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Greek Islands Bearing Refugee Influx Seeking Support

More than 7,000 refugees and migrants made their way into Greece in November, with the North Aegean islands shouldering the weight.

Minister Lays Out Plan to Restore Tourism to Refugee-hit Leros

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis is looking to restore tourism on the island of Leros, following negative publicity due to the refugee crisis.

GNTO: More Fam Trips to Promote Greece to Foreign Tourism Markets

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) during the winter months will continue to promote Greece to foreign tourism markets through fam and press trips.

Lipsi Island Launches New Website and Smartphone App for Travelers

The Municipality of Lipsi has launched its new website and a smartphone application for travelers, offering information on the island’s sites of interest.

Greek Gov’t to Name Financial Advisor for 23 Smaller Airport Projects 

The Greek Transport Ministry will name a financial advisor in the coming period to move ahead with the exploitation of 23 smaller airports across Greece.

Discounts on Ferry, Air Travel for Rhodes Marathon Announced

Blue Star Ferries and AEGEAN are supporting the 6th International Rhodes Marathon and will offer ticket discounts for those who will travel to Rhodes for the event.

North Aegean Governor Clears Ways for Chios Airport Upgrade

North Aegean Regional Governor Christiana Kalogirou has cleared the way for the start of upgrade works on Chios Airport after approving a study for road relocation works.

Lower VAT on Five Greek Islands Extended for Six Months

The five islands in Greece that continue to receive refugee flows will maintain their special VAT status - 30 percent discount on rates - until June 30, 2019.

Five Greek Islands Get New Extension for Lower VAT

The five islands that have received the main burden of refugee flows in Greece will continue to receive a 30 percent discount on VAT rates.

Greek Eco Campaign ‘Keep Aegean Blue’ Kicks Off on Islands

The South Aegean Region is launching an environmental campaign titled "Keep Aegean Blue” with a series of awareness-raising activities on Rhodes, Kos, Patmos, Kalymnos and Leros.

South Aegean Region Goes Digital, Highlights Uniqueness of Dodecanese Islands

A digital campaign for the promotion of the Dodecanese islands of Rhodes, Kos, Patmos, Karpathos, Astypalea and Leros recently wrapped up with great success.

Rhodes Marathon Sold Out with Runners from 30 Countries

More than 2,700 runners from 30 countries will participate in the 5th International Rhodes Marathon, scheduled to take place on April 29.

Greek Islands to Promote Sea Activities at ‘boot Düsseldorf’ 2018 Fair

The sea activities one can enjoy while vacationing on the islands of the South Aegean will be presented at the boot Düsseldorf 2018 fair in Germany.

Greece’s Axed Special Island Tax Status Causes Stir

Greek tourism sector professionals are calling for the government to not abolish reduced VAT rates for a number of Greek islands as of January 1, 2018.

Five Greek Islands to Keep Special Tax Status Until June 30, 2018

The five Aegean islands that have received the main burden of refugee flows in Greece, will maintain their special tax status for another six months.

South Aegean Islands to Show Alternative Forms of Tourism at TourNatur 2017 Expo

Ten islands of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese will present their alternative forms of tourism at the 14th TourNatur exhibition in Düsseldorf in September.

Product Price Hikes Across 32 Greek Isles as of Jan. 1

Products and services on 32 islands in the Dodecanese and North Aegean Region will go up as of January 1, 2018, due to new VAT rates.

Blue Star Ferries Offers 30% Discount on Ferry Tickets to Four Greek Islands

Blue Star Ferries has announced a 30% discount to ferry tickets for travel to the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros.

Greek Government Seeks to Upgrade 23 Airports via PPPs

The Greek government aims to prompt public-private partnerships (PPPs) towards the upgrade and modernization of 23 regional airports.

Greek Island Mayors Facing Refugee Inflows Call on PM to Take Action

The mayors of five Greek islands subjected to massive inflows of refugees urged Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to take immediate action.