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PhoCusWright Report Optimistic for Travel Agents

A new report by PhoCusWright, a leader in travel industry research and intelligence, is optimistic about the future of travel agents. PhoCusWright's "Travel Agency Distribution Landscape: 2006-2009" claims that although the Internet has been a significant area of growth and...

Athens Convention Bureau Officially Launched

The Athens Convention Bureau (ACB) was officially launched at IMEX travel exhibition (22-24 April) in Frankfurt. ACB's participation in the exhibition aroused much interest as it has already been included in worldwide conference publications and has launched a pilot website...

Ancient Olympia to Beijing via the Silk Road

Danae Tezapsidou and Vassilis Mesitidis are the two young Greeks in the team of cyclists that will attempt the bike ride from Ancient Olympia to Beijing via the Silk Road in order to mark the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The ride began from ancient Olympia last month and...

Virtuoso 2008 in Athens

The annual conference of travel organization "Virtuoso" was held at the Hotel Grand Bretagne in Athens from February 28 to March 3rd. Members of the elite travel industry, established tour operators, travel agents and providers met in Athens last month to discuss the latest...

Business Travelers Show Environmental Concern

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) in cooperation with KDS on-demand travel and expense management recently surveyed—for the third year-running—the opinions of an international group of business travelers and travel managers and identified a real desire to...

IATA Predicts Traffic Growth Set to Slow

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released full-year traffic results for 2007. The results show international passenger traffic demand grew 7.4 percent for the year 2007 that is a considerable increase from the 5.9 percent increase recorded in 2006. In...

British Airways Launches New Carrier OpenSkies

British Airways recently announced its plans to launch a subsidiary inter-continental airline, "OpenSkies," that would conduct daily flights from New York to Brussels and Paris.

Athens Welcomes the London Speaker Bureau

The Greek office of the London Speaker Bureau group recently began operation through Zita Congress & Travel in order to cover Greece and the whole of Southeast Europe.

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...

Oceanis Travel Crosses the Channel

Oceanis Travel recently announced they are now the general sales agents for SNCF (the national railway of France), Rail Europe and the Eurostar trains that run between London and Paris in two hours and fifteen minutes. This adds to the existing Europe-wide network that Oceanis...

Entry to U.S.A Without Visa for Greek Nationals

The procedure to remove Greece from the list of countries from which a visa is required to enter the United States has been initiated. Foreign Ministry spokesman, George Koumoutsakos, recently announced that the Greek ambassador in the United States, Alexandros P. Mallias, met...

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...

Zero Commission a Challenge to One-third of Travel Agencies

Amadeus recently published the results of its independent study on travel agent commissions and used the results to provide valuable insight to tour operators worldwide and maximize service fee revenue.

Qatar Launches New First-time Routes

Aviation and tourism officials in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last month praised the latest expansion moves by Qatar Airways, which includes the addition of a new link between Malaysia's capital and the tropical Indonesian island of Bali.

US Airways Inaugurates Direct Daily Flights to Athens

The fifth largest airline in the United States, US Airways, has recently commenced its direct daily flights to Athens from Philadelphia in its attempt to bring closer "two cities with a Greek name" as Eric Mathieu, the airline's managing director of international sales, said at a...

Airline Association Unhappy with EU-U.S. Aviation Agreement

The European Union late last month reached a agreement that gives airlines greater freedom to choose trans-Atlantic routes and potentially lead to lower fares. While details of the pact were not released as we went to press, it is intended to allow European airlines to fly from...

Cavo Sidero Environmental Resort Opens in 2009

British investors presented plans last month for a vast, all-season resort on the island of Crete that is expected to cost 1.2 billion euros. Developers of the project described it as a world model of environmentally friendly development, and one of the biggest tourism...

Qatar Airways Completes a Successful Year in Athens

Last month Qatar Airways, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, completed its first year of successful operations in Athens. The company's acceptance in the Greek market, by both individuals and travel agents, exceeded all expectations and is driving the company to boost...

Trinity To Offer M. Sc. Degree

Officials of Trinity International Hospitality Studies and U.S.-based Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) announced that they have agreed in principle to offer a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Hospitality Administration in Greece through Trinity's campus. This degree...

Qatar Unveils Radical New Look

Qatar Airways during the recent ITB tourism fair unveiled its brand new look that takes it into the next generation of air travel. From new aircraft livery to innovative onboard products, award-winning Qatar Airways says it is making radical changes to its image, reflecting...