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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...

SEEN Elects New Board of Directors

Michalis Sakellis has been elected president of the Greek Shipowners Association For Passenger Ships (SEEN), following the resignation of Apostolos Ventouris last week.

Head Of Coastal Shippers Association Resigns, Sector In Trouble

A disruption in ferry connections to the Greek islands is highly possible since most Greek coastal shipping companies are on the verge of collapsing due to the difficult financial situation, warned Apostolos Ventouris, former president of the Greek Shipowners Association for...

Greek Homeporting Sees Decline, European Cruise Council

The number of passengers that disembarked on Greek cruise destinations from circular cruises that homeported in Greece continued to drop in 2011, according to a report presented during the sixth annual conference of the European Cruise Council (ECC) in Brussels.

Cruise Update: Cabotage Lifted In Greece, But More To Be Done

State protectionism is a stumbling block that discourages the potential growth of Greece’s sea tourism, according to heads of international cruise sector bodies, senior officials from Greece’s port authorities and cruising industry who attended the Cruise Update Seminar held on...

Government Responsible for Inadequate Ferry Routes

Tourism and shipping industry speakers said Greek passenger ferries and dozens of popular Aegean island ports must urgently improve if this Mediterranean country is to continue to see strong increases in tourism arrivals. At a recent press call to announce the conclusions of last...

A note by the publisher

Because of domestic cabotage -when sea transport is open only to Greek companies- Greece “lost the cruise business”, said Gerasimos Strintzis when his new Blue Star 1 ferry was launched last month. Pericles Panagopoulos of Superfast Ferries reminded that in free international...