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Cretan Union Cup Sailing Event Brings Crete into the Spotlight

As part of its ongoing promotional strategy, the Region of Crete aims through the Cretan Union Cup 2015 sailing event through to May 29 to promote the island as a primary tourism destination.

Young Face of the Week: Konstantinos Riavoglou, Vacation Department Manager at blueground

This week, GTP introduces Konstantinos Riavoglou, the vacation department manager at blueground.

Limnos, Agios Efstratios Authorities Up in Arms Over Lacking Ferry Services

As the summer tourist season takes off, Limnos and Agios Efstratios authorities still haven’t reached an agreement with the government concerning the problem of lacking ferry services to the islands.

Hospitality Awards 2015 in Greece: Nominations Now Open

Nominations have opened for the Hospitality Awards 2015 which aim to reward and spotlight Greek hotel enterprises that stand out for their innovative practices in the hospitality sector.

Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta Brings Glamour to Greek Seas in June

After five years of diligence and drive, the Spetses Classic Yacht Race has grown into a fully fledged regatta set to take place on the Saronic island on June 18-21, with sights on extending the duration and expanding its categories.

Discover the South Aegean at Athens Golden Hall Mall

For four months the sights, tastes and feel of the Dodecanese and Cyclades islands will be the focus of activities at Athens’ Golden Hall shopping center in Marousi, as part of the “Discover the South Aegean” promo campaign featuring 50 Greek islands.

Varoufakis: Tourism VAT Rate Will Remain Unchanged This Season

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Wednesday assured Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura that there will be no change in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate for tourism related activities this season.

Greek Shipowners Union Urges Infrastructure Upgrade on Islands

The Union of Cruise Shipowners and Associated Members (EEKFN) called on the relevant authorities to work towards upgrading existing port infrastructure or moving ahead with related projects on the islands, during their recent visit to the Greek ports of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes,...

S. Aegean Region Focuses on Experiential Tourism as ‘Smart Specialisation Strategy’ for Islands’ Promotion

Experiential tourism will be at the center of the South Aegean Region’s new Smart Specialisation Strategy with the aim to boost the islands’ growth.

UK Tour Operators Treated to Halkidiki Wonders

A total of 13 UK-based travel agents were given a tour of the Halkidiki region and treated to its local cuisine during the 3rd fam trip recently organised by the Halkidiki Tourism Organization.

Kountoura: No Change in Tourism’s VAT Rate Until October

Greek Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura on Wednesday assured that any changes in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate for tourism related activities would be put into effect as of October.

Thessaloniki Goes Up ICCA Ranking of Business Events

Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, registered a remarkable rise in the newly released ICCA (International Congresses and Conventions Association) rankings for city destinations, moving up from 209th to 108th place worldwide. The data, which refers to 2014, shows that Thessaloniki...

MYBA: Greece’s Yachting Sector Sailing Win(d)ward

Greece’s yachting sector has grown into a driving force of tourism in the last decade, the Worldwide Yachting Association (MYBA) said in a statement released on the occasion of the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum to be held next week in Athens.

Value of Cruising and Yachting in Greece to Take Center Stage at 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum

The challenges and opportunities affecting the future of sea tourism in Greece and the wider region will be addressed by more than 800 delegates, including representatives from cruise and yacht companies, ports and destinations, at the 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum to be held...

Athens’ Arrivals ‘Rescue’ April 2015 Figures

International tourist arrivals to Greece grew by 6.6 percent in April mainly thanks to Athens which recorded a 21.3 percent increase in air arrivals.

‘Quantum of the Seas’ Super Smartship Hits Greek Shores

Shipping Minister Thodoris Dritsas, Deputy Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and the US Ambassador to Greece David Pearce were at the port of Piraeus on Monday morning to welcome the Quantum of the Seas, one of the largest cruisers to dock at the Greek port.

Greek Hoteliers to Bear Brunt of Proposed Taxes by up to 147.6m Euros

Greek hoteliers may be faced with up to 147.6 million euros in additional taxes should the government decide to go ahead with the proposed levies on tourism it has announced recently.

Lefkada Beach Hotel One Stop Shop, Adds Car Rentals, Boat Tours to Services

The Lefkada Beach Hotel provides services including on-the-spot car rental as well as small boat trips to Lefkada’s remote beaches, including the world-renowned Porto Katsiki, Kathisma, Skorpios, Agiofilli and Pefkoula.

German Tour Operators Optimistic, See Crete, Rhodes, Kos as Top Spots

German tour operators are insisting that German tourists are planning to hit Greek shores in droves despite recent media reports about dwindling tourism figures.

Possible New Tax Measures Worry Greek Hotel Industry

The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX) on Friday voiced concern over the impact new measures would have on the hotel sector and the national economy in general, during a meeting with Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.