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POET Holds General Meeting

Leading members of Greece's tourism community attended the recent general meeting of the Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (POET) held in Athens.

GEPOET Discusses Tourism Issues With Transport Minister

A bill that will regulate the legal details in regards to the pending liberalization of land passenger transport will be tabled in parliament in April 2013 by the Transport Ministry, the General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) said. By 2015 the market...

Air Traffic Controllers Anger Tourism Professionals

“Your repeated strikes, walkouts and “white strikes” are killing tourism and have brought all domestic tourism businesses to the verge of destruction,” the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) stressed last month in a letter to the Greek Air Traff...

Tourism Arrivals/Revenue Up, Travel Agency Revenue Down

The recent data released by the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) seems in complete contrast with statements and figures that refer to this year’s increases in the Greek tourism sector, according to the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET).

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...

Travel Trade Calls Emergency Session To Confront Commission Cuts

Greece's travel trade associations got together last month ans called emergency general assembly of all travel associations to consider stop selling domestic airline tickets after local carriers cut agency commission down to 6.94% from 9%.

PM Optimistic On Greek Tourism, Professionals Worried

“Greek tourism has been switched to autopilot and left unattended, something that was obvious at this year’s Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF)… We did not hear that Greece would carry out what its competitors are im­plementing, whether that be a promotion campaign or the...

Travel Agency Staff To Benefit From OAED Subsidy Program

The Manpower Employment Organization (OAED) assured the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) that travel agency and tour bus staff would be included as of 2011 in its subsidy program of insurance contributions.

New Greek Cruise Ship Fees Unfair, GEPOET

If the increase of port charges are passed on to the consumer, cruise passengers would most likely cancel their bookings and prefer other locations because the Greek product will have become too expensive, according to the General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises...

GEPOET Objects To Opening Of Closed-Shop Professions

The Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) recently wondered where exactly Greek tourism was headed as, according to press reports, travel agencies are assumed to be included in plans to open so-called “closed-shop professions.”

GEPOET Calls For Independent Tourism Ministry

The General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) last month called for tourism to gain full independence and be separated from the culture sector.
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Acropolis Area Beset By Tour Buses, Solution Sought

The Greek Tourism Ministry is in search of a management strategy to ease the congestion in the area of the Acropolis caused by tour buses when transferring tourists to and from the site.

GTP at WTM 2013 – Photo Report

Through a revamped pavilion and with more Greek exhibitors, Greece showed its best to the international travel trade sector at the 34th World Travel Market (WTM), held 4-7 November 2013 on the fairgrounds of ExCeL–London.

Possible Changes To Greek Tourist Coach Sector Stirs Reactions

Greek tourism professionals have expressed opposition to the government’s new multi-bill that will overhaul the rules that currently exist in the tourist coach sector.

In Memory of Marios Trivizas

Marios Trivizas, tourism entrepreneur and president of the General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) passed away at the age of 85 on Saturday, 28 June, following recent surgery complications.

New Certification Seal Introduced For Greek Tour Buses

All Greek tour coach owners are now required to apply for a special electronic seal of authenticity, following a recent decision of the Greek Transport Ministry.

SETE Slams Government Plans for ‘Suicidal’ VAT Hike for Greek Hotels

An increase of the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate for hotel accommodation from 6.5 percent to 13 percent would start a domino effect of consequences, according to the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE). The association said such a move would be "suicidal" for Greek tourism.

Possible Hotel VAT Increase in Greece Sparks Reactions

Greek tourism professionals are up in arms over the government’s intention to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate for hotel accommodation from 6.5 percent at present to 13 percent. The news has caused a number of reactions from Greek tourism bodies, hotel associations and...

Tourist Coaches Want to Operate Intercity Routes

The Greek Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) has expressed its satisfaction with the Τourism Μinistry’s recent decision to stop an amendment to draft legislation which would in effect exclude privately-run tourist coaches and buses from the future liberalization of the...

GEPOET Meets with Alternate Tourism Minister

Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura met with the Greek Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) to discuss the challenges of the sector and formulate a joint strategy ahead of the official launch of the summer tourist season.