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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.

New Tax Measures Cause Reactions

Minister of Economy and Finance Yiorgos Alogoskoufis recently announced new tax measures that raised the concern of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Hotel Chamber Seeks Solutions from Health Minister

The board of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently discussed key issues with Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos that concern both the hotel industry and the health ministry.

2009 Budget Raises Concern

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently expressed its deep concern in regards to government's 2009 budget that was announced recently.

SETE Calls for Tourism Chamber

A general consensus for the prime minister's continued support in overcoming hurdles that continue to harm business potential in the tourism sector was the essence of the speech given by Stavros Andreadis, president of the association of Greek tourism enterprises, during the...

Hoteliers Against New Subsidies

Hoteliers are voicing strong opposition to a clause in the new investment incentives law that provides for subsidies of at least 15 percent for the construction of new hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Hotel Chamber Calls for 3-Year Government Policy

On the occasion of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels' annual New Year's reception, the president of the chamber, Makis Fokas, said that last year proved to be exceptional tourism year for the second time in a row, in both the number of arrivals to Greece and the amount of tourism...

Hotels Obliged To Maintain Last Year’s Minimum Rates

Greek hotels are to maintain last year’s minimum prices for this season until 31 March 2010, according to a recent decision by Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos.

Hoteliers Turn Down Health Minister

Greek hoteliers recently responded negatively to Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos's proposal for the use of a room in each hotel complex to isolate a tourist that would develop H1N1 (swine) flu symptoms.

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...

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...

Hotel Chamber Wants Support Measures to Tackle Crisis

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels called for the state and the private sector to overhaul their forces in order to formulate a new tourism strategy, which will assist the industry to limit the negative impact of the international economic crisis.

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Predicts Tourism Levels in 2008

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently held its final meeting for 2007 in the presence of Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos and the political leadership of the Greek National Tourism Organization.

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Warns of Tourism Crisis

Greek tourism once again enters a crisis period, as a series of negative factors form a new, difficult situation and lead to deep concern, said the chairman of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Gerasimos Fokas, at a press conference held recently.

New Tourism Minister Meets Representatives

Newly-appointed Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently met with representatives from various sectors of the tourism industry. The meeting was to discuss key concerns of all the representatives, which arose from the devastation caused by the recent fires to...

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Honors Tourism Sector at Annual Awards Ceremony

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotel's annual awards were recently handed out at a ceremony presided over by Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos. The awards honored members of the tourism and travel industry for their achievements in various categories.

Hoteliers Against Direct Subsidies for New Hotels

Hoteliers last month called for a more discriminating application of the investment incentives law for the construction of four- and five-star hotels, and went as far as to demand restrictions in the approval of subsidized projects.

Hotel Chamber Awards Nine For Tourism Contribution

At a ceremony last month, the Hellenic Hotel Chamber granted nine awards for significant contributions to tourism in Greece, in an award program first started in 2004. This year, a special committee selected individuals, businesses, initiatives and hotels that regardless of their...

Hotel Chamber Attempts to Bring Members into the Computer Age

Expansion and automation of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotel's electronic services was approved under the Ministry of Economy's Information Society program, said the chamber's president, Gerasimos Fokas, at a meeting held with the tourism press corps last month in front of June 28...

Hotel and Technical Chambers Sign Memorandum

Hellenic Hotel Chamber President Gerasimos Fokas and Technical Chamber of Greece President Yiannis Alavanos signed a memorandum of agreement on seven critical issues that concern both the hotel and technical sector.