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Greek Parliament Passes ‘Stayover Tax’ Amendment

Greek Parliament has passed an amendment to the law of the "stayover tax", which is charged to guests at hotels in Greece.

Greek Parliament Passes Omnibus Bill Full of Tax Hikes

The Greek Parliament on Sunday night approved an omnibus bill which includes indirect tax hikes of some 1.8 billion euros.

Greek Parliament Passes 2016 Budget

The Greek Parliament approved the country’s 2016 budget that includes deep spending cuts and some tax hikes amid economic recession.

Greek Tourism Minister Says 3rd Bailout Plan Offers ‘Milder Adjustment’

A third bailout for Greece, valued at 86 billion euros, seems to be in the works, the Greek government said on Tuesday, but European officials are still not clarifying whether the deal will go through.

Greek Parliament Votes in Favor of Second Set of ‘Prior Actions’

Greek Parliament on early Thursday approved a bill containing two more prior actions demanded by Greece’s creditors to start talks for a multibillion euro new bailout.

Greece to Vote EU Legislation Designed to Prevent Bank Failures

Greece is expected to adopt the European Union’s Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) in another set of legislation to be voted in parliament on Wednesday.

ECB Raises Funding for Greece By €900 Million, Greek Banks Expected to Reopen Next Week

The European Central Bank has decided to raise financing through the Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) mechanism for Greece by 900 million euros, ECB president Mario Draghi said during a press conference in Frankfurt on Thursday.

Greek Parliament Votes in Favor of Bailout Deal

The Greek Parliament on early Thursday approved an omnibus draft bill which includes the prior actions demanded by Greece's creditors in exchange for a multibillion euro new bailout.

New Bill For Marine Tourism Tabled In Greek Parliament

A new bill for marine tourism was recently tabled in Greek Parliament by the Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine. The new bill aims to attract more recreational ships, under Greek and foreign flag, in the Greek seas.
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Greek Parliament Passes New Tourism Bill

The Greek Parliament passed a new tourism bill on 31 July in an effort to simplify procedures to support tourism entrepreneurship, restructure the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) and reduce administrative burdens to facilitate investment.
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2nd Athens Half Marathon: Registration Open!

Registration for the 2nd Athens Half Marathon to be held on 31 March 2013 is now open! The running event will start in front of Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament and finish at Zappeion Megaro.

Hoteliers Criticize Restaurant VAT Hike

The increase of the VAT for restaurant services in Greek hotels from 13 to 23 percent (a 77 percent hike) would reduce the competitiveness of the country’s tourism product, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said recently in an announcement.

Greece Approaches India’s Market

“The Indian market right now is untouched but it’s a tourism source for our country that has significant potential,” according to Maya Tsokli, Member of the Greek Parliament, in charge of PASOK's parliament group on tourism.

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Ξεκινάω αυτόν το μήνα δανειζόμενη την πολλή πετυχημένη, και μάλλον σαρκαστική, φράση ενός φίλου: «Ένας νόμος την ημέρα, τη χρεοκοπία κάνει πέρα». Δεν υπάρχει αμφιβολία πως η Ελλάδα καλείται να κάνει μέσα σε λίγους μήνες όσα δεν έκανε σε δεκαετίες. Η Κυβέρνηση έχει επιδοθεί σε ένα...

Greece To Compensate Stranded Tourists

The draft bill for the compensation of tourists stranded in Greece due to extraordinary events such as strikes or natural disasters was tabled in Parliament on 24 August.

GNTO Report Sent To Athens Prosecutor

“The case should be sent to Parliament if the prosecutor’s probe ends up apportioning blame to politicians,” Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis said in late July in regards to an investigative report on the Greek National Tourism Organization’s tourism...

Cabotage Abolition Draft Law Tabled In Parliament

The draft law for the lifting of cabotage restri­ctions, drawn up by the Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Ministry, was tabled in Parliament on 20 July and was pending since then due to the August sum­mer break.

Hotel Chamber Objects To New Development Law

The draft bill on the new development law steers away from present tourism policy and from the established positions of the tourism industry, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said last month.

EKPOIZO Reports Overpriced Airline Tickets

Consumer organization EKPOIZO recently discovered that advertized airline tickets have serious price variations, some which reached up to 63 percent between the advertized on-line cost and the actual charge.

MP Questions Validity of Tourism Movement Statistics

Member of the Greek Parliament with PASOK for Corfu, Angela Gerekou, recently questioned the tourism development ministry, the ministry of economy and finance and the ministry of development about the serious problems that appear in the statistics collected by the Greek National...