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Greek Tourism Minister Welcomes ECOFIN Update on VAT Rules

EU finance ministers have decided to update value-added tax rules, which would pave the way for the reduction of VAT rates on all Greek islands.

Athens Ready for the Holiday Season with Christmas Events Galore

The Christmas holiday season is on in Athens with 38 days full of music, theater, pop-up events and much more through to January 13.

Attica Group Expands to Hospitality Sector, Acquires Hotel on Naxos

Attica Group, a leading coastal shipping company in Greece, has expanded its activities to the hospitality sector with the acquisition of a hotel on the Greek island of Naxos.

Poll: Greece Among Top 10 European Destinations for Source Markets

Greece is in the top 10 European destinations of choice for travelers coming from key source markets, an INSETE study found.

Greece Aims to Launch Tourism Business Accessibility Label

Greece is pushing ahead with actions that will make tourist destinations and beaches accessible to disabled travelers, announcing a new certification for enterprises.

Eurogroup Approves Release of Next €767m Tranche for Greece

The Eurogroup has approved the release of 767 million euros in aid as part of Greece’s debt support program.

OECD Forecasts 6.7% Growth for Greece in 2021

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is forecasting the Greek economy will grow at a rate of 6.7 percent this year and 4.8 percent in 2022.

Covid-19: Global Travel Industry Says ‘Keep Borders Open’

The world’s travel and tourism industry is calling on governments to keep borders open and facilitate travel with vigilance.

Greece Announces Covid Rules for Entry to Christmas Theme Parks

The Greek Health Ministry announced rules for the operation of Christmas theme parks, after confirming the country’s first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Tourism Should Be Accessible for All, Says GNTO President

Accessible tourism is a right and should be a given, GNTO President Angela Gerekou said during the recent "Tourism for All" conference held in Italy.

Greece Enters Transport Deal with Russia

Greece and Russia will cooperate in the field of transport through the exchange of knowhow and actions in road, rail, air and marine transport.

Greek Minister Wants to Create Framework for Tourism – Trade Activities

The time has come for Greece to set up a framework that will regulate the operation of tourism trade activity, according to Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias.

WHO Advises Unvaccinated Over-60 Travelers to Stay Home

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging unvaccinated individuals aged 60 or over to avoid travel to “areas with community transmission” due to the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Greek PM: Seniors Over 60 Must be Vaccinated or Face Penalties

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that all citizens 60 or over must be vaccinated or face a 100-euro monthly fine.

Greek Tourism Strategy to Focus on Investments, Sustainability

Greece is preparing a 10-year national tourism development strategy focused on high quality investments and sustainability, according to Greek Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias.

Greece Missing Out on Recreational Luxury Boat Market, Study Shows 

Research and policy institute diaNEOsis has proposed a strategy for the utilization of Greece’s marinas and tourist ports.

SETE Chief Sees 2021 Greek Tourism Revenue Coming to €10bn

Greece’s tourism revenues will surely reach 10 billion euros in 2021, according to Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) President Yiannis Retsos.

Covid-19: Greece Says Firm ‘No’ to Lockdowns Despite Omicron Variant

The Greek authorities said there will be no national lockdowns and no new measures for those vaccinated against Covid-19 despite the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

IATA Calls for 12-month EU Covid Pass Extension to ‘Protect’ Travel

IATA is calling on EU authorities to extend the validity of the EU Digital Covid Certificate by 12 months to protect the already “fragile recovery” of the travel industry.

Athens Hotel Occupancy Levels Pick Up in June-Oct but Problems Remain

Despite June-October occupancy levels at Athens hotels indicating positive signs of recovery, the city’s hotel association sees no positive trend in bookings in the coming months.