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HATTA Board of Directors

Within the framework of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies’ (HATTA) annual general assembly, the association announced its new Board of Directors.

New Development Law Causes Criticism

The Greek Government’s support to new accommodation investments in Attica and Thessaloniki causes unfair competition at the expense of hotels that already exist, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently said in a letter to Regional Development and Competitiveness Minister Mihalis...

5th Summer Holidays Expo Next Month In Athens

“The organization of this year’s Summer Holidays Expo in Athens aims to play a catalytic role in strengthening the tourism industry and become a meeting point for the Greek family during the period of summer vacation planning,” Helexpo’s president Paris Mavridis said last month...

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.

Olympic Air To Appeal Merger Rejection, Halts Routes

Olympic Air announced last month that together with Aegean Airlines it would appeal against the decision of the European Competition Commission that blocked their plans to merge. The commission had said that such a merger would monopolize the Greek market.

Thessaloniki Mayor Hopes To Attract Israeli Tourists

“The Jewish element played an important role in the city’s trade and culture and we must not forget that the leader of the socialists in Thessaloniki was Jewish,” Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris told the Israeli press recently. Mr. Boutaris is also the president of the city’s...

Greek Hotel Performance In Fourth Quarter 2010

Greek hotels continued to lose ground last year while international competition showed clear signs of growth, but Greek tourism’s declining trend saw signs of resistance, recent figures released by GBR Consulting said.

Summer Holidays Expo Comes To Athens

After four consecutive annual events in Thessaloniki, Helexpo will hold this year’s Summer Holidays Expo international fair for the first time in the Greek capital 20-22 May at the Helexpo Palace exhibition center in Marousi, Athens.

Kavaliero Viajes Teams Up With Astra Airlines

Kavaliero Viajes last month announced a deal with Astra Airlines for scheduled flights to Paphos, Cyprus, directly from Thessaloniki as of 4 March.

Thessaloniki Included On Ryanair’s Route Map

Irish low cost carrier Ryanair will connect Thessaloniki with four European destinations within the framework of its cooperation with the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Executive Director Ida Buonanno said recently in Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki Hotels See 2010 Occupancy Drop

The average occupancy rate of hotels in Thessaloniki last year showed a decline of 13 percent compared to 2009 thus closing 2010 at 42 percent, the president of the Thessaloniki Hotels Association, Aristotelis Thomopoulos, said last month during the association’s annual pita...

Forum Puts Thessaloniki In The Spotlight

“A city adds value to the professional and the creator depending on the strength of its identity and Thessaloniki must obtain a strong identity,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said during an international culture and tourism forum held recently in Thessaloniki by...

New Model For Tourism Discussed At Conference

The year 2011 will find Greek tourism with improved arrivals and overnights and also an increase in revenue, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 3rd European Tourism Conference in late November 2011 in Thessaloniki.

New Convention Bureaus To Open In Greece

“The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) welcomes the deputy minister’s announcement for the creation of new convention bureaus in various regions of Greece and the establishment of a conference tourism committee,” HAPCO’s President Dinos Astras told...

Web-Ticket Service Launched For Train Passengers

As of last month a whole new chapter opened for Greek railway as passengers are now able to book their tickets directly online. The CEO of Greek railways operating unit Trainose, Athanasios Ziliaskopoulos, announced the news last month at an event in Thessaloniki.

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).

Seaplanes To Make A Comeback

The Infrastructures, Transports and Networks Ministry announced last month its intention to establish waterways in Greece and attract seaplane companies to strengthen the transport of Greece’s border areas.

Thessaloniki To Be Launched As Cruise Destination

Thessaloniki is scheduled to be promoted as a cruise destination through a non-profit organization soon to be established by the city’s port authority, trade association and chamber of commerce and industry, the Greek press said last month.

Philoxenia 2010: Hotel Chamber Press Conference

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels gave a press conference in Thessaloniki during Philoxenia and presented data on tourism in 2010 and estimations for 2011. During the press conference, the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasting (ITEP) presented its latest study ...

Online Tourism Campaign Goes Public

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) is going through changes, as it will operate as an agency for the promotion of Greece abroad, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos told Greek journalists.