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Greek Wonder Navagio Beach Re-opens to Visitors  

Greece’s Navagio beach, located on the Ionian island of Zakynthos, will re-open for the summer season after authorities and experts identified safe zones.

INSETE: City Breaks, Winter Destinations ‘Hot’ in February for Greeks

Αthens, Thessaloniki and Arahova welcomed the most Greek visitors in February, according to recent data released by INSETE.

EU Tackles Marine Pollution, Bans 10 Single-use Plastic Items

In view of dangerously increasing pollution of waters and beaches across its territories, the EU has approved a law that bans a wide range of single-use plastic items.

Lesvos’ Sigri Port Scheduled for Completion by Year-end

Lesvos authorities are aiming for the construction of a new port at Sigri to be completed by year end, enabling quicker access to the island.

Ferry Connecting Turkey’s Cesme and Izmir with Lavrio Set for June 2

A daily ferry service connecting the coastal Turkish towns of Cesme and Izmir with the Greek port of Lavrio is slated to begin on June 2.

Access by Boat to Famed Navagio Beach Banned

The Port Authority of Zakynthos has prohibited access to the world-famous Navagio beach after a landslide last fall injured seven people.

Strong Tourism in Greece Driving Investment Activity

The dynamic growth of tourism is stimulating investment activity in Greece, with more than 400 projects submitted to the Tourism Ministry in the last three years for approval.

Lebanon Seeks to Learn from Greek Tourism ‘Success Story’

Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura outlined the policies implemented for the upgrade of Greece's tourism product and services, during her recent visit to Lebanon.

STR Survey: Limited Impact of Brexit on Travel, but UK Image Hurt

The Brexit issue has had little impact on travel plans, but has created a negative perception of the UK among European travelers, according to a survey by STR.

Cruise Industry Commits to Sustainable Practices for Cleaner Seas

The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) underscored the global cruise industry’s commitment to sustainability, during recent events in Abu Dhabi and Berlin.

Greek Hospitality Market Good Choice for Brands, Says Report

Greece is an attractive option for international hotel brands seeking to enter new markets, according to a report recently released by hotel, tourism and leisure consultants Horwath HTL.

SETE Chief Says Short-term Rental Boom Needs ‘Same Rules for All’

Rules must apply to all equally, said SETE President Yiannis Retsos referring to actions announced by three home-sharing associations in Greece.

WTTC Says Travel and Tourism to Save the Day After Brexit

As March 29 draws near, new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council found that the industry may keep the UK economy strong after Brexit.

All the More Czech Vacationers Eyeing Crete in 2019

More Czech travelers are set to visit Crete this year, according to data collected by Crete Region authorities at the "Holiday World Praha" travel fair.

Fraudsters Seeking to Cash in on Greece’s Airbnb Fad

Aiming to profit from the short-term rental fad, all the more individuals posing as realtors are emerging, says Greece's Real Estate Federation.

China Explores Teaming Up with Greece in Tourism

The possibility of launching a direct flight from Xiamen to Athens was discussed between Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and a delegation from the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian.

Greece Shares Tourism Best Practices in Belgrade

Greece's best practices in tourism were presented by the country's Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development, George Tziallas, during the annual Adria Hotel Forum in Belgrade.

Home Sharing a Lifeline for Greece’s Middle Class, Says SODIA Association

Short term rentals have played a lifesaving role for struggling middle class Greeks who were hit down by the economic crisis, according to the SODIA association.

German Tour Operators Expect Bookings to Pick Up Pace

While Germany is ready to host the ITB Berlin tourism show next week, booking activity for travel by the Germans still needs to pick up pace, say local media.

Greek Short-term Rental Bodies Join Forces to Promote Interests

Three Greek home-sharing associations have joined forces to promote their common interests and ensure the quality and services offered by their members.