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Fraport: Airport Upgrade Projects in Greece Proceeding as Scheduled

Transport company Fraport has informed that infrastructure upgrades at the 14 Greek airports it manages will begin this autumn.

Culture Ministry Doublespeak Leaves Afantou Rhodes Investment Up in the Air

The culture ministry and Rhodes authorities are at loggerheads over a decision by the former to initially declare the area of Afantou as an archaeological site despite official plans to create a golf course there and then to release a statement saying the investment can proceed...
Posted On 27 Apr 2016

Tsipras’ Syriza Party Wins Greek Elections, Given 2nd Chance

Only 56.11 percent of the Greeks (3,730,456 out of 6,190,946 registered voters) went to the polls on Sunday, electing for a second time in under nine months 41-year-old Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party.
Posted On 21 Sep 2015

Greece May Impose Luxury Tax on “Expensive Holidays”

The Greek Government may impose a new tax on holidaymakers that choose to spend their vacation on very expensive island destinations and reside in luxurious hotels.
Posted On 19 Apr 2015

Athens Airport Denies Dodging VAT Tax, Releases Information On The Matter

Athens International Airport (AIA) has denied recent media claims and reports about a pending legal dispute it has with the Greek Government concerning its VAT obligations.
Posted On 08 Oct 2014

Greek Government, Professionals Talk Tourism

The Greek Government and tourism professionals are seeing eye to eye on the importance of tourism for the country's economy, according to the outcome of a meeting that took place at the Maximos Mansion.
Posted On 07 Jan 2014
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Rumor? Troika Wants Greece To Close 22 Airports

The Greek travel industry was stunned when rumors began to spread that Greece's lenders, the Troika, have brought to the table the demand that sees the shut down of 22 regional airports.
Posted On 11 Oct 2013
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Hotel Chamber On Greek Food Service VAT Cut

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels congratulated the Greek Government and the Prime Minister on 17 July for the persistence and efficiency shown for the reduction of the VAT rate in the food service sector.
Posted On 17 Jul 2013
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VAT Cut On Greek Food Service Expected Next Month

The VAT reduction on Greek food catering services (restaurants, hotel restaurants, cafeterias, etc.) is expected to come into force as of 1 August as the Greek Government and the country’s international lenders seem to be reaching an agreement on the issue.
Posted On 17 Jul 2013
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New Special Zoning Plan For Tourism In The Works

The Greek Government is aiming to abandon the current model of “mass tourism” by adding high standards of quality to the country’s tourism package through the new Special Zoning Plan for Tourism that is currently under preparation by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and...
Posted On 13 May 2013
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Conference On Air Traffic Control To Be Held In Alexandroupoli

Greek air traffic controllers, representatives from the country’s regional airports, executives from the Civil Aviation Authority and many aviation specialists will give their expertise and focus on the latest developments and future directions in air traffic control at the...
Posted On 10 May 2013
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Greece Revokes Free Entrance To State Museums And Sites On World Tourism Day

The Greek Government recently decided to abolish the free admission to state museums and archaeological sites on World Tourism Day (27 September), according to blog Tourism Lobby.
Posted On 18 Apr 2013
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Tender For Greek Regional Airports Still Pending

The Greek Government will divide the country’s regional airports into three groups based on geographical criteria prior to inviting private investors to submit expressions of interest for their operation, the Greek media recently reported.
Posted On 10 Jan 2013

Restaurant VAT Hike Causes Stir

“The increase of the VAT on food catering services will not affect the taxation of all-inclusive tourism packages sold abroad,” Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said during a press conference in late August. The Greek Government received criticism from restaurant owners and...
Posted On 01 Oct 2011

Protests in Athens Upset Hotel Bookings

Only a few days after the violent anti-austerity protests that took place 28-29 June at Syntagma Square, central Athens, some 8,000 booking cancelations in 20 of Athens hotels were recorded, Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association President Yiannis Retsos told journalists last month.
Posted On 01 Aug 2011

Greek Cruise Contract Considered Complex

The required three-year contract international cruise companies are required to sign with the Greek Government in order to homeport at a Greek port is a “written declaration of cooperation” that may be terminated at any time without any penalty, Maritime Affairs Minister Yiannis...

Greece To Make Visa Services Easier For Russians

The Greek Government has undertaken extensive initiatives to facilitate the arrival of Russian tourists to Greece and visitors from countries such as India and China, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 18th Moscow International Travel and Tourism...

New Development Law Causes Criticism

The Greek Government’s support to new accommodation investments in Attica and Thessaloniki causes unfair competition at the expense of hotels that already exist, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently said in a letter to Regional Development and Competitiveness Minister Mihalis...

Athens City Center Decline Hurts Tourism

The Research Institute for Tourism (ITEP) recently presented its latest study on the ghettoization of part of the historic center of Athens and its consequences on the economic life of the city during an event organized by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Doubts On Lifting Of Cabotage Restrictions

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs may hope to attract non-European Union flag cruise ships this summer, but cruise professionals have warned that the market may be lost even for 2012 due to unclear points in the new law for the lifting of cabotage restrictions, Greek press reports...