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Ship Owners Demand Anti-Crisis Measures

The Association of Passenger Ship Owners recently requested the immediate suspension of user charges at ports (port taxes) and the elimination of third party taxes.

In a recent release, the association’s president, Markos Foros, applauded the recent measure that concerns the suspension of airlines’ slot fees at Greece’s regional airports. However, he indicated that the government seems “indifferent” to the constant claims of Greek coastal shipping companies for “the removal of third party taxes imposed unjustifiably and illegally on ferry tickets.

“In order to reduce the impact of the crisis we must develop domestic tourism that almost entirely depends on sea transport,” he said.

“We should therefore facilitate the passengers of sea transportation.”

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Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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