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First female president of Athens Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association

Lamprini Karanasiu-Zulovic is the new president of the Athens – Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association. It should be noted that it is the first time since the founding of the Association in 1945 that a female president was elected.  She is the managing director at the Polis Grand Hotel in the center of the Greek capital. The new Board of Directors of the Athens – Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association has the following composition: PresidentLabrini Karanasiou-ZoulovitsFirst Vice PresidentApostolos MoussamasSecond Vice PresidentTimothy AnaniadisSecretary GeneralEvgenios VassilikosDeputy Secretary GeneralIsmini PanagiotopoulouTreasurerAnastasios KanellopoulosCurator (Public Relations)Theodora PaissiouCurator (Internal Affairs)Panagiotis MalliasMembersIoannis AvrambosStavros KalamakisKonstantinos Kalivis RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Travelport: Greece among top-5 fastest-growing destinations for Italian travellers

The countries that have seen the greatest growth in flight bookings from travelers in Italy in the last 12 months are the United States of America (USA), China and Turkey, according to an analysis conducted by Travelport, the leading travel commerce platform. From 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018, bookings made in Italy through all global distribution systems (GDS) to the USA increased by close to 30,000, up 5% on the previous 12 months. Bookings to China from Italy over the period rose by 26,366, up 9%, and to Turkey by 18,098, up a significant 27%. Global distribution systems (GDS) are vast hi-tech reservation networks that allow travel agents, travel management companies and large corporations, among others, to search and book airline seats, hotel rooms, rental cars, and other travel related items. Globally in 2017, Travelport alone processed 1 trillion transactions through its platform. Sandro Gargiulo, Travelport’s Country Manager for Italy and Malta said: “It’s interesting to see that flight bookings to the USA and China, two of Italy’s top trading partners outside of Europe, have grown so significantly over the past year. We know that business is one of many reasons people choose to travel. Increases in flight capacity from airlines such as Air Italy will also have played a role. The company reported just last month, for example, that its new intercontinental flights from Milan Malpensa to Miami and New York had already reached load factors of more than 90%, despite only being launched in June. Turkey’s tourism industry continues to go from strength-to-strength. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, income from the sector increased by 30%, year-on-year, in the second quarter of 2018. The growth we’re seeing from Italy to Turkey is of course helped by the increasing number of short, affordable and direct flights to the country.” India and Greece completed the top five positions in the table compiled by Travelport. India saw an increase of 16,020 (+11%) in bookings made from Italy through all GDS, while Greece recorded a rise of 15,516 (+13%). Mr. Gargiulo added: “Travelport has invested significantly in developing cutting-edge analytics products for travel agents and airlines because we recognize the impact they can have on their revenue. Even relatively straight forward booking analysis, like we have done here, can help travel agents evolve the packages they offer in line with traveler demand and support airlines in identifying needs to increase or decrease flight capacity on certain routes.” Later this week, Travelport will hold its exclusive Travelport LIVE Europe event in Rome. The event will bring together over 200 business leaders from across the region to discuss the challenges and opportunities disruptive technologies, like big data, pose to the travel industry in Europe. It will include presentations and panel discussions featuring global, regional and local leaders from Travelport, as well as noteworthy third-party speakers such as Bibop G. Gresta, Chairman and Co-Founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. Read more at rustourismnews.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

US Embassy commercial officer stresses USA’s keen financial interest in Greece

The Senior Commercial Officer of the US Embassy to Greece, Keith Silver, reaffirmed the profound US commercial and financial interest in Greece, on the sidelines of a visit by diplomats and trade attaches to western Macedonia, a mission organised by Enterprise Greece and the Western Macedonia Region. Speaking to Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Silver noted that the US is seeking elements from western Macedonia that will further enhance trade and economic relations between the two countries and conveyed the satisfaction of US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross over his last meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in New York, as well as his visit to the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) in September. He added that in scheduled meetings with the representatives of Greek enterprises, he wants to monitor the common ground and the interests between the two sides and to 'present our innovative ideas and products that could help SMEs on the other side and see which of those enterprises could expand to the US market". RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Cyprus Airways announced that it has become member of IATA

Cyprus Airways announced on Monday that it has become member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents more than 280 airlines around the globe. A press statement says that in July 2018, Cyprus Airways successfully completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration, a pre-requisite for an IATA membership, after an audit program that certified the company´s compliance with internationally approved aviation safety standards. "We are extremely proud to join the international community of IATA in just 16 months of operations. Read more at CNA RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Kassiopi privatization finally ready to begin on Greek island of Corfu

A long-delayed tourism-related investment valued at up to 120 million euros in northeast Corfu, a popular Ionian Sea island off northwest Greece, appears finally ready to start. The investment entails the development of a 50-hectare tract of coastal land at the Kassiopi site by NVH Capital. The latter won an international tender declared by Greece's privatization agency, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), back in 2011, whereas the final agreement between the two sides was signed five years later, in December 2016. However, proverbial Greek administrative 'red-tape' and ubiquitous "local opposition" in the form of numerous and successive lawsuits attempted to block and overturn the privatization. The concessionaire and the Greek state have, since 2011, come up against 11 legal challenges by the municipality of Corfu, the regional government authority for the Ionian islands and local island residents, all of which were dismissed by courts at several levels. Without even a shovel-full of soil dug up so far, NVH Capital's investment vehicle has already gathered nearly 1,000 signatures of relevant authorities for the project, at the municipal level, at agencies and from various ministries. According to NCH Capital CEO for SE Europe Andreas Santis, the project should have already been concluded and operating by now, based on the initial planning, while he nevertheless appeared optimistic that the project will finally begin the construction phase. According to the investment fund, it has already invested 15 million euros to fight off legal challenges and pay for administrative costs. Read more at naftemporiki.gr RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

New record: 53 million passengers at Greek airports in first nine months

Airports throughout Greece posted a new passenger record over the Jan-Sep 2018 period, with the Civil Aviation Authority reporting more than 53 million passengers, up 10 percent compared to the same period of 2017, when more than 48.21 million passengers were recorded. The number of flights recorded at Greece's airports reached 436,000 - 274,740 international and the rest domestic - an increase of 9.2 percent from the same period of 2017. Read more at naftemporiki.gr RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Leonid Mamchenkov License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Travelers can now publish online their sketches and drawings of Greece

Very much like the early European travelers to Greece, modern travelers still love to spend their time sketching under the magnificent Greek light. Architects and artists explore the amazing Greek landscape, archaeology and architecture with a pen in their hand. Hence, the latest initiative by Greek-born architect Elias Messinas, who has been travelling and sketching through Greece since the 1980s, to invite travelers, architects and artists, to share their sketches and drawings of Greece in his unique new site ecoweekorg.wixsite.com/eliasblue-greece  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Pink Martini concerts in Athens on December 15 and 16

Oregon-based covers band Pink Martini will be presenting two special Christmas concerts at the Galatsi Olympic Hall on December 15 and 16, with some of its greatest crowd-pleasing ballads as well as Yuletide classics. Tickets begin at 26 euros and can be purchased in advance at www.viva.gr or by calling 11876. Olympic Hall, Veikou Avenue, Galatsi Read more at ekathimerini.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Anne Jacko License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Five ways to experience Athens like a local

Five ways to experience Athens like a local are proposed by Gina Lionatos at the following article by greekcitytimes.com: A city that is ever-evolving, Athens has no shortage of places to explore. Once you’ve walked the ancient ruins of the Acropolis, shopped at Plaka and sipped cocktails down at the Athens Riviera, here are five ways to experience Athens like a local would. Take a walk through the Laiki market The Laiki (Farmers Markets) occurs weekly in most Athenian neighbourhoods. Imagine a street lined with stalls, set up by local growers selling fresh produce as far as the eye can see. Not only is it fresh and affordable, but the Laiki gives an insight into every-day Athenian life. If your Greek is up to scratch (and even if it’s isn’t), say hello to one of the growers and you just might get a story or two! Some of our favourite markets include Pagrati (Tuesdays), Petralona (Fridays) and Panormou (Saturdays). To add a touch of purpose to your trip to the Laiki, get in touch with the team at Boroume and see how you can volunteer your time to help save dozens of kilos of fresh produce to be donated to local charity groups who help feed the less fortunate. Hang out in the Plateia (Square) The Square or Plateia is central to life in Greece. It’s a gathering spot for locals, a meeting point for friends and is the heart of each neighbourhood. Usually boasting restaurants, cafes and sometimes even open-air concerts, these squares are abuzz with the sounds of lively chatter and the unmistakable clinking of glassware well into the night. Plateia Dexameni in Kolonaki will leave you spoilt for choice with its abundant selection of eateries and its lush green surrounds. Most Athenians will agree that Plateia Agias Eirinis has become one of the most popular squares in recent years with a varied mix of street food (Kostas, Lukumades), bars and cafes (Tailor Made, Mama Roux) that make it a favoured spot to hang out for the younger Athenians. Neighbourhoods outside of the city are no exception to this rule, with action-filled squares in most suburbs. Listen to the Greek radio Radio is a great barometer for what’s happening in any city, and Athens just happens to be home to some of the best Greek radio stations, most of which are also available to stream online. So whether you’re in the car, riding the train or getting ready for a night out, you’ll be in the loop on the latest tunes, events, and news. For your Greek fix, switch on Menta 88 FM or Sfera 102.2 FM. For a hit of house and laid-back alternative grooves, you can’t go past EnLefko 87.7 FM or local digital music station CannibalRadio. Watch a classic under the stars Over 50 years ago, there were 600 outdoor cinemas in neighbourhoods across Athens. Whether you’re a movie buff or simply looking for a new experience in the city, keep an ear and eye out for the many outdoor cinemas that still pop up across Athenian neighbourhoods in the warmer months. Our pick is the Cine Paris located in Plaka which has a stunning view of the Acropolis. You’ll also love the classic Cine Thiseon with its old-world charm and beautiful garden. Get away for the day Athens makes for a great base for shorter trips to nearby sights and destinations that will make you feel like you’re worlds away from the bustling city. Whether Summer or Winter, Athenians are prone to a short getaway to nearby regions. Take a three-hour drive to amazing Delphi, experience the jaw-dropping beauty of Meteora, or join skiing enthusiasts who all head to Arahova during winter. For those keen to hop off to an island for a day or two, the ports of Piraeus and Rafina connect you quickly and conveniently to gorgeous nearby getaways like Aegina, Kea, Andros, and Spetses. Read more at greekcitytimes.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Badseed License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Virgin Atlantic: First LGBTQ-only crew to fly from London to New York (video)

Virgin Atlantic announced its first ever “Pride” flight, in which all crew members are members of the LGBTQ community. The flight will take off on June 28 from London and will be landing in New York City. Passengers on board will be treated to an in-flight show by Broadway musical actor and star of the Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tituss Burgess. “It will be a real celebration of queer culture at 38,000 feet above the Atlantic,” Virgin noted in a statement. In-flight events feature an on-board DJ, Drag Queen Bingo, a Judy Garland singalong as well as inter-seat speed dating. The flight will take place in view of the 2019 World Pride Day to be celebrated in New York with the airline announcing that part of the proceeds will go to “The Attitude Magazine” foundation. Read more at protothema.gr RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)