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New Legislation to Attract Tourism Investment

To attract foreign investors to the tourism sector, three ministries are cooperating (Environment, Town Planning & Public Works, Tourism Development, and Economy & Finance) in an effort to develop a new legislative framework that would lift numerous and serious...
Posted On 01 May 2005

Land Development Legislation Planned

The land use question once again was the focus of a meeting last month of the governmental committee handling Greece's tourism sector. Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias vowed to table legislation on land use and the designation of new areas for tourism development.
Posted On 01 Apr 2005

National Tourism Council Meets

Although not much came out of it, the country's National Tourism Council met last month for the first time under the present government. But the country's tourism minister did announce a promise a 9-point legislation for tourism development and investment.
Posted On 01 Apr 2005

A Call to Save a Greek Tradition

A key element of Greece's tourist allure, the traditional wooden fishing boats that brighten many an island harbor, is facing a major threat of extinction due to EU policies and government indifference, activists warned last month.
Posted On 01 Apr 2005

New Airline Compensation for Passengers

New rules on an airline's obligations to passengers came into effect last month. The rules change the amounts given in compensation, and redefine the circumstances where compensation must be provided.
Posted On 01 Mar 2005

New Development Law Receives Positive Reactions

Tourism entrepreneurs were generally positive to the government's new investment incentives bill, which supports small and medium-sized enterprises and contains a special chapter on tourism.
Posted On 01 Jan 2005

New Tourism Legislation Before Parliament

New tourism legislation before parliament foresees a strong tourism ministry complete with tourism coordination activities among ministries, regional authorities and other authorities and organizations.
Posted On 01 Oct 2004

Ministries Join to Confront Greek Tourism Visa Problems Abroad

Four Greek ministries (tourism, economy, foreign affairs, public order), along with private-sector tourism organization representatives, met last month to discuss the tourism visa problems encountered by potential visitors to Greece, and how best to solve these problems.
Posted On 01 Aug 2004

WTO Places Travel Advisories On Priority List

The World Tourism Organization's quality support and trade committee met last month for the first time under the new chairmanship of Portugal and addressed the issues of travel advisories, trade liberalization and health in international travel.
Posted On 01 May 2004

Legislation for Tourism Marketing Firm

Legislation before parliament foresees the creation of a tourism marketing firm, most likely under private management. According to the legislation, 51% of the firm's capital will be held by the Hellenic Tourism Organization and the remaining 49% will be split among regional...
Posted On 01 Mar 2004

Legislation Tabled for Spa Tourism

Legislation was tabled in parliament recently that if passed would modernize Greece's 1920 legislation regarding spa tourism. Government says the new legislation would create a solid base for the development of spa tourism in Greece by both the public and private sector.
Posted On 01 Feb 2004

HATTA Wins Ruling on Commission Fees

Greece's Competition Commission fined Greece's two biggest airlines, Olympic and Aegean, a total of 210,000 euros for complicity in reducing the commission paid to travel agents, from 9.25 percent to 6.94 percent, on tickets for domestic flights.
Posted On 01 Nov 2003

Hoteliers Upset Over Government’s Refusal To Change Depreciation Rate

Greek hoteliers continue efforts to pressure government quarters to change depreciation rates for tax purposes from 4% to the 8% it was some two years ago. Representatives from Greek Hotel Chamber and the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises say they are very disappointed...
Posted On 01 Sep 2003

New Decree to Ease Sale of Properties for Tourism Development

A presidential decree ready to be signed opens the way for tourism development projects on large land plots by the private sector. Projects would combine hotel resorts and holiday home complexes that would be up for sale or taken on a long-term lease basis, according to recent...
Posted On 01 Aug 2003

New Coastal Shipping Routes

Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis last month presented a new draft bill for coastal shipping. It includes a schedule of shipping routes that cover the whole country and one that is binding for passenger shipping firms.

Travel Company Mergers On Hold

Some six months ago the biggest news circulating within the local travel trade included the merger talks between Amphitrion and the Lambrakis group's Travel Plan, and the purchase of Manos Travel System by the Vassilakis group (Hertz). Neither deal reached fruition, nor did any...

Coastal Shipping Companies Unhappy With New Legislation

Greece's coastal shipping companies say new legislation that aims to liberalize the sector and open Greek routes to competition counters free enterprise and allows for greater state intervention. They even went as far as to say the bill creates the risk of placing some companies...

Travel Agents Blame Government For Tourism Arrival Decrease

Because government employees can not do their job properly and because government is unable or unwilling to give the proper incentive or education to rectify the matter, Greece loses billions of drachmas in precious tourism foreign exchange, says Yiannis Evangelou, president of...

First Steps Taken In Coastal Shipping Deregulation

Greek Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis last month took the first major step for the deregulation of the domestic passenger-shipping sector. With the issuance of new exploitation permits for island routes, the ministry breaks up the near-monopoly some larger ferry lines...

Greece A Full Member Of Schengen Treaty

Greece recently has carried out all the prerequisites needed for acceptance into the Schengen Treaty and as of January 31 became a full member. The decision was taken by the Joint Schengen Committee at ministerial level, with the participation of Iceland and Ireland, in the...