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Merkel-Papandreou look to tourism

Germany supports Greece What are the prospects for the Greek tourism product? By Vangelis Dourakis ermany is a traditional ‘caterer’ to the Greek tourism industry and in all likelihood has its reasons for doing so: The ancient culture and the glorious history of Greece, something that few countries in the world have to show, are very alluring to the German people. But not only that: It’s also the ‘individuality’ of having beautiful sites, that one would otherwise have to travel around the world to see, sandwiched in a few square kilometers of land. In this country you can find yourself on beaches that you think have been ‘transported’ from the exotic islands of the Pacific and Indian Ocean or in forests whose counterparts you may see in the Alps. And of course the unique colours of Greece fill your senses with their presence everywhere you look. As for traditional Greek cuisine, it remains a German favourite.However, due to the crisis that erupted, and with Greece itself being the focal point, the image of our country has suf-

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Merkel-Papandreou look to tourism

Germany supports Greece What are the prospects for the Greek tourism product?ς Continued from page 1 fered, albeit temporarily, a ‘shift’ in the eyes of north European tourists ... This temporary ‘fault’ may be corrected again soon:For their part, the Greeks will have to demonstrate in practice that they are good hosts and that despite the economic crisis in their country, they will continue to offer high quality services to tourists. The fact that prices have fallen or been ‘frozen’ due to the crisis must be highlighted. And furthermore, to give an impetus to growth in Greece ... we must begin to emphasize tourism infrastructures that will enable it to exploit its comparative advantages.Particular emphasis should be given to city tourism and conference tourism: great strides have already been made in the Greek capital with the opening of the New Acropolis Museum.

George Koletsos is GNTO General Secretary The Minister of Culture and Tourism Mr Paul Geroulanos recently had a meeting with Mr George Koletsos, who is now General Secretary of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO). Mr Koletsos, an experienced executive with studies in Economics and Business Administration, made important contributions during his assignment as President of the Organizing Committee of the Mediterranean Games 2013. He has taken on his new post at a crucial time for Greece’s promotion as a tourist destination. The GNTO presently has two main objectives: to establish a framework of operations that will allow it to serve its function in the most effective way, and to implement an ‘aggressive’ strategy in approaching the markets of interest to Greece. These should be new, but traditional. The inclusion of Mr Koletsos in the GNTO executive ranks will give the body the means to simultaneously work towards accomplishing both of these goals. From last year, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the GNTO made cutbacks, stopped unnecessary costs and left behind them a history of bad management, aiming to now correct the state of affairs. At the same time, and despite the economic crisis, GNTO paid off its debts towards foreign media channels, which had created much negative publicity. This helped reinstate credibility, as well as set the basis for new methods of highlighting the Greek tourism product. A subtle strategy aligned with individual markets/targets has also since been created, taking full advantage of the Internet and new communications technologies, as well as redefining Greece as a destination with unlimited experiences. These approaches will be strengthened in 2011, with the goal of further developing tourism and attracting new visitors from all over the world, throughout the year.

PODIX cutting of the New Year’s cake

«New Perspectives Opening» But on their part, German visitors do not seem to have lost confidence in the Greek product: Especially following the developments in North Africa and the Arab countries, the flow of tourists to our country is expected to increase. This is a ‘golden opportunity’ for Greece, but also for the Germans themselves to rediscover the ‘hidden virtues’ of our country both in terms of natural beauty and on the level of investment prospects. It is no coincidence that tourism was a separate ‘slice’ at a recent meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. The Germans Return When it comes to ‘quality’ tourist excursions, however, the Germans do not hesitate to dig deep into their pockets, as indicated in a report by INTZEIDIS consulting firm, especially when it comes to travelling abroad, be it for business or leisure.

ΜΗΝΙΑΙΑ ΤΟΥΡΙΣΤΙΚΗ ΕΦΗΜΕΡΙΔΑ Πύρρωνος 51 & Λεωνιδίου, 163 41 ΑΘΗΝΑ Τηλ.: 210-9940109 (6 γραμμές), Fax: 210-9936564 E-mail: info@travelling.gr Κωδικός 1533 Ιδιοκτησία: Info Publications ΕΠΕ Εκδότες - Διευθυντές: Ε. Αγκυρίδη - Σ. Γιαννιώτης Η εκδότρια εταιρεία δεν φέρει ευθύνη για τα άρθρα που δημοσιεύονται και τις απόψεις των συνεργατών της.

Mr. D.imitris Kakaris,, President of the Hotel Managers Association of Athens, Mr George Tsakiris, Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH), and Ms Natassa Antonopoulou, General Secretary of the Panhellenic Federation of Hotel Managers (PODIX).

The reception marking the coming of the New Year and the cutting of the cake of the Panhellenic Federation of Hotel Managers (PODIX) & Hotel Managers Association of Athens was successfully held at the Athenaeum Intercontinental. Apart from the members of the Federation and the Association of Athens, the reception was also attended by hotel managers and travel agencies, media representatives, especially for tourism, representatives from embassies and tourism operators, who in a very intimate and very friendly atmosphere discussed and exchanged views on critical every day matters concerning tourism and the state of the sector in particular. The event was honored with the presence of the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Mr George Nikitiadis, the GNTO President Mr Nicholas Kanellopoulos and the President of

the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Mr George Tsakiris. Mr Dimitrios Kakaris, President of the Hotel Managers Association of Athens, welcomed all attending, wishing them “Happy New Year,” and referred to the general effort to reverse the atmosphere created due to the image presented recently by Athens, but also touched on issues of reform and the modernization of hotel training and of the existing hotel law. PODIX President Mr John Kreis, after thanking those present for their warm response, referred to the current economic crisis, which unfortunately adversely affects tourism development generally, and focuses, among other things, on the importance of inbound tourism revenue and the lack of resistance to the pressures of tourism organizations for reductions or rebates on agreed prices. He reiterated the stated and effective support of the Federation executives, not only to the state and the leadership of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, but also to investors/hoteliers, for creating new jobs. He made a date for next year, with the hope that the end of the coming season “will greet us all with a smile.” Mr George Tsakiris, HCH President, referred to the need to modernize the Greek tourism product based on new models, with the collaboration of all stakeholders and with synergies for the development of alternative forms of tourism. Mr Nikitiadis mentioned the importance of tourism for the Greek economy, and the change in atmosphere over the last year, after a concerted effort by the leadership of the Ministry and related agencies. He stressed the need for experienced managers in tourism businesses and the importance of the position of director of the tourist scene in the country at large. He analyzed the online viewing of our tourist proMr. John Kreys, President of the Panhellenic Federation of Hotel Mana- duct, the actions concerning the developgers (PODIX) , Ms Christina Tetradis from the Board of the Hellenic Ch- ment and promotion of special thematic toamber of Hotels, Mr. Nicholas Kanellopoulos, NTOG President, Ms Na- urism and urged restraint in prices and greatassa Antonopoulou, General Secretary of the Panhellenic Federation of ter efforts with regard to contracts with toHotel Managers (PODIX), Mr. D.imitris Kakaris,, President of the Hotel urism agencies. Managers Association of Athens http://news.travelling.gr


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Where hospitality is something more than tradition! 11, Mitropoleos str. 105 57 Athens, Greece Tel: 0030 2103237816, Fax: 0030 210 3237819 E-mail: reservations@panhotel.gr www.panhotel.gr

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Pan Hotel provides to its clients cafeteria, room service, safe deposit boxes, free luggage storage, travel adapters and ADSL wireless connection in the cafeteria. A place suitable for either business or pleasure, as the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Park, Greek and foreign banks, the post office, shopping areas, Plaka, taverns, restaurants, monuments, museums, churches of different religions, the airport express bus station, the metro station and the tram station, are all very close to our hotel. Facilities: Private bath - Hair dryer - Individually controlled air condition Sound-proof windows - Direct-dial phones in the room and in the bathroom - ADSL Wireless Connection - Satellite TV - Mini Bar - Black-out curtains Amenities: • Hair & Body Shampoo Ocean certified by Science et Mer • Shower cap • Shoe polish • Sewing kit • Slippers

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Incoming Tourism/Outgoing Tourism G Custom-made Programs for FIT’s & Groups G Groups with Special Interest G Round Trip Religious Programs G Sports Events G Hotel Reservations G Rent-a-Car G Incentive Conference & Congress Organisers G VIP Service G Business Travel 27 Tsimiski Steet, GR 546 24 Thessaloniki, Greece Tel: (+30) 2310 252 103 or (+30) 2310 252 105, Fax: (+30) 2310 252 104 or (+30) 2310 252 107 e-mail: info@toplinetravel.gr, Web site: www.toplinetravel.gr Branch office: Pefkohori, Kassandra, GR 630 85 Halkidiki Tel/Fax: (+30) 23740 61 622

elounda s.a. hotels & resorts Elounda SA owns and manages three deluxe properties on the island of Crete Greece. Elounda Mare Hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux since 1988 and is famous for its exceptional architecture, intimate ambience and fine cuisine.

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is a member of Preferred Hotel Group and a whole world in one resort, open all year around. An oasis of recreation and discreet luxury with a 9 hole par-3 golf course, Children’s club and the Six Senses Spa™ in the grounds.

Beyond words is the Elounda peninsula ALL SUITE HOTEL, unique for being the only all-suite seaside hotel in Greece with all suites having their own private pool, is awarded every year as the “leading hotel of Greece” at the World Travel Awards. The Six Senses Spa™ of the company provides a truly relaxing and revitalizing experience, through many forms of holistic healings to balance the senses. Its unrivalled range of signature treatments focuses on health, beauty, pampering, stress reduction and recuperation using pure, natural and environmentally friendly products. The luxuriously appointed spa spreads over 2,200 m², setting unique standards in spa design. Just one year after its opening, the Six Senses Spas has just won the top distinction in its field: recognition by the Sunday Times’ TRAVEL magazine as the World’s Best Spa. Since April 2008, the Porto Elounda DE LUXE RESORT is offering a brand new state-of-the–art conference center for up to 600 delegates, fitted with the latest in audio-visual technology. Bearing in mind the needs of meetings for distinguished international clientele, this facility is the perfect setting to make every international conference a success.

Contact details: Elounda SA Hotels & Resorts 72053 Elounda, Crete, Greece, Tel. (+30).28410.68000, Fax (+30).28410.68013, Email: sales@elounda-sa.com, Web: www.elounda-sa.com http://news.travelling.gr


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Greek breakfast is not a gimmick, “its a way of life!” Every year we all prepare to go to this mega event. In our “luggage” we pack lots of expectations, anxiety, brochures, price lists, business cards, etc., etc., etc. Its a one way road, we have to be prepared, we have to come through and we have to bring in the business – its the last opportunity. The one thing we all do and probably we don't place it high on our list of priorities is to book a flight and a hotel for this event. Our specifications are that the flight has to be direct and at a reasonable time and the hotel has to fulfill our personal specs of what a hotel has to be when going on a business trip. We just simply have to do it. So we land in Berlin and head to the hotel to check-in. Usually the weather is cold and occasionally, rainy or even snowy. The reception gives us our key and tells us the essentials, among which is when and where breakfast is served. If we have stayed again in the particular hotel we know what the breakfast is all about. If not, for a moment we start thinking what might it be. All is cleared in the morning at the breakfast room. Its America, British and/or Continental. We all (or at least, most of us) make sure we have a good breakfast - beacon and eggs, sausages, potatoes, etc, although we might have a very light breakfast back home. Why do we do it? The first is that we need all the energy we can get to pull through the whole day at the exhibition. The second is that its cold and our body needs a good breakfast,

again its all about energy. Now lets fast forward a couple of months. Lets say July or August. At this time we are in full swing into the summer season, in the high 30's C, and we are receiving tourists in Greece. They too come to our hotels, check-in and we tell them the essentials, among which is when and where the breakfast is served. Up until now we have been serving America, British and/or Continental breakfast. Why have we been serving them this kind of breakfasts? Because that is what they eat regularly up in the north or that is what the TOs asked the hotels to have in absence of something else. Whatever the reason, that is what we have been serving. Foto from www.kerasma.gr

March is probably the most important month for Greek tourism. Its the month that the who-is-who of travel and tourism, worldwide, goes to Germany to participate in the renown exhibition ITB-Berlin!

But wait a minute, this is the Mediterranean, the climate is totally different as well as the kind of energy required. The “classical” beacon and eggs, sausages, potatoes, etc, in Greece when the temperature is in the high 30's will make your body run like a locomotive. What your body needs is a Mediterranean breakfasts or better put a Greek breakfast! It will give our visitors the kind of energy that will pull them trough the day till their next meal without having their body working like crazy to burn the what they consumed. Naturally, the “Greek breakfast” is not something know, probably not even to the average Greek, which means we have to make an extra effort in explain to our guests that we have a Greek breakfast, along with the classical breakfast they know, and why they should prefer it over the other selections. The Greek breakfast is not a promotional gimmick, its a way of life.

DAFNI Pension Rooms Hotel Nafplion Palamidi 10 Fotomara, Nafplio Argolida Greece, Tel:+302752029856 Email: info@pensiondafni.gr www.pensiondafni.gr Dafni pension is located in the center of the old town, beneath the rock of Upper Nafplio and Palamidi, open all year round. Pension Dafni was established in 2001 in a neoclassical building, on the site of the house of the poet Stephanos Dafne, whose the name was taken by the pension. Close by are the open market of Nafplio, the train and the bus station.200m from Dafni pension is the picturesque beach of Arvanitia, where visitors can swim and enjoy the pure blue sea beneath the shadow of two castles.

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Dafni pansion offers double, triple, and four-person rooms as well as studios with fully equipped kitchens. The decoration colors and furniture of the rooms follows the neoclassical style of the town. Some rooms access a beautiful, traditional garden where you can enjoy your coffee or other drink in a green environment. The other rooms have spacious balconies with a wonderful view of the old town of Nafplio and the castles of Upper Nafplio and Palamidi. In your rooms you will spend your vacation in a quiet, clean and above all friendly environment. The rooms are provided with:- TV- Air corditioning- Refridgerator- Personal bath - Hair dryer- Heating- Internet WiFi (Free)- Safe box

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Ag.Georgios Beach – Naxos Town, 84300 Naxos Island – Greece, Tel : +30 22850 23970-2 , Fax : +30 22850 23973, Winter tel 30-210 4834459, Winter fax : +30 210 4834489 e-mail : reception@porto-naxos.gr, www.portonaxos.gr Porto Naxos Hotel is one of the most established hotels in Naxos Island and it is designed in the style of Cycladic architecture. The hotel combines comfort, hospitality and luxury providing the perfect setting for an enjoyable holiday. This luxury hotel lies just 200 m from Agios Georgios Beach, 700 m. from Naxos Town, 2 km from the port and 1 km from the airport (JNX)., Porto Naxos Hotel is an ideal destination, far from noise and at the same time close to the town centre port and airport. Porto Naxos has one swimming pool with separate area for children, Internet Corner, wi-fi in all property Pool Bar, tennis court, children playground, table tennis ,Meeting room, Fitness room, Sauna, handicapped rooms, our hotel has 2 restaurants, The Pool Restaurant and the a la Carte Restaurant, “The Just Blue” A la Carte Restaurant, and Pool Bar , The rooms are comfortable 30 m2 each, and provide garden view, air conditioning, satellite T.V., music channels, minibar, telephone, Internet access, safe deposit box, bath with bathtub, hair dryer, bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, parking.

Kyparissia, Messinia, Tel.: +30 27610 24411-12, +30 27610 22655, Fax: +30 27610 24413, +30 27610 22455 e-mail : info@apollo-hotel.gr, www.apollo-hotel.gr

“APOLLO” can be found 1 km away from Kyparissia, very close to the ruins of the temple of God Apollo , among the silver-green leaves of the olive trees, with an outlet to one of the most beautiful beaches of Kyparissia. The sisters Georgia and Mimi Christodoulou will be at your disposal for any questions or information, in order you to have a pleasant accommodation. Recently renovated, Hotel Apollo, becomes a member of “Art hotels" and offers spacious rooms and suites of excellent decoration. A friendly welcome is what you experience firstly in the lobby where the emphasis on detail reins supreme. The warm colours, the well cared for lights, the famous paintings, the sophisticated furniture, the surroundings, the high quality services and our desire to make your stay a unique experience, constitute our hotel a pole of attraction to all visitors and establish APOLLO ART HOTEL as the best choice for an unforgettable vacation. Facilities Central heating - Air condition, Mini bar, Satellite TV, Direct dial phone, Hair-dryer, jacuzzi in the suites, Safe boxes, Internet access, Restaurant, Bar-cafe, pool bar, Swimming pool with jacuzzi, Swimming pool for children, Play ground, Private Parking, Distance from the beach 150 m

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Hoteliers set sights on new ‘Greek Breakfast Including the philosophy of the quality and its certification. In all, the thoughts behind the idea focus on the Mediterranean ‘diet’, local products, the ‘myth’ of the destination-regions and the tourist added value. Studying the current situation During this phase, current practices of breakfast in Greece will be investigated by categories separating small and medium-sized, city, tourist resort and country-side hotels. Also, studies are concentrating on internationally established breakfast models (English breakfast, American breakfast, Continental breakfast, Japanese breakfast etc.), originating countries’ consumer trends, as well as breakfast models of competitive neighboring destinations. Finally, consumer trends in food in general and the Mediterranean ‘diet’ in particular will be studied, and best practices will be summarized for breakfast in Greece as well as internationally. For the best documentation of the Greek status quo, a questionnaire has been designed and uploaded on the HCH website so member hotels can contribute their standing on the matter. This will enable the HCH to get a clearer picture of the practices being followed on how breakfast is offered to customers. A large number of members have already offered their input and as the study and dissemination of the results and suggestions to interested hotels draws to a close, the results are anticipated to be very satisfactory. The αbove photos are from the HCH event where journalists were briefed about “Greek Breakfast”

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) is intent on the creation and establishment of a new commercial ‘trademark’ of sorts – that of the ‘Greek Breakfast’, to be offered at hotels and comprised of ‘traditional Greek products’. This aims at increasing the competitiveness of the Greek tourism product in general, and of the small and medium-sized hotels in particular. The move is also being made as a means of promoting Greek gastronomy as a tourism development ‘tool’, as well as connecting tourism and the country’s strong tradition in agriculture. The Greek Breakfast will stand out as a product with particular features that will allow it to become well known through modern marketing techniques. The Greek Breakfast will be designed to: Match current consumer trends in eating habits (Mediterranean nutrition, biological products etc.); Highlight the ingredients and recipes of individual regions, as complementary tourist features; Add value to local culture and histories of the region; Be adaptable to various plates on offer and means of being served. In developing this Greek Breakfast, special attention must be given to: Factors affecting cost and the cost-benefit relationship of combinations and products; Creation an experience surrounding the breakfast; The channels via which the image and sentiment of the breakfast will be developed (underlying message, presentation etc.); How hotels will highlight and promote the breakfast and offer it (events, seminars, publications etc.);

‘Giving value to the experience of eating’

Minister of Culture and Tourism Mr Paul Geroulanos was invited to address the international conference ‘Giving value to the experience of eating’.

“Dear Friends, This conference comes at a crucial time for Greek tourism.At a time when all institutions of tourism, economic factors and political leaders share the view that the way we project our country should include all aspects that make a visit to Greece a complete experience. Visitors who only want to see the Acropolis or just lie on a lounger are continuously becoming less. And there is a steady increase of people who want to experience all that makes the people of our country so special, everything that makes this place unique. The numbers of these visitors may still be small, but their purchasing power is enor-

mous and, more importantly, their respect for the culture of the area they visit is much more developed. To put it simply: They come to a Greek island to experience its beauty, to taste the local cuisine, to experience its unique natural sights and not just to drink beer in a bar, in a country of little interest.That is why we have to stop thinking of only promoting the country’s sights and adapt our strategy to the level of an integrated experience. The products of the Greek land and the Greek sea, combined with the traditions and customs related to our diet, are a key element of our identity. They are the raw materials for a powerful and unique expe-

rience for every visitor. Moreover, one can ‘read’ about the history of a place through its cuisine. It is key to discovering the social and cultural mixtures that have developed, shaped and ultimately characterized a society. So we need to highlight the uniqueness of Greek cuisine and everything it represents in every way possible. It is therefore worth making the Greek diet and the Greek cuisine known throughout the world. I started by saying that in order to attract visitors to Greece we will have to ‘talk’ to the mind, the heart and the stomach. And that is what you, with the work you do here, can succeed in doing. Good luck.”

Tourism and branded Greek Wine: a relationship of mutual benefit The discussion with the topic ‘Tourism and branded Greek wine: a relationship of mutual benefit’, inaugurated by PASOK parliament member (MP) Ms Maya Tsokli in her course of action as Ambassador of Branded Greek Wine and rapporteur of the Parliamentary Labor Division (CTD) of Tourism was held successfully in early February. The objective of the roundtable was to bring together representatives of the tourism and wine sectors to identify potential

synergies for their mutual benefit. According to Ms Tsokli, “Tourism can provide an effective way out to the availability of agricultural production and the exploitation of agricultural production can contribute as a catalyst in creating a diversified, quality, modern (but with a timeless value) tourism product ... So I think that there is no better authority for an effective approach in the area of tourism and agriculture than wine. Wine as a product-symbol of the Greek world, but also as a symbol of synergy, since it is the prime product of team toil and love.”

The round table was attended by: Mr Aris Kefalogianis (Chief Consultant , Gaea), Ms Antonia Kyriazis (Director General, Greek Annex Wine & Spirits Education Trust), Mr Stelios Boutaris (Winemaker, Kir-Gianni Estate), Mr George Pittas (Member of the Board of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels), Mr Angelos Rouvalis (President, Association of Greek Wine) and Mr George Chatzigiannakis (Selini Restaurant, Santorini). The common goal of those participating in the round table is to go directly ahead with the drafting and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the representa-

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tives of the tourism industry and the wine sector so that the mutual desire for constructive cooperation can become a reality. The discussion was welcomed and attended by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr Paul Geroulanos. Also present were PASOK MP Mr George Haralambopoulos, GNTO President Mr Nikos Kanellopoulos and President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Mr George Tsakiris. The event was held at the IMIC 2011 (International Meetings & Incentives Conference) which this year was themed ‘Giving value to the experience of eating’.


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OMIROS’ golden formula for success

Chefs Club President Mr. Miltos Karoubas with members from the Chefs Club from Crete and Thessaloniki, together with students from Omiros

Students and teachers of the Department of Culinary Art/Chef of IEK OMIROS experienced total success with their participation in the competitive section of the 4th International Culinary Forum, organized by the Chef’s Club at the HO.RE.CA exhibition. The school's contestants won significant awards in all the categories they entered, culminating with two gold awards and one silver award. The big winner of Top Chef, Athinagoras Kostakos, an associate of OMIROS and a member of the chefs of the Greek Olympic team, supported his students’ and with his gastronomic surprises and advice contributed significantly to the enhancement of the dishes created. The effort of the participants during the process was overseen and supported by the Hellenic Head Chef’s Club of Greece with its Chairman, Mr Miltos Karoubas, and Executive Chef of the Presidency of the Republic, Mr Athanasios Skouras, who stood by the budding chefs. The educational group OMIROS routinely has its students participate in competitions to gain experience and get closer to professionals in their field. OMIROS also supported the 1st National Congress of Gastronomy ‘Kalimera Breakfast’ with its presence, the first organized effort to establish local Greek food products on the culinary tourism map, an effort that will contribute to the recovery of the Greek economy. Hearty congratulations to the heads of the department and to the teachers as well as to Mr Evangelos MitsotaMr. Thanassis Skouras, the execu- kis (Food & Beverage Manager of large hotel units), Mr tive chef of the Presidency of the Anthony Karpouzi (Executive Chef) and of course the students who competed. Hellenic Republic

The Snow Train takes you to Kaimaktsalan As of mid-February, ski and snowboard lovers and all guests of the Kaimaktsalan ski center can travel from Thessaloniki to their favorite northern mountain range using a convenient and economical combination of train and bus transportation, which is being inaugurated by TRAINOSE. With two pairs of routes from Thessaloniki to Arnissa and back, TRAINOSE’s new service, the Snow Train, takes you not only to the magical Kaimaktsalan but also to a new era of thematic and modern rail transport. A modern train, equipped with bar and restaurant in three of its five wagons, a playground, and special luggage rack for the easy transfer of your personal ski and snowboard equipment, makes your transportation from Thessaloniki to Arnissa a pleasant and enjoyable experience. In addition TRAINOSE provides a 50% di-

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reece, the East Mediterranean and the Black Sea can reap the benefits of rapid growth in the European cruise industry, provided that they press ahead with new investments to upgrade the infrastructure of their existing cruise ports and in the creation of new ports, according to Mr Giovanni Spadoni, President of the European Cruise Port Union, MedCruise. On the occasion of MedCruise’s announcement that puts the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum under its auspices and at the same time includes it in the official list of its events, Mr Spadoni stressed that this is an important initiative for the development of the cruise industry in Greece and the wider region, and noted that such an effort must be accompanied by a major investment program to upgrade infrastructure of ports according to their individual needs and the specific characteristics of each destination. According to the official cruise industry statistics, the Mediterranean is expected to surpass the Caribbean and become the number one worldwide cruise destination within the next decade. This highlights the importance that the Greek ports will acquire, especially Piraeus being the main port of departure, intensifying the need for direct investments to be ready to welcome increased traffic and create new destinations. Greece’s total income of from cruises reached 598 million Euros, ranking it seventh

scount on ski passes to the ski resort of Kaimaktsalan to passengers of the Snow Train and has negotiated extra discounts for catering products, rental equipment, accommodation etc., with several businesses in the old village of Agios Athanasios. There will soon be many more deals and partnerships available for weekend accommodation packages, exclusively for passengers of the Snow Train. Frequency: Every weekend. Cost: 22 Euros return (price includes ticket and transportation by the TRAINOSE bus to Kaimaktsalan and to the old village of Agios Athanasios). Extra discounts: 50% off the ski pass, significant discounts for food, accommodation and equipment in the old village of Agios Athanasios. Tickets: From SS Thessaloniki, and the option for purchase via the web ticketing service of TRAINOSE at www.trainose.gr will be available soon. For more information, call 1110.

amongst the beneficiaries of the European cruise industry, with a 4.3% of its total turnover generated from cruises to Europe. The fact that Greece was the first transit destination with a 20.9% share and with total arrivals of 4,973,000 visitors highlights the preference of passengers for Greece and that, with appropriate investment and development of new services, our country can reap a greater proportion of the total turnover generated by the industry. Mr Theodore Vokos, Project Manager of the first Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, stated: “The Mediterranean currently attracts 58% of European cruise tourists, mainly from the more mature markets that are familiar with the product, such as England, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. This figure is expected to increase, and therefore it is imperative that the tourism product be enriched by adding new destinations, which highlights the future importance of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea with destinations that have not yet been saturated, e.g., the Western Mediterranean.”The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs Islands and Fisheries, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) and the support of MedCruise. Sponsors of the conference are the Port of Piraeus and the Athenaeum Intercontinental Athens. http://news.travelling.gr


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Argentikon Luxury Suites, A Hidden Jewel! On the magnificent island of Chios, Greece, at a superb location, is the 32,000m2 Argentikon Estate built in the 16th century by the Argenti family, and has been designated Historic Monument. Selected among the 100 best villas in the world, the Argentikon is a perfect example of medieval, Genoese architecture in the Levant. Each suite is uniquely individual embracing the style and furniture of the period, with fireplace, chandelier, marble bathrooms and lovely appointments. Exquisite Old World craftsmanship and 21st century amenities have been combined to create an estate unsurpassed in beauty and refinement and great care has been given to the ceiling decoration of each suite. Warm summers are enhanced by a light sea breeze, enabling the guests to dine outdoors in the romantic surroundings by candlelight, while soft music fills the air. High walls of stone surrounding the mansion, shady pathways leading to secluded corners, and lovely gardens provide privacy and beauty for those who wish to enjoy the tranquility. The Argentikon Luxury Suites is a member of the Great Small Hotels, member of the Exclusive Island Hotels & Resorts and is recommended by Conde Nast Johansens Hotels. It is a gracious estate for the distinguished and most demanding clientele!

Contact details: Argentikon Luxury Suites - Kambos, 821 00 Chios – Greece, Tel. (+30).22710.33111, Fax (+30).22710.31465, Email: info@argentikon.gr, Web: www.argentikon.gr

VILLA NAXIA Saint George beach – Naxos town – Naxos 843 00 – Hellas Tel.: 22850 26480, 6944530982, fax: 22850 26481 www.villa-naxia.gr, e-mail: villanaxia@villa-naxia.gr 50 m. from the sea, 350 m. from the city. 9 studios & 5 (two rooms) apartments all with: daily cleaning, WC/shower, balcony or veranda with sea view, air conditioning, satellite TV, wireless internet, fully equipped kitchenette. Free transport from the port/airport Extra facilities: reception, breakfast lounge, living room with TV, fax services, safe box, parking area. Die Villa Naxia ist im Kykladen-Stil gebaut und befindet sich direkt am Strand des Ag. Georgios, der Stadtrand von Chora (Hauptstadt von Naxos). Die traditionell eingerichteten Zimmer haben große Balkone mit Meeresblick, die eine einzigartige Sicht auf den Sonnenuntergang der Region bieten. Die Pension vereint einzigartige Vorteile: sie befindet sich direkt am Meer in einer ruhigen Gegend ohne Lärm und Verkehr, gleichzeitig aber in nur geringer Entfernung vom Stadtzentrum. Alle Dienstleistungen (Museen, Geschäfte, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Autovermietungen,...) befinden sich in der Nähe und sind bequem zu Fuß erreichbar. Die herzliche Gastfreundschaft und die moderne Ausstattung vervollständigen die Voraussetzungen für wahrhaft sorgenfreie und erholsame Ferien.

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Business on Board and Hilton Honors from Olympic Air registering for free for the reward program Business on Board, each firm earns miles that can be cashed in for free tickets to any destination of the Olympic Air network. The benefit of the Business on Board is two-fold. Along with the company, employees using their Travelair Club personal card can also enjoy unique privileges in the air and on the ground, earning miles that they can cash in easily for a choice of services or high quality products. Mr. George EFstratiades, Deputy CEO of Olympic Air & General Manager of MIG.& With regard to the new major cooperaMr. Bart Van De Winkel, General Manager Hilton Greece and Cyprus.. tion between Travelair An event hosted by Olympic Air to honor all members Club and Hilton Honors, passengers may choose to stay of the new corporate loyalty programs Business on Boat any Hilton family hotel in the world and earn 1 mile ard was recently held at the Hilton Hotel. The event for the Travelair Club and 10 HHonors points for every presented the great advantages of this new program US Dollar they spend. for passengers and the major new collaboration with The list of hotels that the Hilton group represents and Travelair Club HHonors (Hilton Honors) of the Hilton which are included in the program are: The Hilton Hogroup of hotels worldwide. tels, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Business on Board is Olympic Air’s company loyalty proResorts, Doubletree, Hilton Garden Inn, and internatiogram that rewards all companies in Greece and abroad, nally acclaimed for providing specialized services Hamoffering significant benefits to companies whose exepton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Embassy Suites cutives make their business trips with Olympic Air. By Hotels.

Travelport expands Africa footprint in Algeria Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry and operator of both the Galileo and Worldspan platforms, announces the launch of Travelport Algeria; Travelport’s exciting new venture providing GDS operations in Algeria. The announcement forms part of Travelport’s previously stated strategy of investing in Africa and expanding its footprint across the continent. Travel agency customers in Algeria, will be supported by Travelport Algeria, which will be headed up by general manager, Lotfi Skander, who until recently served as director of sales and marketing for Amadeus Algeria. With over 15 years’ experience in the travel and airline industry, Lotfi Skander is a well known figure in the Algerian travel industry. Commenting on Travelport’s latest investment, Mark Meehan, managing director for Africa, said: “This new partnership marks an important milestone for Travelport as we further strengthen our presence and provide increased localised support to our travel agency customers in this region. Travelport Algeria will be better placed to work more closely with the local travel industry and introduce exciting new and innovative products and services to travel agents in the region.” According to Mark Meehan, Lotfi Skander is well qualified to take up the reins of Travelport Algeria. “Lotfi Skander has an excellent track record, which includes over seven years’ experience within the GDS sector during which time he has gained a deep understanding of local travel agency needs.” Lotfi Skander, general manager of Travelport Algeria, commented: “This new partnership with Travelport means that travel agents in the country will now have far greater choice when it comes to selecting a GDS provider and I firmly believe that they will be as excited by the Travelport offering as I am; I think this is great news for the local travel industry. In conclusion Lotfi Skander said: “I am confident that a local presence including a state-of-the-art customer helpdesk and training centre will really encourage the further development of both the GDS and travel sector in Algeria.”

Ryanair opens 16 new routes to Kos & Rhodes Ryanair to launch Thessaloniki service from Apr 2011 Ryanair, announced 16 new routes, including routes to currently un-served markets, to the Greek holiday destinations of Kos and Rhodes from April 2011. Ryanair now offers 30 Greek routes to/from Kos, Rhodes, Volos and Thessaloniki. Ryanair’s Greek traffic will grow to over 700,000 passengers in 2011 sustaining up to 700 jobs and delivering over €350m in tourism revenues for the benefit of the local economy. Ryanair celebrated its 30 Greek routes in 2011 by launching a 1 million €6 seat sale for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in late February and March which were available for booking until midnight Monday (7th Feb). Ryanair’s 16 new Greek routes go on sale on www.ryanair.com on Friday 4th Feb. Ryanair’s Melisa Corrigan said:

“Ryanair is delighted to boost Greek tourism and the Greek economy with 16 new low fare routes to Kos and Rhodes, including new routes to currently un-served markets such as Lithuania. Ryanair’s 30 Greek routes will deliver 700,000 passengers p.a., sustaining 700 local jobs and ensure over €350m to the local economy.

Ryanair to launch Thessaloniki service from Apr 2011 Ryanair from mid-April 2011 is launching new service to Thessaloniki in Greece, its 4th destination in the country. It’ll offer service from Brussels Charleroi, London Stansted, Oslo Rygge and Stockholm Skavsta. Schedule: Brussels Charleroi – Thessaloniki eff 14APR11 FR6446 CRL1310 – 1730SKG 73H 4

FR6446 CRL1400 – 1820SKG 73H 26 FR6447 SKG1810 – 2025CRL 73H 4 FR6447 SKG1900 – 2115CRL 73H 26 London Stansted – Thessaloniki eff 13APR11 FR8582 STN1215 – 1750SKG 73H 15 FR8582 STN1235 – 1810SKG 73H 3 FR8583 SKG1815 – 1940STN 73H 15 FR8583 SKG1835 – 2000STN 73H 3 Oslo Rygge – Thessaloniki eff 14APR11 FR9433 RYG0640 – 1155SKG 73H 26 FR9434 SKG1220 – 1535RYG 73H 26 Stockholm Skavsta – Thessaloniki eff 16APR11 FR1674 NYO0700 – 1215SKG 73H 47 FR1675 SKG1240 – 1555NYO 73H 47

Etihad welcomes ACCC authorisation of Virgin Blue Alliance E

tihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has welcomed the announcement by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) granting authorisation for an alliance between Etihad and the Virgin Blue Group of Airlines for five years. The authorisation gives a green light for the airlines to cooperate on joint pricing and scheduling of services across their respective networks. This means that Etihad Airways and the Virgin Blue Group will offer their customers a new combined global network of more than 100 destinations worldwide. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “Today’s announcement by the ACCC to grant authorisation of Etihad’s alliance with the Virgin Blue Group for a period of five years is fantastic news for both airlines and for our customers, and is a positive step towards growing our already strong position in the Australian market. “The alliance will contribute to growing Etihad’s share of the Australian corporate and leisure markets and increase our appeal as the airline of choice for travellers to Australia and the South Pacific from the Middle East, Europe and UK.

“This is just the beginning. We hope to expand the partnership over time, providing greater benefits to travellers by growing competition and opening new routes.” The alliance means that from 24 February 2011 Virgin Blue’s international arm, V Australia, will commence direct services to Abu Dhabi, moving towards a combined total of 27 weekly services between Abu Dhabi and Australia. These services include double-daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Sydney, daily between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne, and six frequencies per week between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane. The partnership will open up 45 new destinations in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and the west coast of America. Etihad’s customers will now be able to fly from Etihad’s home-base in Abu Dhabi to Australia and connect seamlessly to Virgin Blue destinations in the Australia-Pacific region. Customers will also be able to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles for any Etihad or Virgin Blue flight, along with reciprocal service benefits and lounge access for top tier members of both programs.

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Crete - Rethimno tel + fax : 0030 28310 26956 mobile : 0030 6942515560 e-mail: eva@stratosvillas.com

Villa Stratos, Villa Fouli and Villa Maria are 3 independent, traditional, luxury and fully equipped villas with private pool. Stratos Villas offer Privacy, Relaxation, magnificent View to the opposite green hills and countless moments in the nature. The Stratos family is here to show you what the famous Cretan hospitality is about and guarantee for your unforgettable holidays.

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Fira, Santorini, 847 00 Hellas Tel: +30 22860 24046, +30 22860 25187 Fax: +30 22860 25188

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The hotel complex is surrounded by an overgrown dreamy garden with olive oil trees, palm trees and rich vegetation and is situated just on the nice beach of Moraitika. Moraitika is found just a few minutes walk far from the hotel; it is a pretty active and lively village, extended along the national road connecting the town of Corfu with the village of Lefkimmi at the southern end of the island. “Delfinia” resort is made up of three main buildings in simple architectural style and mild colors. The buildings are hidden behind the trees and bushes of the garden, which gives to the guest a feeling of friendy and calm atmosphere. This atmosphere along with the vicitity to a gorgeous beach and the high level of service and facilities, have made our hotel famous all over the world.

The rooms are equipped with every convenience to guarantee a memorable vacation. Kitchen, Refrigerator, Bathroom, Music, Direct dial telephone, Satellite TV set, Wi-fi connection, Air condition Free transport from port and airport to the Hotel. Main Facilities of Loizos • Credit Cards (American Exress, Visa, Mastercard) • Breakfast Buffet • Transport from/to Hotel • Swimming Pool • Sitting room • Air conditioning • Satellite TV • Internet Service • WiFi (Public Areas) • Reception • Rent a car • Wake up service • Doctor On Call • Excursions - Tours

• 24 Hours Reception, • Telephone operator, • Safety deposit boxes, • Money exchange desk, • Hot water 24 hours a day, • Car / Bike rental, • Information desk, • Excursions, • Play card room, • Chess, • Backgammon, • Lounges with Sat. TV corner, • Restaurant, • Bar, • Fitness Club, • Tavern, • Beach side snack bar, • Beach cocktail bar, • Outdoor ground chess and checkers, • Swimming pool, • Children's pool, • Sun-beds, • Umbrellas, • Freshwater showers, • 2 tennis courts, • Children Playground, • Table tennis, • Electronic games, • Private parking, • Children Playroom, • Conference/Meeting room for up to 100 persons

Best Western IRIDA Resort Complex Kalo Nero Beach, Kyparissia Messinia, Peloponissos, Greece Tel: +30 2761071386, Fax: +30 2761071377 Mobile: +30 6979793436, +30 6979793804

www.iridaresort.gr E-mail : info@iridaresort.gr Located 12 steps from the beach, in 7 acres area, with luxury suites- roomsapartments, is ideal for families and couples. Room Facilities AC, Bath/Shower Tub, Central Heating, Direct Telephone, Full Kitchen, Oven, Fridge, Color TV/remote, Satellite TV, Non-smoking rooms available, Coffee maker w/complimentary daily tea or coffee, Personal Amenities, Sewing kit, Hairdryers, Mosquito Meshes, Anatomical Matresses, Luxurious 100% cotton linens, Sound-proof windows, Granite tile floors. Hotel Facilities Parking, sea view, Garden with fruitful trees and pines, High speed Internet services, Free Wi-Fi, Lounge, Panoramic view, mountains and Ionian Sea, near train station, near Lake Kaiafas, laundry-dry cleaning, car rental, Fax, secretarial services Facilities-photocopying, Ticket service, excursions, Private Massage, In-room safe deposit box, Playground for kids, Barbeque, Wheel chair access, doctor on call, All major Credit cards are accepted, Free Pick up from Railway Station, Bus stand or anywhere within the city.

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SITE Greece awards ‘unsung heroes’ of Greek tourism A special awards ceremony was held in early February at the 7th IMIC 2011 conference, for the members of the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives (SITE) Greece, as well as elections for their new Board of Directors. SITE Greece awarded the ‘unsung heroes’ of Greek tourism, honoring two of their colleagues, thereby expressing their thanks for their important contribution to the field of business tourism in Greece. Plaques were awarded by GNTO President Mr Nicholas Kanellopoulos to Mr Apostolos Papayannakis, Concierge of the Hotel Grande Bretagne, and to Mr Thanassis Moursioti, Doorman at the Intercontinental hotel. President of SITE Greece Mr Mihail Argyris pointed out in his speech at the awards ceFrom left, Mr Apostolos Papagiannakis, Concierge of the Ho- remony: “By awarding these people today tel Grande Bretagne, SITE Greece President Michael Argyris, we thank and award all our colleagues for Board of Directors President of the Heliotopos Group Costas offering true hospitality to our guests. With Constantinidis and Mr Thanassis Moursiotis, Doorman at the them we honor all those who welcome our guests at airports, who carry their suitcases, Intercontinental hotel. who drive taxis and buses and many others. We thank them for their substantial and valuable assistance to our work. We know that no matter how well we did our jobs and no matter how successful our journey was, your smiles could be the main reason why someone might come back!” SITE Greece also held its annual General Assembly, where the actions of the Society for 2011, involving the active participation of tourist matters in the country, contacts with the political leadership for tourism, collaboration with other industry organizations etc., were announced.The basic aim of the SITE Greece Board is to attract new members from the entire spectrum of stakeholders in the tourism business. SITE Greece invites everyone to get to know the Society and to join, thus exploiting the full range of advantages offered, by being the most recognized association of professional tourism managers in the world. The new Board of Directors elected are: President: Michael Argyris Vice President: Vicky Evaggeliou Treasurer: Maria Papadakis Secretary: Fotis Fotopoulos Education: George Barboutis GNTO President Mr Nicholas Kanellopoulos with SITE Greece Marketing: Constantine Doukas Member: Lisa Lehman President Michael Argyris and the two award winners

International award for five Greek organic honeys he third international awards ceremony of organic beekeeping (tasting and quality), BIOLMIEL 2010, T was completed successfully in Catania, Sicily, Italy.The event involved a significant number of beekeepers from many countries, proving that the level of the quality of their products is constantly improving. From 5-8 December 2010, the international panel evaluated more than 150 competing products, all of which had been chemically analyzed, and chose the winners. Parallel events relating to the bee and sustainable apiculture also had great success. The organization of the event was undertaken by: ICEA (Agency Certification of Organic Products in Italy), CRA (Research Unit for honey production) and CIBi (Italian Consortium for organic products). The organization for Greece was undertaken by the Organization for the Audit and Certification of Biological Products DIO. Of the eight Greek beekeepers who took part in the international competition with 13 products, two types of honey won prizes and three others won distinctions, having demonstrated the quality of Greek organic honey internationally. The Greek bio-beekeepers who distinguished themselves in specific types of honey are:AWARD • Honey Thyme: Dimitrios Gonidis (Dryopida, Kythnos)

• Heather Honey: Constantine Fasilis (Leonidio, Arcadia) DISTINCTION • Fir Honey: Constantine Fasilis (Leonidio, Arcadia) • Fir Honey: Anthony Dimakopoulos (Argos, Argolida) • Thyme Honey: P. Maroulis (Langada, Amorgos) Mr Nicholas Kontolaimos, beekeeping expert agronomist, former head of the Department of Apiculture YAAT, and distinguished taster registered in the European Register of Tasting Judges was on the international panel. According to Mr Kontolaimos, “The whole process was completely objective, since the 16 judges were divided into four groups, and the anonymous samples in six tables, tasting and testing was done by lottery.” DIO General Manager Mr Spyros Sgouros noted, “The results of the competition are an important success for our country. This international recognition of quality justifies organic beekeeping in Greece and adds an incentive for continuous improvement on the part of beekeepers, by offering strong export incentives.” For more information about the competition, or a complete list of the international winners, please visit www.premiobiol.it, or contact the Organisation DIO (+30) 210-8224384.

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ICOT 2011 Tourism in an Era of Uncertainty Rhodes Island,Greece The twenty-first century has brought new challenges for tourism. Climate change, infectious diseases, economic crises, terrorism, globalisation, and entrenched social problems pose threats and create an uncertain tourism environment that affects destinations and their populations in virtually every corner of the contemporary world. To keep pace with these challenges, governments, businesses, communities, and tourism organisations need to continuously assess environmental factors, to identify future trends and to examine various response policies and management techniques to decrease risk and uncertainty. Bearing all these in mind, ICOT 2011 aims to contribute to the debate on tourism in relation to different aspects of uncertainty, by stimulating discussion and exchange of ideas between tourism professionals, academics, researchers, policy-makers, consultants, practitioners, government officials and postgraduate students from tourism-related fields. ICOT 2011 will also give participants an opportunity to combine an effective conference trip with a holiday on Rhodes, one of the most famous Greek Islands and a top holiday destination Τhe conference will focus on a broad range of topics related to tourism, including (but not limited to): • Climate Change and Natural Disasters • Health Problems / Infectious Diseases / Epidemiology • Economic Crises and Risk • Uncertainty and Risk • Destination Attributes Related to Uncertainty • Role of Uncertainty and Risk in the Tourist Experience • Globalisation Effects • Tourism, Terrorism, Safety and Security • Tourism Development, Policy and Planning • Economic/Social/Environmental/ Cultural Impact of Tourism • Community Responses to Risk and Uncertainty. • Resiliency Planning • Sustainable Tourism • Alternative and Special Interest Tourism • Tourism Marketing and Management • Information Technology in Tourism • Negotiation in Tourism • Industry’s Role in Managing Growth Transportation and Tourism • Authenticity and Commodification • Tourism Education • The Future of Tourism


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Hertz To Go Solar; The Company Will Install 16 Solar Power Systems Car rental companies have spent the past several months trying to one-up each other when it comes to environmental initiatives, and now Hertz just announced that it plans to install solar power systems at 16 of its car rental facilities by this fall, with the intention of eventually expanding further. Sixteen of the company’s facilities will be retrofitted with a total of over 2.3 MW of solar photovoltaic systems to begin with. The solar project was initially piloted in December at the Denver International Airport. A 1,018 panel, 235 kW system was placed there and Hertz said it is expected to produce 342,766 Kwh of AC output and will offset approximately 650,000 pounds of CO2 annually. Currently, Hertz has 8,400 locations in 146 countries worldwide, and also operates the Advantage car rental brand at 26 U.S. airports. The other stations being worked on are in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. “Hertz leads the industry in sustainable practices,� said Richard Broome, Senior Vice President of Hertz. “From our commitment to electric vehicles and other low emission vehicles to our implementation of reduced water usage and now our solar program, we are at the forefront of integrating sound environmental practices with pro-consumer service, effi-

ciency and growth strategies.� Earlier this year, Hertz said that it would start renting out the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle to its customers. The company will also offer the Nissan Leaf this year at select rental locations in the U.S. and Europe, while it will start renting out the all electric Coda EV sedan in California in 2012. It currently offers a “Green Collection� in its U.S. fleet, including the Smart ForTwo, the Toyota Prius and the Nissan Altima hybrid, CNET reports. Not to be outdone, Enterprise, which operates Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and National Car Rental brands, said it would reduce both energy use and costs by 20 percent over the five years to 2015. The company plans to invest $150 million over the next five years to meet its goals. Enterprise has also begun to rent the Chevrolet Volt, and will be offering the Nissan LEAF and Coda EV when they become available. As we’ve said in the past, EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles fit well with car rental companies because it gives customers an opportunity to experiment with the new technology before they decide to purchase it. It also helps them learn more about charging infrastructure and the different options available to plug-in cars. Besides, most people who rent cars, use them for shorter trips, eliminating range anxiety.

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Modern hotel in local-traditional style, conveniently located in a quiet place, near the town centre and the famous archaeological museum. The balconies overlook the magnificent view of Delphi Gorge gulf and the olive groves of Itea. All rooms have aircondition, satellite TV, hairdryer and direct dial telephone, safety boxes & WIFI. Also offers central heating, restaurant, bar, safety boxes, TV lounge, fireplace, garden, room service, Internet access. Suites with fireplace.

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H E L I O T R O P E H O T E L S Mytilini - Lesvos A modern 2 hotels complex, Helitrope Boutique Hotel cat A, 4**** and Heliotrope Resort Hotel cat A, 4**** located in Varia, a beautiful & quiet suburb of the municipality of Mytilini, Open all year, Distances: Sea 30m, Beach Vigla 100m, Airport 7km, Port 3km Theofilos/Terriade Museum 1km

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The Heliotrope complex has swimming pool with seawater/hydromassage, Pool bar, Receptions, Lounges, Snack bars, Restaurant, Cafeteria, Meeting, Banquet, Internet & Multimedia (PC, Video slide, overhead projector etc] facilities, Business Centre, Room service, Children’s play-ground, 6 Lifts. All rooms with a seaview balcony, airconditioning, 20 satellite TV-video, Pay TV, mini bar, direct-dial phone with Internet and Fax facilities, safety box, music, central heating, bath or shower, hairdryer. Wireless dect phones are available. Certain rooms with connecting door. Rooms for special needs. Breakfast American buffet. Parking.

Meeting, congresses Five airconditioned daylight conference halls with capacity of 800, persons total (in theatrical shape), with internet (wifi), multimedia and banquet and live music facilities. 81100 Mytilene/Lesvos island - Greece - Tel: 0030 (2251) 045857 e-mail: info@heliotropehotels.gr, www.heliotropehotels.gr http://news.travelling.gr

Travelling News March 2011 ITB-Berlin Special Edition  

Travelling News March 2011 ITB-Berlin Special Edition

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