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Hotel Chamber Announces New Board Of Directors

A new joint effort with the ultimate aim of improving the purpose and the role of the chamber has just begun, according to new President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Yiorgos Tsakiris.

Gerassimos L. Fokas

The course of Greece's tourism figures and those of our competitors during 2009 simply confirms the estimates expressed by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels and the Research Institute for Tourism and Forecasts (ITEP), once the global economic crisis began to appear.

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.

HATTA Calls For United Stance Against Crisis

The economic crisis dominated this year's general assembly of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies that recently took place.

Sojourn Tax Reduction On Hold

No provisions will be brought to parliament for approval of the reduction of the sojourn tax—imposed on private businesses that operate in tourist regions—before consultations are held with municipal authorities, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently told the president of...

Zoning Law Rejected By Vast Majority

The planned zoning law for tourism, one of the most controversial legislations in recent years, failed to obtain the consent of the political, scientific and technical bodies of Greece as the majority of the 19 members of the National Zoning Council voted against it during a...

Hotel Chamber Wants Support Measures to Tackle Crisis

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels called for the state and the private sector to overhaul their forces in order to formulate a new tourism strategy, which will assist the industry to limit the negative impact of the international economic crisis.

New Tax Measures Cause Reactions

Minister of Economy and Finance Yiorgos Alogoskoufis recently announced new tax measures that raised the concern of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Warns of Tourism Crisis

Greek tourism once again enters a crisis period, as a series of negative factors form a new, difficult situation and lead to deep concern, said the chairman of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Gerasimos Fokas, at a press conference held recently.

HATTA Elects A New Board of Directors

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) recently held its annual general assembly and voted for its new board of directors. The general assembly was attended by a plethora of members from the travel sector, tourism industry dignitaries, travel...

Fourth Annual HAPCO Conference Focuses on New Athens Convention Bureau

The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) recently held its fourth annual two-day conference on "The Environment, Synergy and Crisis Management in Conference Tourism" at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, where much emphasis was placed...

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Predicts Tourism Levels in 2008

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently held its final meeting for 2007 in the presence of Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos and the political leadership of the Greek National Tourism Organization.

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Honors Tourism Sector at Annual Awards Ceremony

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotel's annual awards were recently handed out at a ceremony presided over by Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos. The awards honored members of the tourism and travel industry for their achievements in various categories.

New Tourism Zoning Plan

Government last month introduced a draft proposal for the introduction of land zoning regulations for the tourism sector. The plan, if accepted and passed, is expected to lead to the construction of leisure and retirement villages, which could attract major investment to the...

Hoteliers Against New Subsidies

Hoteliers are voicing strong opposition to a clause in the new investment incentives law that provides for subsidies of at least 15 percent for the construction of new hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Hotel and Technical Chambers Sign Memorandum

Hellenic Hotel Chamber President Gerasimos Fokas and Technical Chamber of Greece President Yiannis Alavanos signed a memorandum of agreement on seven critical issues that concern both the hotel and technical sector.

Hotel Chamber Elects New Board

Last month's Hellenic Hotel Chamber elections resulted in a new board led by Gerasimos Fokas, reelected as president, and Vasilis Plevris and Dimitris Karalis as vice-presidents.

Hotel Chamber Attempts to Bring Members into the Computer Age

Expansion and automation of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotel's electronic services was approved under the Ministry of Economy's Information Society program, said the chamber's president, Gerasimos Fokas, at a meeting held with the tourism press corps last month in front of June 28...