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Piraeus Bank Backs SMEs with €700m, EIB Opens New Athens Office

Small and medium-sized businesses in Greece will be able to tap into a total of 700 million euros of funding by EIB, EIF and EBRD, through local Piraeus Bank.

Greece Moves Up US Agenda, Tsipras to Meet Trump in Washington

Regional security, terrorism and the issue of the Souda base on Crete, will be discussed on October 17 during a meeting of Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and US President Donald Trump.

Greek, Turkish PMs Seek Harmony, Mutual Benefits

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that smooth relations with Greece hinge on an EU promise to ensure visa-free travel within Schengen for Turkish nationals.

Lingering Debt Talks Keep Greece Tourism Officials Alert

Greek tourism officials are expressing concerns that constantly stalled bailout negotiations are bound to take a toll on the sector particularly now, the beginning of the summer booking season.

Greek Aegean Islet Plan Irks Turkey

The Turkish foreign ministry recently reacted to Greek government plans to make dozens of Greek islets in the Aegean inhabitable.

Greek Tourism Minister Calls For United Front

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura recently met with a cross-party group of MPs responsible for tourism to discuss challenges, issues and ways to enhance their cooperation towards bolstering the sector.

Minister Kountoura Invites Obama to Holiday in ‘This Small, Great World’

Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura invited US President Barak Obama to spend his next holidays in Greece, during the dinner held in his honor in Athens recently.

Greece-US Partnership at a Glance

On occasion of President Barak Obama’s visit to Athens this week, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) looks at key points of Greece’s relations with the United States.

Obama in Athens: Equal Chances for the Young, Meaningful Debt Relief

US President Barak Obama arrived in Athens on Tuesday bringing a message of support and hope as he had pledged ahead of his visit from the White House: austerity does not bring prosperity, and the young must have equal opportunities, he said after meeting with Prime Minister...

Greece Readies for US President Obama Visit

Outgoing US President Barack Obama will be in Athens on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will meet with government officials to discuss among other things ways for Greece to be given “meaningful debt relief” in efforts to offer the Greek people hope.

Greece’s Tourism Ministry to Get Upgrade

The tourism ministry in Greece is set to be upgraded into an independent entity following two Presidential Decrees signed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras recently believed to be paving the way for an upcoming government reshuffle.

United Front Against Migrant Crisis or Face Consequences, Greek PM Warns UNGA

The refugee crisis is a problem that affects every nation and as such should be dealt with in a coordinated and united matter, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the 71st United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

Stournaras: Tourism, Reforms, Key to Bringing Greece Out of the Tunnel

Tourism, reforms and privatizations are key to bringing Greece back into the game, Greek Central Bank Governor Yannis Stournaras said last week, expressing his optimism that faith is being restored in the Greek economy.

Greek Tourism Enterprise Body GEPOET Talks Business in China

In efforts to promote the interests of its members, the General Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) explored the potential of working together with Chinese sector professionals during Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ recent visit to China.

Tourism, Infrastructure Top Greece-China Team Work

Tourism and infrastructure will be at the top of the Greece-China agenda of collaborative efforts, Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism Minister Giorgos Stathakis said during a business forum on shipping held in Beijing.

Cosco to Dish Out Extra €500m for Piraeus Investment

Chinese shipping giant Cosco will dish out some 500 million euros over and above the paying price for the port of Piraeus, its managing director, Xu Lirong, said this week during talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is in China on an official five-day visit to...

Greece-China Shake Hands on Culture, Science, Exports & Tourism

With the sale of a majority stake in the Port of Piraeus to Chinese shipping giant Cosco at the center of talks, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sealed on Monday a number of deals with Chinese officials during his five-day visit this week to Beijing and Shanghai, aiming to...

Greece Country Brand Running Low, Study Says

Days after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pledged to double spending on the promotion of Greece abroad, adding that the country brand is its “intangible asset”, a study by Canada’s Carleton University reveals that Greece’s brand name is no longer opening doors to business.

Spreading the Word About Greece to Cost €10m

Promoting Greece abroad and boosting the country’s image is a top priority for the government, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday, adding that he will double the given budget to 10 million euros to achieve the best results for both the economy and society.

Research Body Says New Tax Measures to Take Toll on Greek Economy

Stringent measures to secure the next installation of Greece’s 86-billion-euro bailout plan are bound to hit the Greek economy even more, the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) said recently.