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Greeks Travel Visa-Free To The U.S.

On 7 April the first flight on which Greek citizens were able travel to the United States without a visa left Athens following Greece’s accession to the U.S. Visa Waiver program in March. Greece was formally added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program on 5 April.

Greece Finally Obtains Visa Waiver Status

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on 9 March announced the designation of Greece as a member of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This decision enables Greek citizens to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Lifting Of Cabotage Discussed Once Again

Cabotage restrictions must be lifted immediately so foreign-flag cruise ships could use Greek harbors as homeports by 2011, President of the Greek Shipowners’ Association for Passenger Ships Markos Foros stressed during a press conference last month.

Greek Visa Policy Subject To Change

Greek tourism would get a boost if visa procedures for entry permits to Greece are less complicated, agreed Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas in a recent meeting.

VAT Hike Puts A Damper On Greek Tourism

The government’s effort to solve Greece’s fiscal problems will not be successful if not accompanied by measures to support tourism, President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) Nikos Angelopoulos recently said in a letter to Finance Minister Yiorgos...

Hunting Ban Dropped To Support Small Hotels

The government's excuse for lifting the hunting ban in favor of protecting small hotels and related businesses is worthy of mockery, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature recently said in an announcement.

Tourism Sector Opposes 15% VAT Plan

The increase of the Value Added Tax to 15 percent would be disastrous for Greek tourism, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) said recently in response to conflicting statements made by government officials in regards to the possible imposition of a single VAT rate...

Proposal For Bus And Coach Passenger Rights Tabled

A proposal that involves passenger rights for bus and coach transport was adopted at the European Union Council of Transport Ministers held in December in Brussels. The proposal aims to strengthen the rights of bus and coach passengers that travel on international and...

Greece Expected To Get Visa-Free Travel To U.S.

Greece is soon expected to obtain visa waiver status as it is considered only a matter of time to join the United States' Visa Waiver Program (VWP), according to Europolitics, European affairs daily updated website.

Private Yachts To Be Taxed

Professional yachts will be exempt from the extraordinary tax and annual special tax on yachts, inflicted by the previous government, by April 2010, according to Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli.

E.U. Package Travel Directive To Be Revised

The current European Union law on package travel—the Package Travel Directive—was drawn up in 1990 and is no longer suited for today's travel market and will be renewed, E.U. Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva recently announced at a press conference in Brussels.

Sojourn Tax Again Causes Friction

The increase of the sojourn tax—imposed on hotels and other private businesses that operate in tourist regions by local governments—is unconstitutional and without substantial benefit, said the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Minister Promises Review Of Yacht Tax

It is not rational for marine tourism to be taxed differently than other tourism sectors especially in the time of crisis, Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli recently said.

Cabotage Elimination Requested Once Again

The cabotage law that forbids foreign flag cruise ships to homeport in Greece has destroyed Greek cruise, the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Yiorgos Gratsos, recently stressed.

Tax Cheats Uncovered In Greek Tourism Sector

Many Greek tourism businesses were found guilty of tax cheating, according to the Finance Ministry's special inspections service YPEE.

Draft Law On Yacht Tax Criticized

Associations that represent professional and private owners of yachts have reacted to the draft law of the Ministry of Economy and Finance that levies new taxes on the yachting industry.

Downtown Athens Awaits Stepped Up Law Enforcement

Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos called a meeting during the summer to focus on the issue of security in downtown Athens on the occasion of the peak tourist season.

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.

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...