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Value Added Tax on fire: Crazy hikes in food & tourism

More than 40,000 food items are been sold with a poisonous 10% Value Added Tax hike as of today and expect to burden the average Greek household with at least 55 euro per month.Beef, coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, sugar, oils – except olive oil, ice-creams, chocolates, but also condoms and …

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Amphipolis’ Kebab & Persephone’s Gyros: 4,000 vendors want to open souvlaki grills near the ancient tomb

Funding the excavations and promoting the mysterious ancient tomb of Amphipolis, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras had an inner desire: to see the area blooming and attract thousands if not millions tourists every year.  Growth and development and revenues at full speed. And, indeed.  Samaras’ wish seems to come into fulfillment, …

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Greek PM Samaras: “Two tourists for every Greek”

Many puzzle about what Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ meaningful and mysterious oracle. He said that there will be “two tourists for every Greek”. What did the Prime Minister had in mind? Some wondered whether every Greek will have to host two tourists at home. Others  corrected the sentence stressing that …

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Labor Middle Ages in Greece’s tourism sector: employer had 45 workers without insurance

Tourists may have flocked in millions to Greece this year but so have the labor middle ages of the sector. The results of the controls conducted by the Labor controllers, insurance funds and employee’s unions are shocking. The uninsured work seems to have spread like a wild fire among hoteliers, …

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Greek PM Samaras: “The cosmogony has begun”

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras scared me to death his morning announcing the re-start of a cosmogony. “The cosmogony has begun,” Samaras said and I got armed to hear a new Big Bang and meet my creator. Because my logical assumption: if cosmogony refers to the creation of the world …

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Athens Guide: a useful application for tourists & expats

This is an amazing application for tourists visiting Athens and for expats living in the narrow and broader area of the Greek capital. The “Athens Guide” that gives information in English and is free to use. All you need to do is to download the application on your device, and …

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Greek gov’t to close schools so children enjoy “ski holidays”

In all seriousness: amid deepest economic crisis Greece’s Tourism and Education ministries consider to close secondary education schools for a midterm vacation week in March in order to boost skiing tourism. And thus in a country where skiing is not a tradition, and furthermore this sports art needs expensive equipment. …

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Finally Greek success story: Recession shrank thanks to tourists

There it is! Success and development. And growth. Everything goes upwards and I really do not understand why Greeks still complain about austerity, income shrinking and a non-stop misery. Recession shrank in the second quarter and thus due to several millions of tourists that picked up Greece for their summer …

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Kardashian sisters go …surreal in Mykonos

Famous Kardashian clan, sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloé together with their parents moved to the island of Mykonos for a ten-day relaxing vacation. The Kardashian clan, 18 family members, and a camera crew of 50 people, flew from Athens to the island in the Aegean Sea, rented a luxury yacht …

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Finnish Guild of Travel Journalists awards “Greece as Destination of Year 2013”

The Finnish Guild of Travel Journalists is proud to award Greece as our Foreign Destination of the Year 2013, Finland’s biggest travel media Rantapallo reports. “Statistics just published by the Association of Finnish Travel Agents confirm that Greece continues to be one of the most popular summer leisure destinations for Finnish tourists …

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Athens: Strikes, Work Stoppages, Protest Rallies, Sept 20/2012

Traffic jams in all major streets of downtown Athens occurred on Thursday morning as thousands of residents had to use their vehicles to go to work due to the 24-hour strike at Metro, Tram and urban train ISAP. Workers protest wages cuts and demand the ticket fares to go down to one euro (from …

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Ferry Boat Tickets: 6% Hikes as of April 1, 2012

Talking about promoting tourism and being competitive… Passengers are due to pay 6% more for ferry  boats tickets and car transportation as of 1. April 2012. For a family of four that travels with car, that’s 20 euro more, considering that the kids will have reduced fares. According to news …

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ELSTAT: Arrivals of Non-Residents Increased 10.4%

Time for some good news:  It looks as if more foreigners (non-residents) arrived in Greece in the period January-September 2011. There is a satisfactory increase in arrivals of non-residents from abroad to Greece, reaching a +10.4% in comparison to the same period of the previous year 2010. I do hope this increase doe …

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Sharp Drop in Athens Hotels Bookings After the Riots

A blow hit the Greek tourism at time when predictions were talking of double-digit increase of arrivals.  The blow came from the incidents and riots of last week and resulted into cancellations by Greece holidaymakers.  “The images of destruction, violence and lawlessness in the downtown Athens,  and especially the international …

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