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Rodos And Kos See Major Non-Resident Arrival Increase

Although non-resident arrivals showed a 1.3 percent decrease from last year levels in the first seven months of 2010, Greek islands Kos and Rodos enjoyed more visitors despite the economic downturn, according to figures released by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE).

Hotel Chamber Objects To New Development Law

The draft bill on the new development law steers away from present tourism policy and from the established positions of the tourism industry, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said last month.

Rodos To Boost Health Tourism

The Organization for Rhodian Tourism Promotion (PROTOUR) recently announced it would follow the example of international destinations and attempt to develop health tourism on the island and form a lucrative new source of revenue for Rodos.

Ryanair Announces New Route

The Culture and Tourism Ministry announced last month that it aims to encourage airlines to add routes to Greek destinations or enhance existing flights to Greece from many destinations especially in Europe.

New Convention Bureaus To Open In Greece

“The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) welcomes the deputy minister’s announcement for the creation of new convention bureaus in various regions of Greece and the establishment of a conference tourism committee,” HAPCO’s President Dinos Astras told...

New Model For Tourism Discussed At Conference

The year 2011 will find Greek tourism with improved arrivals and overnights and also an increase in revenue, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 3rd European Tourism Conference in late November 2011 in Thessaloniki.

Hoteliers Object To New Development Law

The new development law -effective as of 1 January 2011- lacks sectoral policy and will not benefit the tourism sector, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said last month in an announcement to the relevant ministries.

New Year Brings Abolition Of Cabotage

“A new era begins for Greek tourism and cruise in our country with the arrival of 2011,” Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said last month after welcoming the Panama-flag cruise ship Fantasia to Rodos. Fantasia was the first cruiseship to approach Rodos Port...

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Thessaloniki Included On Ryanair’s Route Map

Irish low cost carrier Ryanair will connect Thessaloniki with four European destinations within the framework of its cooperation with the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Executive Director Ida Buonanno said recently in Thessaloniki.

Manessis 2010 Top 10 Hotels

The Manessis awards ceremony was held for the second consecutive year and winners were chosen based on tourist preferences and Manessis standards.

Sheraton Rhodes Resort To Debut Next Month

The Sheraton Rhodes Resort, located on Rodos and in close distance of the island’s historic town, will welcome guests as of 1 April following an extensive two million euros renovation project.

Olympic Air To Appeal Merger Rejection, Halts Routes

Olympic Air announced last month that together with Aegean Airlines it would appeal against the decision of the European Competition Commission that blocked their plans to merge. The commission had said that such a merger would monopolize the Greek market.

Aegean Airlines Enhances Network

Aegean Airlines last month announced its principle growth targets for 2011 that include new destinations abroad, additional frequent flights to major existing destinations and direct connections of Greek regional destinations to foreign markets in order to support tourism.

Greece To Make Visa Services Easier For Russians

The Greek Government has undertaken extensive initiatives to facilitate the arrival of Russian tourists to Greece and visitors from countries such as India and China, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 18th Moscow International Travel and Tourism...

WTM 2012 – Rodos Launches 2013 Promotional Campaign

Rodos saw a significant increase of British tourists this year and the Greek island aims to achieve the same in 2013, the president of the Rodos Hoteliers Association, Antonis Kambourakis, said yesterday, 5 November, while inaugurating the island’s pavilion at the 33rd World...

Full Speed Ahead For New Tourism Products

A theme park inspired by ancient Greek mythology opens in the Anavyssos area, south of Athens, in 2004 and by when all phases are fully completed, in 2006, the park is expected to attract up to 1.2 million visitors per year.

Unrestrained Optimism For Greek Tourism

If anything was crystal clear at the last month's Destination Greece conference organized by the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, it was that Greece has a fantastic opportunity to develop its tourism sector. All that's needed is the decision.

Worldspan Hosts Gala For Clients

One of the world's major global distribution system providers, Worldspan, spent lavishly last month in a successful effort to thank their many clients throughout the country for using their services. Some 200 travel agents arrived for the gala night-out event held at one of the...

Arrival Figures Remain Steady

Greece's tourism industry is expected to host about the same level of visitors as last year, but prospects regarding revenue are less certain.