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New Strategy and Changes in Greek Tourism Sector

After the change of the tourism minister in January, the president of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Athanasios Oikonomou, resigned from his post and was replaced by Yiannis Kofinis.

Hoteliers Claim Investment Law Unfair

Following the recent amendment of the new investment incentives law, Greek hotel owners requested the withdrawal of two "unfavorable" provisions.

Zoning Law Rejected By Vast Majority

The planned zoning law for tourism, one of the most controversial legislations in recent years, failed to obtain the consent of the political, scientific and technical bodies of Greece as the majority of the 19 members of the National Zoning Council voted against it during a...

KEDKE Reacts to Sojourn Tax Reduction

The Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) recently gave a negative response in regards to the sojourn tax reduction from two percent to 0.5 percent.

Prime Minister Announces Tourism Measures

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in late December announced 14 measures to support the Greek tourism industry.

Extra Routes to the Cyclades Denied

The council of shipping transport recently rejected the proposal of Hellenic Seaways to launch extra routes during the summer months.

Zoning Law Continues to Spark Reactions

Disputes in regards to the content of the planned zoning law for tourism was expressed recently by the Greek Urban and Land Planners Association who made proposals for its improvement.

Zoning Law Causes Friction

The planned zoning law for tourism was one of the key topics for discussion at Prodexpo 2008, the ninth conference-exhibition on the utilization of real estate in Greece and Southeast Europe.

Tourism Zoning Law in the Works

Public Works and Environment Minister Yiorgos Souflias recently announced the development of a zoning law for tourism by the end of the year.

Request for Development Law Reform

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels and the Research Institute for Tourism recently expressed to the secretary of economy and finance, Yiannis Papathanasiou, the tourism sector's need for an immediate reform of the development law.

Crisis Management Committee Arranged

After the recent homicide of an Australian tourist who was beaten to death, allegedly by a Greek bouncer on Mykonos, Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos convened an emergency meeting with officials from other ministries in the framework of setting up a Crisis Management...

New Categorization Plan for Lodgings

The tourism ministry has inaugurated a public discussion for the formation of the functional specifications and quality criteria arrangement plan for Greek tourist resorts, which will lead to a new categorization system for “stars” for hotels and “keys” for rooms to let.

Olympic Airlines Administration Shuffle

Transport and Communications Minister Costis Hatzidakis recently rearranged the administration of Olympic Airlines, Olympic Airways-Services and Pantheon Airways.

No Visa for Visitors from U.A.E.

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently announced his plans to lift the visa requirements for visitors to Greece from the United Arab Emirates after meeting with U.A.E Finance Minister Sultan Saeed Al Mansouri during his visit to Dubai for the Arabian Travel...
Posted On 01 Jun 2008

Border Checks Lifted for Newest Schengen Members

Border checks were lifted at the airports of the nine countries that joined Europe's border-free Schengen area last year. Controls on land and sea frontiers were lifted last year and those at airports have now been lifted as security upgrades have been completed.
Posted On 01 May 2008

More Countries Join Schengen Area

On 21 December 2007, nine countries were inducted into the Schengen area thus facilitating travel within Europe and eradicating land and sea border control restrictions.
Posted On 01 Feb 2008

Confusion Over Entry to Turkey with New ID Cards

The ministry of public order recently announced their concern with an issue on locals crossing the Greek-Turkish border. Greek citizens are legally allowed to cross the border into Turkey with the presentation of the new national identification card on which information is...
Posted On 01 Oct 2007

Entry to U.S.A Without Visa for Greek Nationals

The procedure to remove Greece from the list of countries from which a visa is required to enter the United States has been initiated. Foreign Ministry spokesman, George Koumoutsakos, recently announced that the Greek ambassador in the United States, Alexandros P. Mallias, met...
Posted On 01 Oct 2007

Agreement for Hotel Classification in Effect

Tourism Development Minister Fanni-Palli Petralia recently signed an agreement for the modification of presidential decree 43 of 2002 that will redefine the prerequisites for the classification of hotels into the star system.
Posted On 01 Sep 2007

New Tourism Zoning Plan

Government last month introduced a draft proposal for the introduction of land zoning regulations for the tourism sector. The plan, if accepted and passed, is expected to lead to the construction of leisure and retirement villages, which could attract major investment to the...
Posted On 01 Jun 2007