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South Aegean Region Waterway Network Closer to Implementation

The South Aegean Region is moving ahead with the implementation of a waterway network with the launch of procedures for 20 waterways on 19 islands.

South Aegean Ready to Shine as European Region of Gastronomy

The culinary traditions of the South Aegean Region are reaching all the more people within the framework of its tenure as “European Region of Gastronomy 2019”.

South Aegean Region, Fraport Join Forces to Attract More Flights to Four Greek Airports

The Region of South Aegean has joined forces with Fraport Greece to attract new air connections to the airports of Rhodes, Kos, Santorini and Mykonos.

S. Aegean Governor Calls for Pilot Visa Plan to ‘Save’ Refugee-hit Isles

South Aegean Region Governor George Hadjimarkos has called for a pilot visa scheme that will allow residents from Iran, Russia and Turkey to travel to the Eastern Aegean islands.

Syros in Movie Talk with Hollywood

The Greek island of Syros may be ready to serve as a filming destination for Hollywood blockbusters after talks between local authorities and US cinematographers about the creation of a film studio there.

Key Tourism Figures 2016: George Hadjimarkos, Governor of South Aegean Region

Our goal is to show the real “face” of the South Aegean.... To show that it is a safe and welcoming destination... To show that its dozens of beautiful islands, with unique features, can satisfy every demand and turn a vacation into a unique and special personal experience.

Kos to Get Promotion Boost by Greek Tourism Ministry in 2017

The promotion of the Dodecanese island of Kos is a strategic priority for the Tourism Ministry in 2017, according to Greek Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.

German Tourism Market Confirms Support to Kos at FVW Workshop 2016

Germany’s leading tour operators and travel agents recently attended a three-day major destination marketing event on Kos and explored ways to boost the island's image and increase sales of travel packages to the destination.

US Journalists to Spread the Word about Rhodes and Kos

The tourism department of the Region of the South Aegean is hosting a press trip for American journalists on the islands of Rhodes and Kos.

Secrets of the Trade @ TripAdvisor’s Rhodes Digital Tourism Forum

Tips, apps, techniques and hands-on experience were at the center of TripAdvisor's "Data Mediterranean - Digital Tourism" event held at Rhodes’ Amathus Luxury Beach Hotel recently.

FEDHATTA Honors South Aegean Region, Argo Travel and UK’s ABTA

The Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist & Travel Agencies (FEDHATTA) recently honored the South Aegean Region and Argo Travel Group for contributing to Greek tourism and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) for supporting Greece's travel sector.

Greece @ ITB 2016 – Photo Report by GTP

Greece received positive and optimistic messages from the German market at the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry, ITB Berlin, which marked 50 years.

ITB 2016: Greek Island Officials Hope EU and Turkey Reach a Deal on Refugee Crisis

Greek island officials are hoping that the European Union and Turkey will come to an agreement on March 17 to curb the flow of refugees into Greece.

Greece: New Tourism Campaign Shows the Aegean Islands are ‘Like No Other’

In a move to boost its position in the international tourism market, the South Aegean Region on Tuesday presented a new campaign entitled "Aegean Islands. Like No Other", which lies at the heart of its three-year tourism strategy designed in collaboration with the Greek Tourism...

Ioannis Bras Steps In as Head of S. Aegean Waterways Network

Ioannis Bras has been appointed project manager for the South Aegean Region waterway network as part of the regional authority’s strategic plan to expand the islands’ tourism potential.

S. Aegean Region Tourism Plan Launch on Jan. 26

The South Aegean Region has placed Rhodes at the forefront of its 2016 tourism strategy due to its central role as a major tourist hotspot and as one of the region’s best performing destinations.

Santorini: Mayor Presents Plan to Draw Visitors All Year Round

Aiming to increase tourism to Santorini during off-peak summer months, Thera Mayor Anastasios-Nikolaos Zorzos on Tuesday presented a new ambitious initiative to establish the Cycladic island as an all year round tourism destination.

CNN – S. Aegean Region Ink Tourism Promo Deal, First Results at WTM

As part of its action plan to reverse the negative image of Greece, in the international media, which in many cases has bruised local tourism, the South Aegean Region is finalizing the details of its partnership with CNN, results of which will be presented at the World Travel...

Proposed VAT Hike on Greek Hotels and Islands Causes Stir

State Minister Alekos Flabouraris’ statement to increase VAT on accommodation from 6.5 percent to 23 percent set off alarm bells among the country’s hotel industry, with Greek hoteliers calling it the “premeditated murder of tourism”.

Greek Islanders Call for Public Vote on Tourism Tax Hikes

Tourism sector professionals on the Greek islands are calling for a public vote as the talk of a VAT (value-added-tax) hike on tourism picks up pressure and the negotiation process with Greece’s international lenders lingers on.
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