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Cabotage Elimination Requested Once Again

Cabotage Elimination Requested Once AgainThe cabotage law that forbids foreign flag cruise ships to homeport in Greece has destroyed Greek cruise, the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Yiorgos Gratsos, recently stressed.

Mr. Gratsos told the Greek press that if Article 165 of the Greek code of public maritime law was altered Greece would then gain half to one billion euros per year and thousands of new job positions would be created.

According to the president, due to the current legislation, Spain, Italy and Turkey obtain the benefits that could derive from Greece’s beautiful destinations.

“Greece can not afford to lose this revenue,” Mr. Gratsos stressed.

Maritime experts have claimed continuously that the abolition of the cabotage law would enable Greece to secure a large share of the global cruise market.

According to experts, Piraeus could play the same role in the Eastern Mediterranean that Barcelona played in the Western Mediterranean as the city managed to increase arrivals during the 1989-2005 period by 920 percent.

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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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