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SETE Slams Government Plans for ‘Suicidal’ VAT Hike for Greek Hotels

An increase of the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate for hotel accommodation from 6.5 percent to 13 percent would start a domino effect of consequences, according to the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE). The association said such a move would be "suicidal" for Greek tourism.

Greece’s Main Tourism Body Says “No” to VAT Hike

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) has expressed concern in regards to the possibility of a VAT hike as a prerequisite to conclude negotiations between the state and the troika of Greece's international lenders.
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Rumor? Troika Wants Greece To Close 22 Airports

The Greek travel industry was stunned when rumors began to spread that Greece's lenders, the Troika, have brought to the table the demand that sees the shut down of 22 regional airports.
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UPDATE: Greek PM Announces VAT Reduction In Food Service Sector

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced on Wednesday 17 July that the VAT imposed on restaurants, hotel restaurants, cafeterias and bars will be reduced from 23 percent to 13 percent as of 1 August 2013.
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VAT Cut For Greek Restaurants Not Certain

Greece's Finance Ministry will decide on a possible VAT decrease on food catering services in June only if Greece reaches its revenue targets, according to Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras.
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VAT Cut For Greek Restaurants Expected This July

“On 1 July the VAT on food catering services will be reduced to 13 percent following negotiations of the Greek government with the troika,” the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, Andreas Andreadis, said 25 April, after a meeting with Greek Development...
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Athens Mayor Proposes Shops To Operate Some Sundays A Year

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis on Tuesday, 23 April, restated his proposal for shops in the historical center of the city to operate on some Sundays and this way give tourists more options to for purchases while touring the city.

European Commission Offers Suggestions For Greek Tourism

European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani recently underlined the importance of providing support to small and medium-sized Greek enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism sector.

UK Travel Federations Urge Greece To Save Its Image

Consumers in the UK are choosing alternative destinations for holiday this year as a result of the constant negative publicity focused on Greece (which consumers see as not just Athens but the islands too), according to an open letter sent to Greek officials last month by three...

Opinions Vary On 2012 Greek Tourism Growth

“Tourism went well this year,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said during an interview to the Greek press in late December.

Conference Focuses On Tourism Investment In Greece

The need to promote tourism investment and increase competitiveness in Greece to face the economic crisis was underlined by tourism professionals and experts at the “Tourism Investment Conference: Focus on Greece,” held in Athens last month.