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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.

EU Nationals Subject to Stricter Security Checks Across Union’s Borders

Following terrorist attacks in Paris, Germany and Brussels, authorities will be carrying out identity checks on all inbound or outgoing travelers across EU borders.

Booking.com Activities Suspended in Turkey

The activities of online hotel booking platform Booking.com have been suspended in Turkey, following a decision by an Istanbul court.
Posted On 30 Mar 2017

‘Spatosimo’ Air Passenger Fee Now €12 for All Greek Airports

An amendment tabled in Parliament brings changes to a fee, known as the 'spatosimo', imposed on airline tickets of passengers travelling from Greek airports.
Posted On 29 Mar 2017

IATA Calls for Alternatives to Electronic Restrictions on Certain Flights

IATA has called for alternatives to the new measures by the US and the UK to restrict the carry-on of large electronic items on certain flights from the Middle East and North Africa.
Posted On 29 Mar 2017

Historic Moment for Europe: UK Triggers Article 50 and Begins Brexit Process

On Wednesday, March 29, UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, officially launching Britain's exit from the EU.
Posted On 29 Mar 2017