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EPEST Reacts To New Tax Measures

Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanasiou recently announced measures to tackle tax dodging in the sector of leisure boats, which caused a negative reaction from the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association (EPEST).

Greece Focuses On U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Greece's long-awaited inclusion in the U.S. visa waiver program is expected to take place by the end of the year, according to negotiations at the recent summit of the 56-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that took place on Kerkyra.

Zoning Law For Tourism Approved

The Greek Government Committee recently approved the controversial planned zoning law for tourism despite reactions of environmentalists, hoteliers and civil engineers and its rejection by an expert committee.

General Aviation Still An Issue

Greece's aviation laws must correspond with those of European legislation and of the international market if the country wants to attract aviation tourism, was the main conclusion of the fourth scientific conference "Aviation - Present and Future," held by the Hellenic Ministry...

New Tourism Measures Support Airlines, Employment

Minister of transport and communications, Evripidis Stylianidis, and minister for employment and social protection, Fani Palli-Petralia, recently announced measures to support the tourism sector.

HATTA Calls For United Stance Against Crisis

The economic crisis dominated this year's general assembly of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies that recently took place.

Tourism Businesses Get VAT Refund

The ministry of finance recently announced the immediate return of Value Added Tax paid by tourism businesses (such as travel agencies and hotels) for costs on fixed assets.

Dialogue to Begin For Sojourn Tax Cut

Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanasiou recently assured the president of the Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE), Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis, that a dialogue will proceed in order to find a replacement income for the local government's lost...

Cabotage Still An Issue For Cruise Companies

The Association of Passenger Ship Owners recently requested from the tourism ministry a solution for the upgrading of legislation to allow foreign-flag cruise ships to use Greece as a homeport.

Sojourn Tax Reduction On Hold

No provisions will be brought to parliament for approval of the reduction of the sojourn tax—imposed on private businesses that operate in tourist regions—before consultations are held with municipal authorities, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently told the president of...

New Strategy and Changes in Greek Tourism Sector

After the change of the tourism minister in January, the president of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Athanasios Oikonomou, resigned from his post and was replaced by Yiannis Kofinis.

Hoteliers Claim Investment Law Unfair

Following the recent amendment of the new investment incentives law, Greek hotel owners requested the withdrawal of two "unfavorable" provisions.

Zoning Law Rejected By Vast Majority

The planned zoning law for tourism, one of the most controversial legislations in recent years, failed to obtain the consent of the political, scientific and technical bodies of Greece as the majority of the 19 members of the National Zoning Council voted against it during a...

KEDKE Reacts to Sojourn Tax Reduction

The Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) recently gave a negative response in regards to the sojourn tax reduction from two percent to 0.5 percent.

Prime Minister Announces Tourism Measures

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in late December announced 14 measures to support the Greek tourism industry.

Extra Routes to the Cyclades Denied

The council of shipping transport recently rejected the proposal of Hellenic Seaways to launch extra routes during the summer months.

Zoning Law Continues to Spark Reactions

Disputes in regards to the content of the planned zoning law for tourism was expressed recently by the Greek Urban and Land Planners Association who made proposals for its improvement.

Zoning Law Causes Friction

The planned zoning law for tourism was one of the key topics for discussion at Prodexpo 2008, the ninth conference-exhibition on the utilization of real estate in Greece and Southeast Europe.

Tourism Zoning Law in the Works

Public Works and Environment Minister Yiorgos Souflias recently announced the development of a zoning law for tourism by the end of the year.

Request for Development Law Reform

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels and the Research Institute for Tourism recently expressed to the secretary of economy and finance, Yiannis Papathanasiou, the tourism sector's need for an immediate reform of the development law.