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Kefalogianni Expresses Optimism For Greek Tourism

September and October will be "two very good months" for the Greek tourism sector, Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said today, Monday.
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Restaurant VAT Drops But Not All Greek Businesses Respond

Only two out of 10 eateries in Athens and Thessaloniki have dropped their prices and applied for the special blue sticker indicating the VAT reduction to 13 percent from 23 percent.
Olga Kefalogianni
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Kefalogianni Calls On Professionals To Cooperate So VAT Cut Becomes Permanent

“The VAT reduction is important for tourism because it strengthens our competitiveness, especially in a period when competitiveness is the main issue,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni told the press on 17 July in regards to the recent reduction of the VAT rate in the...
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SETE Applauds VAT Reduction In Greek Food Services

The president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, said that the Government's agreement with the troika to reduce the VAT on food catering services was "a personal success" of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
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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 On Greek Food Service Expected Next Month

The VAT reduction on Greek food catering services (restaurants, hotel restaurants, cafeterias, etc.) is expected to come into force as of 1 August as the Greek Government and the country’s international lenders seem to be reaching an agreement on the issue.
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SETE: VAT Cut On Restaurants Would Bolster Greek Tourism Sector

A VAT reduction on Greek food catering services (restaurants, hotel restaurants, cafeterias, etc.) would be "a very positive outcome for the tourism development of the country," the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, Andreas Andreadis, said Tuesday, 9 July.
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Greek PM Sees Economic Recovery Through Tourism

“We want to make Greece one of the 10 best tourism destinations in the world,” Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on 29 May during the 21st annual general assembly of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) in Athens.
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HATTA Optimistic On 2013 Greek Tourism Season

“The time has come for the recovery of Greek tourism,” the president of the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA), Yiorgos Telonis, said while opening the association’s annual general assembly on Wednesday, 27 March, in Athens.

SETE Holds General Assembly Prior To Second Round Of Greek Elections

“A capable and functional government with pro-European orientation in the Eurozone must arise from Greece’s second round of elections on 17 June,” the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, said last month during the association’s...

Travel Agents Have Low Expectations For 2012 Tourism Season

“Greek tourism plunges deeper into the crisis,” the president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA), Yiorgos Telonis, said while opening the association’s annual general assembly in late March.

SETE Awaits Progress Of Ministers On Tourism Issues

Recent data showed that incoming tourism to Greece increased last year (10 percent increase in arrivals and revenue) but nothing guarantees that the same will happen in 2012, the general director of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), George Drakopoulos, said at...

HATTA’s General Assembly Brings Good News

The president of the outgoing Board of Directors of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA), Yiorgos Telonis, opened the association’s annual general assembly last month with good news for the staff of travel agencies and tour buses.
GNTO's stand at ITB Berlin 2011.
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Greece Shows Determination At ITB 2011

Business deals worth over six billion euros were made at this year’s ITB among 11,163 exhibiting companies and organizations from 188 countries (2010: 11,127 companies from 187 countries) that presented tourism products and the latest travel trends. The travel trade show counted...

Hotel Chamber Welcomes The New Year

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels will establish branches in key Greek tourism destinations this year to support the new local government structures introduced by the Kallikratis scheme, the chamber’s president, Yiorgos Tsakiris, announced last month during the annual pita cutting...

Greek Tourism 2010 Overview

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis recently announced that legislation on alternative forms of tourism should be completed this year and expressed his hope that 2011 would be the development year for Greek tourism.

New Model For Tourism Discussed At Conference

The year 2011 will find Greek tourism with improved arrivals and overnights and also an increase in revenue, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis said at the 3rd European Tourism Conference in late November 2011 in Thessaloniki.

Greek Tourism Expected To Rise In 2011, Deputy Minister

The Greek government places great importance on the tourism sector as it can help the country survive the economic crisis, Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister George Nikitiadis told journalists during his visit last month to the global meetings and events exhibition EIBTM in...

VAT Reduction Keynote At Philoxenia 2010

The 26th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held this year on 18-21 November at Helexpo in Thessaloniki, roughly hosted 500 exhibitors from Greece and 12 other countries (Egypt, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Cyprus, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Turkey, and Tunisia).

“Selective” VAT Cut To 6.5% Causes Mixed Reactions

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) last month welcomed the news of a reduction on the Value Added Tax for accommodation facilities but at the same time expressed its dissatisfaction on the VAT increase on other tourism services.
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