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Greece Aims to Close Loopholes in Airbnb-style Rentals Law

The Greek Tourism Ministry is preparing a draft bill to regulate the short-term rental market, do away with "loopholes" and establish fair competition.

Greece Cracks Down on Illegal Airbnb Activities

Short-term rental operators who fail to declare their properties by February 28 will be faced with stiff penalties.

Central Macedonia Region Winning Over Traveling Crowds Year Round

Greece’s Central Macedonia Region is winning over the crowds as it welcomed 7.9 million tourists in 2018, up by 22 percent from 2016.

Tourist Numbers to 13 Greek Regions Up by 23% in 2018

Over the 2016-2018 period, the number of visits and tourism receipts at Greece’s 13 regions both increased by 23 percent, according to an INSETE study.

Report: Hotel RevPAR Up in Thessaloniki, Down in Athens in 2019

RevPAR for hotels in Thessaloniki in 2019 was up by 4.3 percent year-on-year, while a 1.4 percent drop was recorded for hotels in Athens.

Athens Hotel Occupancy Rates Disappoint in 2019

Overall occupancy rates and revenues at hotels in Athens dropped in 2019, with sector professionals remaining reserved about performance in 2020.

Travelers Give Greek Hotels Thumbs Up for Quality in 2019

Travelers gave Greek hotels thumbs up for quality and services with Greece holding the first position on the Global Review Index (GRI) for 2019, with a rating of 87.1%.

Greek Tourism Body Chief Says ‘Time is Ripe’ for Structural Changes

Securing the competitiveness of the Greek tourism product through a series of measures is the top priority for the year ahead, said SETE President Yiannis Retsos.

EU Court Rules Against French Hoteliers’ Airbnb Claim

The EU’s highest court has rejected a French hotels association suit against Airbnb, ruling that the home-sharing platform is not required to hold a real estate agent's licence in order to operate in France.

Greece’s Short-term Rental Market Uneasy over Legal Actions

An unclear framework governing short-term rentals in Greece, has led dozens of home owners to take legal action against Airbnb-style activity.

INSETE: Greece’s Airbnb-frenzy Needs Regulating

Greece’s short-term rentals may have saved many struggling Greeks during the economic crisis years, but the practice needs immediate regulation, says INSETE.

Greek Short-term Rentals via Airbnb, HomeAway Generate €1.5bn in a Year

Short-term rentals for hospitality purposes generated €1.15 billion in revenues in Greece over the June 2018-May 2019 period according to INSETE

More Israeli Travelers Seeking Greek Hotel Services in October

All the more Israeli travelers are booking hotels in Greece, making Israel one of Greece’s top five booking markets for the first time.

Greeks Choose Athens, Thessaloniki and Tinos for Travel in September

Athens, Thessaloniki and Tinos topped the list of the most popular destinations in Greece for Greek travelers during September, according to INSETE.

Linking Tourism with Trade Key for Market, Says Greek Commerce Body

The Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE) is calling for ways to channel the strong tourism dynamic towards stimulating retail trade.

Greece Gains Ground with Canadians, Australians in 2016-2018

Canada, Australia, Denmark, the US and Poland were the top source markets for Greece over the 2016-2018 period, according to INSETE.

Greek Hotels Top GRI Satisfaction Index in August

Greek hotels hold the top position in terms of quality and services with an August GRI score of 86.9 percent, according to data released by INSETE.

Greek Hotel Room Rates to Rise by 2-4% Next Year – Report

Room rates at Greek hotels are projected at rising by 2-4 percent next year, according to BCD Travel’s 2020 Industry Forecast.

Study Reveals Athens 2019 Hotel Occupancy Rates Dropping

A recent boom in accommodation options in Athens appears to be impacting the hotel market, a study released by GBR Consulting reveals.

INSETE: Stable Financial Ecosystem Key to Greece’s Economic Growth

Sustainable development and reducing taxation should be the key components of a new post-bailout economic policy for Greece, says a report by INSETE.