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Athens Gets Two New Info-Points

Visitors to Athens are now offered additional assistance to get around the city as the Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company (ATEDCo) launched two new info-points last month in centrally located spots: the intersection of Amalias Avenue and Dionysiou Areopagitou and the...

Greek Cruise Arrivals Increase In Q1

Greek cruise seemed to be on the up during January-March 2011 as cruise ship arrivals in Piraeus Port increased by 5.1 percent and passenger arrivals increased by 58.1 percent, compared to 2010 figures, according to Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) Chairman and CEO Yiorgos Anomeritis.

Tourism Professionals Optimistic On Summer Bookings

“In regards to Easter holiday overnights, early bookings and the latest data from Greek airport arrivals for the first four months of the year, tourism traffic is showing positive signs with an upward trend at least in terms of arrivals,” President of the Hellenic Federation of...

Athens Tourism Strategic Plan Goes Public

“We intend to highlight the elements of the city that remain attractive and interest Greek and foreign visitors, which contribute to the upgrading of the tourism experience in Athens and bring immediate benefits to the local economy,” the president of the Athens Tourism and...

New Greek Cruise Ship Fees Unfair, GEPOET

If the increase of port charges are passed on to the consumer, cruise passengers would most likely cancel their bookings and prefer other locations because the Greek product will have become too expensive, according to the General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises...

Piraeus Headed Towards Major Revamp

The Cultural Coast of Piraeus project aims to highlight the comparative advantages of Piraeus so the city can once again become a reference point rather than simply a point of transit as it is considered today, according to the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

Revamp Planned For Piraeus Port

The Piraeus Port Authority will proceed to a full upgrade of its services in 2011 in order for international cruise companies to respond in 2012 to the lifting of the cabotage restrictions for non-European Union-flag cruise ships, the port’s president and CEO, Yiorgos Anomeritis,...

Tourism Sector Disappointed With Cabotage Draft Law

“The draft law (on the lifting of cabotage) has terms that are jointly acceptable by all agencies that deal with the cruise issue so that Greece will become a sea cruise center for the entire Mediterranean,” Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said after...

Agencies Wrap Up Consultations On Cabotage Abolition

“Predictions show that over the next two years cruises to the Mediterranean will be the world's first choice, outshining the half century dominance of cruises to the Caribbean.” This was just one of the conclusions of the report in regards to the lifting of cabotage restrictions...

Greek Tourism Up Against “Cold” Winter

Foreign arrivals at Greek airports fell nine percent year-on-year in August while the number of foreign visitors in Greece dropped 8.5 percent in the first eight months of the year, the Research Institute for Tourism and Forecasts (ITEP) recently said. The institute sees airport...

Piraeus Port Authority Signs Concession Agreement

Chinese-based Cosco Pacific recently signed a concession agreement with Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) to develop and operate Piers 2 and 3 of the port of Piraeus.

No Rise in Piraeus Port Rates

The administration of the Piraeus Port Authority recently announced that the port would maintain its current prices for at least the first half of 2009 given that any attempted adjustment will burden the market due to the economic crisis.

Piraeus Port Improves Services

The Piraeus Port Authority has upgraded its website www.olp.gr with useful information for passengers. Information includes a map of the Piraeus streets, access points to the port and links to weather forecasts in Piraeus and the Aegean.

Actions for Perama Ferry

Mayor of Perama Yiannis Glykas announced a new round of actions to begin in September that will indefinitely exclude access to the Perama ferry and city streets, unless economic demands are met.

Tourism Installations, Sea Park for Piraeus

A significant step to revamp the 640,000-square-meter seaside area in western Piraeus to include tourism installations and a sea park was taken last month during a meeting with the country's public works minister, Giorgos Souflias, the merchant marine inister, Manolis...

Piraeus Port Expects 300 Million From Private Sector

The Piraeus Port Authority says it expects to attract some 300 million euros in private investment funds when it allows the private sector, through a tender, to renovate and take over the management of its passenger harbor properties. The port regions open to renovation include...