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Russia Comes To Philoxenia 2013

Russia is participating in this year's Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition in Thessaloniki, Greece, after several years of absence.

Halkidiki’s Tourism On The Upswing

Greek destination Halkidiki recorded a seven percent rise in revenue during the 2013 tourism season from the same period last year, bolstered by a 10 percent increase in overnight stays by German, Russian, Ukrainian, British and Turkish tourists.

Russia To Take Part In Thessaloniki Philoxenia Tourism Fair

Russia will participate in the 29th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition in Thessaloniki, Greece, after several years of absence.

Kefalogianni Meets With Leading Tour Operators In Russia

Greece is looking to expand its relationship with leading Russian tour operators, the Tourism Ministry said on 15 October.

Greece And Russia To Sign Framework Agreement On Tourism

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Russian Deputy Minister of Culture Alla Manilova will soon sign a framework agreement for tourism policy issues.
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Visas To Greece Issued In Russia On The Up

The number of visas issued to Russian tourists visiting Greece during the first eight months of the year increased by 56.81 percent, to 776,732 against 495,312 for the corresponding period in 2012.
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Kefalogianni To Visit Russia To Boost Tourism Relations

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni will depart for Russia on Sunday 13 October to attend a scheduled meeting with Russian culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, and senior executives of the Russian government.
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Athens: Black Sea Tourism B2B Event Set To Launch

Selected tour operators, trade representatives and top buyers of the European tourism market will be in Athens, Greece, 10-11 October to participate in the “Black Sea Tourism Forum & Workshop” that will be held at the Acropolis Museum.
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European Commission To Simplify Visa Procedures To Attract More Tourists

Seeking to further develop Europe's tourism potential, the European Commission is preparing a review of the Visa Code before the end of this year.
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Ministry Announces Action Plan For Greek Tourism

The Greek Tourism Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) will launch targeted marketing actions to extend the country’s tourism season until the end of the year and make the best of the last-minute holidays period.
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Olympic Handling Signs With Bluebird Airways

Olympic Handling recently announced its agreement for the provision of airport ground handling services to Greek carrier Bluebird Airways.
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Tourism Minister Says Early Bookings To Greece Are Going “Very Well”

“Early bookings are going very well and it gives us reason to believe that we will have a large increase in tourism to our country,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said in a statement today, 11 April.
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Greece To Launch Visa-Free Program For Turks Again This Year

Last summer’s visa facilitation pilot program that allowed non-European Union citizens from Turkish ports to visit five Greek Eastern Aegean islands without a visa from a Greek consulate will run again this year, according to Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.
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Aegean Airlines Opens New Operational Base in Kalamata

Aegean Airlines has opened a new operational base in Kalamata, Peloponnese, and offers flights to nine destinations in Sweden, Germany, Russia, Israel and Ukraine from the “Captain Vassilis Konstantakopoulos” Airport in Kalamata.
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Greece Expects Rise In Arrivals From Russia, Ukraine, Belarus

Early bookings to Greek destinations have increased 400 percent especially from the markets of Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus, according to data released recently by tour operator Mouzenidis Travel, one of the largest Greek companies working with the Russian market.
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Greece Welcomed Fewer Travelers In Jan-Sep 2012

International tourism arrivals to Greece dropped 5.2 percent during the first nine months of 2012, according to figures released recently by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
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VAT Cut For Restaurants Planned For Next Year

In 2013, the reduction of the VAT rate on food catering services, from 23 percent it stands today to 13 percent, will be one of the Greek Tourism Ministry’s targeted actions to boost the competitiveness of Greece’s tourism product, the country's Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni...

George Nikitiadis

The 27th Philoxenia finds Greek tourism in an ascendant course. The significant increase in arrivals, as well as in revenue, shows that we are in a positive direction.

Minister Briefs SETE On Government’s Tourism Strategy

“Our first priority is to attract more investment to Greece through tourism in order to attract more visitors… These are the two main pillars we are working on,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said to the press last month after he presented the government's...

Record Foreign Arrivals Expected In Greece This Year

Foreign arrivals to Greece this year are expected to reach, if not surpass, some 16.5 million, the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, informed Prime Minister George Papandreou during a meeting held in late August. So far,...