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Greek Tourism 2014

Olga Kefalogianni press conference during WTM 2013

Greece was, as usual, one of the big names in the World Travel Market 2014 show at Excel. The press conference of Mrs Olga Kefalogianni, the Greek Minister of Tourism looked twice oversubscribed with people jostling in the aisles. Events started during the week before the WTM: a Cyclades cuisine dinner, a Greek alternative music […]

Greek taxes: a Minoan labyrinth

Church of Agioi Anargyroi Veroia Greece

My latest foray to Greece and its islands was fab as usual. The September sun was shining, the sea was warm and the public discourse dominated by the tax modernisation  requested by the EU, the ECB and the IMF (the ‘troïka’). The subject was the abolition of 199 taxes towards third parties imposed by the […]

Greece: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

old Fix Hellas beer poster

Fix Hellas I know that “Fix Hellas” sounds like a cry of despair, but anyone who’s travelled to Greece before the early 1980s surely remembers ordering and drinking  Fix Hellas, the only beer produced in Greece with a national distribution network. The country’s Soviet-style industry control system, import controls and a small domestic market ensured […]