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Greek museums reinvented their contact with the public during the pandemic

Greek museums, forced to shut their gates to the public in November, used lockdown time to find alternative ways to keep in touch with the public, carry out needed maintenance work, and expand the objects on show for the day actual visits are allowed, according to ANA. Among them, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens is going full-force into the digital age with an ambitious project using EU funds allocated to Greece, the Byzantine and Christian Museum is setting up an annex in a historic mansion of central Athens, the Piraeus Bank Group museums are throwing their weight behind podcasts of their specialized and dispersed museums that also cater to people with hearing and vision disabilities, and the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus is enthusiastically setting up a cinema division, with documentaries on antiquities that include two cartoon films. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Antonis Giakoumakis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek President visits islands of Limnos and Ai-Stratis on Orthodox Easter Sunday

President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou paid a visit to the islands of Limnos and Ai-Stratis, in the North Aegean, on Orthodox Easter Sunday, ANA reports. Sakellaropoulou flew first to the border island of Limnos, the base of the 130th Combat Group of the Hellenic Air Force, where she met with F-16 pilots and mechanics as well as Super Puma helicopters which fly to search and rescue missions in the Aegean. The president then flew by helicopter to the island of Ai-Stratis, and the Sialmas promontory, where she laid a wreath at the memorial for Air Force pilot Nikolaos Sialmas, "our first casualty of our Air Force during a dogfight in the Aegean," as she said. Sialmas lost his life in June 1992 during a skirmish with a Turkish F-16. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: GSalaveris Let's block ads! (Why?)

New categorization of countries by Cyprus goes into effect as of May 6th

Cyprus Health Ministry announced the new changes for country categorization that come into effect May 6th, based on the epidemiological figures in various countries, CNA reports. Iceland is now in the orange category from green, and Malta and Norway go into the orange category from red. The Ministry points out that the categorization for EU member states and for countries of the European Economic Area (EEA-Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) including Switzerland is based on the one the ECDC follows. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: AyianapaProtaras Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greece records 2,155 new cases and 66 fatalities from Covid on Good Friday

There were 2,155 laboratory-confirmed new cases of Covid-19 in Greece over the last 24 hours, of which nine were Greek authorities announced on Good Friday, April 30, according to ANA. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 345,033 (daily rate of change 0.6 pct), of which 51.3 pct are men.There were 66 deaths from Covid-19 over the 24-hour period, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 10,381, and 95.4 pct of those that died had either some underlying disease or were aged above 70 years old. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek PM visits Rafina Health Centre and notes high vaccination turnout in 30-39 group

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the Rafina Health Centre, which serves as a vaccination centre, and spoke with people in their 30s that had booked an appointment to be vaccinated on Orthodox Good Friday, April 30, according to ANA."We are glad because young people are blazing the trail because this is the only way we will be done, once we are all vaccinated," the prime minister said. "The best vaccine is the vaccine that we do soonest," he pointed out.Government sources said that, based on official figures, 3,076,875 vaccinations had been carried out by 9:00 in the morning on Good Friday and that a record 66,210 vaccinations were done on Thursday. Vaccinations will also continue on Holy Saturday and Easter Monday.Mitsotakis said that there appeared to be strong momentum, especially among younger age groups, and that vaccine availability will not be an issue after June.  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: panoramio Let's block ads! (Why?)

In Atlanta, Greek Tourism Minister invites Americans to come again

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis has taken his pitch to the United States for visitors to come to visit even during the lingering COVID-19 pandemic – if they're vaccinated or have a negative Coronavirus test. Theoharis was in the US as Greece was already open to Americans and those from the European Union, Israel, Serbia, the United Arab Emirates, and also the United Kingdom, which hasn't yet let its residents travel outside the country. There will be a general opening on May 14, with the New Democracy government pulling back most of the restrictions of an already lenient lockdown to allow restaurants to offer outdoor dining as of May 3 as a further lure. Theoharis said Greece is the perfect break from the pandemic, although it's still going on, and will be safe as the country has stepped up vaccinations and self-testing and will keep health protocols in place for restaurants and tourist sites. In Atlanta, headquarters to Delta Airlines that is resuming direct flights to Athens in the summer, he told Global Atlanta that, “This is not about Greece gaining market share. This is about everyone restarting that trust,,” although Greece got the jump on most countries in opening. “We are saying there is a system. We put it in the public domain, we want others to copy it. We believe it’s safe. We have the data to back it up. Of course every country makes its own sovereign decisions, but we believe that this is the way to move forward,” he said. The plan includes targeted rapid testing upon arrival at Greek airports, where algorithms will weigh positive case rates from travelers’ origin countries and positive test rates at the border to determine whom to test and how frequently. Those who test positive will be quarantined but in the same type of accommodation they booked for the visit and he noted that social distancing will still be required as well as wearing masks. “This vacation is not the same as 2019. There are still restrictions in terms of social distancing … and hygiene requirements,” he said. “Those have worked very well. Our private sector implemented them in exemplary fashion, like hotels, etc. So we’ll continue with that. We’re updating them with the new knowledge that we have — slight changes — but effectively (they are doing) what we expected from them.”  He also said that, “We do not aim for quantity in terms of revenue or number of people that come in now. Just quality. And quality for us means to have the ability to travel if you want to, and to be safe throughout the journey, door to door, and go back to your loved ones and relatives, safe and sound.” While Greece hopes for a robust summer, it doesn't expect the kind of record crowds that came for consecutive years through 2019, brought to a near halt by the pandemic in 2020 with international air traffic curbed. “Our duty is to show that this can be done, and also to provide it to the people that choose to come Greece. That’s why our motto this year is ‘All you want is Greece.’ And if you note on that motto, Greece is the last word. Greece is not in the forefront. ‘You’ is the important word here, and how you manage your needs.” Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Modified schedules for Athens transport from Good Friday to Easter Monday announced

Modified schedules for public transport in Athens from Good Friday to Orthodox Easter Monday were announced by the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) on Thursday, ANA reports. On Good Friday (April 30) buses, trolleys, metro, tram and ISAP trains will follow Saturday scheduling. On Holy Saturday (May 1) buses and trolleys will stop routes earlier, as they have to be in depos at 20:00. Athens trains will run until 23:00. On Easter Sunday (May 2) and Easter Monday (May 3) ISAP trains (metro Line 1) will run every 10 minutes 30 seconds (10'30''), while metro Lines 2 and 3 will run every 10 minutes. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Minoa Let's block ads! (Why?)

President of Hellenic Republic visits hostel for abused women in Athens

Incidents of abuse like family violence are increasing during the pandemic conditions and no woman should be without help in this ordeal, President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her visit on Holy Thursday to the Hostel for Women Victims of Violence of the national centre of social solidarity under the jurisdiction of the Labour Ministry, ANA reports. The Greek president stressed the importance in a modern society, as the Greek one, of mechanisms to avert such phenomena and to offer the proper structures that help victims heal from traume. "No woman should have to go throught this ordeal by herself," she noted. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Άργος Let's block ads! (Why?)

Cyprus Residential Property Price Index drops for second consecutive quarter

The Cyprus Residential Property Price (RPPI) Index marked its second marginal consecutive quarterly reduction in the fourth quarter of 2020, with the government’s interest rate subsidy scheme offsetting the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced demand due to the termination of the Cyprus Investment Scheme, the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) has said, CNA reports. The RPPI compiled by the CBC in the fourth quarter of 2020 marked a quarterly reduction of 0.2%. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: NicosiaMansions2 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Cyprus revenue from tourism decreases by 92.3% annually in February 2021

Revenue from tourism in Cyprus was down by 92.3% on an annual basis this February, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service, on Thursday, show, according to CNA. In particular, on the basis of the results of the Passenger Survey carried out by the Statistical Service, revenue from tourism in February 2021 reached €3.8 mn compared to €49.5 mn in the corresponding month of the previous year, recording a drop of 92.3%, as well as a decrease of 92.7% compared to February 2019 (€52.4 mn). For the period of January – February 2021 revenue from tourism is calculated at €6.6 mn compared to €89.7 mn in the corresponding period of 2020, recording a decrease of 92.6% as well as a decrease of 92.8% compared to January-February 2019 (€92.0 mn). RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: AyianapaProtaras Let's block ads! (Why?)