Tourism in Greece

Kretsos embarrasses government after new luxury yacht cruise is revealed

Straight on the heels of the political uproar over PM Alexis Tsipras' August, 2018, Ionian cruise on the yacht of the Panagopoulos shipping family, the daily Ta Nea revealed that his deputy digital policy minister Lefteris Kretsos took his own luxury cruise in the Saronic Gulf.

Thessaloniki's new metro cars defaced by graffiti

A few days after the government unveiled in a ceremony a freshly delivered metro train car in the northern city of Thessaloniki, the cars were defaced by spray paint.
The tagging took place by unknown individuals while the trains were parked at night inside the train depot in Pylea, local media reported. The vandals fled without being noticed.

Police arrest migrant kidnappers in Thessaloniki

Three people - two Greeks aged 58 and 49 and a foreign national, 35 - have been arrested in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on charges they held 11 migrants for ransom, including two minors, in a room on the terrace of an apartment building.
It was not immediately known how long the migrants had been held.
They were freed after a police raid on Thursday night.

Thomas Cook expands in Greece

Leading British tour operator Thomas Cook announced this week that it has acquired two new properties in Greece, which will take its total number of hotel units in this country to four.
The operator has bought out Casa Cook Kos, a 100-room unit that it has been operating on the Dodecanese island and which has been the most profitable unit bearing the company's name.

4.1-magnitude quake hits Kyllini

A 4.1-magnitude earthquake shook the port town of Kyllini in western Greece on Wednesday.

According to the Athens' Geodynamic Institute, the tremor, whose epicenter was 10 kilometers east of Kyllini, was recorded at a depth of 8 kilometers.

No injuries or damages were reported.

Coast guard rescues 63 migrants off Chios and Samos

Sixty-three migrants were rescued in two separate operations in the eastern Aegean on Tuesday, the Greek coast guard said in an announcement.

The first operation concerned a motorized rubber dinghy that was sailing off the northeast coast of Samos in the early hours of Tuesday, carrying 34 people on board.

Body found on Samos beach

Coast Guard officials were called in on Monday to recover the decomposed body of a man found on a beach on the island of Samos, in the eastern Aegean.
The body was found on Sunday on Mertziki beach on the northern coast of the island.
According to initial information, the man wore a black trousers and a blue short-sleeved blouse.