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Yacht Show Promotes Marine Tourism

Greek marine tourism was represented to a great extent last month via the 10th exhibition of luxurious professional yachts “Charter Yacht Show-Poros 2011” held at Poros Port. The annual yacht show, held 7-12 May, was open to international charter professionals and private yacht...

Travel Plan Puts Religious Tourism On The Agenda

“We are committed to plan attractive tour packages of Byzantine travel for everyone,” Travel Plan’s managing director Giorgos Daskalakis said last month during the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Holy Archdiocese of Athens’ Mission charity organization.

GNTO Spending Cuts Affect Offices Abroad

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) saved some 62 million euros last year as its operating expenses in 2010 were reduced by 36.85 percent compared to the year before, according to an announcement the organization made last month.

5th Summer Holidays Expo Next Month In Athens

“The organization of this year’s Summer Holidays Expo in Athens aims to play a catalytic role in strengthening the tourism industry and become a meeting point for the Greek family during the period of summer vacation planning,” Helexpo’s president Paris Mavridis said last month...

First National Gastronomy Council Held In Greece

“The millions of tourists that visit Greece for a four-day stay each year will eat breakfast at least 60 million times during their stay and therefore gain knowledge of traditional Greek cuisine,” was just one of the expert opinions heard at the first National Council of...

Debate On Greece’s Gain From North Africa’s Tourism

The political turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia may give Greece a 10 percent increase in tourist arrivals this year, the president of the Hellenic Federation of Hotelier’s, Andreas Andreadis, told Bloomberg last month.
GNTO's stand at ITB Berlin 2011.
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Greece Shows Determination At ITB 2011

Business deals worth over six billion euros were made at this year’s ITB among 11,163 exhibiting companies and organizations from 188 countries (2010: 11,127 companies from 187 countries) that presented tourism products and the latest travel trends. The travel trade show counted...

Authentic Local Greek Cuisine Attracts Tourists

The importance of the food experience for the traveler was focused on at the seventh International Meetings and Incentives Conference (IMIC), which took place last month at the Megaron Athens International Conference Center.

New Model For Tourism Discussed At Conference

The year 2011 will find Greek tourism with improved arrivals and overnights and also an increase in revenue, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 3rd European Tourism Conference in late November 2011 in Thessaloniki.

Diving Tourism On Ministry’s Agenda

The development of diving tourism is one of the top priorities of the Culture and Tourism Ministry within the framework of promoting alternative forms of tourism, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the “Biodiversity and Diving Tourism in the Greek Seas”...

GNTO And AIA Sign Memorandum Of Cooperation

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) and the Athens International Airport (AIA) signed a memorandum of cooperation last month that aims to utilize the potential of air transport, through coordinated joint actions, as a basic axis for the development of tourism products...

Greek Tourism Expected To Rise In 2011, Deputy Minister

The Greek government places great importance on the tourism sector as it can help the country survive the economic crisis, Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister George Nikitiadis told journalists during his visit last month to the global meetings and events exhibition EIBTM in...

VAT Reduction Keynote At Philoxenia 2010

The 26th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held this year on 18-21 November at Helexpo in Thessaloniki, roughly hosted 500 exhibitors from Greece and 12 other countries (Egypt, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Cyprus, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Turkey, and Tunisia).

Philoxenia 2010: 3rd European Tourism Conference

The need for Greece to develop a new model  for Tourism was the main topic of this year’s “3rd European Tourism Conference” hosted by Philoxenia. During the first session, GNTO President Nicolas Kanellopoulos stressed the importance of green tourism for the protection and...

Nicolas Kanellopoulos

It is a pleasure for me to draft these very lines for one of the most prominent tourism publications in Greece, the Greek Travel Pages. As we all know, these are challenging times for Greece and our tourism. For our touristic product relies on three core elements: people,...

Crisis Management Committee Formed Once Again

The Greek National Tourism Offices abroad have undertaken the leading role to reverse the negative climate that has been created in the foreign markets at the expense of Greek tourism, according to a recent decision made by the newly-formed Crisis Management Committee.

Touristiko Panorama Goes To The City

The 15th Touristiko Panorama tourism exhibition took place this year in the center of Athens at the Zappeion Center courtyard (29 April-2 May).

New GNTO Board Of Directors Have First Meeting

The new Board of Directors of the Greek National Tourism Organization had its first meeting last month to examine a number of critical issues concerning the proper and transparent function of the organization.

GNTO Announces New President And Board Members

The Greek National Tourism Organization announced in late December 2009 its new Board of Directors. Newly appointed GNTO President is Nikolas Kanellopoulos, Supreme Court lawyer, who has operated in the past as an advisor to Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou.