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SEEN: Coastal Shipping a Lifeline for Greece’s Islands

Coastal shipping is a lifeline for many of Greece’s island communities, says Greek Shipowners Association for Passenger Ships (SEEN) President Michalis Sakellis.

Piraeus Master Plan Gets 10-day Extension for Deliberation

The period for public deliberation of the master plan for the revamp of the Piraeus Port has received a 10-day extension.

Greek Coastal Shipping Body Sees ‘Tough’ Year Ahead

Despite the positive outlook for coastal shipping, the Greek Shipowners Association for Passenger Ships (SEEN) sees a challenging year ahead.

Piraeus Port Master Plan Raises Concerns

Government officials, Piraeus local authorities and stakeholders met to discuss concerns over the master plan for the revamp of the country’s largest port.

PPA Presents Proposals for Piraeus Port Master Plan

The Cosco-managed Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) has revealed its plans to boost Piraeus' reputation as a tourism destination.

Syros Mayor Calls for More Ferry Connections

Aiming to make Syros more accessible, the island's mayor George Maragos recently met with professionals in order to explore ways of increasing ferry services.

Greek Ferry Shipping Traffic Steady for Easter

Ferry shipping traffic for the Orthodox Easter period is expected to record last year’s levels, according to the Greek Shipowners Association for Passenger Ships (SEEN).

Proposed Levy Raises Greek Shipping, Tourism Industry Concerns

The shipping and tourism industries are concerned over a proposed charge for recreational vessels as discussed in a draft bill tabled in parliament.

Greek Coastal Shipping Performance Similar to Last Year

Greece's ferry traffic this year appears to be at the same levels with last year with an obvious drop in tourist traffic to the Northeastern Aegean islands.

Record Participation Expected at Posidonia 2016

Posidonia 2016 is on course to be the biggest ever despite unfavourable market conditions such as plummeting oil prices and slowing economic growth in key economies and especially China.

Greek Ferry Companies Express Concern on Summer Passenger Traffic

Greece's recent “bank holiday” and the restrictions on cash withdrawals for Greeks led to a 70 percent drop in ferry bookings.

Debate: VAT Rate on Hotels in Greece

The hotly debated value-added-tax (VAT) rate issue has been the main topic of discussion among tourism professional circles for the past months in Greece.

SEEN Calls for Greek Seamen to Suspend Strike on June 30

The Greek Shipowners Association For Passenger Ships (SEEN) on Friday called for the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) to suspend the 24-hour strike announced for Tuesday, June 30.

NEL Lines Declared Forfeit

The future of Greek shipping company NEL Lines (Maritime Company of Lesvos) is up in the air, following a decision by Alternate Marine Minister Thodoris Dritsas to side with the verdict of the Coastal Transportation Council (SAS) and declare the ferry operator forfeit, barring it...

Proposed VAT Hike Sets Off Alarm Bells in Greek Shipping Industry

The shipping industry warned during the 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum held in Athens this week that should a proposed tax hike be imposed on Greek tourism then the consequences will be dire for the industry.

Greek Passenger Shipping Professionals Request Exemption from Potential VAT Rate Increase

Passenger ferry services should be designated as "emergency services" and therefore charged with a reduced Value Added Tax rate, the Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies (SEEN) said in a letter to Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Third Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum Unveils Speaker Line-up

Senior officials from major international cruise companies will meet in Athens in May for the 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum to engage with government officials, network and do business with representatives of the Eastern Mediterranean’s port authorities, cruise ship suppliers...

Athens Welcomes Greek Tourism Expo

Some 162 exhibitors, 74 hosted buyers, 2,600 B2B meetings and 6,650 visitors “came to meet the Greeks” at this year’s 1st Greek Tourism Expo which took place at the Metropolitan Expo on 5-7 December.

SETE Announces New Board of Directors

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) held elections on Wednesday 30 April during its 22nd annual general assembly and elected its new Board of Directors for a 3-year mandate.

SETE Sends Message Ahead Of World Tourism Day

17 million international arrivals, 11 billion euros of direct revenue and 40,000 new employment positions must be the aims of Greek tourism in 2013. If these goals are achieved, tourism will add 1.5 percent to the country’s GDP, raising the contribution of tourism to GDP above 16...