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Tourism Ministry To Focus On Greece’s Troubled Air Transport

The Tourism Ministry will seek cooperation with other ministries to upgrade Greece’s regional airports and increase Athens airport’s competitiveness, according to Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni.

Athens Center In Need Of Protection, Tourism Minister

“The improvement of public safety is a prerequisite for tourism development especially in the historic center of the capital but also more widely throughout Athens,” Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said in late July after a meeting with Public Order and Citizen Protection...

New Tourism Ministry Has Work Cut Out

The re-establishment of the new Tourism Ministry in June was welcomed by the vast majority of Greek tourism professionals who are expecting a series of chronic issues to be solved by the new leadership.

10 Tourism Priorities, Greek PM

Last year, while representing the main opposition of the Greek Government, today’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised a room full of hoteliers (during the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels’ first general meeting) that once in government, the New Democracy party would go ahead with...

Priorities Set To Boost Tourism Inflow To Greece

The simplification of the procedure for issuing Schengen visas to increase the inflow of tourists to Greece and the protection of the country’s image via crisis management, were two priorities on the agenda of Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni last month.

G20 Commits To Visa Issue, Greece Makes Proposals

“While recognizing the sovereign right of States to control the entry of foreign nationals, we will work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction and global growth,” according to the Leaders’ Declaration from...

Seaplane Legislation Requested By Canadian Ambassador

Canadian Ambassador to Greece, Robert Peck, last month officially requested the immediate processing of necessary legislation and cutting of red tape for waterway investments to proceed in Greece and seaplanes to operate in Greek waters.

VAT Cut On Restaurants Considered

Greece’s Economy Ministry is considering slashing taxes to enable national economic development, press reports said last month.

No-Visa Regime Pilot Program For Turks Kicks Off

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) hailed the visa facilitation pilot program launched last month that allows Turkish nationals to visit five Greek Eastern Aegean islands without a relevant visa issued at Greek consulates. HATTA said the development...

SETE Holds General Assembly Prior To Second Round Of Greek Elections

“A capable and functional government with pro-European orientation in the Eurozone must arise from Greece’s second round of elections on 17 June,” the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, said last month during the association’s...

Visa Facilitation Connected To Arrivals, Tourism Receipts And Jobs

G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra $206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs by 2015 if visa processes are improved, according to preliminary research presented on the...

Greek Tourism’s Expectations From New Government, SETE

Five steps are needed to support Greek tourism, SETE said prior to the country’s parliamentary elections in May.

Schengen Visa Regime Topic Of Debate In Athens

“The commission is looking into the issue of long waiting lines to obtain a visa, but also member states do not put their money where their mouths are as they should include more staff in consulates,” argued Diederik Paalman, deputy head of the visa policy unit of the European...

Airport To Connect With Piraeus Port Via Metro

The contract for the 7.6 kilometer extension of Metro line 3 on the Haidari-Piraeus section that will include six brand new stations was signed last month, according to Attiko Metro S.A.

UNWTO To Advance Common Agenda On Visa

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, last month called on the tourism sector to unite around the issue of travel facilitation as a means to stimulate demand and, as a result, create jobs.

Tour Buses Seek E.U. Help On KTEL Bus Monopoly

Greek tour bus owners recently filed a complaint to the European Commission against the monopoly of the KTEL intercity buses and accused the ministries of transport and tourism for overprotecting the KTEL bus profession.

Greece, Turkey To Deepen Cooperation

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis last month held a meeting with Izmir Chamber of Commerce chairman Ekrem Demirtas on the development of Greek-Turkish economic relations with a particular emphasis on business and tourism.

Professionals Slam Social Tourism Program Abolishment

Greek tourism professionals were stunned last month when they were informed that the abolition of the Workers' Housing Organization was included on an agreement of austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors in exchange for a new bailout loan.

Travel Agencies To Increase Competitive Advantage Via EOS CODE

“Tour operators and travel agencies need to modernize their way of operation and provide high quality services and specialized products in a responsible and professional manner,” Yiorgos Telonis, president of Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) said in...

Greece Signs Up For European Commission Project

“It is very important for our country that we are participating for the first time in a consistent European initiative that aims to attract tourism to Europe,” Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said last month after signing a memorandum of understanding to...