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Greece Hospitality Tax to Hamper Small Hotel Upgrades

A new accommodation tax set to take effect next year is expected to put a damper on plans by smaller hotel units to renovate or upgrade.

One in 10 New Hotels in Greece a Five-Star

Hospitality and accommodation in Greece is becoming better than ever with one in five new hotels offering five-star services.

Greece Retail Trade Opposed to Sunday Shop Opening

Greece's major retail trade players are expressing their opposition to a recent decision by the government to keep shops open on 30 Sundays a year.

Greece’s Trademark ‘Xenia’ Hotel Expo Back in Action

The trademark Xenia exhibition is back to offer the latest insight into the hotel industry and much more during November 25-27 at the Metropolitan Expo.

Greek Hospitality Sector Welcomes 5-star Hotel Boom

Greece’s hospitality industry is seeing all the more 5-star hotels at major destinations across the country, offering visitors high quality services and at the same time attracting higher income travelers.

Greek Hoteliers Discuss Challenges at 6th General Assembly

Greek hoteliers discussed the challenges of the industry during the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels' 6th general assembly on Friday.

Greek Hoteliers Seeking Ways to Offset ‘Stayover Tax’

The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX) is negotiating package deals for 2018 with tour operators in efforts to find ways to offset a new levy that will be charged on Greek accommodation units as of 2018.

Athens Hotel Occupancy Rates Waning

Athens hotels have been seeing the numbers of their clientele drop since last fall through to February this year, according to the Athens-Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association.

Hotels Chamber Head Reluctant to Make Projections for Future

Urging a united front on all issues involving the sector, the head of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) George Tsakiris made it clear that “tourism is an affair that affects us all” during the chamber’s 5th general assembly held recently at Athens’ Metropolitan Expo center.

Thessaloniki Hoteliers Mark ‘100 Years of Hospitality’ with Book Release

Thessaloniki hoteliers paid tribute to the sector and to their association, with the release of 100 Years of Hospitality - Thessaloniki Hotels 1914-2014 during a special book release ceremony at the city’s historic Macedonia Palace.

Greece Hoteliers Table their Troubles at Philoxenia

The heads of the country’s hotelier associations met in Thessaloniki, last week, to discuss crucial issues affecting the sector including the need to restore the VAT rates to competitive levels, reduce taxation, boost domestic tourism and deal with the refugee crisis.

Kountoura Says Gov’t Eyeing Offsetting Measures for Tourism Industry

Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura announced changes to the criteria that accommodation facilities in Greece must meet in order to be awarded relevant classification following her meeting with the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) in Thessaloniki, last week.

Pieria Hoteliers Team Up to Discuss Quality vs Illegal Board

A total of 228 hoteliers from the Pieria prefecture met on Thursday, during the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) 2nd workshop in the town of Katerini, central Macedonia, to discuss the procedure and legal framework of the new classification system.

Greek Hoteliers’ Rhodes Meet Raises VAT, Unfair Play Issues

The increase in value-added tax (VAT) and the unfair competition resulting from the operation of illegal accommodation units topped the agenda of a Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) meeting recently, which brought together more than 160 hoteliers and accommodation professionals to...

Greek Hotels: Expedia, Booking.com Agree to Allow Leeway for Fair Competition

The Hellenic Competition Commission will drop a formal investigation concerning Booking.com’s and Expedia’s cooperation agreements with hotel businesses in Greece, after the two companies agreed to revise their contracts with hotel owners, paving the way for greater flexibility...

Foreign Tour Operators Add Default Clause to Greek Deals in Case of Bankruptcy

Foreign tour operators fearing a possible Grexit, bankruptcy or tax status change in tourism, are now requiring Greek hoteliers to include a default clause in all contracts.

Thessaloniki Hoteliers Set Goals for 2015, Troubled Over Proposed Tourism Taxes

Thessaloniki hoteliers expressed their concern over proposed tax measures in the tourism sector as well as their optimism about the increased number of bookings in the northern port city during the recent Thessaloniki Hotels Association (THA) general assembly.

Full House but No Cash in Hand for Greek Hoteliers, Online Bookings New Lifeline

Greek hoteliers are now turning to foreign markets to ensure liquidity as banks are not offering financial backing and tour operators are minimizing and delaying advance payments.
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