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EU Approval of ‘Turkaegean’ Brand Name Sparks Reactions in Greece

The approval by the EUIPO of the term ‘Turkaegean’ to be used as a trademark by Turkey for its tourism campaigns sparked an angered reaction in Greece.

WTTC Releases Guidelines for Tourism Destinations to Become More Sustainable

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has released a new report that offers practical guidelines and case studies to support destinations in becoming more resilient and sustainable.

Europe Needs to Understand Strategic Importance of Greek Shipping, Says UGS Head

The EU’s decarbonisation regulations, such as Fit for 55, must be guided by the need to preserve and promote the competitiveness of European shipping as a whole, says Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) President Melina Travlos.

Greece Simplifies Rules to Tap into Port and Marina Potential

Greece is simplifying a legal framework covering the operation of ports and marinas allowing important investments to take off, according to Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development Olympia Anastasopoulou.

Greece to Bolster Consular Services to Meet Travel Demand from India

Greece is moving ahead with the immediate reinforcement of its consular services in India to meet the increase in visa applications for travel.

Covid-19: Greece Keeps Masks in Ferries and Taxis

People in Greece will still have to wear facemasks inside ferries and taxis, according to a decision by the country’s Covid-19 committee of experts.

Greek Travel Agents Call for More Staff at Consulates to Meet Summer Visa Demand

Greek travel agents are calling on the government to cover under-staffed consulate services in view of the increased demand for visas.

EU Releases Sanctions Map and Travel Ban Tool 

Travelers can learn whether a specific region or territory is subject to a travel ban under sanctions measures with the EU Sanctions Map tool.

Greece Taking Measures to Address Overtourism

Actions are being taken to address the issue of overtourism in Greece, particularly on popular islands such as Santorini and Mykonos, according to Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias.

Greece Examines Reducing VAT on F&B, Tourism, Transport Services

The Greek government is considering extending to the end of the year a reduced VAT scheme that currently applies to tourism, transport and F&B services.

Greece Gets Tough on Employee Rights Violations Ahead of Tourism Season

Special units from Greece’s Labor Inspection Body (SEPE) will be carrying out heightened checks at hotels to ensure that labor laws and security regulations are being implemented.

Greek Tourist Agencies Ready to Establish Travel Compensation Fund

The association representing Greek travel agents says it is ready to establish a compensation fund which would assist consumers in case a travel provider declares bankruptcy.

No More Masks in Airports or on Airplanes as of May 16, Say EU Authorities

EASA and ECDC have updated the health measures for air travel, dropping the recommendation for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and on flights.

Greece and Spain Discuss Strengthening Ties in Tourism

Greece and Spain are exploring ways to enhance cooperation in thematic tourism forms and exchange best practices in the field of tourism.

Syntagma Square Revamp Works to Be Completed Soon, Says Athens Mayor

The revamp works at Syntagma, the Greek capital’s central square, are expected to be completed in the coming weeks, according to Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis.

Greece Gets Tough on Tax Evasion in Tourism

Special tax units will be conducting on-the-spot inspections at tourist enterprises in Greece, primarily at popular destinations, in efforts to crack down on tax evasion.

Longer Tourism Season, More Destinations are SETE’s Goals for Greece

Extending the tourism season and introducing lesser-known destinations are at the core of the Greek Tourism Confederation’s plan for the next years.

Greece Announces Measures to Ease Energy Crisis Impact on Households, Businesses

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday announced a 3.2-billion-euro energy scheme, in efforts to ease the impact of soaring energy costs on households and businesses.

Tighter Safety Rules for Hotels in Greece, More Inspections

Starting this month, Greece’s Labor Inspection Body will be carrying out checks at hotels to ensure laws and safety regulations are being implemented.

Greek Hoteliers Protest Unfair Practices by Digital Platforms

Greek hoteliers have filed a complaint with the Competition Commission requesting immediate action to tackle unfair practices employed by digital platforms.