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World Health Organization: No Restrictions on Travel Due to Mosquito-borne Zika Virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions as a result of the recent outbreak of the Zika virus in the Americas region, although declaring it on Monday as "a public health emergency of international concern".

Franchise Businesses May Soon be Able to Tap into EU Funds

A ban excluding franchise companies in Greece from being eligible for EU funding may be lifted, according to reports by Greek financial daily Naftemporiki.

Greece: New Tourism Campaign Shows the Aegean Islands are ‘Like No Other’

In a move to boost its position in the international tourism market, the South Aegean Region on Tuesday presented a new campaign entitled "Aegean Islands. Like No Other", which lies at the heart of its three-year tourism strategy designed in collaboration with the Greek Tourism...

New Greek Investment Law Promises Tax Relief, Aims to Attract Foreign Investors

A new Greek investment law that will support existing enterprises, provide tax relief and offer incentives to foreign investors will soon be tabled in Parliament.

Calls for a Nobel Prize to the Greeks for Compassion Soar

An online petition calling for this year’s Nobel Prize to be awarded to the Greeks for their hands-on demonstration of compassion and sacrifice to the thousands of refugees seeking a brighter future through Greece, has garnered more than 303,000 signatures thus far.

U.S. Begins Changes to Visa Waiver Program Entry Requirements

The United States on Thursday began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Citizens of the 38 countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must now obtain a visa if they have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan and...

Vote Now! Athens in the Running for the Best European Destination 2016

The European Best Destinations website has nominated Athens, Greece, as one of the 20 candidates in the running for the title of the Best European Destination in 2016.

Turkish Visas: Pre-application System Announced

Foreigners interested in visiting Turkey should know that all applications for Turkish visas will have to be made through the Pre-Application System of Turkish Sticker Visa.

TAIPED Launches e-Auctions for Six Tourism Properties in Greece

Greek state privatization fund TAIPED on Monday announced the launch of 14 new e-Auctions of state properties in various Greek destinations. Six of the e-auctions are for tourism properties in Mykonos, Pelion, Katerini and Rhodes.

Refugee Crisis: Commission Aims for Schengen’s Normal Functioning in 2016

"In 2016 we need to return to Schengen's normal functioning", European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said following the weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners which focused on the refugee crisis. The commissioners decided that the Schengen's normal...

European Commission Launches Online Dispute Resolution Platform

The new online dispute resolution (ODR) platform will allow consumers and traders to settle their online disputes at the click of a mouse and without the need to go to court.

UNWTO Chief Says Diversifying Key to Greece’s Tourism Growth

Diversifying is key to the Greek tourism sector’s growth, Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), said in a recent interview.

Time-lapse Project ‘Greek Skies’ Captures Hope in the Stars

It took 365 days and 825 hours of shooting, 55,000 photos, 8,400km of footage and 650 hours of editing to get time-lapse project “Greek Skies” up and rolling. Now it’s taking the internet… and people’s hearts by storm.

Give the Greeks a Nobel Prize for Humanity, Vote Now

For the hands-on demonstration of compassion in the ongoing refugee crisis, activist group Avaaz invites you to vote so that the Greek islanders and volunteers be nominated for this year's Nobel Prize in Peace.

‘GTP’ Media Partnerships Reach Turkey, Russia and Asia

Aiming to promote Greece, but also set the stage for professional alliances that will boost Greek tourism, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) is proud to announce media partnerships with three major international tourism fairs: EMITT Istanbul, MITT Russia and ITB Asia, following a very...

Salvation Army: Temporary Accommodation and Goods Needed for Refugees Entering Greece

The international movement Salvation Army has reached out to Greek tourism professionals in an effort to secure temporary accommodation for refugees entering Greece on their journey to other European countries.

PPP in Tourism to Boost Growth, Create Jobs in Europe

Public and private tourism players have joined forces for the first time and are calling on the European Union to do more for the growth of the sector through the “Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto”.

Aegean VP Says Airports Deal a Step in the Right Direction

The privatization agreement between the government and consortium Fraport-Slentel for the 40-year management of 14 regional airports in Greece, which was finalized on Monday, is a step in the right direction, the vice president of the country’s biggest carrier, Aegean, said.

New Athens Campaign Invites All to ‘Speak Athenian’ and ‘Be an Athenian’

"Hipstorical", "Philosofa", "Theatricult", "Bistrocracy"... An exciting new "vocabulary" has arrived to fire the imagination of travellers to Athens and teach them to talk ... Athenian!

European Commission Adopts New Aviation Strategy for Europe

The European Commission on Monday adopted a new Aviation Strategy for Europe, a milestone initiative to boost Europe's economy, strengthen its industrial base and reinforce its global leadership position.