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Kountoura Highlights Greece’s Tourism Strategy, Announces New Actions

The Tourism Ministry is aiming for Greece to be established as a leading destination that offers authentic tourism experiences 365 days a year.
Posted On 17 Oct 2017

InSETE: Greek Spatial Planning Strategies for Tourism Lagging

Spatial planning and regulatory strategies risk being ineffective, inexecutable or obsolete due to constant delays in the approval process, InSETE reveals.
Posted On 13 Oct 2017

Controversial ‘Stayover Tax’ Expected to Impact Greek Hotel Sector, Economy

Greece's economy and hotel sector are expected to see losses when the so-called "stayover tax" comes into effect in 2018, says a Grant Thornton study.
Posted On 11 Oct 2017

Boat Ban to Top Turkish Transport Minister’s Agenda in Athens

Turkey’s Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan will arrive in Athens to discuss the decision to ban all Turkish-flagged yachts from travelling to Greece.

US-Turkey Ties in Jeopardy Amid Diplomatic Spat, Tourism on Hold

The United States and Turkey are playing power games as both countries have suspended visa services, amid a volatile period in view of growing terrorism threats.

Turkey Hopes Transport Minister’s Athens Visit to Resolve Boat Ban Issue

Turkey expressed its wish to lift a ban on Greece-bound yachts and ferries when the country’s transport minister, Ahmet Arslan, visits Greece this month.

Public Revenue Authority Launches More Probes into Greek Hotels

In efforts to curb tax evasion, Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) said it was reinforcing inspections at hotel businesses across the country.

Greece Moves Up US Agenda, Tsipras to Meet Trump in Washington

Regional security, terrorism and the issue of the Souda base on Crete, will be discussed on October 17 during a meeting of Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and US President Donald Trump.

Turkey Bans Greece-bound Sailing

Turkey’s transport ministry said it was banning travel to Greece on yachts, sailboats and ferries after Greek authorities seized 11 vessels for violating maritime regulation.

European Parliament Seeks Strategy to Enhance Tourism Competitiveness

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani called for the closer cooperation of Member States for Europe to receive more than 1 billion tourists by 2025.
Posted On 27 Sep 2017

EU-Canada Trade Agreement Enters into Force

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada entered into force provisionally on September 21.
Posted On 22 Sep 2017

Greece Looking to Tap into Benefits of Sports Tourism

The Culture Ministry's General Secretariat of Sports is seeking ways to create integrated packages for sport and leisure and promote major athletic events.

Ministry Presents Pilot Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for Greece

The Tourism Ministry introduced a pilot Tourism Satellite Account that aims to achieve a complete picture of Greece’s arrivals and revenue from tourists.
Posted On 18 Sep 2017

UNWTO: Code of Ethics for Tourism Becomes International Convention

The Code of Ethics for Tourism, the main policy document of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has been transformed into an international convention in order to reinforce its effectiveness.
Posted On 18 Sep 2017

Greece Makes Proposal to Reactivate Joint Tourism Committee with Italy

Greece has proposed the reactivation of the Joint Tourism Committee with Italy to strengthen bilateral tourism activities between the two countries.
Posted On 15 Sep 2017

UK Ambassador to Greece Speaks on Post-Brexit Prospects

The British ambassador to Greece Kate Smith underlined that Britain aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation with EU countries, including Greece, on foreign policy and defense.

French President Macron: Greece is Returning to Growth

President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Athens on Thursday, September 7, and expressed France's support to Greece's effort for recovery and prosperity.
Posted On 07 Sep 2017

Grimaldi to Appeal to EU Competition Authority Over Hellenic Seaways Deal

Grimaldi Group plans to file a complaint to the EC's DG for Competition over the deal between Attica Group and Hellenic Seaways.
Posted On 01 Sep 2017

Ministry to Launch 10 Funding Programs for SMEs in Tourism and More

In the upcoming period the Greek economy ministry will launch ten EU funding programs totalling 600 million euros for the support of new business ventures.
Posted On 31 Aug 2017

Shipping Minister: Duty Free Sales Can Attract Cruise Travel to Greek Isles

Offering duty free sales at popular Greek islands can serve as an incentive to boost cruise travel, said Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroublis.
Posted On 30 Aug 2017