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Classical Hotels Apply Green Policies

Daskalantonakis Group recently announced the application of Green initiatives—within the framework of its GreenPolicy—at its Classical Hotels chain. The group aims to co-produce electricity with the aid of natural gases and with a special procedure of frost absorption.

All Eyes On Global Economy at World Travel Market ‘08

World Travel Market 2008 focused on global travel trends, responsible tourism, and travel technology.

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.

ITB Berlin Showed Mixed Picture for Arrivals to Greece

German bookings data for holidays in Greece so far this year give a mixed picture, officials said at last month's ITB international travel show in Berlin, one of the world's largest.

TUI and First Choice Merge

One of Europe's biggest tourism enterprises, TUI, announced last month that it is merging its tour operations with First Choice to create Europe's largest tour operator.

Hotel Chamber Wants Support Measures to Tackle Crisis

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels called for the state and the private sector to overhaul their forces in order to formulate a new tourism strategy, which will assist the industry to limit the negative impact of the international economic crisis.

Lefkada Stands Up to Economic Crisis

The prefecture and the Local Authorities Union of Lefkada held a press conference recently where the prospects of tourism development for the island in 2009 were discussed.

Greece Shines at ITB Berlin

Greece shined from beginning to end at the 42nd ITB Berlin travel trade show (5-9 March) last month. During the inauguration of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) stand, Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos announced Greece has gone up two positions (from...

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...

European Cruise Market Continues Expansion

Louis Cruise Lines last month announced the delivery of the latest addition to its fleet, the 1,250-passenger cruise ship Sea Diamond (ex-Birka Princess). After its planned upgrading, the Sea Diamond this month begins 3- and 4-day cruises from Piraeus on behalf of Louis Hellenic...

Market Optimistic for 2006 Tourism Arrivals & Revenue

Travel agents, hoteliers, car-rental agencies and tour operators are enthusiastic and optimistic for this year's tourism season. They foresee yet another year of increases in arrivals and revenue.

Greece Outshined Competitors at ITB

For the first time in memory, Greece held its head high at a world travel exhibition and showed the world its capabilities. The Greek pavilion, with its avid colors, wide-open spaces, and design continuity, outshone its Mediterranean competitors, not only with its design but also...

Europcar Earns TUI Excellence Award

Greece's rent-a-car specialist, Batek, which runs the Europcar franchise here, picked up TUI's 2002 "Best Service" award recently. Germany's TUI said Europcar offices in Greece were Europe's best thanks to their excellent cooperation and excellent quality of service.

More Funds To Be Spent On Greek Tourism Promotion

Economy and Finance Deputy Minister Christos Pachtas approved credits worth 32 million euros (11 billion drachmas) to finance a marketing campaign for Greek tourism, domestically and abroad. That is twice the figure spent last year, the minister said.

German Arrivals Fall in Greece

German bookings to Greece are in a standstill, tourism professionals in Germany told the foreign press last month.

German Tour Operators On Low Bookings To Greece

A 30-percent-drop forecast for bookings was made last month for this tourism season by Greek tourism professionals, during a workshop held by Germany's leading travel industry media group FVW Mediengruppe in Athens.

Foreign Tour Operators Show Different Views On Greek Tourism

Some European tour operators began price-cutting campaigns last month in an attempt to attract more visitors to Greece this summer season. Others, on the other hand, appeared not so supportive to Greek tourism.

German Tour Operators Launch Campaign For Greek Tourism

“For true friends only trust counts,” is the slogan of a print campaign launched in late March in the German media to support Greek tourism.

Incoming Tourism To Greece On Positive Pace

While the Greek capital counted losses last month in bookings and revenue due to violent protests at Syntagma Square in late June that resulted to some 20,000 cancelations in 21 central hotels in Athens, tourism traffic for the rest of Greece showed positive signs.

A note by the publisher

Nice quotes concerning prospects for the Greek 2011 tourism season made by key international tourism figures, politicians, tour operators and foreign media during meetings held by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and Deputy Minister George Nikitiadis at the ITB...