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Boosted Greek Consular Services Meet Russian Visa Demand

Greek consular services in Moscow are meeting the increased demand for visas by Russian nationals wishing to travel to Greece, Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis said on Tuesday, adding that the goal is to further increase tourist flows from Russia.

Putin: Greece Could Welcome 3 Million Russian Tourists this Year if Visas are Issued Faster

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Greece could welcome three million Russian tourists this year if the problem of delays in visa issuance is solved.

Minister Gives Greek, Russian Professionals Update on Visa Situation

The Greek consular services in Russia are moving swiftly to satisfy the high demand in visas, Alternate Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Xydakis said on Wednesday, speaking at the Greek-Russian Tourism Forum at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Eastern Attica.

Greece Still Pondering Best Way to Get Parthenon Marbles Back

The Greek government is moving ahead with a series of political and diplomatic actions towards the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles which were illegally removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin in the 1800s and have for almost two centuries resided in the British Museum.

Greece Must Issue 7,000 Visas a Day to See More Russian Tourists

If Greece does not reach the target of issuing 7,000 visas on a daily basis for the Russians then it will not see increased arrival numbers from that market, according to the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Andreas Andreadis.

Tax Fraud Activity Uncovered at Greek Archaeological Site

A tax fraud inquiry was recently ordered by the Greek government at the souvenir shop at the Archeological Site of Knossos on Crete.

Ministry to Step Up Parthenon Marbles Battle

Next year marks the 200th anniversary since the British Parliament agreed to the concession of the Parthenon Marbles to the British Museum.

Santorini’s Archaic Kore Statue to Go On Display for First Time in 15 Years

The Kore of Thira, an exquisite female statue discovered 15 years ago on Santorini but kept in storage since then due to lack of space, next year will be displayed to the island's locals and visitors in all her glory.

Greece Will Not Take Legal Action Against British Museum to Get Parthenon Marbles Back

The Greek Government has no intention of taking legal action against the British Museum for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens, Alternate Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis said.

Ministry to Launch E-ticket System for Greek Museums, Archaeological Sites

In efforts to tap into the benefits of the country’s archaeological offerings, the Greek Culture Ministry will introduce e-tickets for access to archaeological sites and enrich art and museum items sold in museum shops.

Culture, Tourism Ministries Join Forces to Promote Greece

Ensuring the most effective and far-reaching promotion of Greece’s cultural heritage was at the center of a meeting between Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and her counterpart at the Culture Ministry Nikos Xydakis.