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Greek Mayors Request Meeting with PM Tsipras to Discuss Refugee Issue

The mayors of five Greek islands that are under pressure due to refugee flows have requested to meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras next week in Athens.

Int’l Travel Magazine Urges Visit to Lesvos’ Skala Sikaminias

Skala Sikaminias, on the northernmost point of Lesvos in Greece, is recommended by travel magazine AFAR as one of the places to visit in 2017.

Migrant Influx Crushes Greek Island Tourism Hopes

The North Aegean islands bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis for over a year now are seeing their tourism industry crumble as hopes of any improvement are gradually dying out.

Greek PM Suspends VAT Hike on Northern Aegean Islands

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced that the planned value-added tax (VAT) increase on islands of the northern and eastern Aegean will be suspended.

Greek Gov’t Migrant Center Plan Irks Islanders, Refugee Kids to get Schooling

Despite repeated pleas by authorities from the Greek islands bearing the brunt of the ongoing migrant influx, the government is making plans to “decongest” facilities, improve existent centers or create new ones without however providing a specific time frame or locations.

SETE Says ‘No’ to Hotspots at Greece’s Tourist Destinations

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), representing over 50,000 businesses, is calling on the government to reconsider a plan to construct so-called hotspots, or refugee registration centers, at major tourist locations across the country.

Greek Berkeley Student Wins Oscar for Refugee Crisis Film

Daphne Matziaraki is one of 17 students to win during the 43rd Student Academy Awards competition in Los Angeles this week out of 1,749 submissions, joining the ranks of past winners Pete Docter, Spike Lee and Robert Zemeckis.

Refugee Arrivals to Greek Islands Increase, Hoteliers Request Debt Freeze

Hoteliers across the Eastern Aegean islands, bearing the brunt of the ongoing refugee influx for over a year, are calling on the Greek government to suspend all of their debts due to a sharp decline in tourism.

NE Aegean Islands Get EU Funding Priority for Monuments

Over 10 million euros in EU funding have been allocated for the restoration of a number of monuments on the northeastern Greek islands.

Ministry Takes Action to Boost Tourism to Eastern Aegean Isles

In efforts to stimulate tourism to the Eastern Aegean islands hit by the refugee influx the Greek tourism ministry has announced yet another series of incentives including friendlier prices at hotels.

Special Hotel Discounts for Greek Travellers on Samos, Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros

The hotel associations of Samos, Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros are joining the Tourism Ministry's efforts to boost domestic tourism and are offering Greek travellers special discounts on room prices and accommodation packages.

Why September in Greece? The Best of All Worlds

Joining the recently launched “September in Greece” project, a Destsetters initiative, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) has nine spots for the ninth month of the year where it’s all happening in Greece.

Turkey: No Visa Waiver, No Refugee Deal, Greece Suffers as EU Looks On

Visa-free travel within the Schengen Area - a dream-come-true for most Turks - is now being used by Turkey as a negotiating card with the European Union, saying it will not contribute to solving the refugee problem currently plaguing the Mediterranean if the demand is not met.

Professional, Tourism Bodies Call for Refugee Island Measures

The Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE) and the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) are calling on the government to introduce special aid measures in order to assist the North Aegean islands which have seen their tourism traffic dwindle due to...

Molyvos Int’l Music Festival Aims to Inspire, Connect, Unite

The 2nd Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF), to take place on the Greek island of Lesvos, on August 16-19, brings together some of the world’s finest artists for four days of classical music creating a “Crossroads” of artistic exchange.

Lesvos Feels Brunt of Refugee Influx, Tourism Figures Nosedive

Lesvos sector professionals are seeing their efforts die out as the ongoing refugee influx has taken a toll on local tourism, with June figures down by 67.89 percent,

Blue Star Ferries: 30% Discount on Ferry Tickets to Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros

Greek passenger shipping company Blue Star Ferries has announced a 30 percent discount on the ferry tickets of travellers that will vacation this summer on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros.

UN Chief to Visit Lesvos, Meet Refugees on June 18

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit the island of Lesvos in Greece next week to assess the refugee situation and to show his solidarity.

‘Meeting the Odyssey’ Project Sails to Greece Bearing Theatricals

Inspired by Greek hero Odysseus and his travels and travails, cultural project “Meeting the Odyssey” sets out for its last tour this summer to visit Greece between June 3 and August 9.

Greece Extends Pilot Program Granting Visas on Islands for Visitors Arriving from Turkey

The pilot program for the issuing of visas to tourists coming from Turkey to the border entry points of the islands of the Eastern Aegean will be extended for one year.