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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).

Greek Gov’t Revises Golden Visa Law to Tackle Shady Dealings

The government is revising the legal framework covering Greece’s golden visa scheme in efforts to ensure transparency after reports of illegal dealings.

Athens Airport Concession Deal Stalled

AIA SA is calling on the relevant authorities to set a specific timeframe for the completion of the Athens International Airport concession agreement.

North Aegean Governor Clears Ways for Chios Airport Upgrade

North Aegean Regional Governor Christiana Kalogirou has cleared the way for the start of upgrade works on Chios Airport after approving a study for road relocation works.

Attica Region Approves Funding for New Tourism SMEs

A total of 11.82 million euros will be allocated to 76 newly-established small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to the Region of Attica.

Dozens of Tourism Projects Slated for Eastern Macedonia – Thrace Region

A total of 144 tourism projects are in the pipeline for the Eastern Macedonia-Thrace region after securing EU and regional funding.

Hellas Cert Calls on Gov’t to Re-examine Certification Procedure in Tourism Law

The Hellenic Association of Certification Bodies - Hellas Cert is calling on the government to make revisions to a law covering thematic and special interest tourism, with regard to certification procedures.

Airbnb, Homeaway vs NYC 1-0: Court Rules Against New Host Data Law

A new law requiring home sharing platforms like Airbnb to hand over detailed customer data to city authorities every month, has been ruled down by a New York court.

Northern Greece Hoteliers Say March Pre-bookings to Set Pace for 2019

Northern Greece hoteliers are cautious when making forecasts for 2019 in view of Brexit and the comeback of rival markets, and expect to have a clear indication after March.

Transport Discounts Now Applicable on All Greek Islands

All Greek island residents can now claim transportation discounts as part of the “transport equivalent” measure, according to an announcement by the shipping ministry.

Planning Needed to Address Increased Tourism Flows to Europe

Greece and other leading European tourism destinations will be working in the coming months on addressing the sector’s main challenge: overtourism.

Greek Boats Used in ‘High Sea’ Navigation VAT Exempt

Recreational boat owners in Greece operating in “high seas” will be exempt from VAT, according to amendments made to a ministerial decision.

Lower VAT on Five Greek Islands Extended for Six Months

The five islands in Greece that continue to receive refugee flows will maintain their special VAT status - 30 percent discount on rates - until June 30, 2019.

Over 2,500 Greek Tourism SMEs to Receive Funding

A total of 411.5 million euros will be allocated to 2,527 small and medium-sized tourism enterprises in Greece, the Greek Economy and Development Ministry announced.

Five Greek Islands Get New Extension for Lower VAT

The five islands that have received the main burden of refugee flows in Greece will continue to receive a 30 percent discount on VAT rates.