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Pioneering Greeks: Beetroot Design Group

This week the Pioneering Greeks column introduces Beetroot Design Group, a multi-awarded communication design office that provides services and solutions worldwide.

Thessaloniki Hotels Serve ‘Thessbrunch’ in Winter, Spring

"Thessbrunch", the culinary initiative of the Thessaloniki Hotels Association, continues to win over the crowds offering unique flavors.

Athens’ €85bn Urban Regeneration Plan Gets Green Light

Urban regeneration, educational and cultural projects in Athens are set to take off after the Region of Attica approved 85 million euros in NSRF funding.

Grecotel’s CSR Initiatives Focus on Society, Education, Culture

The Grecotel Hotels & Resorts group in 2017 carried out more than 100 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs and activities.

Aegean Island Mayors Appeal to European Parliament Over VAT

The mayors of the North and South Aegean islands have appealed to the European Parliament over the abolition of a special tax status applicable until now.

Zakynthos Aiming to Set Up Tourism School in March

The Municipality of Zakynthos in collaboration with the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) announced plans to set up a tourism school on the island.

Privatizations Set to Boost Greek State Coffers by €2bn

Greece’s international lenders and the government are estimating that privatization projects will boost state coffers by some 2 billion euros this year.

Halkidiki Aims to Attract Traveling Russian Families 

The Halkidiki region in central Macedonia, northern Greece, is aiming to attract family tourism from Russia this year.

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.