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New Proposals For Greek Coastline Submitted

Legislation included in a multi-bill submitted to Parliament by the government on 29 July seeks to clearly mark out Greece’s coastline.
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Small Greek Hotels To Be Excused From OAEE Contributions

Owners of some 20,000 small Greek hotel units with a capacity of less than 10 rooms are expected soon to be excused from mandatory insurance contributions to the Self-Employed Workers’ Insurance Organization (OAEE), the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said today, 4 March, in a press...

Tour Bus Profession Set To Open

The provision of the draft law that regulates the liberalization of the tour bus profession so licenses could be easier obtained was voted in Parliament in early August. To the disappointment of tourism professionals, the opening of the profession was “one-sided” since transfer...

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.”

New Year Brings Abolition Of Cabotage

“A new era begins for Greek tourism and cruise in our country with the arrival of 2011,” Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said last month after welcoming the Panama-flag cruise ship Fantasia to Rodos. Fantasia was the first cruiseship to approach Rodos Port...

Minister On Tourism Policy For 2011

A draft bill that will simplify procedures of Greek tourism investments will be promoted by the Culture and Tourism Ministry in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said last month.

A note by the publisher

Ξεκινάω αυτόν το μήνα δανειζόμενη την πολλή πετυχημένη, και μάλλον σαρκαστική, φράση ενός φίλου: «Ένας νόμος την ημέρα, τη χρεοκοπία κάνει πέρα». Δεν υπάρχει αμφιβολία πως η Ελλάδα καλείται να κάνει μέσα σε λίγους μήνες όσα δεν έκανε σε δεκαετίες. Η Κυβέρνηση έχει επιδοθεί σε ένα...

Greece To Compensate Stranded Tourists

The draft bill for the compensation of tourists stranded in Greece due to extraordinary events such as strikes or natural disasters was tabled in Parliament on 24 August.

Cabotage Abolition Draft Law Tabled In Parliament

The draft law for the lifting of cabotage restri­ctions, drawn up by the Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Ministry, was tabled in Parliament on 20 July and was pending since then due to the August sum­mer break.

Hotel Chamber Objects To New Development Law

The draft bill on the new development law steers away from present tourism policy and from the established positions of the tourism industry, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said last month.

Cabotage Draft Law Causes Friction

The bill promoted by the government for the lifting of cabotage restrictions is a historical reform for the Greek cruise industry, Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said last month.

Tourism Sector Disappointed With Cabotage Draft Law

“The draft law (on the lifting of cabotage) has terms that are jointly acceptable by all agencies that deal with the cruise issue so that Greece will become a sea cruise center for the entire Mediterranean,” Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said after...

New Coastal Shipping Routes

Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis last month presented a new draft bill for coastal shipping. It includes a schedule of shipping routes that cover the whole country and one that is binding for passenger shipping firms.