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Athens Hotels: 2016 Tourism Season was ‘Marginally Positive’

The Athens – Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association said that the 2016 tourism season for hotels in the Greek capital was "marginally positive".
Posted On 16 Mar 2017

Small Luxury Hotels CEO Says Greece ‘Still Value for Money’

For Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) CEO Filip Boyen, Greece is excellent value for money, it has exactly what it takes to become a leading luxury destination.

Bad Weather Hype Takes Toll on Greek Hotel Holiday Business

Hoteliers across Greece are expressing their disappointment and blaming TV channel weather forecasts for the decreased bookings mainly to destinations known for their winter offerings over the three-day Theofania holiday last weekend.

Kavala’s Oceanis Hotel Revamped & Ready for Action

The Oceanis Hotel, in the heart of Kavala, northern Greece, has opened its doors and is ready for business following extensive renovation works, its management announced.

How to Rent Out your Flat on Airbnb in Greece

Those interested in renting out their properties, homes or flats in Greece through online platforms such as Airbnb, must meet a series of requirements.
Posted On 23 Dec 2016

Greece’s Short-term Rentals Bill Raises Professional Concerns

Hospitality professionals in Greece have expressed their concerns over an adjusted bill set to regulate an ever-growing shadow economy in the country.

TEMES-Dogus Consortium Takes Over Hilton Athens

Home Holdings has acquired the majority stake in the share capital of Ionian Hotel Enterprises, owning company of Hilton Athens.
Posted On 16 Dec 2016

TourHotel Employees Get First Aid Training

The TourHotel group of hotels recently held a First Aid seminar for employees of all its units to prepare them for emergency situations.
Posted On 14 Dec 2016

Astir Palace Redevelopment Plan Presented, Resort to Re-open in 2018

Greece's landmark coastal Astir Palace resort is expected to re-open in early 2018, following a redevelopment plan that includes the renovation of both Arion and Nafsika hotels, the development of 13 residences, the creation of a new park and a significant upgrade of the marina.
Posted On 06 Dec 2016

Hotel Revamp Hints and More at Athens Event

Secrets and tips on how to best renovate a hotel business, the latest trends in design and client/visitor needs were the focus of the “Hotel Renovation & Supplies” day event held in Athens.
Posted On 01 Dec 2016

Draft Law Places 90-day Cap on Short-term Rentals in Greece

In efforts to deal with a growing sharing economy and lost taxes to the tune of 250 million euros annually, the Greek government is expected to table a draft law which foresees a 90-day limit on short-term rentals in the city and 60-day cap for the islands.
Posted On 23 Nov 2016

Tourism Accommodation Body Calls for Inclusion of Greek SMEs in Funding Programs

Small- and medium-sized tourism businesses should be able to tap into development programs in order to ensure the quality of services offered and gain added value, according to the president of the Greek Confederation of Tourist Accommodation Enterprises (SETKE) Panagiotis Tokouzis.
Posted On 23 Nov 2016

Greek Hoteliers Seeking Ways to Offset ‘Stayover Tax’

The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX) is negotiating package deals for 2018 with tour operators in efforts to find ways to offset a new levy that will be charged on Greek accommodation units as of 2018.

Greek FinMin May Slap Short-term Rentals with 5% Tax

In efforts to tackle illegitimate home rentals, stem the practice which appears to be taking a bite out of the accommodation business and bring in much-needed cash to state coffers, the Greek finance ministry is considering taxing short-term leases by 5 percent.

Melia Athens Renews Deal for Operations, Management

The Muskita Group through GM Hotel - Tourist Enterprises SA renewed its collaboration with Spanish chain Melia Hotels International for the operation of the Melia Athens this week.

Airbnb vs New York City: Let the Battle Begin

Airbnb and the City of New York will meet in court following NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent approval of a law impacting online home rental companies like Airbnb. In response, the short-term rental company sued the city, its mayor and the state attorney general.
Posted On 26 Oct 2016

Greeks Renting Out Homes Short-term the Latest Fad

All the more cash-strapped Greeks are renting out their properties to tourists in efforts to make ends meet while taking advantage of a vague legal framework, according to a survey by Danos Real Estate, Consulting & Valuation.
Posted On 17 Oct 2016

Attica Hotel Employees Up in Arms Over Insurance Cuts

Α meeting between Attica’s hotel and tourism employees and Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura on Wednesday ended in a deadlock after the unionists demanded the government scrap a decision which will cut into their insurance savings, they said.

Hotels on Amorgos and Syros Now Serve ‘Greek Breakfast’

Hotels on Amorgos and Syros will now include Greek products and dishes on their breakfast menus as the two Cycladic islands recently became the latest destinations to join the “Greek Breakfast” program, an initiative of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.
Posted On 27 Sep 2016

Greek Gov’t to Clamp Down on Unregistered Short-term Rentals

In efforts to ensure fair play, Greek finance ministry officials are examining measures to tackle a growing shadow hospitality sector resulting from unregistered short-term rentals which cost the economy some 250 million euros annually in lost taxes.