Paris, London, New York, or even a Caribbean cruise, what’s the one thing all vacations have in common? The place a traveler stays after arrival, for one. Argo Travel News went far afield today in search of the extraordinary. After all, while we seek pattern and commonality in travel, many times – isn’t it the “unique” that is so often missing?
On the Beach, a leading UK OTA, says this Summer may be a banner season for UK beach combers headed to the sunny Med. In a press release today, the company points to increased traffic for beaches in Spain, Greece, and in Turkey. Not everything about slumping economies is bad, not when the deals get too good to be true.
The single greatest symbol of Greece, the one image that has adorned millions of postcards; the Parthenon, is perched high atop the plateau that gives this ancient Greek complex its name, the Acropolis. But, like the part of the proverbial iceberg visible above the water, this marvelous pinnacle is but a fraction of the glory of Greece, even touristic glory. Another more practical wonder awaits Athens visitors, what is known as the Athenian Riviera.
Two seas surround Greece, each with its own special characteristics. In the East you have the famous Aegean, peppered with islands such as Mykonos, Paros, Milos and Santorini, commonly dry rocky places with sandy beaches. In stark contrast to the Aegean, there is the Ionian Sea in the West, its islands feature high elevations and lush green forests as far as the eye can see. Greece shares the waters of the Ionian with many other tourist paradises such as Croatia and Italy too.
Good things come in small packages, and nowhere is that more obvious than on the tiny Greek island of Mykonos. All 100 square kilometers of it are alive with a spirit unrivaled in the world.
At the end of this month Eyefor Travel and TMA will host the E-Tourism and Travel Distribution for Southern Europe and Mediterranean in Athens, Greece. Industry experts, travel companies, and key investors are scheduled to attend this show focused on emerging technologies and strategies for the industry for 2011 and the years to come.
Greece has just brought into effect new rules that will benefit the travel industry there. For cruise lines, new fee schedules will allow businesses greater profit margins, and create new incentives for travelers. Government officials expect increased air traffic, as well as better sale of Greek made goods.
Leading Greek travel organization Manessis just announced last week their 2010 Top Hotels list. Among the leading travel agencies in Southern Europe, Manessis’ Top 10 list is becoming something of a tradition now. Greek hotels are held to the highest tourist and Manessis standards in winning these awards.
Diana Group Hotels just launched their new online portal for travelers to the Greek Islands. A decades old traditional family business reveals how keeping up with the times, and their clientèle, is one and the same. If more businesses engaged their customers like Diana Group, their competition would quickly melt away.