April 2019

Cosmonauts in Greece for Yuri Gagarin Park Opening on Crete

A park dedicated to Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who was the first person to travel into outer space, opened to the public in Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete, last week aiming to send out a message of peace and unity. Crete, Heraklion, Venetian Harbor. Photo © GNTO/Y.Skoulas Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura inaugurated the [...]

ESTA for Greeks for US Travel Now Valid for Two Years

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the validity of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) issued to Greek citizens to the standard two years. Previously, the United States issued ESTAs with a one-year validity to Greek citizens traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). According to an [...]

March 2019

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Opens in Athens

The fully renovated and extended Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens opened its doors this morning to welcome its guests to the Athenian Riviera. Marking a new era for the historic Astir Palace and the global brand, the fully renovated 300-room hotel is located in Vouliagmeni, amid 74 acres (30 hectares) of lush seaside landscape on [...]

Ryanair to Launch 12 New Routes from Greece for Winter 2019

Irish low cost carrier Ryanair has announced its Greek 2019 winter schedule, which offers 12 new routes connecting Greece with 10 countries. According to an announcement, the carrier will be connecting Athens and Thessaloniki with major European cities and Israel, with a total of 55 routes, which will deliver 5.6 million customers per annum, and support over 4,200 jobs at Ryanair’s Greek [...]

February 2019

TEMES Gets Majority Control of Hilton Athens

TEMES, a premier destination developer and operator in the high-end tourism and real estate sector, on Friday announced that it has agreed to increase its stake and acquire a controlling interest in Ionian Hotel Enterprises S.A., which owns the landmark Hilton Athens hotel in downtown Athens managed by Hilton. According to an announcement, TEMES entered [...]

AEGEAN: New Destinations and 700,000 Additional Seats in 2019

The 2019 flight schedule of AEGEAN includes increased capacity with additional frequencies and new routes. According to an announcement on Thursday, the airline company is investing this year on both network expansion and the extension of the tourism season in Greece. AEGEAN plans this year to increase the capacity of its international network by 700,000 seats, reaching [...]

January 2019

Attica Region Sets Up Film Office in Athens to Facilitate Foreign Producers

Aiming to tap into the benefits of the film industry and attract more foreign producers, the Region of Attica has announced the establishment of a film office in Athens. The office will operate as a one-stop-shop for foreign production crews in search of filming locations in Attica. The Attica Film Office will assist producers in their communication with state and local [...]

Ryanair to Suspend Athens – Thessaloniki Services

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced that it will suspend services between Athens and Thessaloniki as of April 1, 2019. According to the announcement, the last flight from the Greek capital to Thessaloniki in northern Greece, will depart on March 31, at 8.05pm, while tickets are no longer available for sale. Speaking to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA), Ryanair Sales [...]

The ‘Kings Palace’ Hotel to Re-enter Athens Hospitality Market in 2020

The building that once housed the historic Kings Palace in central Athens is expected to reopen its doors as a new upscale hotel by 2020. Located on Kriezotou and Panepistimiou streets, in very close distance to Syntagma Square, the property in question was built in Athens at the end of the 1950s by architect Konstantinos Kitsikis.The building was originally [...]

December 2018

Corfu Island Crowned Best European Film Location of 2018

The island of Corfu in Greece won the 2018 European Film Location Award, the European Film Commission Network (EUFCN) announced on Wednesday. Corfu was chosen from among 12 European locations as the best of 2018, in recognition of the key role it played in the TV series The Durrells. In its second year, the 2018 European Film [...]