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Greek Gov’t Considers Allowing Municipality Say-so in Airbnb Policies

The Greek government is considering handing over responsibility of short-term home sharing policies to local authorities.

Greek Hoteliers, Environmentalists Furious Over Shady Shoreline Bill

Greece’s hoteliers and environmental groups are up in arms over a new shoreline use law, expected to have catastrophic effects on the environment and tourism, if passed.

Greek Modern Monuments Council Approves 3 Hotels for Piraeus Port

Greece’s Central Council for Modern Monuments has given the green light to Piraeus Port's managers to convert the “Pagoda” building into a 5-star hotel.

ABTA: New Brexit Deadline Creates Confidence for Summer Travel

The extension granted to British Prime Minister Theresa May for Brexit by October 31, has provided travelers with confidence, according to ABTA.

Action Plan to Transform Arcadia into the ‘Tuscany of Greece’

The Arcadia Chamber has plans to turn the area into the “Tuscany of Greece” and Tripoli into a citybreak destination that will serve as a base for the entire region.

EU Leaders Set to Give UK More Time for Brexit with Terms

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to receive a much-needed extension to prepare for Brexit, as EU leaders meet in Brussels for a two-day emergency summit.

Greek Authorities Pull in Tax-dodging Airbnb Proprietors

Tax authorities in Greece have reeled in 38 Airbnb owners, who failed to declare some 23,222 euros in earnings from home-sharing practices in 2018.

WWF Greece Slams Shoreline Use Bill as ‘Destructive’ for Residents and Tourism

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Greece warns of the “catastrophic effects” of a new shoreline use law that was recently tabled in Greek parliament.

WTTC Global Summit Gets Glimpse of Greek Tourism Actions Ahead

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura presented Greece’s tourism sector goals during the WTTC Global Summit held recently in Seville, Spain.

EU Lawmakers Vote for Securer ID Cards for All States

In efforts to boost border safety, EU lawmakers have approved new rules aimed at establishing a uniform identity card format across all member states.

ESTA for Greeks for US Travel Now Valid for Two Years

The United States has extended the validity of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) issued to Greek citizens to the standard two years.

UK Nationals Get Visa-free Access to EU Post-Brexit

British nationals wishing to travel to EU countries will be able to do so without a visa after the UK leaves the Union, even in a no-deal scenario, according to European lawmakers.

Stricter Checks at Greek Airports May Cause Delays at Passport Control

A new security measure will be implemented in Greek airports for all European citizens traveling to/from Non-Schengen destinations.

Piraeus Port Master Plan Runs into More Obstacles

A 600-million-euro investment for the expansion of Piraeus Port is up in the air after a decision by the Central Archaeological Council.

Greek Room Rental SMEs Set for Upgrades, Certification

The Tourism Ministry has carried out efforts to safeguard Greek small and medium-sized businesses active in room or apartment rentals.

EU Tackles Marine Pollution, Bans 10 Single-use Plastic Items

In view of dangerously increasing pollution of waters and beaches across its territories, the EU has approved a law that bans a wide range of single-use plastic items.

Ministry Revises Small Business Law for Wider Funding Options

The Greek Economy Ministry will revise a law covering funding options for very small and small businesses, offering incentives aimed to boost the real economy.

Car Rental in the EU More Transparent after Consumer Body Action

Six leading car rental services providers have moved ahead with changes to their pricing presentation for consumers to know what they are paying for.

EU Passes New Copyright Law Amid Strong Tech Industry Reaction

Amid strong reaction from the technology industry, the European Parliament approved a new copyright law, which aims to ensure that rights holders are properly recompensed for their works.

EU Lawmakers Agree to Stop Seasonal Time Switch

Europe’s lawmakers have agreed to put seasonal time changing practices behind after voting in favor of officially ending summer and winter time shifts by 2021.