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Messe Berlin: 50th ITB Sees More Trade Visitors and Record Sales

As it took place for the 50th time, from March 9 to 13, the ITB Berlin saw some 10,000 exhibiting companies from 187 countries and regions meet with 120,000 trade visitors in the 26 exhibition halls.

ITB 2016: UNWTO Chief ‘Visits’ the Greek Islands, Expresses Confidence in Greece

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, expressed his full support to Greece during his visit to the stand of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) at the ITB trade show In Berlin.

ITB 2016: Greek Island Officials Hope EU and Turkey Reach a Deal on Refugee Crisis

Greek island officials are hoping that the European Union and Turkey will come to an agreement on March 17 to curb the flow of refugees into Greece.

ITB 2016: It’s ‘Business as Usual’ on Kos

Kos, the fourth most popular destination for tourists to visit in Greece, is experiencing a great demand in Germany, according to the president of the Hoteliers Association of Kos, Konstantina Svynou.

ITB 2016: Tourists will have ‘No Problem’ on Lesvos, Samos and Chios

Representatives of Lesvos, Samos and Chios are attending the ITB Berlin trade fair this year to let the world know that the islands are open for business.

Greek Shipping Body Says Sector Saw Decline in 2015, Hopeful about 2016

Capital controls, the unstable political situation and September elections took a toll on Greek coastal shipping results for 2015, which Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies (SEEN) president, Michalis Sakellis, described as "unanticipated".

Tusk: Greece will Remain Part of Schengen, Euro Area and EU

EU Council president Donald Tusk on Thursday assured Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the European Union will not abandon Greece, one of the main entry-points to Europe for refugees.

Greece Hoteliers Up in Arms Over Cancellations Due to Refugee Crisis

Hoteliers associations across Greece, including on the islands and at border regions, are ringing alarm bells, calling on the government to take immediate measures as bookings to these destinations have dropped by as much as 90 percent in some cases due to the ever-growing...

ITB Berlin Brings Refugee Issue into the Spotlight

One of the international travel industry’s major events, the ITB Berlin 2016, to take place in Germany on March 9-13, will cast the spotlight on one of the most controversial issues impacting the industry right now: the refugee crisis.

Greece Refugee Crisis Warding Off German Travelers

The ongoing refugee crisis in the Aegean, and Greece's economic instability are taking a toll on bookings by German holidaymakers, according to figures released by tourism group DER Touristik during its annual meeting held in Athens on Tuesday.

Cameras Rolling at 8th Larissa Film Fest Next Week

The city of Larissa, in central Greece, is ready to welcome the 8th International Film Festival / Artfools under the motto: “The City: One Big Cinema” to run on February 20-28.

NATO Steps In, Sends Ships to Aegean to Stem Refugee Flow

In efforts to curb the number of incoming refugees via illegal means, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has ordered the immediate deployment of Alliance ships to the Aegean.

Greece Insists Hotspots Ready on Feb. 15, Kos Mayor Calls for Vote

Five screening centers on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Kos and Leros, will be ready on February 15, to manage the registration procedure for the ever-growing number of refugees entering Europe through Greece, Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told European...

North Aegean Islands Shine at Turkey’s EMITT 2016

Taking under consideration that tourism can bridge Greece and Turkey in the context of development, the North Aegean Region showcased 10 inhabited Greek islands to Turkish professionals and visitors at this year's East Mediterranean Tourism and Travel Exhibition – EMITT in Istanbul.

Censuswide Survey: Greece is a Safe Destination

Greece has a very good reputation in the markets of the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States with respect to the attractiveness and safety of the destination, according to a survey carried out by Censuswide for SETE Intelligence.

Greece Says Refugee ‘Hotspots’, Relocation Centers to be Set Up Promptly

The Greek government said on Sunday that it would move faster to complete five hotspots on the islands bearing the brunt of incoming refugees and two relocation camps on the mainland, with the defense ministry stepping in to ensure they are set up in two weeks’ time.

EU Threatens to Oust Greece from Schengen Zone

Greece may be kicked out of the Schengen zone which allows passport free travel within the EU after the Commission said on Wednesday that the country was failing to secure its borders.

Refugee Crisis Uncovers EU’s True Unity as Partners Put Pressure on Greece Alone

While thousands of refugees fleeing war continue to make their way to Greek shores in efforts to make a better home for themselves in Europe, the EU is playing hot potato.

Calls for a Nobel Prize to the Greeks for Compassion Soar

An online petition calling for this year’s Nobel Prize to be awarded to the Greeks for their hands-on demonstration of compassion and sacrifice to the thousands of refugees seeking a brighter future through Greece, has garnered more than 303,000 signatures thus far.

Dodecanese Vice Governor Tells Turkey, EU to Take Action, Stop Death Toll in the Aegean

Regional Vice Governor of the Dodecanese Haralambos Kokkinos is calling on the Greek government, Turkey and the EU, to step in and step up their efforts towards putting a stop to the hundreds of deaths at sea due to the influx of refugees to Greek shores.