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Louis Group Invests in New Fleet

The Louis Group recently purchased two new cruise ships, "Norwegian Majesty" and "Norwegian Dream" for the fleet of Louis Cruise Lines. The group invested 249 million euros in its plans to renew its fleet. It purchased the two cruise ships from Star Cruises at 143 million euros...

Cruise Tourism in Greece Begins a New Era

Greece can play a leading role and become a hub for itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean cruise industry, was the unanimous outlook expressed by all leading representatives of the international cruise industry who attended the recent cruise forum CRUISEinGREECE.

Second Phase for Anavyssos Tender

The tender for the exploitation of the property at Alikes in Anavyssos is currently in its second phase with three contenders in this stage. These are the consortium of Lamda Development, Reds and Lampsa S.A. (the hotel Grande Bretagne), the Steggou Group with Porto Carras Casino...

XL Leisure Goes Bust

Britain's third largest package holiday operator XL Leisure Group went bankrupt last month due to high prices for jet fuel and adverse economic conditions.

Tourism Forum on Rodos

The Third International Rhodes Tourism Forum, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Dodecanissos and the Association for the Development and Progress of the Dodecanissos, will be held on Rodos 24-25 October.

Bucharest Receives First GNTO Office

The Greek National Tourism Organization launched its first office in Romania in an effort to strengthen the tourist traffic to Greece and increase the Romanian tourism flow by the promotion of all-year-round travel opportunities.

Plan for Privatization of All Greek Airports

The interministerial committee for denationalization last month gave the 'green light' for the utilization of regional airports by private investors.

Tourism Minister Meets With Conference Organizers

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently met with representatives of the Association of Greek Exhibition and Conference Organizers (AGECO).

O.T.E.K Launches Career Offices

The Organization of Tourism Education and Training (O.T.E.K) recently launched five career offices in Athens, Anavissos, Thessaloniki, Rodos and Heraklion so as to create a direct link between its graduates and potential employers.

Greek Tour Guides Learn Russian

The tourism development ministry recently undertook an educational initiative with the establishment of Russian language courses for tour guides at the University of Rodos.

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.

Greece Aims for Conference Destination Status

Many members of the tourism industry see the importance in the promotion of Greece as an ideal conference destination, but claim that efforts to achieve this are un-coordinated and delayed. They believe Greece has many advantages over neighboring countries that compete in this...

Blue Star Ferries Says Destination -You!

Blue Star Ferries recently announced its position and action on corporate social responsibility in 2006 and 2007. In a pamphlet recently circulated, Blue Star Ferries outlines its decision to embed corporate social responsibility, "Destination-You!" in the heart of its strategy...

Greece Number One Destination for Cypriot Tourists

Greece, and particularly the Greek islands, appears to be the number one choice of vacation for Greek Cypriots.

Rodos Hoteliers Concerned for 2009 Season

The Rhodos Hotel Association recently expressed its concern for the upcoming tourism season, not only for the island of Rodos but also for Greece, as its conclusions for this year are not positive.

Museums and Archeological Sights See Increased Traffic

According to statistics gathered by the National Statistics Service of Greece there has been an increase in visitors to museums and archeological sites throughout Greece in 2007 compared with figures for 2006.

Hydroplanes Over the Aegean

The vision of traveling by hydroplane has again become a reality as Airsea Lines recently begun its routes to nine Cycladic islands daily from the port of Lavrio. In its first phase, the hydro-port of Lavrio services passengers to and from Kalymnos with daily flights and as peak...

Germanwings Expands Destinations in Greece

“Value for less money, reliability, simplicity and safety are the four key issues for the success of our company,” said Andreas Engel, international communications manager for Germanwings, at a recent press conference held in Athens. He said the low cost airline plans to expand...

Hoteliers Against New Subsidies

Hoteliers are voicing strong opposition to a clause in the new investment incentives law that provides for subsidies of at least 15 percent for the construction of new hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki.