The Federation of Greek Associations of Travel Agencies & tourism, FedHATTA, send specialized information to all Embassies of foreign countries in our country,….
and Greece abroad, Links to third-country travel agencies and the offices of the Greek Tourism Organization in all countries, and sent and Press Release, for the new season.
The awareness campaign which has started FedHATTA, with the aim of timely information to all stakeholders on the new legislative framework in tourism.
To information and press release presented the new legislative provisions of Greek Law, which entered into force in December 2018 and which expressly clarifies that, when third-country tourist offices (outside the EU) They wish to provide tourist services in our country, They should either have their own travel agency which operates legally in Greece or to collaborate with tourist agency already legally operating in Greece.
The Federation FedHATTA expresses mood and readiness to stand by the professionals from third countries and to facilitate in every way all stakeholders in their work, tips, instructions and,Anything else you need, in order not to struggle with their new obligations.
Emphasizes the positive aspects brought about by the cooperation with the local tourist office for interested foreign professionals, as this - as aware of the destination and the particularities of- can make easier their work and removes quickly and efficiently any problems, thus helping to create only pleasant experiences for travelers, the ultimate goal of any dedicated professional tourism.
Information of all Embassies side FedHATTA done if they are to have knowledge of Greek legislation, particularly in view of requests for granting visa by travelers from third countries. For the same reason and is to inform foreign EOT offices.
Below is the press release FedHATTA
New Greek Law Affects Non-EU Tour Operators & Travel Agents Working in Greece
Athens 21 February 2019 | In December of 2018, the Greek Parliament passed a law to further strengthen the existing law requiring non-EU tour operators and travel agents to use a travel agency legally established in Greece, to arrange tours, bookings etc. for their clients traveling in Greece.
What does this mean? It means that it is expressly illegal for a non-EU tour operator or travel agent, who doesn’t own a travel agency in Greece, to provide tourism services in Greece, unless the agent collaborates with a travel agency legally established in the country.
It also means that we here at FedHATTA will be by the side of our non-EU colleagues to assist them in any way possible. We have always made international cooperation a priority, and maintain important partnerships with our sister organizations in the US, India, Egypt and Israel, to name a few. As we look forward to another spectacular season this year, we want to make sure that our colleagues do not encounter any problems in light of the new law.
We have a close cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Tourism, and, naturally, with our extensive network of member travel agents across Greece. We remain at the disposal of our friends from abroad for advice, referrals and anything else they may need. Having a working relationship with a local agent may be a requirement of the law, but it also gives you significant advantages. A local agent can help with sourcing and negotiation, can troubleshoot and provide an extra layer of insurance if any problem arises.
Working together, we can provide a better experience for our clients, which is always the goal of the consummate travel professional.