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Main Opposition Party Presents Tourism Manifesto

Main opposition party New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras triggered an angry reaction from the Culture and Tourism Ministry last month when he invited the Greek Government to establish a National Tourism Council among parties, social partners and collective agencies in the...

Nikos Skoulas Presents His Triptych of Success

“It would be very useful for thousands of executives of the public and private sector to study the book written by Nikos Skoulas,” Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the recent book presentation of former tourism minister Nikos Skoulas.

New Appointments at Ministry and GNTO

Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, following the induction of new Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos, recently appointed former secretary general of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Athanasios Oikonomou, as the new president of the GNTO, and Iraklis Valvis as...

New Legislation to Encourage Tourism Investment

Government intends to introduce new legislation shortly that aims to cut huge chunks out of the country's thick bureaucratic approvals process, said Tourism Minister Fani Palli-Petralia last month during her first press call since her appointment in February. She said the new...

New Business Model Essential for Tourism

At the Association for Greek Tourist Enterprises’ assembly meeting last month, its president, Stavros Andreadis, pointed out that the ministry of tourism development's role is not as clear as it could be to the public sector in general, and although "coordinated efforts are...

National Tourism Council Meeting

At the National Tourism Council meeting held last month, Tourism Minister Fani Palli-Petralia stated that the guiding principle for the ministry's new leadership is "to develop and promote long-term tourism policy and a unified strategy" to improve the quality and range of...

New Tourism Development Minister Appointed

In a surprise move last month, during a reshuffle of ministers the government replaced its tourism minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, with former deputy culture minister, Fani Palli-Petralia. The change of guard, however, went smoothly with the former tourism minister alongside Ms...

A Surprising Philoxenia

The amount of business done during Philoxenia, Greece's major tourism fair held last month in Thessaloniki, surprised most exhibitors this year. Another surprise was the traffic. Although it wasn't evident, Helexpo, the fair's organizer, said Philoxenia attracted 23,790...

Greece’s National Tourism Council Meets in Thessaloniki

Greece's tourism industry will see stronger-than-projected growth this year, Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a meeting in Thessaloniki with the National Tourism Council.

National Tourism Council Meets

Although not much came out of it, the country's National Tourism Council met last month for the first time under the present government. But the country's tourism minister did announce a promise a 9-point legislation for tourism development and investment.

Prime Minister Labels Tourism National Importance

Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis showed his personal interest in the tourism sector last month when he opened this year's general assembly of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. During his speech, he labeled tourism as a sector of national importance for the country's...

Tourism Sector Gets Promised Ministry

As promised, the new government has created a Greek tourism ministry. The newly appointed minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and his deputy, Anastassios Liaskos, for the moment are the "guests" of Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas until appropriate tourism ministry offices are...

National Tourism Council Reorganization

Just before the New Year's holidays, Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos announced the reorganization of the National Tourism Council. He said he wanted the council to play a bigger role in shaping policy, and not merely act as an advisory body to the minister.

Tourism Arrivals down Slightly in 2003

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said Greece has begun a "communication blitz" for Greek tourism promotion abroad in 2004, planning to expand beyond Europe after January. Meanwhile, employees of the Hellenic Tourism Organization are meeting to decide on possible...

Tourism Development Depends On You

If we want the Greek tourism sector to develop at a satisfactory pace, we in the private sector must take it upon ourselves to do so, said speakers at the recent "The Need to Create a Tourism Development Strategy" conference held last month in Athens.

Marios Trivizas

Unfortunately, we see no change towards the better for incoming tourism next year. Last year, and the year before, incoming dropped five percent and six percent respectively and for this year we foresee as much as a fifteen-percent drop in arrivals. The drop in arrivals from...

Tourism Council Meets With Aim to Develop into Positive Forum

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, after chairing last month's meeting of the National Tourism Council, said his government plans to take steps to reinforce the tourism industry in the event war breaks out with Iraq. He mentioned the creation of a committee to propose...

Minister Satisfied With 2002 Tourism Arrivals

Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos told reporters that tourism arrivals to Greece last year dropped by around 1% while tourism exchange receipts increased by some 1%. "This means quality improvements have led to an increase in tourism revenue," he said.

Airline Specialist Takes Over Tourism General Secretariat

Demetris Georgarakis, an electronic engineer with some 20 years experience in the airline sector (Olympic Airways) has been appointed to head the newly created tourism general secretariat, which is directly under the development ministry.

No Executive Changes Foreseen Within The Country’s Tourism Organization

No changes appear forthcoming within the Hellenic Tourism Organization as a result of Greece's national elections held last month. The country's new Minister for Development, who is responsible for tourism, Nikos Christodoulakis, met with the organization's leaders a few days...