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Thessaloniki Metro Launch May be Pushed Back

The launch of the Thessaloniki metro set for 2020 will most likely be pushed back after the construction company said it was “technically impossible” to meet the deadline.

Thessaloniki Metro Works Unearth Thousands of Ancient Treasures

More than 300,000 ancient finds have come to light following works on the Thessaloniki metro including a headless statue of Aphrodite and mosaics.

Safeguarding Antiquities Priority as Thessaloniki Metro Works Proceed

A working group made up of state and Attiko Metro officials will monitor works on the Thessaloniki metro, aiming to safeguard Byzantine era findings.

Tourism, Infrastructure Top Greece-China Team Work

Tourism and infrastructure will be at the top of the Greece-China agenda of collaborative efforts, Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism Minister Giorgos Stathakis said during a business forum on shipping held in Beijing.

Thessaloniki Metro Works Resume, Aim for 2020

Works on the Thessaloniki metro are set to resume in the coming days, said Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Christos Spirtzis, earlier this week.

Kefalogianni Attends WTM & UNWTO Ministers’ Summit

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni joined tourism ministers from around the world and attended the seventh WTM & UNWTO Ministers’ Summit, held on 5 November, the second day of World Travel Market 2013.

WTM 2013: Tourism Growth Continues Despite Visa, Tax Concerns

UNWTO Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai said in the first eight months of 2013 aviation grew by 5.1% and will close the year 4% up, ahead of what the UNWTO was predicting earlier this year.
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Athens Shows Best At Beijing Expo

Athens and Santorini are the most popular Greek destinations of residents of the wider Beijing area, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) concluded after taking part in the Beijing International Tourism Expo 2013 in China.
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Greek And German Travel Agents Launch Cooperation For Greek Tourism

The Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) and the German Travel Association (DRV) will hold a meeting in Athens today, Tuesday, 26 March, to discuss issues concerning the development of incoming tourism from the German market to Greece.
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Ministry Launches Call For Proposals For Greek SMEs Funding Program

The Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks yesterday, 14 January, launched a call for proposals in regards to an NSRF-funded program to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in manufacturing, tourism and trade-services in Greek...
Tourism SMEs Included In New NSRF-Funded Program
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Tourism SMEs Included In NSRF-Funded Program For Greek Regions

The Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks will announce details on a regional program to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in manufacturing, tourism and trade-services on Monday, 14 January.
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OECD To Help Cut Greek Red Tape

Tourism is one of the key sectors of the economy the Greek Government will focus on in its effort to lift bureaucratic and competition obstacles that currently hinder development.

Airlines Exempt From Aviation User Fees At Regional Airports

Airline companies will not be obliged to pay aviation user fees at Greek regional airports for the rest of the year, the Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Ministry announced last month.

Greek Regional Airports Privatization Discussed At Conference

The privatization process of regional airports was presented last month during the seventh “Aviation: Present and Future” conference held at the Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Ministry in Athens.

Plans For Seaplanes Emerge Again

A joint ministerial decision with the Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Ministry to establish waterways in Greece (and this way attract seaplane companies to strengthen the transport of Greece’s border areas) is under preparation, according to an announcement made by the...

Greece’s Competitiveness Continues To Plunge

Greece this year fell another seven places in the rankings of 142 countries from 83rd place to 90th in the Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, released by the World Economic Forum last month. Greece remains the lowest-ranked country of the European Union and is below...

Billions Promised For Tourism Development

After nine months of difficult negotiations, Greek political leaders and members of the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) managed to get the European Union to promise 153.7 million euros, or about 51 billion drachmas, for Greek tourism projects.