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SETE: Spatial Planning Key to Making Greece a Competitive Destination

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) is calling for spatial planning framework that will ensure Greece remains a competitive destination in the future. 

All Inclusive Resorts Account for 2.2% of Greece Total

All inclusive resorts account for 2.2 percent of Greece’s total accommodation units, according to Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.

Brexit: UK’s Free Movement with EU to End in March 2019

The free movement of people between the United Kingdom and the European Union will end in March 2019 when Britain leaves the EU.

Greece Hotels Under Public Revenue Authority Scrutiny

Greece's independent Authority for Public Revenue said it would begin inspections of hotel businesses across the country in efforts to curb tax evasion.

Greece Hospitality Tax to Hamper Small Hotel Upgrades

A new accommodation tax set to take effect next year is expected to put a damper on plans by smaller hotel units to renovate or upgrade.

Licensing Procedure for Greek Spa Tourism Enterprises Extended

Entrepreneurs active in spa tourism will be able to apply through to December 12, 2017 for the licensing of their businesses.

Levy on Short-term Rentals to Boost Greek State Coffers by €48 million

Annual income earned from Airbnb-style rentals is set to be taxed up to 45 percent, boosting state coffers by some 48 million euros in 2018.

Commission Urged to Adopt a European Tourism Strategy

Tourism industry professionals, MEPs and regional authorities are urging the European Commission to adopt a comprehensive European tourism strategy.

Greece Called to Apply EU Rules for Passengers Traveling by Sea

The European Commission has requested for Greece to fully apply European Union rules on the rights of passengers traveling by sea in the EU.

New EU Travel System Causes Concerns About Fundamental Rights

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has expressed concerns regarding the creation of a European Travel Information and Authorisation System.

E-device Ban on US-Bound Flights Easing Off

A US ban prohibiting any electronic devices larger than a smartphone on inbound flights from 10 Middle East and North Africa airports appears to be easing off.

Trump Ban Curbs Travel from Six Countries

Donald Trump’s travel ban brings stringent entry checks to nationals from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, as well as to all refugees.

Greek Hoteliers Call for Gov’t to Reconsider ‘Stayover Tax’ Before 2018

The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX) has requested for the government to more closely examine the impact a new levy will have on Greek accommodation.

UK Holiday Scamsters Could Face Jail, Foreign Office Adds Greece to List

The UK’s Foreign Office added Greece to destinations frequented by UK travelers, where there has been an increase in false holiday sickness claims.

EC Slaps Google with €2.42bn Fine for Breaching EU Antitrust Rules

Internet search engine Google has been slapped with a record 2.42 billion euro fine by EU antitrust regulators for abusing its market dominance.

Trump Travel Ban Set to Take Effect

The US Supreme Court has lifted a block on an executive order banning nationals from six Muslim countries from entering the US for a 90-day period over the summer.

‘International Day for MSMEs’ to Be Celebrated on June 27

The International Day for Micro-, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) will be celebrated on June 27, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly.

UNWTO Condemns US Travel Restrictions on Cuba

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expressed its firm resentment over the decision by the United States Administration to restore travel restrictions with Cuba.

WTTC: Trump Statement to ‘Enforce the Ban on Tourism’ is a Retrograde Step for the Cuban People

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said that it is disappointed with President Trump’s plan to reverse key elements of the trading relationship between the US and Cuba.

Greece’s Deal with Creditors Puts Tourism, Business Sectors at Ease

Greek tourism professionals hope that the deal reached between Greece and its lenders will lift the lingering uncertainty and allow tourism to grow.