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Amphitrion and C&C Merge Congress Activities

Two of Greece's biggest tourism companies in the area of conferences and congresses recently agreed to merge their congress activities through the creation of a new company called Amphitrion-C&C PCO.

Market Optimistic for 2006 Tourism Arrivals & Revenue

Travel agents, hoteliers, car-rental agencies and tour operators are enthusiastic and optimistic for this year's tourism season. They foresee yet another year of increases in arrivals and revenue.

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.

Bidding for ETA Properties Begins

The bidding competition for long-term leases of two Xenia hotels, one in Tsagarada and the other on Thasos, has officially begun and offers must be submitted no later than October 18. Of those received, a short list will be selected and a closed competition will ensue. The...

Rodos Park Suites Distinguished as Best City Hotel

Rodos Park Suites Hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, received the Hellenic Hotelier Chamber's award for the best city hotel in Greece.

Rodos Hosts Large Association Meeting

For the first time in its 45-year history, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) will hold its annual meetings in Greece at the Sofitel Capsis Hotel and "Marika Capsis 2000" Center on Rodos.

Blue Star Ferries Supports Special Olympics

The Olympic Flame for the European Special Olympics begin held in Italy until the 6th of the month, sailed from Patras aboard Blue Star's ferryboat Blue Horizon.

Greek Hotels Least Developed in Branding

Although among the world's best, Greece's hotels are not aware of the benefits of brand names, according to a recent study. The 2005 Greek Hotel Branding Report, which is the first of its kind for the Greek tourism market, explores the extent of branding among Greek hotels and...

Sustainable Tourism Forum To Be Held on Rodos

Next month, the second international tourism forum will take place on Rodos. This year's theme is Competitiveness Through Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges for Mediterranean Destinations."

Superfast Ferries Scoops “Best Ferry Company” Award

The Attica Group's Superfast Ferries company, which runs Scotland's only direct route to the European mainland from Rosyth to Zeebrugge, was selected 'Best Ferry Company' in the 19th Guardian, Observer and Guardian Unlimited Travel Awards 2005.

Yacht Arrivals More than Double

The number of foreign recreational boats arriving in Greek ports and marinas has more than doubled this summer. Data collected by the sector's professional bodies and submitted to the Ministry of Tourism Development, show that from May up until the end of August there were 1,101...

Greek Golf Investment Back in the Limelight

Golf investment in Greece is showing signs of exceptional vigor and numerous projects are proceeding from the drawing board to the fairway.The success of two new courses, one at Porto Carras in Chalkidiki and a second course on Crete, seems to have spurred the strong interest of...

Blue Star Ferries Acquires Three More Ships

Last month, Blue Star Ferries, part of Attica Group, acquired all of Dane Sea Line's assets at a bankruptcy auction held on Rodos island. Dane, placed in bankruptcy at the request of Anek Lines, had assets that included three ferries, Diagoras, Patmos and Rodos, and real estate...

Peak Summer Arrivals Increase Substantially

The number of tourists that entered Greece during the month of August mark an impressive rise against the last few years. This year's peak travel period was so strong that a good number of hotels around the country were unable to absorb the demand.

Research Institute Says Greek Tourism Rebound Mild at Best

As government boasts that arrivals this year will surpass last year's numbers by more than 10%, a report from the country's Institute for Tourism Research says we'll be fortunate to see a 7% increase in arrivals.

Swissport and Sky Express Sign Service Agreement

Swissport signed a contract to provide ground service for passengers and airplanes with Sky Express, the new Greek airline based in Heraklion, Crete. Sky Express, established in 2005, offers passengers domestic flight service to the Greek islands and has plans to begin...

Skal International Elects New President

Litsa Papathanassi from Rodos was elected as the new president of Skal International during the 67th Skal International World Congress held in Pattaya, Thailand last month. This is only the second time in the organization's 72-year-history, that a woman president was elected.

New Long-term Leasing for Public Tourism Properties

Three major long-term leasing projects are in the works by the Tourism Development Company (ETA), for the public properties that include the Corfu casino, the plots housing a golf course at Afandou on Rodos, and another at Epanomi, near Thessaloniki, for the creation of a new course.

Freedom for Coastal Shipping, or Bust

Alexandros Panagopoulos, president and managing director of Superfast Ferries, told guests at last month's Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises meeting that unless coastal shipping is liberalized, now, the entire sector would fall into decay.

Tourism Properties Turned Over to Private Investors

A number of properties of the Tourism Development Company are soon to turned over to private enterprises through long-term leasing agreements, and thus bring some much-needed coins to the state.