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Cruise Travel to Greece Recovering Slowly Amid Challenges

Cruise travel to Greece is picking up pace albeit slowly after a major drop last year due to the geopolitical situation in Turkey, Egypt and Israel.

Sea, Cruise Tourism Stakeholders Invited to Bet on Greece

Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura invited sea and cruise tourism stakeholders to place their bets on Greece, during the 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum.

Cruise Sector to Inject €0.5bn into Greek Economy in 2017

The cruise sector is expected to inject 0.5 billion euros into the Greek economy this year, according to Theodore Vokos, executive director of Posidonia Exhibitions.

Sea Tourism, Cruise Travel Come into Focus at 4th Posidonia Athens Forum

"Reinventing Cruising in the East Mediterranean" is the theme of this year's Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum to be held May 23-24 in Athens.

Greece Shipping Chamber Sets Up 1st Maritime Cluster

The Hellenic Chamber of Shipping has launched "Maritime Hellas", the first Greek maritime cluster, to promote the interests of the Greek shipping sector.

Thessaloniki Port Sale Priority for New Shipping Minister

Ensuring the sale of a 67 percent stake in the Thessaloniki port authority moves ahead swiftly and trouble free tops the agenda of new incoming shipping minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis.

No Change in EU Tax Guidelines for Shipping, Commissioner Bulc Says

The European Commission does not intend to alter the existing guidelines, regarding the taxation of shipping activities, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said during a joint press conference with the Union of Greek Shipowners President Theodore Veniamis on the sidelines of the...

Athens Shipping Meet to Take Up the Challenge

Employment, environment, financing and Piraeus’ growth are the challenges to be explored at the 2nd Naftemporiki Shipping Conference which kicks off on Tuesday, January 26, at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso resort in Vouliagmeni.

Greece’s Shipping Chamber Chief Sees Demise of Sector

The president of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (NEE) expressed his concern over the dwindling numbers of Greek-owned ships at a special New Year’s ceremony held recently during which the Hellenic Coast Guard was awarded for its search and rescue efforts.
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2nd Posidonia Forum To Focus on Cruise, Yachting, Passenger Shipping

For two days, Athens will be the meeting place for discussions and debates on the cruise sector’s growth challenge for Greece, Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, organizer Posidonia Exhibitions said in regards to this year’s 2nd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum.
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Piraeus Chosen As Distribution Center By Hewlett-Packard

The Development Ministry recently announced a provisional agreement between American IT firm Hewlett-Packard (HP), Chinese shipping giant Cosco and Greek state railway Trainose for the use of Dock II in Piraeus Port.

Cruise Industry Says Goodbye To Greek Cabotage

“Cabotage is finally lifted,” the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) said last month after the Cabinet approved the bill that included the full lifting of cabotage restrictions for non-European Union flag cruise ships.

Sea Tourism Forum To Launch Next Month

The potential for sea tourism and the development of the economies of Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea region will be examined during the first Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, scheduled to take place 21-22 June at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens.

Diving Tourism On Ministry’s Agenda

The development of diving tourism is one of the top priorities of the Culture and Tourism Ministry within the framework of promoting alternative forms of tourism, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the “Biodiversity and Diving Tourism in the Greek Seas”...

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.

Cabotage Draft Law Causes Friction

The bill promoted by the government for the lifting of cabotage restrictions is a historical reform for the Greek cruise industry, Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said last month.

Greek Seamen Reject Cabotage Abolition

Lifting cabotage restrictions would mean the end of Greek-flagged cruise shipping and the funeral of Greek sailors, Antonis Dalakogiorgos, head of the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO), recently told the media.

Cabotage Elimination Requested Once Again

The cabotage law that forbids foreign flag cruise ships to homeport in Greece has destroyed Greek cruise, the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Yiorgos Gratsos, recently stressed.
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