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Special VAT Rate on Five Greek Islands Extended Until End of 2019

The reduced VAT regime for five Aegean islands in Greece – Leros, Lesvos, Kos, Samos and Chios – has once again received a six-month extension.

Marketing Greece Shares Promo Content with Greek Tourism Market

Marketing Greece has launched its "Content Library", a new digital tool for the promotion of Greek tourism, and is sharing it with the industry.

‘Wanderlust Greece’ Creates Social Media Buzz for North Aegean Islands

The North Aegean islands of Ikaria, Lesvos, Samos, Chios and Limnos recently went viral through the new digital travel campaign of "Wanderlust Greece".

Lonely Planet: Lesser-known Greek Islands Gaining Popularity

Lonely Planet has revealed some of Greece’s lesser-known island destinations - such as Kythira, Tilos and Kythnos - that are gaining popularity among travelers.

Fraport Greece Wins Gold for Upgrade of 14 Regional Airports

Fraport Greece received a gold award at the Tourism Awards 2019 event, for the upgrade works at the 14 regional airports under its management.

Air France, KLM Team Up with Sky Express for Flights to Greek Islands

Air France, KLM and Sky Express have signed an interline agreement, aiming to strengthen their commercial cooperation for flights between Paris, Amsterdam and the Greek islands.

Lufthansa Group Flies Record Number of Passengers to/from Greece in 2018

The airlines of Lufthansa Group last year carried some 2.7 million passengers to/from Greece, a record number compared to 2017, up by 18 percent.

Fraport Greece Airports to Handle 35-40 Million Passengers after Upgrade

The 14 Greek regional airports managed by Fraport Greece are expected to handle 35-40 million passengers annually once upgrade works are completed.

Samos Named ‘Best Island Destination’ at Scandinavia’s Greek Travel Awards

Scandinavian travelers voted for Samos as Greece's "Best Island Destination" at the Greek Travel Awards held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Fraport-run Greek Airports See 12.3% Passenger Traffic Rise in January 2019

Greece's 14 regional airports run by Fraport Greece registered a 12.3% rise in passenger traffic in January this year, compared to the same month in 2018.

Tourism to North Aegean Islands Recovers in 2018 After Migrant Crisis

The islands of the North Aegean, which have been on the receiving end of refugee and migrant flows from neighboring Turkey, recorded improved tourism results in 2018.

European Court of Auditors Looks into EU Migration Management

The European Court of Auditors plans to examine whether EU-designed asylum and return procedures in Greece and Italy are effective and swift.

Lower VAT on Five Greek Islands Extended for Six Months

The five islands in Greece that continue to receive refugee flows will maintain their special VAT status - 30 percent discount on rates - until June 30, 2019.

Five Greek Islands Get New Extension for Lower VAT

The five islands that have received the main burden of refugee flows in Greece will continue to receive a 30 percent discount on VAT rates.

DER Touristik CEO Says 2019 ‘Super Year for Greece’

The Greek island of Samos will be the top destination for its clients in 2019, says DER Touristik Group, adding that 2019 promises to be the year of Greece.

UNESCO Sites in Greece Among 47 in Danger Due to Rising Sea Levels

Rhodes' Medieval City, Corfu's Old Town and Delos are among 47 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean facing the threat of rising sea levels and erosion.

Apollo Travel: New Flight from Oslo to Samos for Summer 2019

Apollo Travel has announced the launch of a new flight from Oslo to Samos for summer 2019, which is expected to bring some 13,000 Scandinavians to the island next year.

Turkish Travelers to North Aegean Isles on the Decline in H1 2018

The number of travelers from Turkey to the North Aegean islands dropped by 13,349 in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017.

World’s First Hydrogen Vessel ‘Energy Observer’ Arrives in Athens

Energy Observer, the world's first vessel powered by hydrogen and renewables, has arrived in Athens, the 20th stopover of its global tour.

Minister Charitsis: Diversification of Greek Tourism Product Key to Island Growth

Alternate Economy Minister Alexis Charitsis stressed the importance of the diversification of the tourist product for the growth of North Aegean islands.