Travel in the Greek islands can seem a marathon, given the number of islands and fascinating sights. Many visitors stay on one island but, with regular ferries and flights, there really is no need. There are seven island groups each with its own character - no two islands are the same but groups tend to share attributes, from the classic style of the Cyclades to the Venetian echoes of the Ionian; the Crusader castles of Rhodes to the green of Thassos.
A big drop in domestic tourism in Greece has forced hotels and holiday companies to slash prices in a bid to attract overseas holiday visitors. Travel agencies and hotel owners are offering discounts of up to 50% at the peak of the summer holiday . . .
Striking Greek tax drivers have blocked roads leading to Greece's largest ports at Piraeus and Patras in a 48-hour protest at the government's plans to reform the sector. Traffic in the Greek capital was brought to a standstill as more than 2,000 taxis . . .
Museums and archaeological sites across Greece and the Greek islands are getting a major upgrade. The Ministry of Culture plans a major revamp of 20 museums and 149 archaeological sites.
The growing Greek flier Aegean Airlines continues to expand with its new Larnaca (LCA) base, in Cyprus, launching two new seasonal routes to the Greek islands. At the end of last month the airline began operating twice-weekly flights to Rhodes . . .
Aegean Airlines, Greece's biggest airline, has won the Best Regional Airline Europe award at the 2011 World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show. The airline was also runner-up in the World's Best Regional Airline category . . .
Rhodes plans to tempt giant luxury cruise lines to use the port to launch Mediterranean cruises in an attempt to boost the island economy. The move follows disappointment that a major cruise operator ruled out Rhodes as a suitable port . . .
Tourist arrivals in Greece grew more than 4% in the five months to the end of May, compared to 2010 figures.In a monthly report based on tourists arriving in the country by air, the Federation of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) said . . .
Holidaymakers are welcome in the Greek Islands despite the recent spate of civil unrest on the Greek mainland. Tourist bosses have stepped in to reassure tourists that the Greek Islands are still an attractive and safe haven for a summer holiday . . .
Port authorities in the Greek Islands predict a rise in cruise ship visits in 2011 of up to 15% following the lifting of restrictions. Under new laws passed recently, international cruise companies can now embark and disembark . . .
Greece looks set to boost its bid to bring in more tourists with a series of initiatives aimed at attracting low cost airlines. Tourism Minister Paul Geroulanos told a conference that low cost airlines could hold the key to opening up new areas . . .
The Greek government is paving the way for more seaplane services between the Greek islands in a bid to boost tourism. The Civil Aviation Authority has approved 50 sites where seaplanes can land and take off as a Bill is finalised . . .
Holidaymakers on a Greek Island holiday for the first time will usually find that getting around is fairly easy. Most Greek islands usually have some form of public transport.
Yacht charter in the Greek Islands may hold the key to boosting incomes and giving the Greek holiday industry a much-needed shot in the arm. Industry experts are to gather in Athens for the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum aimed at discussing . . .
Olympic Holidays has announced new Greek Island destinations for its 2011 brochure. Thassos, Lesbos and Samos feature in the 2011 beach holiday destinations. Thassos beach holiday have been almost the exclusive domain of Thomson Holidays . . .
I get frequent emails from people planning holidays to the Greek islands) but worry about advance booking of ferry tickets. The biggest headaches are not being able to find ferry schedules.