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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.

Visa Relief for Balkan Travel to EU

Visa facilitation and readmission agreements between the European Commission and three Balkan countries-Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro - was initialized last month.

Early Reservations for Chalkidiki Drop

The tourism traffic to Chalkidiki recorded a five percent increase in 2008 over 2007, according to local tourism professionals who calculate the increase in tourism revenue at seven percent for the same period of comparison.

HAPCO to Present Conference Tourism Strategies

Renowned Greek and international professionals of conference tourism are expected to honor the "5th Pan-Hellenic Conference for Business and Conference Tourism" organized by the Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO).

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...

Mediterranean Travel Fair Being Held in Cairo

Despite tensions in the Middle East, the Mediterranean Travel Fair 2006 (MTF) will be held in Cairo from September 5th through the 7th, and by all indications it is set for a great start. Trade pre-registration has exceeded expectations and is currently up 100% from the...

European Travel Commission Welcomes New Members

The European Travel Commission (ETC) welcomed three new members, Serbia, Montenegro and San Marino, bringing its membership to thirty-seven at its meeting in Malta last month. The ETC unites the continent's national tourism organizations (NTO) to market "Destination Europe" worldwide.

A New Era Opens for Philoxenia Travel Fair

With new ideas, new management and a strong 2004 participation to work with, the organizers of Philoxenia say the Greek travel fair has entered a new era. Last year, the fair welcomed 10% more general visitors and saw a 140% increase in foreign commercial visitors when compared...

Tourism Down 8% This Year

Most Greek destinations were disappointed this summer when arrivals failed to increase as expected during the summer months. The end result, according to trade professionals, is that Greece will post an 8% drop in tourism arrivals this year. And this occurs after a difficult 2003.

Tourism Panorama 2003 Opens March 28

Greece's domestic travel fair, Tourism Panorama, runs this year from March 28-31 at the Piraeus Port Authority exhibition center. At a recent press conference, the fair's organizer, the Kalofolias Group, said even though we are experiencing difficult times for tourism, the...

HATTA Behind Creation of Balkan Travel Agency Associations’ Federation

With little help but with a lot of work, Yiannis Evangelou, president of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents, managed to draw together all similar associations throughout the Balkans and pose an idea. "Let's cooperate through a pan-Balkan federation of travel...

S.E. European Tourism Ministers Agree to Unite

Tourism ministers from Southeastern Europe met in Athens recently under the initiative of Greece's development minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, to sign a tourism cooperation agreement. This followed close on the heels of an agreement signed during the Panorama tourism exhibition by...

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,...

Stronger Ties Between Greece And Serbia

“Serbian visitors to Greece this year are expected to reach 700,000 and the aim is for that figure to increase to one million visitors over the next few years,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said last month.

VAT Reduction Keynote At Philoxenia 2010

The 26th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held this year on 18-21 November at Helexpo in Thessaloniki, roughly hosted 500 exhibitors from Greece and 12 other countries (Egypt, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Cyprus, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Turkey, and Tunisia).

Philoxenia 2010: ARGO Int’l Forum

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies and the United Nations Development Program organized the first international forum “ARGO: The first Black Sea Partnership Forum for Tourism and Travel Operators” with the attendance of tourism professionals from the Black...

Tourists Turn Away From Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki recorded the most losses in foreign arrivals and turnover during the first ten months of 2010, Aristotelis Thomopoulos, president of the Hotel Association of Thessaloniki, said recently.

Spyrou Philoxenia: Sporades and Pelion to Welcome More Serbian Tourists in 2017

Indications from the Serbian travel market are positive for the Northern Sporades region this year, according to hotel management company Spyrou Philoxenia.

Spyrou Philoxenia Introduces Skopelos to Serbian Travel Agents, Journalists

Spyrou Philoxenia and Serbian tour operator Sabra Travel organized a fam trip on the island of Skopelos for 50 tour operators and journalists from Serbia.

Air Serbia Introduces New Flexible Fare Categories

Air Serbia recently announced its new pricing policy, which includes new categories of fares, offering its passengers with flexibility and more options.