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Agreement Foresees Discount on Intellectual Rights Fees for Greek Hoteliers

The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers and the Special Service of Emergency Rights Management - EYED have signed a MoU, in efforts to relieve hoteliers of steep fees for the use of music.

Thailand’s ‘eVisa On Arrival’ Service Available for Travelers from 21 Countries

Citizens from 21 countries can now avoid long wait times in queues on arrival to Thailand, following the launch of the new eVisa On Arrival service.

EU Finalizes New Copyright Rules Revised for the Information Era

EU lawmakers have approved a final draft of an existing copyright law, which among others aims to ensure that rights holders are properly recompensed for their works.

European Commission Sees 2.2% Growth for Greece in 2019

The European Commission is forecasting a 2.2 percent growth for the Greek economy in 2019, following the completion of its bailout program last August.

Hellas Cert Says Greek Tourism Law Revisions to Create Certification Problems

Hellas Cert, a Greek association of inspection bodies, is calling on the government to re-examine a law that changes the way rented rooms are certified.

Greek Tourism Trade Bodies Sign Labor Deal for 2019 Wages

Some 25,000 individuals employed in room and apartment rentals, and in the F&B sector, will now be receiving monthly wages of up to 771 euros.

Greece Increases Funding for SMEs in Tourism by €200 Million

Funding for Greek small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) active in tourism will increase by 200 million euros, according to the ministries of economy and tourism.

Greece Looks to Lessen Impact of Brexit on Tourism

The Greek Tourism Ministry is looking to lessen the impact of Brexit on travel and tourism in case of a no-deal scenario between the UK and the EU.

Port Sub-concessions, Waterways on Greek Shipping Ministry Priority List

The establishment of waterways and the sub-concession of port activities are top priorities for the National Coordination Committee for Cruise Affairs.

Central Greece Thermal Springs Get Green Light

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura gave the green light for the operation of two thermal springs in Smokovo and Soulanta in Thessaly, Central Greece.

South African Ambassador Applauds Kountoura’s Achievements in Greek Tourism

South African ambassador to Athens, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has praised Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura for achieving to boost Greece's tourism development.

Greece to Create National Film Offices Network to Attract Foreign Productions

In efforts to attract foreign film productions to Greece, EKOME is working towards the establishment of a National Film Offices Network in the country.

Shipping Ministry Eyes Significant Investments at 10 Greek Ports

Cruise and marina infrastructure development will be among investments the Shipping Ministry is planning for 10 ports in Greece.

Greece Tourism, Business Bodies Say Reduced Taxation Must Follow Basic Wage Rise

In response to the Greek government's decision to increase the minimum wage by 11 percent, SETE and SEV are calling for a decrease in taxation and social insurance contributions.

Number of Greece Investor Visas Triples in 2018

Greece issued three times more investor visas in 2018 than a year earlier, according to data released by the migration policy ministry.

Prespa Deal Opens New Chapter for Greece-Skopje Trade Ties

The ratification of the Prespa deal by the Hellenic Parliament opens a new page for Greece’s trade relations with Skopje, according to Union of Hellenic Chambers President Constantine Michalos.

Commission to Tighten Golden Visa Rules, Monitor EU State Activity

The European Commission plans to develop a common set of security checks for investor-friendly golden visa schemes by the end of the year.

European Court of Auditors Looks into EU Migration Management

The European Court of Auditors plans to examine whether EU-designed asylum and return procedures in Greece and Italy are effective and swift.

Decision Allowing Transfer of Greece’s Archaeological Sites for Private Use Upheld

A decision that foresees the transfer of 2,330 Greek sites to the Public Properties Company SA for their exploitation has been upheld.

IATA: Travel Up in the Air After Brexit Deal Rebuffed

Travel may be affected after UK lawmakers turned down Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit agreement, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).