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Greece Lags Behind in Tourism Development After the Olympics

The European Tour Operators Association recently published a report, titled “Inbound Tourists Go Away and Stay Away for the Olympics,” which reinforces the conclusions of a study it published two years ago that hosting the Olympic Games typically stalls tourism growth.

Olympic Flame Arrives in China

Greece handed the Olympic flame to China, the host of the 2008 Games, on March 30 at Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens. Beijing Games Organizing Chief and Beijing Communist Party Secretary Liu Qi received the flame and said: "In 130 days the 2008 Beijing Olympics begin and we and...

Ancient Olympia to Beijing via the Silk Road

Danae Tezapsidou and Vassilis Mesitidis are the two young Greeks in the team of cyclists that will attempt the bike ride from Ancient Olympia to Beijing via the Silk Road in order to mark the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The ride began from ancient Olympia last month and...

Athens to Host 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens officially announced it would host the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games planned for June 25th to July 4th. Present at the event held at Athens Concert Hall were President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias, members of the Greek parliament, 38 ambassadors...

Greek Know-how Travels to Beijing for the Olympics

Athens International Airport's experience and know-how is being shared with both the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games and the Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) for the preparation and smooth operation of the arrivals and departures process at BCIA...

Greece & China Join Hands to Strengthen Tourism Bond

The recent visit to China by Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos has bore fruit, as several steps have been taken to unify Greece and China in their aim to promote bilateral tourism interests. During the recent visit, his first visit as tourism development...

Attica Hotel Association is Realistic and Optimistic

The Attica Hotel Association recently held its 38th annual assembly where its members revealed and discussed statistics for 2007. The assembly was opened by the president of the association, George Tsakiris, who began by referring to 2006 as "an overall successful year for the...

Ovadias Tours Suggests Alternative Promotion of Greece

Ovadias Tours, in October, communicated its ideology behind a campaign for the promotion of Greece in Asia. The tour operator sent a letter to Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos suggesting a new dimension in Greece's promotional campaign, which, according to the...

Tourism Development Minister Meets PM

Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia recently met with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis where she outlined the activity in Greek tourism for the second quarter of 2007.

Boeing Prepares to Launch the New 787

Boeing Co. recently unveiled the first carbon-composite 787 with already 55 orders for the lightweight fuel-efficient plane. There is much anticipation for the initial flight of the mid-sized, long-range jetliner, which is the company's first all-new plane in 12 years.

Financial Rewards of the Champions League Final

Tourism benefits for Athens following the Champions League Final last month are promising. Already, according to Washington-based KRC Research, Athens has benefited a total of 26 million euros from hosting the event.

Growth in Marine Tourism Demands Infrastructure Development

The Greek statistical and economic data service Hellastat SA recently conducted a study that shows the current economic conditions for domestic marina operators are favorable.

Greek Tourism Trends 2007

Kapa Research, a subsidiary of the Kalofolias group, recently announced the results for present trends in Greek tourism. The survey shows the realization of a holiday is still a major priority for the Greek traveler who, as a rule, chooses domestic destinations over international.

SETE Calls for Tourism Chamber

A general consensus for the prime minister's continued support in overcoming hurdles that continue to harm business potential in the tourism sector was the essence of the speech given by Stavros Andreadis, president of the association of Greek tourism enterprises, during the...

Greek Tourism Services on Same Level with Europe

A recent survey by the Marc group, which was ordered by the Greek National Tourism Organization, shows that tourism services in Greece are on at least the same level as those of the rest of Europe, but quality-price is not. The survey was completed in mid January and concentrated...

Continental Airlines Opens Athens Route

Continental Airlines, the world's fifth largest airline, last month announced it would launch daily nonstop flights between New York/Newark and Athens effective June 7, 2007 (eastbound), subject to government approval.

40 Million Euro Greek Tourism Ad Campaign Launched

With distinct hopes of breaking last year's record number of tourism arrivals (up 10 percent over the year before), Greece launched its 40-million-euro advertising campaign (run by the consortium Ashley & Holmes Athens/Karamella) at a gala dinner last month. The campaign,...

Athens Promoted as a City Break Destination

The Organization for Tourism and Financial Development for Athens (OTOAA) submitted a bid to organize the annual City Break Expo and the European Cities Tourism (ECT) conference in Athens in June 2007.

Arrival Increases Confirmed

It's official. Greece, for the second year in a row, managed a substantial rise in its tourism arrivals. According to data from 12 Greek airports, which represent 90% of all air arrivals and 75% of all arrivals, the country welcomed 6.33% more visitors during the first half of...

Attica Hotel Occupancy Up While Room Rates Down

Attica hotel occupancy has increased 5 percent during the first quarter of this year as compared with last year said Giorgos Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association (EXA) at last month's general assembly meeting. However, Mr. Tsakiris continued, room rates remain...