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Another Record Year for World Tourism

With 842 million arrivals and a 4.5% growth rate, 2006 exceeded expectations as the tourism sector continued to enjoy above average results, making it a new record year for the industry. The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer figures suggest that 2007 will consolidate this...

Valef Yachts Opens New Office in Piraeus

Valef Yachts recently announced the opening of its Greek offices at Marina Zeas in Piraeus. The office is under the competent management of the founder's two daughters, Kassandra and Alexandra Lefakinis.

Tourists Complain of Price Gouging

The Greek consumer group INKA announced last month that it received 7,100 complaints from tourists between the start of the year and the end of June. Most complained of excessive charges for poor-quality services.

Trinity Signs Articulation Agreement With Southern

Trinity International Hospitality Studies on Crete announced last month that the school concluded a cooperation and articulation agreement with the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Management of Southern New Hampshire University (USA).

Greeks Vacation Close to Home

Over a third of the Greek population will not go away on holiday this year, according to a recent survey released by VPRC, a leading independent public opinion research and consulting company here. The survey questioned 614 people throughout Greece who were over the age of 15.

New GNTO Offices for North Amercia

Tourism Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos announced a major Greek tourism promotion drive in the U.S. market on the first day of a tourism workshop organized by the Hellenic-American Chamber of Tourism. "The U.S. is a high-priority market for us, especially now that we...

Greek 60 Million-euro Tourism Promotion Campaign Well Underway

Greece's tourism promotion campaign steams ahead in both Europe and the USA. The first phase of the 60-million-euro campaign has been completed and the second phase is now in full force.

Benchmark Survey of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Α global benchmark survey of convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) was recently released by Dr. Dimitris Koutoulas, a tourism and marketing consultant based in Athens. This survey explores the operational and financial characteristics of CVBs located mainly outside the USA, thus...

Global Tourism Megatrends

Global megatrends that are about to revolution-ize the tourism industry at the dawn of the third millennium were released recently by the director of Tourism Control Intelligence (France and USA), Michael Nowlis. Of the many tendencies foreseen are that the cruise industry will...

Gerasimos Fokas

After the terrorist activity of September 11 in the USA, a series of incidents have created unstable and intense competitive conditions within the global and European tourism market. Major European tour operators, within the framework of an even more aggressive policy, now...

Yiannis Evangelou

We live in a world where everything quickly changes on the world tourism stage with new tourism products, new consumer trends and increased international competition. Recent problems confronted by the tourism industry forced all, but particularly airlines and travel agents, to...

Summer Arrivals Offset Earlier Losses

An increase in foreign arrivals during the early part of the summer so far has helped cancel the losses seen in the early part of the year. And in an effort to stem some profiteering, particularly at eating establishments, government inspectors continue to visit tourism...

Europe Gets Ready To Fly

The European Commission won the right on June 5 to start talks with the United States on airport landing rights, in a move destined to lead to a wholesale shake-up of transatlantic aviation.

Berlin Fair Disappointment for Greece

Berlin's international tourism exhibition last month was an eye opener for some but a chance to carry out substantial business for others. Stands at Greece's pavilion were perhaps the least visited while stands at neighboring pavilions (France, Portugal, Spain) welcomed a steady...

Prolonged Iraqi War Requires Contingency Plans

A prolonged war in Iraq would destroy more than three million jobs in the global travel and tourism industry and eliminate more than $30 billion of economic value (gross domestic product) in 2003, the latest research from the World Travel & Tourism Council shows.

Air Transport Conference

An International Conference on Air Transport and Airports and their evolution in the 21st Century takes place next month at the University of Patras on December 3 and 4. Organizers expect to welcome some 300 experts in air transport from the European Union, including Greece, and...

Smaller Airlines Preferred By Travelers

It looks like the average flyer believes that the smaller airlines are safer than the big named companies. September's passenger load factor figures were down for Greece's largest airline, state-owned Olympic Airways, as well as major international carriers out of Athens, but...

New Athens Airport Dealt Serious Blow

If forecasts for the Athens's new Eleftherios Venizelos airport come to pass, the new airport could be dealt a serious blow. For the moment it expects to see a 20- to 25-percent drop in passenger traffic in the last quarter of the year. This is all a result of the current crises...

European Airlines Seek EU Financial Assistance

Don't weaken our competitive position, the Association of European Airlines tells EU policy-makers. The events of September 11th have taken the global airline industry into uncharted territory, and according to AEA estimates its member airlines will, in the remainder of the year,...

A note by the publisher

As the 'war' between the U.S. and terrorism broke out in North America, a small but pungent war broke out in Athens between air travel agencies and the world's airlines through their local International Air Transport Association's Bank Settlement Plan office, where all air travel...