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Greece Promoted Via Gay Segment At FITUR 2012

Santorini, Chalkidiki, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Paros, Folegandros, Crete and Andros were introduced last month as destinations with ideal hotels for gay and lesbian tourists at this year’s international tourism trade fair FITUR, held in Madrid, Spain.

Greek Destinations On “Sights Not To Be Missed” List

“It seems that there are few places in the world where time stands still—but this is one of those rare refuges,” the US monthly travel magazine Smithsonian said in its recent edition in regards to the Greek island of Santorini.

Mykonos And Santorini Among Top Destinations

Mykonos and Santorini were included among the top tourism destinations in the world last month, according to reader surveys of two major U.S. travel magazines.

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.

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).

EPEST Requests Support For Marine Tourism

The president of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association (EPEST), Antonis Stelliatos, recently said marine tourism would suffer a 50 percent or more drop this year.

Ai Stratis Island To Go Green

Greek island Ai Stratis won the government "competition," announced by Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, to become the country's first "green island" that will feature large-scale infrastructure for green energy, such as photovoltaic systems and wind farms.

Athens Airways Takes Off

New private airline Athens Airways announced recently that it intends to raise the bar of Greek air service quality and aims for a five to 12 percent share of the domestic passenger traffic.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Amphitrion Moves to New Premises

Amphitrion group of companies recently moved to new premises as part of its investment and development strategy. Amphitrion is now housed in new, modern, 2,000-square-meter offices at Megalou Alexandrou 7 & Karaiskou in Argyroupoli. The group of companies' telephone and...

Greek Airports Receive Aesthetic Improvements

The Hellenic Ministry of Transport and Communications (YME) and the Tourism Development Ministry held a joint press conference recently to reveal the process to aesthetically improve peripheral airports in Greece following a memorandum sent to YME by the Association of Tourist...

Greece Comes Third as Cruise Port of Call

The European Cruise Council (ECC) and MedCruise recently announced the cruise industry now accounts for more than a quarter of a million jobs in Europe, over 10 billion euros direct expenditure and 15 million visits to European ports, Greece’s ports being the third most popular...

Louis Hellenic Cruises Halts Cleanup Operation on Santorini

Louis Hellenic Cruises, the operator of the ferry "Sea Diamond" that sunk off the coast of Santorini last April, claims it has successfully completed the cleanup operation in the area near the site of the accident. In its official announcement, the company claims, "The cleanup...

Azamara Quest Embarks and Disembarks from Pireaus Port

Azamara Cruises recently added the refurbished cruise ship Azamara Quest to its fleet, which will conduct cruises in the Mediterranean with Pireaus as the port of embarkation or disembarkation, from June to November 2008.

Philoxenia Tourism Awards 2007

At the Philoxenia tourism awards, Chalkidiki won two awards and received the title for favorite beach destination and the friendliest for families with children destination. Pelion came first in the favorite mountainous or rural destination. Thessaloniki won the first prize in...

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...

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts Choose Greece

The Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts selected Greece as its first location in Europe. The company anticipates the creation of two luxury resorts, on the island of Santorini and Pylos of Messinia, under its management by 2009.