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Marathon for a United Europe

September will see the inauguration of a new athletic institution at the initiative of the Marathon municipality: a marathon run, the same as the route featured in the first modern Olympics in 1896 (from the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens to the Marathon Stadium).

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.

Helexpo To Open New Expo Center in March

Last month, Helexpo, Greece's national exhibition agency, signed a five-year renewable lease with Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA) to construct a new exposition center on a 20-stremma area of the center's grounds.

New Optimism for Tourism to Athens

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis and Attica Region Secretary General Haralambos Maniatis early last month presented the results of major surveys undertaken by the company Leo Burnett concerning the promotion of Athens and Attica tourism. For the most part, the results were very positive.

Delta Receives Athens Airport Award

Delta has been named the "Fastest Growing Airline for North America" by Athens International Airport at the first award ceremony of its kind. Delta's commercial director for Greece and Cyprus, Dimitri Karagioules, said on receiving the award that "Delta is delighted to receive...

Government Predicts Substantial Rise in Tourism

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos last month, during a press call, said that we would see at least a seven percent rise in tourism arrivals this year. He said that according to data received from Hellenic Tourism Organization offices abroad the increase would be...

Arrivals Up, Overnights Down

Arrivals in Athens may have increased in the first quarter of 2005, according to Athens International Airport data, but the Attica Hoteliers' Association released data last month that show hotel occupancy rates down by an average 4.4 percent against the same quarter of last year.

Capital’s Hotels Struggle to Break Even

There is something really wrong in Athens. The country's capital has been on the positive side of world news for months now, and almost everyone you talk to abroad say they want to visit the city, yet latest reports reveal that Athens hotel occupancy rates continue to fall to...

Tour Operators Upbeat On Travel to Greece

Greece has to pursue deep institutional and qualitative changes in its tourism industry so as to become one of the world's most popular destinations, Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a recent meeting with members of Europe' biggest and most influential tour...

Hoteliers Urge Adoption of Longer Hours for Museums and Shops

The Greek Chamber of Hotels says that the increase in opening hours of shops and museums in the country, as recently proposed by the government, is a positive step towards bolstering tourism.

Athens 2004 Should Recoup 2004 Expenses

Counting security measures, Greece has spent a bundle when compared with other Olympic hosts - at total of five billion to seven billion euros at last count - nevertheless, if Greece doesn't recoup the expenses involved in staging the Athens 2004 Games, it will be the first in...

Athens In Its Finest Regalia Becomes True Cultural Capital

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos continually emphasizes the importance of changing Greece's tourism image, and at every press opportunity he stresses the importance of Greek history and culture. Millions of guests during the Athens 2004 Games have had a taste of...

New Incentives to Foster Tourism Investment

Red tape, leading to delays and the disappointment of investors, has lead to less-than-expected investment in the Greek tourism sector over the past years. But now Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis and Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, say the...

Tourism Minister Meets with IFTA Chief

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said last month that Greek tourism would enter "a new dynamic phase" after the Olympics, mainly by tapping the potential offered by the considerably improved infrastructure and the image of the country. He said tourism would take...

2004 Tourism Picture Remains Clouded

When compared with last year, the drop in tourism arrivals this year is expected to reach anywhere between less than 1% to as high as 10%. It all depends on whom you listen to. Tourism revenue, again according to whom you listen to, will drop from 5% to as high as 15% against...

Tourism Industry Leaders Pessimistic for 2004 Season

Greece's tourism professionals are not in the least optimistic about the future of the country's main currency-earning industry thus crushing earlier hopes that 2004, being the country's Olympic year, would provide the much-needed shot in the arm to the sector.

Athenian Homes Offer Rooms for 2004 Visitors

Over 22,000 Athens homes have been offered for rental to foreign visitors during this summer's Olympics, officials managing the program said last month.

Dino Frantzeskakis

The future of Greek Tourism can be bright only if all components which make up this complex services industry agree to a unified medium and long-term strategy. Instead of paying lip service only, both state and private sectors could agree on a joint policy towards upgrading...

Museums and Sites to be Accessible to People with Special Needs

A special inter-ministerial meeting on the Olympic Games last month reiterated promises to render Athens more compatible with the needs of physically disabled people ahead of next September's Paralympics.

New Trends in Sports Tourism

Some 46 speakers, through case studies, showed how important and viable sports is to a country's tourism sector during last month's International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism's (AIEST) 53rd world congress held at the Divani Apollo Hotel in Kavouri September 8-11...
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