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Sector Body GEPOET to Focus on Greek Tourism Promotion, Social Actions

The promotion of Greek tourism and social actions are among the main priorities of the General Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET).
Posted On 16 Mar 2017

Greek Tourism Enterprise Body GEPOET Talks Business in China

In efforts to promote the interests of its members, the General Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) explored the potential of working together with Chinese sector professionals during Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ recent visit to China.
Posted On 13 Jul 2016

Tourists Visiting Greek Sites Can Pay Via Credit Card

Access to museums and archaeological sites in Greece can now be made via credit payment.
Posted On 30 Jun 2015

GEPOET Meets with Alternate Tourism Minister

Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura met with the Greek Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) to discuss the challenges of the sector and formulate a joint strategy ahead of the official launch of the summer tourist season.
Posted On 26 Feb 2015

Possible Hotel VAT Increase in Greece Sparks Reactions

Greek tourism professionals are up in arms over the government’s intention to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate for hotel accommodation from 6.5 percent at present to 13 percent. The news has caused a number of reactions from Greek tourism bodies, hotel associations and...
Posted On 02 Dec 2014
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Minister Signs Agreement With Greek Church To Promote Religious Tourism

“We must work together with the Church to correctly promote religious-pilgrimage tourism as a tourism product of Greece,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said today, Tuesday, 15 January, after signing a cooperation protocol with the Church of Greece for the development...
Posted On 15 Jan 2013

Minister Discusses Open Tourism Issues

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni requested cooperation at all levels with all tourism professionals, yesterday, 4 October, while attending a board meeting of the General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET).
Posted On 05 Oct 2012

Tourism Professionals At A Loss As Greece Calls For New General Elections

Greece is heading for a new round of elections as talks among party leaders to form a government—based on the results of the elections of 6 May—collapsed. The date for the new round of elections has been set for 17 June.
Posted On 01 Jun 2012

Greece’s Tarnished Image Puts 2012 Tourism In Limbo

“There are many Germans who are afraid to come to Greece,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos informed Greece’s head of state President Carolos Papoulias last month after his visit to the 46th ITB Berlin travel trade show in Germany.
Posted On 01 Apr 2012

Professionals Slam Social Tourism Program Abolishment

Greek tourism professionals were stunned last month when they were informed that the abolition of the Workers' Housing Organization was included on an agreement of austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors in exchange for a new bailout loan.
Posted On 01 Mar 2012

GEPOET Objects To Opening Of Closed-Shop Professions

The Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) recently wondered where exactly Greek tourism was headed as, according to press reports, travel agencies are assumed to be included in plans to open so-called “closed-shop professions.”

“Selective” VAT Cut To 6.5% Causes Mixed Reactions

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) last month welcomed the news of a reduction on the Value Added Tax for accommodation facilities but at the same time expressed its dissatisfaction on the VAT increase on other tourism services.

Marios Trivyzas

The international exhibition of Philoxenia that takes place every year in Thessaloniki -a unique travel destination- is a major event that serves as a meeting point for matching culture, tourism and entrepreneurship.

Rumored VAT Hike Troubles Tourism Sector

Greek tourism professionals unanimously agreed last month that a potential increase of the VAT rate on tourism services would be “disastrous” for the sector.

Greek Tourism Targeted By Foreign Media

Strikes and protests against government austerity measures, port and archaeological site blockades, air traffic controller’s mobilizations and the recent fuel shortage caused by a trucker strike made Greece the target of critical international news stories amid the tourist season.

Hotel Staff Sole Beneficiaries Of OAED Programs

Travel agencies today are in a dire position and the Greek state has taken no measures to support them, the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) said recently in regards to the Manpower Employment Organization’s (OAED) subsidize programs for hotel employees.

Greek Tourist Compensation Scheme Causes Reactions

The deputy minister’s recent statements in Germany that Greece will compensate tourists for delays that are the result of strikes does not honor the country, according to Fedon Kotsampopoulos, spokesman for the German-Greek Business Association (DHW).

Travel Trade Calls Emergency Session To Confront Commission Cuts

Greece's travel trade associations got together last month ans called emergency general assembly of all travel associations to consider stop selling domestic airline tickets after local carriers cut agency commission down to 6.94% from 9%.