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Athens Mayor Calls for Airbnb Rules in Greek Capital

Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis is aiming for the municipality to gain jurisdiction to safeguard the city center from overtourism and unbalanced development.

Greece Prepares to Welcome Runners for the 39th Athens Marathon

Thousands of athletes from across the globe will be participating in the 39th “Athens Marathon, the Authentic” to take place on November 13.

Ultra-runners to Set Off for the 40th Spartathlon from the Acropolis on Friday

Nearly 400 super athletes from across the globe will set off from Athens on September 30 to run 246km to the Peloponnesian town of Sparta for this year’s “Spartathlon” ultra marathon.

Thessaloniki’s White Tower Named ‘Treasure of European Film Culture’

Thessaloniki’s landmark White Tower, the meeting point of generations of Greeks and visitors, has been added to the European Film Academy’s (EFI) “Treasures of European Film Culture” list.

Europe’s Airports Call for Return to 80-20 Slot Use Rule for Airlines

ACI Europe is calling for the reinstatement of standard airport slot rules which would see airlines operating at least 80% of every planned slot sequence this winter.

Greece Opens New Covid-19 Booster Shot Vaccinations

Vaccinations with the latest booster shot against Covid-19 began on Wednesday in Greece for priority groups with the country’s expert committee also approving the 5th dose for people aged 30-59.

Greek Gov’t Aiming to Take Tourism Sector Into a New Era

Sustainable tourism development focusing on environmental protection is among the government’s top priorities, according to Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Greek PM Announces €5.5bn in Measures to Deal with ‘Hard’ Winter Ahead

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a new round of relief measures budgeted at 5.5 billion euros for 2022 and 2023 aimed at supporting Greeks.

Greek Tourism Ministry Discusses Thessaloniki Accessibility Issues

The Greek Tourism Ministry is looking into ways to ensure Thessaloniki’s infrastructure, hotels and attractions are accessible to people with disabilities.

Study: Travelers Name Greece Top Pick in Europe for its Beaches

Greece is the most popular European country for beach lovers this year, according to the Best Beaches Index 2022 released by Holidu.

Major Makeover Planned for Greece’s KTEL Intercity Bus Service

Greece’s outdated intercity bus services known as “KTEL” will be undergoing a major makeover which will create an airport-style hub in the area of Eleonas.

Greek Homeowners, Businesses to Get More Energy Bill Relief in September

Some 6 million homeowners and 1.2 million businesses in Greece faced with repeatedly increasing electricity bills will receive double the aid offered in previous months for September.

Nightlife Not a Top Priority for Traveling Greeks

Gone are the days when Greeks traveled to party as a recent study showed that only 16% planned their holidays this summer based on nightlife options.

XRTC: Greek Coastal Shipping Looking Ahead to Growth

Greece’s coastal shipping industry is hoping robust tourist traffic this year will help boost activity which hit a high in 2019 but was then impacted by Covid-19.

Greece Exits Enhanced Surveillance, Enters New Era

Greece regained more freedom over its economic policy and entered a new era on August 20, leaving behind the European Union’s enhanced surveillance framework.

Greece: Covid-19 Measures in the Fall Unlikely

There will be no need for Covid-19 measures in the fall, said Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris, after assessment of epidemiological data.

Cities in Europe Call on EU to Limit Airbnb-style Rentals

Cities in Europe are calling on the European Commission to regulate Airbnb-style holiday rentals fearing a post-Covid tourism boom will threaten the liveability of urban centers.

Greece Ready to Welcome 1 Million Tourists a Week

Greece is set to welcome 1 million travelers a week, up from 900,000 per week in July, according to Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias.

‘London Times’ Readers: Give the Parthenon Marbles Back to Greece

“Should the Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles be given back to Greece?“ Well, yes, says the British public, according to a recent poll among ‘The Times’ and ‘Sunday Times’ readers.

Poll: Cost-conscious Greeks Prefer Beach Holidays This Year

Financially pressed Greeks are choosing beach holidays this year, according to a study released by Athens-based research firm Focus Bari.