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Greece’s Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura Resigns to Run in European Elections

Elena Kountoura has resigned from her post as Greece's tourism minister, as she plans to run in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Industry Stakeholders Call for Integrated European Tourism Policy

Tourism and travel bodies have appealed to EU authorities to move towards an integrated European tourism policy with strategic funding at EU level.

EU Lawmakers Agree to Limit Intra-Schengen Border Checks

EU lawmakers have agreed to restrict the initial period for border checks to two months, instead of the current six-month period.

European Parliament Improves Rail Passenger Rights Rules

The European Parliament has approved the update of rail passenger rights legislation, which includes higher compensation rates for delays and better assistance to people with disabilities.

Airlines to Provide Greek Police with Passenger Data as Greece Harmonizes with EU Rules

Airlines will be required to provide the Greek Police with data on passengers traveling into or out of Greece, as the country harmonizes with the EU’s PNR Directive.

Visa Waiver for Five Countries on EU-US Agenda of Talks

A transatlantic dispute which does not allow nationals of five EU countries to enter the US without a visa, was recently on the agenda of talks between EU and US ministers.

Foreign Investments May Soon Go Under EC Microscope

Foreign acquisitions and investments in a series of sectors, including media and technology, may soon go under the microscope of the European Commission.

Athens Hosts Discussion on Airbnb Phenomenon in Europe

Ways to regulate the home sharing market and deal with the issue of overtourism in European cities were discussed between the mayors of Athens, Santorini and Florence.

Aviation Industry Wary of Proposed Daylight Saving Time Change

A proposition to make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent is causing concern among aviation circles, which claim it will lead to disruption.

EU Lawmakers Adopt ‘ETIAS’ Travel Authorization System

The European Parliament approved the establishment of ETIAS, an EU regulation that will include advanced checks to visa-exempt third-country nationals traveling to the Schengen area.

Greece in Top 5 Schengen Countries Issuing Short-stay Visas

Greece is ranked fifth among 10 Schengen countries that received the most short-stay visa applications in 2017 after France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

ETIAS: Advanced Checks and Travel Authorization Fee for non-EU Visitors to Schengen Area

ETIAS, a new EU regulation that will include advanced checks, is on a path to apply to visa-free third country nationals wanting to travel in the Schengen area.

EU Set to Suggest Mandatory Fingerprinting on All IDs

In efforts to tackle terrorism, the European Commission plans to table a proposal that all EU identification cards include fingerprinting.

EU’s PNR Directive Tightens Security for Travelers

The European Parliament and Council PNR (Passenger Name Record) Directive, being adopted across the EU, will require travelers to provide detailed personal information ahead of travel.

EC Invites Municipalities to Apply for Free WiFi Hotspot Funding

The European Commission invites municipal authorities across Europe to apply for funding to build free wireless Internet hotspots in public spaces under its WiFi4EU program.

UNWTO Bolsters Teamwork in Tourism with EU

The UNWTO and the European Parliament signed an agreement in Brussels towards the advancement of sustainable tourism across the EU.

EU and China to Discuss Tourism and Culture Cooperation in Brussels

The 2018 EU-China Tourism Year initiative will be the focus of a cooperation summit at the European Parliament in Brussels on February 28.

SETE Empowers Greek Tourism in Brussels

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) recently visited Europe’s decision-making center, Brussels, to highlight the significance of Greek tourism.

SETE in Brussels – Greek Tourism ‘Speaks Out’ in European Parliament

The European Parliament on Tuesday was informed of the strength, resilience and prospects of Greek tourism, as well as the challenges impending its future.

Greece Launches European Cultural Heritage Year Events

Greece officially launched the European Year of Cultural Heritage, an initiative of the European Commission, with a special event focused on Rebetiko music.