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‘International Day for MSMEs’ to Be Celebrated on June 27

The International Day for Micro-, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) will be celebrated on June 27, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly.

UNWTO Condemns US Travel Restrictions on Cuba

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expressed its firm resentment over the decision by the United States Administration to restore travel restrictions with Cuba.

WTTC: Trump Statement to ‘Enforce the Ban on Tourism’ is a Retrograde Step for the Cuban People

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said that it is disappointed with President Trump’s plan to reverse key elements of the trading relationship between the US and Cuba.
Posted On 16 Jun 2017

Greece’s Deal with Creditors Puts Tourism, Business Sectors at Ease

Greek tourism professionals hope that the deal reached between Greece and its lenders will lift the lingering uncertainty and allow tourism to grow.

Greece Shoreline Use to Be Auctioned Off

The right to use the shoreline, which includes the placement of tables, umbrellas and recliners will be granted via e-auction, the economy ministry announced.

EC Takes Action for Open and Connected Aviation Markets

In efforts to safeguard competition, facilitate investments and boost efficiency in aviation, the European Commission has announced new measures as part of its Aviation Strategy for Europe.

Roaming Charges End Across EU on June 15: Frequently Asked Questions

Mobile roaming charges in the European Union will be lifted from June 15 and travelers will be able to "roam like at home" in all 28 countries of the EU.
Posted On 14 Jun 2017

Popular Greece Tourist Spots on Taxman’s Agenda

Businesses, including beach bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues at popular Greek destinations have come under the scrutiny of tax officials.

Trump Visa Policy Making Travel to US Harder

Travel to the U.S. got harder after the Trump administration approved harsher visa requirements, including being required to give social media handles and email addresses.

EU-China Trade Deal to Include Six Greek PDO Products

Six Greek products, including ouzo and feta cheese, are on a PDO list which will form part of a bilateral trade agreement between the EU and China.

Plastic Bags to Cost ¢8 as Greece Readies to Apply EU Environment Rules

Consumers in Greece will be required as of January 1, 2018 to pay 8 cents per plastic bag as the country prepares to harmonize its relevant law with EU guidelines.

Greek Tourism Legislation Now Codified, Soon Available Online

All laws and rules involving the Greek tourism sector, dating back to over 100 years, have been brought together and codified.
Posted On 29 May 2017

EC Updates EU Air Safety List, Adds Four Carriers

Four carriers from Nigeria, Ukraine and Zimbabwe were added to the revised EU Air Safety List, while all airlines from Benin and Mozambique were removed.

Greek Inspectors Hit the Beach to Tackle Tax Evasion

In efforts to tackle tax evasion particularly rampant in the summer months, Greek tax inspectors are making surprise “visits” at popular tourist areas.

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.