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Greek Port, Boarding Security Under the Microscope

The issue of port and passenger ship boarding security has recently come into the spotlight in Greece, after a man jumped off a ferry near Syros.

Greek Association Urges Gov’t to Take Action, Safeguard Traditional Boats

The Traditional Boat Association of Greece is calling on the government to safeguard the country’s seafaring heritage and stop the EU-funded destruction of traditional fishing boats.

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.

EU Ministers OK Brexit Phase-out Period Guidelines

In efforts to minimize disruption in business, tourism and security, EU ministers agreed to a set of guidelines in order to finalize post-Brexit relations with the UK.

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.

Greek Property Federation: Overtaxation Turning Away Investments

Overtaxation is turning away investors, while buyers are spending money on real estate in tourist destinations, according to the Hellenic Property Federation.

ABTA: Aviation ‘Critical Issue’, EU Air Deal a Must Before Brexit

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) is calling on the UK government to reach an aviation agreement with the EU before the Brexit deadline in March 2019.

Applications Open for Seasonal Hotels Subsidy in Greece

Hotel operations in Greece wishing to remain open in winter can now apply for state subsidies going towards their staffing needs until March 23.

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.

Amendment for ‘Stayover Tax’ Tabled in Greek Parliament

An amendment to the law of the "stayover tax", already being charged since January 1 at hotels and rooms-to-let across Greece, has been tabled in Greek Parliament.

Dozens of Greek Tourism Projects Included in New Subsidy Scheme

Dozens of tourism projects are among 70 large-scale investment ventures in Greece, included in the government’s “general entrepreneurship” scheme under the latest development law.

Greek Hotels Chamber: Alterations to Stayover Tax a Must

In order for the stayover tax on hotels and rooms-to-let to be effectively collected, a series of adjustments must be made, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels says.

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.

Greek Hoteliers Send Minister Notes on Tourism Bill

Greek hoteliers are calling on Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura to re-examine a series of revisions to a draft bill, which includes a provision on special tourism infrastructure.

Amsterdam to Impose 30-day Limit on Airbnb-style Rentals

In efforts to rein in short-term home rentals, officials in Amsterdam said the city would be imposing a cap of 30 nights per year as of 2019.

New US Travel Advisory Says Greece Safe Destination

Greece is among the world’s safest destinations, according to a new travel advisory system assessing security conditions for American holidaymakers, announced by the US State Department.

Draft Bill Lays Out Framework for Greece Casino Operation, Taxation

A legal framework covering the licensing procedure and operation of casino ventures in Greece is up for discussion in an omnibus bill tabled in parliament.

North Aegean Region Governor Calls for Island Stayover Tax Exemption

The governor of the North Aegean Region, Christiana Kalogirou, is urging the finance ministry to exclude the islands from the newly introduced stayover tax.

ECTAA Calls on Commission to Protect EU Air Passengers

Following a record number of airline failures in 2017, ECTAA is calling on the European Commission to protect EU passengers against airline insolvencies.

Greek Assets Fund Seeking Ways to Put 10 Ports to Good Use

Ten state-owned regional ports across Greece will soon be open to concessionaires wishing to tap into their potential.