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Greek Culture Ministry To Attract Foreign Film Producers Through Incentives

The Culture Ministry is working on attracting domestic and foreign film producers to Greece by improving the tax and legal framework, through a new ministerial decision.

From London To Athens By Bike, An Initiative For The Parthenon Marbles To Return To Greece

Italian professor Salvatore Lo Sicco traveled from London to Athens on his bike to rally for the Parthenon Marbles to return to their birthplace in Greece.

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Steps Down

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou resigned from her post last month after the Greek press reported that her husband, singer Tolis Voskopoulos, currently owes some five million euros in unpaid taxes.

Deputy Minister Calls E.U. Support On Greek Tourism

Greece is experiencing the most painful effects of the economic crisis but tourism could offer a way out, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou stressed last month at the Informal Meeting of Tourism Ministers in Madrid, Spain.

MITT 2010: Greece Tightens Ties With Russia

Greece will grant multiple-entry visas for six to 12 months and up to five years to Russian citizens, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos announced to the Russian press during his visit to the 17th Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) exhibition that ran...

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.

Greece Targets Serb Tourists

The Culture and Tourism Ministry intends to redefine the classic “sun and sea” formula and promote tourism services that are not restricted to three months but offered throughout the year, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou recently said in an interview to...

Greek Tourism Moves Ahead At 44th ITB

Greece’s economic problems will not have an impact on German visits to the country this year, said Klaus Laepple, president of German Travel Association Deutschen ReiseVerbands (DRV), during the opening press conference of the 44th ITB Berlin travel trade show held last month.

Athens City Center In Need Of Face-Lift

If we want to upgrade Athens, we need to set down some rules and faithfully follow them, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos recently said in an interview to the Greek press when asked about the problems at the one end of the historic center of Athens—the Omonia Square...

Conference Tourism Committee Coming Soon

The Culture and Tourism Ministry last month announced its intention to establish a Conference Tourism Committee in an effort to promote Greece in international tourism markets as a meetings and convention destination.

5th HO.RE.CA. Attracts Thousands

This year’s HO.RE.CA. proved wrong all negative forecasts that saw a “frightened attitude of the tourism sector against the escalating economic crisis,” according to Forum, the organizing company of the fifth international specialized exhibition of equipment, accessories,...

Deputy Minister Sets Goals For Greek Tourism

Organization, aim, control and effectiveness are the foundations on which today's tourism leadership will operate, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou said recently while addressing parliament during the debate on the 2010 state budget.

GNTO Offices Abroad To Close

Important markets to Greek tourism would not be left without a Greek National Tourism Office but mergers are to occur where two or more offices serve a single region, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou recently assured Greek journalists.

New GNTO Board Of Directors Have First Meeting

The new Board of Directors of the Greek National Tourism Organization had its first meeting last month to examine a number of critical issues concerning the proper and transparent function of the organization.

GNTO To Participate In 54 International Travel Fairs

The Greek National Tourism Organization will participate in 54 international tourism fairs in the first quarter of 2010, which will include the country's first time participation in exhibitions of alternative and special forms of tourism, according to a recent announcement made...

Deputy Minister’s Portfolio Is Defined

Greek Prime Minister Yiorgos Papandreou and Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos last month announced the responsibilities assigned to Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister Angela Gerekou.

GNTO Offices Abroad In Trouble

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou recently commented on critical Greek press articles in regards to the bad management of Greek National Tourism Organization offices abroad.

Greece Outlines Tourism Targets At WTM ’09

Travel and tourism, as an industry, has faced pandemics, natural disasters, escalating fuel prices and 9/11 but one of the World Travel Market's greatest strengths is its ability to mirror the industry in its many moods, said WTM's Chairman Fiona Jeffery at the tourism fair's...

Philoxenia 2009 Hangs On Strong

The 25th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held together with the hotel furnishing exhibition Hotelia, saw trade visitors increase this year by some 28 percent compared to last year's exhibition as 4,782 trade visitors were counted, the exhibition's organizer Helexpo said.

New Government Merges Culture With Tourism

Following the parliamentary elections on 4 October that were marked by the victory of PASOK, new Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced a new cabinet and the merging of existing ministries. The ministries of culture and tourism development have become a single Ministry...