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EU States Support Deal for Visa Policy Update

European Union member states are backing a Commission proposal to modernize the union’s common visa policy in order to facilitate travel and ensure internal security.

Greece Duty Free Shopping Picks Up Pace in 2018

Duty free sales with emphasis on fashion, watches and jewelry, increased in 2018 on the back of a good year in 2017 and driven by the stronger tourist flows to Greece.

Attica Region, Hotel Chamber Join Forces for Tourism

The Region of Attica and the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels have agreed to cooperate towards the development of additional tourism options in Attica.

Greece Seeks to Shape Mediterranean Tourism Strategy for the Future

Greece aims to evolve into a leading policy-maker on tourism development in the Mediterranean region, says Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.

Athens Half Marathon to Mark the Launch of Sports Events in Greece for 2019 

The 8th Athens Half Marathon, which this year takes place on March 17, can serve as the spring launch event of all sporting events in Greece, according to the organizers.

Israel Technology Firms Interested in Greek Tourism Projects

Israeli tech firms have expressed interest in working with Greece to promote tourism synergies through new technologies.

Greece Expects Visitor Numbers from Israel to Soar in 2019

More than 700,000 travelers from Israel are expected to visit Greece in 2019, according to figures released by the Greek Tourism Ministry.

Hellas Cert Says Greek Tourism Law Revisions to Create Certification Problems

Hellas Cert, a Greek association of inspection bodies, is calling on the government to re-examine a law that changes the way rented rooms are certified.

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.

Greeks Turned to Airbnb for Extra Income, Study Finds

The economic crisis, which took a bite out of Greeks’ wages or even left them unemployed, has led an ever-growing number to turn to short-term rentals.

Bloomberg: Greece Working to Keep UK Travelers Coming After Brexit

The Greek government is reportedly taking measures ahead of a no-deal Brexit, in efforts to facilitate incoming tourism from the UK.

Israel’s Fattal Hotels Highest Bidder for Athens’ Esperia Palace

Israel's Fattal Hotel Group is the highest bidder for the historic Esperia Palace Hotel, which is located in the heart of Athens.

Short-term Rentals a Boon for Greek Property Owners

Greek property owners have been making the best of the sharing economy with revenue from short-term rentals up by 105 percent over the last two years, an AirDNA study reveals.

Zeus International Adds Former ‘Kaningos 21’ Hotel to Roster

Zeus International has been named preferred bidder for the former 4-star Kaningos 21 hotel, located in central Athens, on Kaningos Square.

EU Parliament Warns Unregulated Tourism May ‘Hurt’ Santorini

A European Parliament report on overtourism is warning that if tourism flows continue to increase on Santorini, the island will suffer dire consequences.

Greece Property Observatory Says Airbnb Phenomenon to Die Out

Short-term home-sharing for tourism purposes is set to decline, according the president of the Greek Property Price Observatory, Kostas Georgakos.

Thessaloniki Aiming to Attract Dutch Holidaymakers in 2019

Thessaloniki in northern Greece is winning over all the more Dutch holidaymakers, with forecasts for 2019 indicating an upward trend.

IATA: Travel Up in the Air After Brexit Deal Rebuffed

Travel may be affected after UK lawmakers turned down Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit agreement, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Corfu Among Costliest Holiday Bargain Destinations for UK Travelers, Says Report

The Greek island of Corfu is among the 12 most expensive holiday destinations for UK travelers, according to the 13th annual Post Office Holiday Money Report.

Greek Real Estate Market Picks Up Pace Driven by Tourism, Golden Visa

Greece’s property market is stabilizing in large part aided by the increase in tourism and home-sharing practices, according to the Bank of Greece.