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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...

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.

Olympic Airlines Administration Shuffle

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Final Stages for Aghios Kosmas Marina Long-term Lease

Bids by five companies/consortiums to enter the final phase of the tender for the Aghios Kosmas Marina were opened last month at the office of state-owned Olympic Properties. The best offer tabled in the tender, according to press reports, includes an offer to lease the property...
Posted On 01 May 2007

Visa Relief for Balkan Travel to EU

Visa facilitation and readmission agreements between the European Commission and three Balkan countries-Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro - was initialized last month.
Posted On 01 May 2007

EC Gives Airlines Six Months to Enforce Regulations

The European Commission has given airlines and member states six months to make the EC's new air passenger rights regulation work. It said it would provide airlines with full support in an effort to complete the process.
Posted On 01 May 2007

RES Zoning Legislation Before Parliament

The eagerly awaited first special zoning plan concerning renewable energy sources (RES) has been handed in for consultation and is expected to be tabled in parliament in April.
Posted On 01 Mar 2007

National Land-planning Map Underway

The final touches to the first national land-planning map, and to the special land-planning framework for tourism, industry and recyclable energy sources, are being enacted by Greece's minister of the environment, planning and public works, Giorgos Souflias.
Posted On 01 Mar 2007

Government Signs Legislation for National Aeronautical Supervisory Command

With the signing of a recent Presidential Decree, Greece can now create an independent National Aeronautical Supervisory Command. The pertinent decree, which allows for the organization, operation and staffing of the new command, was signed last month by the country's minister of...
Posted On 01 Feb 2007

Doctors On Board Ferries

A recent decision by the ministers of merchant marine and health and social services places "rural" doctors on a number of Greek ferry vessels. The doctors' wages will be paid by the ministry of merchant marine, which has set aside a budget of 696,000 euros to cover expenses for...
Posted On 01 Feb 2007

Hoteliers Against New Subsidies

Hoteliers are voicing strong opposition to a clause in the new investment incentives law that provides for subsidies of at least 15 percent for the construction of new hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki.
Posted On 01 Feb 2007