Law 4146, passed last year, provides for the issue of a five-year Greek residence permit to non-EU nationals who own properties valued at 250,000 euros or more or have signed contracts for a lease of at least a decade for hotels or other types of tourism accommodation valued at the same amount. The permit can be renewed for another five years and also covers family members. Such permits have already been issued to Chinese, US and Canadian nationals, as well as Russians and Ukrainians'.
This permit has been available since last year in Greece. It has also been available in other countries such as Portugal (with a higher threshold amount) and yet if you look through the various property portals such as Rightmove they extol the advantages of 'the Portuguese Golden Visa' with not a mention of Greece.
A similar situation occurs regularly in tourism - a recent airline advert in the UK says 'Spain or Turkey' and a listing of places recommended to buy property, where you would actually like to live again does not even mention Greece. I know we have our problems, doesn't everywhere, but that seems ridiculous given the number of people who do want to buy here.
Are we the worst country in the world at publicising the advantages of our country? Tourist Board - what tourist board?