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Hellenic Seaways To Operate Northern Aegean Route

Greek coastal ferry operator Hellenic Seaways will operate between Piraeus and Kavala and serve the islands of Chios, Mytilini and Limnos via the "Nissos Mykonos" vessel as of Friday 26 September.

Beach Street Festival 2014

The Beach Street Festival is a celebration, a unique international music and graffiti festival that combines summer holidays with urban arts and tradition.

Lesvos, Greece, To Host Second Music & Graffiti Festival

Over 50 musicians and 100 graffiti artists from all over Europe & Turkey are expected at this year's International Music & Graffiti "Beach Street Festival" on Lesvos.

Sky Express To Launch Summer Routes From Volos To Greek Islands

Sky Express, a Greek airline based in Crete, has announced additions to its flight schedule for summer 2014.

Lesvos, Greece, Welcomes More Turkish Tourists Thanks To Visa-Free Program

The Greek Island of Lesvos (Mytilini) is expecting a major increase of Turkish weekend visitors this year thanks to a visa facilitation scheme that has launched once again.

Blue Star Ferries Opens Reservation System For New Booking Period

Blue Star Ferries has informed that its booking system for travel to the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, Chios and Mytilini is in operation.

Olympic Air Cuts Three Domestic Flights In Greece

Greek carrier Olympic Air will cut all flights to/from Chania, Mytilini and Santorini as of 1 November 2013.
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Regional Airports Tender Continues With Seven Bidders

Seven companies and consortiums have been shortlisted for the second stage of the tender for the operation, management, development, and maintenance of the country’s regional airports.
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Airberlin Announces Summer 2013 Schedule For Greece

Airberlin announced its summer 2013 schedule that includes direct flights to and from Thessaloniki and 16 more Greek cities, during a recent presentation held in Athens.
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TURSAB: Xanthi Has Treasures But Lacks Infrastructure

“Maybe it is my fault that as a professional I did not know Xanthi, but Xanthi is also to blame as the destination is not promoted in Turkey,” the representative of TURSAB for the European side, Aziz Ciga, said recently while speaking at a conference held by the Chamber of Xanthi.
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Visa-Free 2013 Pilot Program For Turks To Kick Off

Last summer’s visa facilitation pilot program that allowed non-European Union citizens from Turkish ports to visit selected Greek islands in the eastern Aegean without a visa from a Greek consulate will run again this season.
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Greece To Launch Visa-Free Program For Turks Again This Year

Last summer’s visa facilitation pilot program that allowed non-European Union citizens from Turkish ports to visit five Greek Eastern Aegean islands without a visa from a Greek consulate will run again this year, according to Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.
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Aegean Takes You There!

Aegean Airlines has launched the “Take Me There” contest and will give out one return ticket every day throughout 2013 to any destination of the airline’s network in Greece and abroad.

Olympic Air To Appeal Merger Rejection, Halts Routes

Olympic Air announced last month that together with Aegean Airlines it would appeal against the decision of the European Competition Commission that blocked their plans to merge. The commission had said that such a merger would monopolize the Greek market.

Greece Sees Drop In Air Arrivals

Air arrivals to Greek airports appeared reduced by 7.8 percent for the January-October 2009 period while for the month of October the decline reached 6.2 percent, the Institute of Tourist Research and Forecasts (ITEP) reported recently.

Plan for Privatization of All Greek Airports

The interministerial committee for denationalization last month gave the 'green light' for the utilization of regional airports by private investors.

ITEP Releases Latest Tourism Data

Although the Institute for Tourism Research has yet to receive clearance from the tourism ministry to take over as the official source of tourism arrival data and the like, as promised by the ministry, it came out last month with arrival statistics. With available data for the...

Blue Star Ferries Inaugurates Chania-Piraeus Route

Piraeus-based Blue Star Ferries now runs a ferry route from Piraeus to Chania, Crete, with its newbuild Blue Star 2. The journey takes a mere five hours and 45 minutes. The vessel, built in 2000, plies the route at a speed of 28 miles an hour and carries up to 1,900 passengers...

Nel’s New Vessel Cuts Sailing Time by Two Thirds

Nel Lines now sails a rocket-fast vessel that cuts sailing times to Chios and Mytilini from Piraeus by two-thirds. The new Aeolos Express shoots across the Aegean at speeds up to 66 kilometers per hour. It can carry 1,000 passengers and 210 vehicles. The Aeolos can reach Chios...

Coastal Shippers Order 50 New Vessels

Within the next two years, the Greek coastal shipping sector will accept delivery of some 50 new ferry vessels. With these new fast ships, the time it will take to sail from Piraeus and Rafina to the Greek islands, and Italy, will be substantially reduced.