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Strikes in Greece Prompt UK Travel Advisory

The United Kingdom's Foreign Office recently issued a travel advisory alerting British tourists about strike action in Greece.
Posted On 23 May 2017

More Austerity for the Greeks: Parliament Approves Reforms

A highly debated bill was passed in Greek parliament, which includes stringent austerity measures, such as pension cuts and a lower income tax threshold.

Dragasakis: Omnibus Bill will Help Boost Investments in Greece

Greece's new omnibus bill will help pave the way for investments in the country, according to Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis.
Posted On 19 May 2017

Greek Gov’t Offers Free Internet to 13 Remote Island Communities

A plan announced last year to offer remote island communities free or subsidized Internet access is set to be implemented on 13 Greek isles.

Commission Facilitates State Investment in Ports, Airports with Simpler Rules

The European Commission has simplified rules on state aid in order to facilitate public investments in airports and ports towards job creation and growth.

Tabled Bill Foresees Athens, Thessaloniki Shops Open Every Sunday

Shops in certain areas of Athens, Thessaloniki and Piraeus can remain open on all Sundays between May and October, according to a draft law.

Greek Finance Ministry Eases Capital Controls

The Greek finance ministry announced the further relaxation of capital controls, which have been in effect in Greece since June 2015.

Greece’s Revised Shoreline Use Law Takes Effect

A joint ministerial decision on a revised shoreline use law in Greece has been published in the Government Gazette ahead of the tourism season.

Draft Law Aiming to Tax Airbnb-style Rentals in Greece

A bill to be voted on in Greek parliament is set to impose a 15-45 percent tax on annual income, earned from the short-term lease of property for tourism purposes.

Greek Gov’t Can Collect Up to €48m in 2018 by Taxing Airbnb-style Rentals

A total of 48 million euros is estimated to go into Greek state coffers in 2018 according to a document released, revealing a set of 140 EU requirements Greece must implement.

Minister Says Greek Tourism First to Feel the Impact of Brexit

Brexit is expected to have consequences on the Greek economy, with the most significant losses expected in tourism.

EU Welcomes US, Canadian Travelers Visa-free

US and Canada nationals traveling to Europe will not need a visa due to the "significant progress achieved during the last year”, the European Commission said.

EC Suggests Gradually Returning to Schengen Border Policies

Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway can phase out temporary controls currently in place at their internal Schengen borders over the next six months.

Greece Aims to Attract Chinese Tourists with Easy Visas, More Flights

Greek authorities are seeking to make the visa process easier for Chinese nationals and to boost Greece-China connectivity to bring in more visitors.

Greece Aims to Attract More American Tourists

Greece is aiming to attract a steadily growing number of American visitors, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura informed US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.
Posted On 22 Apr 2017

Three Months for Greek Tourism Businesses to Install POS Devices

Hotels, travel agencies and car hire businesses across Greece, have three months time to install POS (point-of-sale) devices enabling customers to pay by credit card or face penalties.
Posted On 20 Apr 2017

Theresa May Manifesto to Jeopardize EU Nationals’ Free UK Travel

Seeking a stronger mandate to negotiate Britain’s departure from the European Union, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced snap elections for June 8.
Posted On 20 Apr 2017

Revisions to Greece Shoreline Use Law

Parties wishing to make use of shoreline, beach or river bank in Greece will be able to bid online, while leasing time will be reduced from five to three years.

Commission to Clamp Down on Tricky Booking Sites

The European Commission and consumer protection authorities are calling on 235 travel-related websites to bring their practices in line with EU consumer legislation or face penalties.

UK Advertising Watchdog Cracks Down on Not-so-free Tours

UK Advertising Standards Authority announced measures to curb untrained and unpaid persons from conducting "free" walking tours to unsuspecting visitors, who are often pressured at the end of their trips to give tips.