoxenia Tourism Awards 2007

At the Philoxenia tourism awards, Chalkidiki won two awards and received the title for favorite beach destination and the friendliest for families with children destination. Pelion came first in the favorite mountainous or rural destination. Thessaloniki won the first prize in...

Greek President Launches Olpympic Voyager

The fastest cruise ship of its class is the world and the first newbuild of Royal Olympic Cruises sailed into Piraeus harbor last month exactly as planned, and was officially launched by Hellenic Republic President Costis Stephanopoulos.

Minoan Flying Dolphins Increases Route Frequencies

Minoan Flying Dolphins, which claims to be the biggest coastal shipping company in the world with revenue of 43 billion drachmas and a fleet of 77 vessels, increases it route frequencies. In particular, travellers heading to the Cyclades in the height of summer should find it...

Hotel Chamber Objects To New Development Law

The draft bill on the new development law steers away from present tourism policy and from the established positions of the tourism industry, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said last month.