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PM Tsipras: Extra Levy on Greek Hotels Postponed to 2018

The government is postponing until 2018 a new levy that was to be charged on accommodation this year, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said during the 24th annual general assembly of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) on Thursday.

SETE Says Greece may not Meet Arrivals Forecast, PM Tsipras thinks Otherwise

Greece may record losses in tourism over the next two years, the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, said on Thursday during the 24th annual general assembly of SETE in Athens.

Hotel Chamber Calls for Greek PM’s Intervention Over Rumored New Tax on Accommodation

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels President Yiorgos Tsakiris has sought Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' intervention to prevent the rumored new tax on hotel accommodation per night from becoming a reality.

Pope Francis Visits Lesvos, Discusses Migration Crisis with Greek PM

Pope Francis flew back to Rome on Saturday, April 16, at the end of his 6-hour visit to the Greek Island of Lesvos during which he implored Europe to treat refugees with dignity.

Angelina Jolie Pitt Visits Refugees in Athens, Meets with Greek PM

US actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt on Wednesday visited Greece on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

Greece, Turkey Strengthen Bilateral Tourism Ties

Greece and Turkey signed a joint declaration on bilateral tourism cooperation on the sidelines of the 4th Supreme Greek-Turkish Cooperation Council held in Izmir last week.

Russia… Meet Greece: Cross-year Events Kick Off

The series of parallel events for the “Cross-year Greece and Russia” festivities are set to take place in Moscow, St Petersburg and other Russian cities, as well as across Greece, and will include exchange of art and archaeology exhibits and conferences as well as cultural and...

EU, Turkey to Discuss Possible Migration Deal Next Week

Following talks between the European Union and Turkey during Monday's summit on migration in Brussels, EU leaders are hoping to reach a deal with Ankara on March 17 to curb the migrant crisis.

Tusk: Greece will Remain Part of Schengen, Euro Area and EU

EU Council president Donald Tusk on Thursday assured Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the European Union will not abandon Greece, one of the main entry-points to Europe for refugees.

EU Commission ‘Satisfied’ with Hotspot Progress on Greek Isles

The European Commission said on Wednesday, that Greece had made progress on the construction of the so-called hotspots or refugee reception centers, four of which opened this week on Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Leros.

Greece-Iran Shake Hands on Tourism, Energy, Transport

In ongoing efforts to reach out to new partners and strengthen existing ties, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited Teheran on Sunday, where he agreed to work together with Iran in the areas of tourism, energy and transport, expressing his hopes that Greece will serve as an...

Tourism, Technology and Energy Top Greece-Israel Relations

Tourism, technology, energy and transport topped the agenda of talks between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who was in Israel on Wednesday, for bilateral talks, with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.

Summit Leaders Vow to ‘Regain Control’ of EU Borders, but No Deal Yet

EU leaders failed on Thursday, to agree to the Commission’s proposals for a new border and coastguard patrol, instead pledging to work towards ensuring more efficient registration and security checks of refugees.

Kountoura to Attend Capital Link Forum in New York, Discuss Greek Tourism Investment Opportunities

Greek Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Dimitris Mardas will attend the 17th Capital Link Forum on "Investing for Growth" in New York on Monday, December 14.

New Greek Government Announced, Tourism Posts Unchanged

Following the parliamentary elections in Greece on September 20 that were marked by the victory of Syriza, the new cabinet and changes to the composition of ministries were announced late Tuesday.

SETE Congratulates Tsipras, Reminds of Greek Tourism Priorities

"We hope that, with the clear mandate it has received, the new government will address our country's challenges and commitments with determination, courage and realism in order for Greece to regain stability and return to growth”, SETE said in a statement to Prime Minister Alexis...

Tsipras’ Syriza Party Wins Greek Elections, Given 2nd Chance

Only 56.11 percent of the Greeks (3,730,456 out of 6,190,946 registered voters) went to the polls on Sunday, electing for a second time in under nine months 41-year-old Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party.

Singer Alkistis Protopsalti Assumes Duties of Greek Interim Alternate Tourism Minister

Greece’s interim Alternate Tourism Minister Alkistis Protopsalti took over her new post from Elena Kountoura during the Tourism Ministry handover ceremony held on Friday evening in Athens.

Parties Fail to See Eye to Eye, Greek Polls Next Month

Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is expected on Friday, to officially announce elections to be held next month as parties failed to form a coalition government.

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras Steps Down, Paves Way for Snap Elections

Alexis Tsipras on late Thursday confirmed in a televised address that he is resigning as Greek Prime Minister, clearing the way for early elections.