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Thessaloniki Upset Over Olympic Route Cuts

The necessary route cuts to and from Athens were covered by alliances that Olympic Air secured with other airlines but a similar move was not made for Thessaloniki, which adds to the city's further aviation isolation, the Professional Chamber of Thessaloniki recently said.

Olympic Air Takes Off

Olympic Air, the successor of former state-run carrier Olympic Airlines, made its first official flight to Thessaloniki on 1 October with an Airbus 320. The first route symbolically retraced the route first taken by Aristotelis Onasis' Olympic Airways on 6 April 1957 with a...

Dimitrios Mantousis

This year's 25th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia takes place amid a global economic crisis with tourism figures that have fallen considerably. In real terms it is a drop that has reduced turnover by 30 percent. It is encouraging that 2010 will be better than this year.

Tourism Off To a Good Start

Tourism Development Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia expressed her optimism for the summer at a recent press conference where she explained how this May has been the most successful one in recent years. This substantiates her claims that Greece has now become a "preferred...

Greek Tourism Trends 2007

Kapa Research, a subsidiary of the Kalofolias group, recently announced the results for present trends in Greek tourism. The survey shows the realization of a holiday is still a major priority for the Greek traveler who, as a rule, chooses domestic destinations over international.

Germanwings Expands Destinations in Greece

“Value for less money, reliability, simplicity and safety are the four key issues for the success of our company,” said Andreas Engel, international communications manager for Germanwings, at a recent press conference held in Athens. He said the low cost airline plans to expand...

Thessaloniki Forum Voices Reservations For Long-Term Tourism Benefits

Greece holds the top spot among 28 destinations in the world with 67 percent of tourists saying that this country is the most attractive place for vacations, according to a survey by the German tour operator TUI, presented at the recent 11th Thessaloniki Forum.

Hoteliers Against New Subsidies

Hoteliers are voicing strong opposition to a clause in the new investment incentives law that provides for subsidies of at least 15 percent for the construction of new hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Eva Karamanou Takes Over Amadeus Hellas

takes over as senior manager of human resources markets for Central Eastern Southern Europe, Middle East & Africa.

New Technology for Visitors to Greek Sites

Greece's culture ministry last month unveiled a hand-held gadget for visitors that offers high-resolution video, detailed diagrams of Greek archaeological sites, position indicators, and imagery along with stereo sound.

Lufthansa Awards Goldair Handling

Lufthansa German Airlines last month awarded Goldair Handling as being the best provider of third party services within the worldwide Lufthansa network. Prizes where given in the categories ground handling, on board services, third party services and internal projects for the...

Events to Attract Cultural Tourism

A number of new cultural events programmed for Athens and Thessaloniki on an annual basis makes up driving force of a campaign to make Greece a preferred destination for cultural tourists, the government announced last month.

ITS Athens Makes a Good First Attempt

The International Tourism Salon - Athens 2006, the first attempt to establish a much-needed truly international tourism exhibit in the country's capital city, did relatively well and received strong support from Greece's leading tourism organizations.

Greek Airports Open 24 Hours

Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia last month met with Greek ministers in an effort to coordinate actions that would improve the tourism sector.

Mouzenidis Travel Moves to New Offices in Athens

Thessaloniki-based Mouzenidis Travel, opened in 1995 by Boris Mouzenidis to specialize in travel to and from Russia, recently opened new offices in downtown Athens.

New Identity for Greece at WTM 2007

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos presented the world with the new image of Greece at World Travel Market, which was held in London last month. The new slogan and logo for Greece was revealed at the inauguration of the Greek National Tourism Organization stand...

Suburban Railway Launch in Northern Greece

The Thessaloniki Proastiako railway is now officially open to transport passengers from Thessaloniki to Litochoro. With Desiro Electric trains and a speed of up to 160 kilometers an hour, the new 98-kilometer rail line completes the route in 55 minutes.

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...

Domestic Tourism Gains Ground

The dynamics of domestic tourism to the benefit of Greek tourism businesses and the general public were highlighted at the third Summer Holidays Expo, held from 28 to 31 May at the Helexpo center in Thessaloniki.

Travel Agencies Called To Join Forces

Proposed solutions and improvements on technical and substantive issues within the relations of tourism offices and airline companies were discussed recently in Athens at the "Air Services 2009" conference.