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South Aegean Islands to Show Alternative Forms of Tourism at TourNatur 2017 Expo

Ten islands of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese will present their alternative forms of tourism at the 14th TourNatur exhibition in Düsseldorf in September.

Product Price Hikes Across 32 Greek Isles as of Jan. 1

Products and services on 32 islands in the Dodecanese and North Aegean Region will go up as of January 1, 2018, due to new VAT rates.

Blue Star Ferries Offers 30% Discount on Ferry Tickets to Four Greek Islands

Blue Star Ferries has announced a 30% discount to ferry tickets for travel to the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros.

Greek Government Seeks to Upgrade 23 Airports via PPPs

The Greek government aims to prompt public-private partnerships (PPPs) towards the upgrade and modernization of 23 regional airports.

Greek Island Mayors Facing Refugee Inflows Call on PM to Take Action

The mayors of five Greek islands subjected to massive inflows of refugees urged Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to take immediate action.

Greek Mayors Call for Decongestion of Islands from Refugees

In view of the tourism season, the mayors of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros have requested the immediate decongestion of the islands from refugees.

Greek Mayors Request Meeting with PM Tsipras to Discuss Refugee Issue

The mayors of five Greek islands that are under pressure due to refugee flows have requested to meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras next week in Athens.

Mayors of Greek Islands Join Forces, Seek Solution to Ryanair’s Flight Cuts to Kos

The mayors of the islands of Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos and Nisyros have decided to join forces on how to deal with Ryanair's move to drop Kos from its 2017 summer schedule.

Greek Gov’t Migrant Center Plan Irks Islanders, Refugee Kids to get Schooling

Despite repeated pleas by authorities from the Greek islands bearing the brunt of the ongoing migrant influx, the government is making plans to “decongest” facilities, improve existent centers or create new ones without however providing a specific time frame or locations.

SETE Says ‘No’ to Hotspots at Greece’s Tourist Destinations

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), representing over 50,000 businesses, is calling on the government to reconsider a plan to construct so-called hotspots, or refugee registration centers, at major tourist locations across the country.

Ministry Takes Action to Boost Tourism to Eastern Aegean Isles

In efforts to stimulate tourism to the Eastern Aegean islands hit by the refugee influx the Greek tourism ministry has announced yet another series of incentives including friendlier prices at hotels.

Special Hotel Discounts for Greek Travellers on Samos, Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros

The hotel associations of Samos, Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros are joining the Tourism Ministry's efforts to boost domestic tourism and are offering Greek travellers special discounts on room prices and accommodation packages.

Professional, Tourism Bodies Call for Refugee Island Measures

The Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE) and the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) are calling on the government to introduce special aid measures in order to assist the North Aegean islands which have seen their tourism traffic dwindle due to...

Blue Star Ferries: 30% Discount on Ferry Tickets to Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros

Greek passenger shipping company Blue Star Ferries has announced a 30 percent discount on the ferry tickets of travellers that will vacation this summer on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros.

‘Meeting the Odyssey’ Project Sails to Greece Bearing Theatricals

Inspired by Greek hero Odysseus and his travels and travails, cultural project “Meeting the Odyssey” sets out for its last tour this summer to visit Greece between June 3 and August 9.

AEGEAN, Olympic Air Announce Extra Flights to/from Greek Islands Between May 7-10

AEGEAN and Olympic Air will operate extra flights to/from Chania, Kefalonia, Milos, Leros, Naxos, Paros, Zakynthos, Rhodes, Mytilene and Corfu between May 7 and May 10.

Tourism Support Announced for Greek Islands Hit by Refugee Influx

Five islands of the Aegean, which are the main entry points of refugees and migrants to Europe, will receive support to strengthen their tourist arrivals, according to a decision of the Labour and Tourism ministries and the Greek Manpower Employment Organization (OAED).

Greek Island Professionals Fear Hotspots will Deter Tourism

The five Greek islands bearing the brunt of the swelling numbers of fleeing refugees from Syria and elsewhere may also have to deal with dwindling numbers of tourists, which have for decades been their primary source of revenue.

Greek Tourism Ministry Calls for Cooperation on Refugee ‘Hotspots’

The Greek Tourism Ministry on Thursday invited local authorities to cooperate for the smooth operation of identification centres, the so-called hotspots, on the Aegean islands where migrants and refugees are disembarking.

Refugee Crisis: Commission Aims for Schengen’s Normal Functioning in 2016

"In 2016 we need to return to Schengen's normal functioning", European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said following the weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners which focused on the refugee crisis. The commissioners decided that the Schengen's normal...
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