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Tourism Minister Optimistic At Philoxenia 2012

“During these difficult times Greece and the Greek people are going through, tourism can contribute significantly to overturn the climate and restore growth. Tourism could be the greatest comparative advantage for Greece,” Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said during the...
Greek director Costa Gavras provided footage to artistically enhance the “Amazing Athens” application.

Athens’ Best To Be Showcased Via New Smartphone App

An innovative smartphone application, under the name “Amazing Athens,” geared to promote the Greek capital as a destination was presented yesterday, Wednesday, 28 November, by Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni at the Acropolis Museum.
The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers’ President Yiannis Retsos (second from right) with vice presidents Kostas Leventis, Andreas Metaxas, Aristotelis Thomopoulos and secretary general, Andreas Fiorentinos.

Greek Hotels Under Strain

“This year is not only a difficult year but it is the fourth difficult year for the hotel sector,” the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers president, Yiannis Retsos, said during the federation's annual council of hotel associations. The council was held on the sidelines of the 28th...
Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni

Key Actions For Effective Greek Tourism Policy Announced

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni referred to key actions for a unified and effective tourism policy during her speech on the strategic plan for the country’s tourism development at the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce 23rd annual conference “The Greek Economy: State...
Meeting between Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Germany’s federal deputy labor minister, Hans-Joachim Fuchtel*.

Greece Considers To Team Up With Germany On Tourism Education

The launch of a Greek-German cooperation to link tourism education with the Greek labor market for students to be absorbed directly by the tourism industry was discussed in a meeting, yesterday, 7 December, between Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Germany’s federal...
According to the tourism minister, a major investment is in the works on the island of Kea. (Photo credit: GNTO, USA).

Upcoming New Tourism Zoning Plan To Secure Investments

Major tourism investments and an extended tourism season are expected to result from the new Special Zoning Plan for Tourism, the basic points of which were presented today, 13 December, to the Greek media by Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Alternate Minister of...

Greece, France Discuss Tourism Cooperation

Greece and France discussed the possibility of developing joint tourism programs between the two countries, yesterday, Monday, 17 December, the Greek Tourism Ministry reported.
Atout France logo

Greece Teams Up With ATOUT FRANCE

Greece will receive know-how from France in regards to tourism issues, according to a cooperation protocol signed in Paris on Tuesday, 18 December, between Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and the general manager of the French Tourism and Development Agency ATOUT FRANCE,...
New GNTO Secretary General Panos Livadas.

New GNTO Secretary General Appointed

The new Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) is Panos Livadas, political scientist and communications specialist. Mr. Livadas’ appointment follows the resignation of Nikos Karachalios from the GNTO as secretary general.
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VAT Cut For Restaurants Planned For Next Year

In 2013, the reduction of the VAT rate on food catering services, from 23 percent it stands today to 13 percent, will be one of the Greek Tourism Ministry’s targeted actions to boost the competitiveness of Greece’s tourism product, the country's Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni...

Embezzlement Scam Leads To Probe Into GNTO Finances

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni ordered a probe into the finances of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) after an embezzlement scam against the organization surfaced during the recent Christmas holiday.

2013 Epiphany Message From Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni

"In a difficult era, where society is tested and the citizens bear the burden of the crisis, we, the politicians who represent the Nation, besides sending wishes are obliged to speak with concrete actions."
President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis.

SETE Becomes Social Partner For Collective Labor Agreement

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) will now take part in the consultation process to determine Greece’s minimum wage and the National General Collective Labor Agreement, according to an announcement made today, Tuesday, 8 January, by Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis.
Scene from UK reality series “What Happens In Kavos…” that recently aired on Channel 4.

Tourism Minister Slams UK Reality Show On Kavos, Corfu

“Greece, Corfu and the tourism product we offer in any case does not have this repulsive image presented,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said in regards to the reality series “What Happens In Kavos…” that recently aired on the UK’s Channel 4.

Hotel Chamber Proposes New European Rating System For Greek Hotels

Greek hotels may be on their way to be admitted to the Hotelstars Union (HSU), a European hotel classification system that applies harmonized criteria, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels announced today, 14 January, at a special event held at the Electra Palace hotel in Athens.

Minister Signs Agreement With Greek Church To Promote Religious Tourism

“We must work together with the Church to correctly promote religious-pilgrimage tourism as a tourism product of Greece,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said today, Tuesday, 15 January, after signing a cooperation protocol with the Church of Greece for the development...

Greek Hotel Profits Hit By Domestic Tourism Plunge

The target of 17 million tourists is achievable for this summer season but Greek tourism will continue to face serious problems and declining revenue as a result of hotel discounts and the “overpricing regime,” the president of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers, Yiannis...

Tourism Minister To Welcome Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Today In Athens

Daniel Day-Lewis is expected in Athens today, Tuesday, 22 January, to attend the Greek premiere of his new film "Lincoln."

Tourism Minister Welcomes Daniel Day-Lewis In Athens

“The arrival of Daniel Day-Lewis is a strong message that Athens is one of the most important and safest tourism destinations in the world,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said in regards to the visit of the Oscar-winning British-Irish actor in Athens.

Major Tourism Investment On Kea Gets Go-Ahead

The first tourist accommodation complex in Greece will be built on Kea after a major investment proposal was recently given the green light by the special tourism investment service* of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).