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London-Paris in Record Time

The virgin voyage of the Eurostar train along the new and improved High Speed 1 railroad set a new record for train journeys as the journey London to Paris was completed in two hours and three minutes.

British Airways Hails Athens as a Popular Destination

British Airways recently revealed that Greece is one of the most popular European destinations this summer and on the same par as Paris, Rome, Nice, Madrid and Barcelona.

Positive Outlook in Tourism Traffic for 2007

The Athens Hoteliers Association recently shared statistics collected from monthly reports on hotel occupancy in Athens and the Attica region. In the months of May and June an increase in traffic has been noted of approximately six percent.

Greece Experiences Twenty Percent Rise In Arrivals

At its annual press call to discuss tourism developments the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises said tourism arrivals to Greece have increased more than 19.5 percent in the period 2005-2006 when compared with 2004. It also forecast another major increase this year since the...

Thessaloniki Earns Popular Conference Destination Status

The annual publication of the International Congress and Convention Association recently found Thessaloniki amongst the top one hundred conference destination cities for the third year in a row.

SkyTeam Welcomes Aeroflot As Tenth Member

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, welcomed Aeroflot as its tenth member and this event was celebrated in Athens at the annual party. Aeroflot, the largest Russian airline, offers daily flights to 89 destinations in 47 countries with its fleet of 81 aircraft. The carrier is...

Tourists Complain of Price Gouging

The Greek consumer group INKA announced last month that it received 7,100 complaints from tourists between the start of the year and the end of June. Most complained of excessive charges for poor-quality services.

Cosmopolitan Mykonos Entices Discerning Travelers

The brilliant-white, cube-shaped homes and bluegreen seas of Mykonos island are among the most popular images of Greece's island tourism.

Another Increase in Air Traffic

Athens International Airport's spring timetable offers 836 weekly scheduled flights - 47 more compared to the respective period in 2005 (+6% growth on a year-to-year basis) - operated by 56 airlines, connecting AIA to 68 international destinations in 47 countries.

Last Year’s Arrivals Up 16% Against 2004

Although unable to produce accurate data, last month the country's tourism development minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, estimated that tourist arrivals last year rose by 16 percent against 2004.

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.

Qatar Airways Expanding at Rapid Rate

Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, does in Greece what it is doing and will do in all major European cities; it's expanding at a rapid rate. In just months since it opened offices in Athens, the airline has staffed modern offices with more than 20...

Greece and Cyprus Mourn Air Crash Victims

A Cypriot-based Helios Airways passenger jet, Helios Flight 522, crashed into a mountainside near Marathon, and about 40 kilometers north of Athens, on Sunday, August 14. All 121 people aboard, including the six crewmembers, were killed. Debris from the crash was spread at least...

New Type Cruise Scheduled for Greek Islands

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, head of easyCruise, says he plans to deploy a cruise ship on a Greek Islands itinerary in the summer of 2006 or 2007, and an Arabian Gulf itinerary on a 2006/2007 winter schedule.

Qatar Airways Takes Us Back to the Golden Days

Since its launch of direct flights from Athens, on 15 June 2005, Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, continues it strong promotion campaign, all of which reminds of the golden days when airlines were the stars of the travel sector.

Alternate Tourism Springs to the Forefront

Instead of the usual everyday tour packages, visitors to the recent Paris world toursim fair, were presented with interesting alternatives to sun and sea travel. Thousands upon thousands of catalogues, brochures and leaflets on country stands promoted "green" tourism, adventure...

Regional Authorities Now Urge for Lower Athens Airport Fees

The municipal authorities of the Saronic Gulf tourist islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses last month made a joint appeal for a reduction in usage charges at Athens international airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, which they said would encourage more charter flights to the...

Zorpidis Expansion Continues with New Athens Office

For anyone walking into the new downtown Athens offices of Zorpidis Travel Services it's difficult to imagine that there's a tourism crisis. Besides bustling with activity, the office permeates a feeling of success. It will be hardly surprising to see the office expanded within a...

Fast-growing New Low-cost Airline from Eastern Europe

Wizz Air, a new European low-cost airline that focuses on the Central and Eastern Europe markets, inaugurated Athens-Budapest flights last month. The CEO and general manager of Wizz Air, Jozsef Varadi, said he expects to fill 2,000 seats per week out of Athens and 100,000 seats...

Athens International Airport Europe’s Best and Safest

Athens International Airport's "Eleftherios Venizelos" was recently voted the best and safest airport of its kind in Europe and the second best in the world, according to an independent survey carried out by the Global Airport Monitor of the International Air Transportation...