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SETE: Lack of Transparency, Spatial Planning Curb Tourism Investment in Greece

The lack of a spatial planning framework and long delays in administrative procedures hinder tourism investment in Greece, according to SETE President Yiannis Retsos.

Travel, Connectivity Top EU-China Tourism Year Agenda

Promoting travel and stimulating investment top the agenda of Chinese and EU officials, following the launch of the EU-China Tourism Year 2018.

Santorini Cruise Ship Controls Kick Off

In efforts to decongest the world-famed caldera, Santorini's local authorities announced the launch of a new berthing management system for incoming cruise ships.

Greek Hoteliers Body Reiterates School Break Proposal

Greek hoteliers are calling on Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura to re-examine a 2014 proposal that foresees a fixed vacation period in late winter for schools.

Greek Casino Law Causes Commotion

Authorities on Santorini and Mykonos have expressed their opposition over revisions to a legal framework, covering the licensing procedures and operation of casino ventures.

First Steps Towards Kaiafa Lake Area Overhaul 

The invitation for the modernization of infrastructure at Kaiafa Lake in southwestern Greece, including the area’s thermal springs, was issued on Monday.

Pioneering Greeks: Konstantinos Machairas, Director of Organization Earth

This week the Pioneering Greeks column introduces Konstantinos Machairas, director of Organization Earth, a Greek NGO focusing on the environment.

Greek ‘Breakfast Basket’ Initiative Introduced at Xenia 2017 Expo

The “Breakfast Basket” initiative of the Greek Confederation of Tourist Accommodation Enterprises (SETKE) made its debut during the recent Xenia 2017 hospitality show in Athens.

Pioneering Greeks: Niki Smirni, Founder of Travelgems

The Pioneering Greeks column introduces Niki Smirni, founder of Travelgems, a virtual concierge which helps travelers experience unique moments.

EU Funds for Tourism at €120m, Applications Open in December 

A total of 120m euros has been earmarked for the establishment of new and the completion of incomplete tourism enterprises, while applications open in December.

Stemnitsa Launches Hiking Guide Studies Program

A two-year study program aimed at educating hiking guides was presented during the 1st Greek Trails Conference, which was recently held in Vytina.

Pioneering Greeks: George Nikiforos, Founder of ‘ByRaki’ Flavor Spirits

The "Pioneering Greeks" column introduces George Nikiforos, founder of ByRaki, a tsikoudia spirit enriched with flavors from all over Greece.

Pioneering Greeks: Alexandra Theohari, Founder of ‘Klothό’ Clothing

"Pioneering Greeks" introduces Alexandra Theohari, founder of Klothό, which creates products inspired and based on the traditional art of weaving of Crete.

UNWTO Launches ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ Campaign

The UNWTO has launched a consumer-oriented campaign to raise awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development.

SEV: Greece Tourism Infrastructure Needs Upgrade Now

The Greek tourism sector is showing healthy signs of recovery but for growth to continue infrastructure should be upgraded immediately, according to SEV.

Pioneering Greeks: Eleftheria Zourou, Founder & CEO of Doctoranytime

This week we introduce Eleftheria Zourou, founder & CEO of Doctoranytime, an online platform that connects people with health care professionals.

#MyBlue: Are You in Love With the Sea? Share the Feeling!

#MyBlue, a new Greek campaign running on social media, has been launched to raise awareness about our connection with the ocean and the need to protect it.

New Program to Promote Europe as Tourism Destination to China and the US

Europe is launching a program of matchmaking events to promote itself as a tourism destination to the target markets of China and the US.

Pioneering Greeks: Christina Stribakou, LIÁ Cultivators Co-founder

This week "Pioneering Greeks" introduces Christina Stribakou, co-founder of LIÁ Cultivators that specializes in producing extra virgin olive oil.

Greek Police Launch Awareness Campaign for Tourists in Athens

The Greek police have launched an awareness campaign for tourists visiting the Greek capital, named "Stay safe in the city of Athens".