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Philoxenia Turns Heads

This year's Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition sported newly designed modern stands, welcomed a continual arrival of visitors, boasted a huge increase in trade visitors, and wrote up what appears to be a record number of business agreements.

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.

SETE Sets Tourism Challenges

Tourist destinations that will play a prominent role in the future are those who will strive to develop strong marketing actions and introduce new technologies, was the outcome of the seventh annual Tourism & Development Conference of the Association of Greek Tourism...

New Gateway to Greece

Transport and Communications Minister Costis Hatzidakis recently announced a joint ministerial decree in which Araxos National Airport (45 km west of Patras) becomes an official air gateway to Greece.

Ministry Announces Initial 2008 Tourism Data

Prior to an agreement between state tourism officials and the private tourism sector (see page 3), Geece's tourism ministry expressed its satisfaction with this year's tourism figures.

Promotion of Thessalia Considered a Success

The promotion campaign of tourist destinations of the region of Thessalia (Larissa, Karditsa, Trikala and Magnessia—Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos) was recently completed with countable results.

Ministry Denies Slip in Greek Tourism

The tourism ministry recently released tourist traffic figures, which contradicts newspaper reports that refer to a ‘freefall’ of Greek tourism.

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.

New Routes Planned by Aegean from Thessaloniki

Aegean Airlines President Theodoros Vassilakis recently announced new routes by the carrier from Thessaloniki during a ceremony held to christen two new Airbus A321 and A320 jets—with the names "Philoxenia" and "Exelixis" respectively—received by the airline. The ceremony was...

FAM Trip for Russian Tour Operators in Greece

A familiarization trip was co-organized by the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) and the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) for 19 tour operators from St. Petersburg who flew to Athens on Rossiya Airlines, which recently launched this direct...

Dynamic Promotion of Greece in Russia

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently visited Moscow where he attended the International Travel Fair Intourmarket and Moscow International Travel & Tourism exhibition (MITT). He then visited the exhibition "The Greek Tourist Poster; Time Travel with the...

2nd Tourism & Property Show a Double Success

More than 7,000 visitors, hundreds of investors in the tourism sector and some 250 foreign visitors attended the 2nd International Tourism & Property Show held from 22 to 24 February at the Olympic Fencing Center at Hellinikon.

Tourism Development Ministry’s Aims for 2008

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently announced ministry aims, actions and initiatives for 2008. The primary aim, according to Mr. Spiliotopoulos, is “Upgrading the Greek tourism product but most importantly attracting higher quality incoming tourism.”

Second Tourism & Property Show Brings Leading Tourism and Real Estate Companies

The second Tourism & Property Show, organized by media network group Real Travel, is to be held on the 22nd to 24th of this month in Athens, at the Fencing Hall of the Hellenikon Exhibition Center (former West Airport).

The London Event” a Greek Success

The first Tourism & Property Roadshow, dubbed "The London Event" by the organizer, was held in London recently to promote Greek holiday homes abroad. The Roadshow was held in London's Hellenic Center and attracted a large amount of potential investors.

Philoxenia Affords Opportunity to Flaunt Government Tourism Policies

The 23rd Philoxenia opened its gates to buyers and sellers from all around the world last month with little different to present compared with previous years. The most significant business event took place on opening day as some 100 hosted buyers from some 30 countries met with...

Buyers Show Great Interest in 23rd Philoxenia Exhibition

Interest generated by the Philoxenia exhibition (November 1-4, Thessaloniki) for buyers has exceeded expectations a month before the event. Travel agencies and tour operators from 50 countries and some 3,000 potential buyers have contacted the organizers so far, and the list,...

Russian Tourism Offers Great Prospects

The president of the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agencies (HATTA), Yiannis Evangelou, estimates that tourist arrivals from Russia could reach some 500,000 in the next two years. He believes that Greece should proceed with carefully studied moves and the cooperation...

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...

Future Traveler Tribes 2020

Amadeus released a major study, Future Traveler Tribes 2020, that defines who will be traveling in the future, which groups will potentially be most dominant, and the technology solutions that will facilitate their journeys and improve their travel experience.