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‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Visit Lesvos, Call for Support of Refugees

Three actors from HBO block-buster “Game of Thrones” visited the Greek island of Lesvos this week to raise awareness about the ongoing refugee crisis.

Greek Isle Kos Welcomes ‘FVW’ Workshop, German Tourism Pros

FVW, Germany’s leading trade magazine for tourism and business travel, will be holding its annual workshop on the Dodecanese island of Kos between June 29 and July 2.

Greek Hotel Industry Up Against Slow Bookings, Overtaxation and ‘Underground Economy’ this Year

This year has become a challenging time for the Greek hotel industry with many diverse challenges being thrown its way such as lagging bookings, overtaxation and the "underground economy" created by short-term home rentals, according to the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers.

EU Cities Form Solidarity Network Over Migrant Issue

On the initiative of Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, 28 EU capitals have agreed to pool their resources and form a network offering support to Greece over the refugee crisis during the 5th EU Capitals Mayors’ Meeting.

Athens Event Explores Refugee Crisis, Stresses Need for Solidarity

Only through cooperation and with solidarity can Europe effectively deal with the emerging refugee issue which is changing the current status quo in all its member states and demanding well-researched measures, an Athens conference on the refugee crisis found on Wednesday.

Turkey Says Migrant Deal No-go Unless Visa Restrictions Lifted

Turkey seems to be playing its cards right calling on the EU to lift restrictions on its nationals for Schengen zone visa-free travel by June in exchange for the full implementation of a migration deal with the EU to curtail the flow of refugees to Greece.

‘Kos Made of Summer’ Campaign Ready, Extra Promotional Activities Announced

The South Aegean Region last week announced a series of actions aimed at boosting the image of the Dodecanese island of Kos following the negative media portrayal due to the ongoing refugee crisis.

Pope Francis Visits Lesvos, Discusses Migration Crisis with Greek PM

Pope Francis flew back to Rome on Saturday, April 16, at the end of his 6-hour visit to the Greek Island of Lesvos during which he implored Europe to treat refugees with dignity.

Thessaloniki Hoteliers Against Construction of Refugee ‘Hotspot’ in Region

The Thessaloniki Hotels Association (THA) has expressed its resistance to a recent government proposal to set up a refugee center right next to a designated area in the Eastern Thessaloniki regional unit slated for tourist expansion.

Thomas Cook Introduces New Hotel Brand to the World from Greece

Thomas Cook Group plc, a leading leisure travel company, will introduce its new "Casa Cook" brand of lifestyle beach resorts from Greece.

Fraport to Officially Take Over Operations at Greek Regional Airports at End of 2016

German transport company Fraport expects to officially take over the operations at 14 regional airports in Greece at the end of this year, after obtaining the necessary permits and solving some technical issues, according to the company’s CEO, Dr. Stefan Schulte.

Thessaloniki and Halkidiki Expect Rise in Russian Arrivals this Season

Tourism professionals from the Northern Greek cities of Thessaloniki and Halkidiki predict a rise in arrivals of Russian visitors to Greece this year.

Greece @ ITB 2016 – Photo Report by GTP

Greece received positive and optimistic messages from the German market at the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry, ITB Berlin, which marked 50 years.

‘Kos Made of Summer’: New Tourism Campaign Launches for Hippocrates Island

The South Aegean Region has announced the launch of a new tourism campaign for the Greek island of Kos.

Angelina Jolie Concludes Visit to Greece, Urges Expansion of Legal Pathways for Vulnerable Refugees

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt concluded her mission to Greece on Thursday meeting volunteers, NGOs and local authorities engaged in emergency response efforts on the island of Lesvos, and speaking with refugee families.

‘Business as Usual’ for Athens at ITB 2016

Despite the ongoing publicity of the refugee crisis, Athens has not lost ground as a leisure tourism and city break destination, according to the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB).

Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees on Lesvos

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt travelled to the Greek island of Lesvos on Thursday morning, and visited the Moria reception center.

Angelina Jolie Pitt Visits Refugees in Athens, Meets with Greek PM

US actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt on Wednesday visited Greece on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

Greek Cruise Industry Calls for Measures to Keep it Afloat Amid Refugee Crisis, Attacks

The Greek cruise travel industry is calling on the government, companies and relevant bodies to take measures to keep it afloat in view of the recent attacks in Ankara, and the resultant travel directives issued by the US and several EU countries.

Halkidiki at ITB 2016: ‘Travel Bookings Influenced by Refugee Crisis’

The management of the refugee crisis in the coming months will determine if Greece will see an increase in tourism arrivals, as the country must first maintain its reputation as a safe and hospitable destination, according to the Halkidiki Tourism Organization.