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EU Approves Compensation for Connecting Flight Delays

A new EU ruling entitles air travelers to compensation of up to 700 dollars if a connecting flight on the same reservation is delayed or cancelled.

Hellinikon and Skyscrapers Get Green Light

Greece’s highest court has approved a presidential decree covering the terms of the Hellinikon master plan, including the construction of six skyscrapers along the Athenian Riviera.

Theoharis: Shielding Greek Tourism Key for Future

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis called for a strategic plan which will lay the foundations so that Greek tourism can enter a new era.

ETC: 3.6% Rise in Europe Int’l Tourist Arrivals by Year End

The European Travel Commission is forecasting a 3.6 percent rise in international tourism arrivals to Europe for the rest of 2019.

Hellinikon Mega Project Incoming Gov’t Priority

The long delayed "Hellinikon" project for the development of Athens' former airport into a multipurpose hub, has moved to the top of the new Greek government’s agenda.

Greece’s New Tourism Minister Sets Agenda

Greece's new Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis presented his agenda for the upcoming period, which includes slashing VAT on tourism from 24 percent to 13 percent.

WWF: Europe at Risk of ‘Superfires’ Due to Climate Change

European countries will be faced with stronger faster-spreading fires due to heatwaves and droughts which are a direct result of climate change, says the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Lamda: Hellinikon Project Up in the Air

Lamda Development is claiming that the Greek government is creating “insurmountable obstacles” to its Hellinikon mega investment, putting the whole project at risk.

Lavrio – Cesme Ferry Link a ‘Step to Friendship’ for Greece and Turkey

The Greek port of Lavrio and the Turkish town of Cesme now have their own ferry service that runs three times a week by Turkey-based shipping company Aegean Seaways.

Golden Visa Reform in Greece Postponed Until After Elections

Ratification of a revised investor visa scheme in Greece has been pushed back due to snap elections in the country scheduled for July 7.

Lamda Blames Greek Government for Hellinikon Project Delays

Lamda Development, the consortium to take on the urban development of Athens’ former airport in Hellinikon, claims that delays on the project were strictly a result of government stalling.

Greek Civil Protection: Be Ahead of the Fire – Alert, Prevent, Act

As the weather gets hotter and the winds stronger, Greece's civil protection authorities are urging residents and travelers to take preventative measures, be alert and ready to act in order to avoid fires.

Hellinikon Casino Licensing Bid Again Delayed to July 31

The Hellenic Gaming Commission has approved the extension of the international tender for a casino license at Hellinikon to July 31.

Piraeus-bound Metro Line Held Up by Red Tape

The first three stations on a metro line connecting Athens with the port of Piraeus have been put back due to red tape with openings now planned for 2020.

Spatial Plan for Fire-ravaged Mati and Rafina Gets Green Light

A new spatial plan that includes defining segments of the fire-ravaged areas of Mati and Rafina, on the eastern coast of Attica, has been approved by the Greek Environment Ministry.

UNWTO Chief: Greece Gets Kudos for Expertise, Experience and Innovation

Expertise, experience and innovation make Greece a leading tourist destination, according to UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili.

YES to Sea Tourism Forum Offers Graduates Chance at a Shipping Career

This year’s YES to Sea Tourism Forum offered young graduates insight into ways of securing a career in shipping and tourism.

EEA: Greek Beaches at the Top for Cleanliness and Quality

The majority of Greece’s swimming areas are clean and free of pollutants, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA) annual bathing water quality report.

Celestyal Cruises Accounts for 70% of Greece’s Home Porting Activity

Celestyal Cruises accounts for 70 percent of all home porting activity in Greece, according to the company's CEO Chris Theophilides.

Zakynthos Authorities Allow Access to Famed Navagio Beach

Zakynthos authorities have given the green light for access via boat to the world famous Navagio Beach, which had been cordoned off earlier this year after a rockfall.