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IOBE Think-tank: Coastal Shipping Boosts Greek Economy by €2.3bn in 2016

Coastal shipping bolstered the Greek economy by 2.3 billion euros in 2016, according to a study by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research.
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Greece’s Yachting Yearns For Growth

Greece’s cumbersome, complex and constantly changing legislative and regulatory frameworks in the pleasure boat segment and lagging marina infrastructure cost the country billions in lost tourism revenues each year, according to speakers at the 2nd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum,...

Cabotage Said To Finally Be Lifted

The Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Ministry plans to table a law in Parliament soon and fully lift cabotage restrictions for non-European Union flag cruise ships, the Greek press said recently.

Lifting Of Cabotage Discussed Once Again

Cabotage restrictions must be lifted immediately so foreign-flag cruise ships could use Greek harbors as homeports by 2011, President of the Greek Shipowners’ Association for Passenger Ships Markos Foros stressed during a press conference last month.

Attica Hotel Revenue Down in Jan-Sep 2009

Hotels in Attica saw their average hotel occupancy rates drop by 13.62 percent, 9.26 percent and 9.25 percent in five-, four- and three-star hotels respectively during the first nine months of 2009, according to recently announced figures of the monthly study of GBR Consulting.

Cabotage Abolition Monopolizes Tourism Forum

Greece could reap in some one billion euros annually; 14,000 new job positions would open; and the local economies of tourist areas would have a huge increase in income from tourists that arrive to Greek ports by a cruise ship if the cabotage law is lifted, tourism professionals...

PM Chairs Meeting On Tourism

The results of the 2009 tourism season were higher than expected, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos said after having attended a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis with representatives of the tourism sector on 1 September.

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...

A note by the publisher

Η Ελληνική Ναυτιλία κυριαρχούσε στον κόσμο από τους αρχαίους χρόνους. Η δε επιβατηγός ναυτιλία πέτυχε, εντός των πλαισίων της ελεύθερης οικονομίας στις γραμμές της Αδριατικής, να εξελιχθεί σε αμιγώς Ελληνική. Πρόσφατα, δελτία τύπου φορέων και εμπλεκομένων στην επιβατηγό ναυτιλί...

Mergers Turn 20 Ferry Lines Into Three, But Some Routes Monopolized

"Sales commission for travel agents has been reduced; there are fewer discounts available; special group rates have been abolished; and prices have risen more than 20% on some routes."