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Philoxenia Turns Heads

This year's Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition sported newly designed modern stands, welcomed a continual arrival of visitors, boasted a huge increase in trade visitors, and wrote up what appears to be a record number of business agreements.

Ministry Announces Initial 2008 Tourism Data

Prior to an agreement between state tourism officials and the private tourism sector (see page 3), Geece's tourism ministry expressed its satisfaction with this year's tourism figures.

Tourism Minister Optimistic

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos called a press conference recently and expressed his conclusions on Greek tourism and his optimism in regards to the current image Greece has within the sector.

Difficult Times for Tourism and Maritime Sector

Andreas Andreadis, chairman of the of the Hellenic Hotels Federation, recently informed the Business & Travel show on “sbc” that a drop in arrivals is expected for 2009 as the tourism sector will be up against a difficult period until 2010, when the market will pick up its...

Youtravel.com Sees Great Success in First Year

Online accommodation supplier Youtravel.com is ambitious in 2008 as in its first year of operation -- launched October 2006 -- the Athens-based company received some 70 million euros revenue from hotel bookings only. According to Youtravel.com founder and chief executive, John...

Amadeus Research Reveals Greek Travel Agencies Must Embrace Technology

Amadeus, a leading provider of solutions to the travel industry for the management of distribution and selling of travel services, recently held an event in Athens where results from research revealed the Internet and new technology hold many opportunities for Greek travel...

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...

Countdown to Heathrow Terminal 5 Launch

One of the world's leading airport companies, BAA, that is involved in almost every aspect of the day-to-day running of seven UK airports, and British Airways, is in the last phase of preparation for the launch of Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 due to be launched on March 27, 2008.

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...

Amalia Group Revamps Image and Tourism Strategy

With refurbishment at Amalia hotel now completed and refurbishment of Amalia hotels around Greece well under way, the group looks to the future. It considers its role and strategy in the tourism sector through the eyes of an organization that has been in the industry since the...

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.

British Airways Presents New Passenger Terminal

British Airways' country commercial manager for Greece, Freddie Stier, last month proudly presented the latest news on Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.

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.

Health & Safety Accreditation System Launched

Two leading accommodation booking companies in the UK - with about 5,000 properties represented - are first to sign up to a new holiday accommodation safety scheme, according to recent on-line press reports. The Travelsafe health and safety accreditation system will mean hotels,...

National Land-planning Map Underway

The final touches to the first national land-planning map, and to the special land-planning framework for tourism, industry and recyclable energy sources, are being enacted by Greece's minister of the environment, planning and public works, Giorgos Souflias.

Travel Agents Tap Internet Social Network

Amid the rapidly changing social-networking on the Internet, a growing number of travel agents and industry leaders are tapping into new technological "supplements" to reach out to get the attention of on-the-go clients.

Investors Pressure Government for New Golf Legislation

A group of foreign real estate developers recently formed an association that aims to pressure government to revamp a golf course development law. The president of the Association of Foreign Investors in Tourism, Clemente Pinedo, says foreign investors thus far have steered clear...

Luxury Cruise Operator Looks to Expansion in Greece

Navigator Travel is now representing Silversea Cruises in Greece. Silversea, a luxury cruise company, has a fleet of four six-star ships (with two more under construction) that travel to ports throughout the world. The company's high quality cruises, explains Aris Zarpaneli of...

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...

Meridian Joins Hotelbeds Family

It would seem that professionally managed Greek tourism offices are in demand within the international marketplace. The latest evidence is the Meridian buyout bid by Hotelbeds, a part of the First Choice Holidays PLC Group (UK).