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Reuters: Total credit contraction recorded in Greece during September

Total credit in Greece’s banking system contracted 0.9 percent year-on-year in September after a 0.7 percent drop in the previous month, Bank of Greece data showed on Tuesday, according to Reuters. Credit extended to the government fell 3.1 percent after decreasing by 4.4 percent in August, the central bank announced. Lending to businesses and households shrank 0.5 percent following a 0.1 percent drop in the previous month. 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: Dimboukas Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ecumenical Patriarch accuses Russian Orthodox Church of playing politics

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I accused the Russian Orthodox Church on Friday of playing politics and using the Orthodox flock to put pressure on the Greek Orthodox Church, according to greekreporter.com. Addressing the 4th Panhellenic Conference on Pilgrimage Tours in Arta, western Greece, Bartholomew referred to the ongoing row among the Orthodox world over the issue of the Ukranian Church’s Autocephaly (Independence) from the Patriarchate of Moscow. Bartholomew noted that ”an Orthodox Autocephalous Church is using the piety and the sacred desire of its faithful flock as a means of exerting financial pressure on the Church of Greece and the Greek people because of the official recognition of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.” The Ecumenical Patriarch referred to the recent decision of the Church of Greece to recognize the independence of the Ukranian Church. The dispute started a few years ago, when the Church of Ukraine, then part of the Patriarchate of Moscow, asked for its independence. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which is responsible for these matters, granted the Church of Ukraine its Autocephaly, sparking strong reactions in Moscow and the Russian Orthodox Church, which does not recognize the new status of the Church in Kyiv. 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: Pvasiliadis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Aegean Airlines increases flights from Cyprus to Athens and Beirut

Aegean Airlines is introducing two new flights from Cyprus, one from Paphos city to Athens and another from Larnaca city to Beirut, the company announced on Tuesday, according to ANA. The Paphos to Athens route will commence on December 12 with two weekly flights, while the Larnaca to Beirut route launched on October 7, also with two weekly flights. The carrier said it intends to offer some 1.2 million seats through its international routes total in 2020, thus targeting a 6 percent increase from 2019. 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?)

“Dance with My Own Shadow” show on Manos Hadjidakis’ music (video)

The Greek National Opera Ballet’s first production for 2019/20 presents four major works of Manos Hadjidakis in one single performance, as part of the three-year cycle dedicated to the composer, int.ert.gr reports. With this production, distinguished choreographer and ballet director, Konstantinos Rigos realizes one of his top dreams: to create a dance performance based on Manos Hadjidakis’s music. The performance titled “Dance with my own shadow” features Hadjidakis’s works: The C.N.S. cycle, Captain Michalis, The accursed serpent and Gioconda’s smile. It is held at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and there are three performances left; on November 16, 17 and 24. Few composers have defined the Greek musical landscape and modern Greek culture as much as Manos Hadjidakis. At the same time, his quests and influences have led him to numerous and diversified paths. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the fruits of his creative seed can be found in the four cardinal points of the horizon. This is the landscape that inspired Konstantinos Rigos’ new choreography, through which he shall make a journey across the four cardinal points of Hadjidakis’ work by incorporating an equal number of emblematic works into a single performance with interlocking parts. Four rooms, four directions. The C.N.S. cycle is the north, the abstract landscape of the “deserted beach”, death’s wasteland. Captain Michalis is the south, with the Mediterranean, dry landscape, the wind that romantically caresses people’s bodies and the unrealistically over-sized Kazantzakis-man figure. The damned serpent is the east, a land of shadows and fairy tales, where the old and the new co-exist devouring one another. Gioconda’s smile is the west, a study by the composer on the history of Western music, but also an exercise of personal compositional discipline. Each point of the horizon is also a room, each cardinal direction is contained within an interior space, where dancing becomes one with the music. Apart from the choreography, Konstantinos Rigos has also created the set design with the cooperation of Mary Tsagari. The performance features a music ensemble and the GNO Principal dancers, Soloists, Demi-Soloists and Corps de Ballet, under the musical direction of Lukas Karytinos. INFO When: 16, 17 and 24 November, at 20.00 (Sundays at 18.30) Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (364 Siggrou Avenue, Kallithea) Ticket prices: 15, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 70 euros Children, students: 12 euros Limited visibility seats: 10 euros  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: flickr.com License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Arrivals of travelers to Cyprus rise by 1.6% during September

The arrivals of travelers in September 2019 reached 679,628, compared to 668,604 in September 2018, recording an increase of 1.6%. According to the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus, the increase is mainly attributed to the arrivals of tourists (0.9%) as well as the return of residents of Cyprus (2.1%), according to CNA. For the period of January – September 2019 arrivals of travelers totaled 4,610,502 compared to 4,473,791 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording a rise of 3.1%. During the same period, an increase of 0.6% was recorded in tourist arrivals and 7.8% in the return of residents of Cyprus. 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: FromNicosia Let's block ads! (Why?)

International Air Transport Association: Four priorities for African aviation

Mauritius - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments and industry in Africa to focus on four priorities to allow aviation to drive economic and social development on the continent, enrich people's lives and enable the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG's). The four priorities are:  Safety Cost-competitiveness Opening the continent to travel and trade, and Gender diversity "Across the African continent, the promise and potential of aviation is rich. Already it supports USD 55.8 billion in economic activity and 6.2 million jobs. And, as demand more than doubles over the next two decades, the critical role that aviation plays in Africa's economic and social development will grow in equal proportion. With the right tax and regulatory framework, the opportunities aviation creates to improve people's lives are tremendous," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's Director General and CEO in a keynote speech at the 51st Annual General Assembly of the African Airline Association (AFRAA) in Mauritius. Safety IATA highlighted three priorities to improve aviation safety in Africa More states need to incorporate the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) into their safety oversight systems. Mozambique, Rwanda, Togo and Zimbabwe have done so. Smaller operators should consider becoming IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) certified.  ISSA provides a valuable operational benchmark for carriers not eligible for IOSA. African states need to implement ICAO standards and recommended practices in their regulations. Currently, only 26 states meet or exceed the threshold of 60% implementation. "Our top priority is always safety. And we must never forget that global standards have helped to make aviation the safest form of long-distance transport. There is a good example of that in the safety performance of African airlines. The continent had no fatal jet accidents in 2016, 2017 and 2018. That is largely due to the coordinated efforts of all stakeholders with a focus on global standards, guided by the Abuja Declaration. But there is still more work to do. Taking these three steps will raise the safety bar even higher," said de Juniac. Cost-competitiveness IATA highlighted the need for a cost-competitive operating environment for airlines in Africa. "African carriers lose $1.54 for every passenger they carry. High costs contribute to these losses Flying is not a luxury—it is an economic lifeline for this continent. That's why it is critical for governments to understand that every extra cost they add to the industry reduces aviation's effectiveness as a catalyst for development," said de Juniac. IATA called on African governments to: Follow ICAO standards and recommended practices for taxes and charges Disclose hidden costs such as taxes and fees and benchmark them against global best practice, and Eliminate taxes or cross-subsidies on international jet fuel IATA also called on governments to follow treaty obligations and ensure the efficient repatriation of airline revenues at fair exchange rates. Currently, funds are blocked in 19 African states. "It is not sustainable to expect airlines to provide vital connectivity without reliable access to their revenues," said de Juniac.   Opening the continent to travel and trade IATA called on governments to liberalize intra-Africa access to markets and urgently implement three key agreements which have the potential to transform the continent. These are: The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) - to boost intra-Africa trade through the elimination of import duties and non-tariff barriers The African Union (AU) Free Movement Protocol - to ease the severe visa restrictions that African countries impose on African visitors Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) – to open up intra-Africa air connectivity "My message to governments on this triumvirate of agreements is simple—hurry-up! We know the contributions that connectivity will make to the UN SDGs. Why wait any longer to give airlines the freedom to do business and Africans the freedom to explore their own continent," said de Juniac. Gender Diversity IATA also called for the industry to do more to improve its gender diversity and for airlines in the region to support the recently launched 25by2025 campaign. The 25by2025 campaign is a voluntary program for airlines to commit to increasing female participation at senior levels to at least 25% or to improve it by 25% by the year 2025. The choice of target helps airlines at any point on the diversity journey to participate meaningfully. "It is no secret that women are under-represented in some technical professions as well as in senior management at airlines. It is also well-known that we are a growing industry that needs a big pool of skilled talent. Africa can be proud of its leadership in this area. But we need to do more. The 25by2025 initiative will help move our industry in the right direction," said de Juniac. 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?)

AP: Greek tennis star Tsitsipas earns 1st win over Medvedev at ATP Finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas finally came up with a way to win against Daniil Medvedev, beating the Russian 7-6 (5), 6-4 Monday in their opening match at the ATP Finals. The fourth-seeded Medvedev entered the match with a 5-0 record against Tsitsipas but couldn’t earn a single breakpoint on the indoor hard court at the O2 Arena. Instead, the sixth-ranked Tsitsipas converted the only break of the match to take a 5-4 lead in the second set and then clinched the victory with an overhead forehand at the net. Both players are making their debut at the year-end tournament for the world’s best eight players, which features a round-robin stage before the semifinals. Medvedev established himself as one of the best hard-court players on tour this season, reaching the U.S. Open final and winning four titles on the surface. Read the full story 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 Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Keith Allison Let's block ads! (Why?)

Study on direct flights between China and Cyprus to be conducted

Cyprus House President Demetris Syllouris and the delegation accompanying him during his visit to China discussed on Monday with the Chairperson of Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress the possibility of launching direct flights between China and Cyprus, and more specifically between Guangdong Province and Cyprus, CNA reports. Syllouris noted that the proposal to look into this issue was welcomed on the part of China and that a study will be conducted by a Chinese company on this issue. Furthermore, he stressed that there must be more Chinese investments in Cyprus as is the case with other European countries. 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: TomasNY Let's block ads! (Why?)

Central Macedonia organic foods at Eco Life Scandinavia fair

The region of Central Macedonia will participate for a second consecutive year in the international food and beverages exhibition “Eco Life Scandinavia and Nordic Organic Food Fair 2019″ that will be held at the exhibition center MälmoMässan in Malme, Sweden, on November 13-14, ANA reports. The Eco Life Scandinavia and Nordic Organic Food Fair is the only exclusive and double professional exhibition for all Scandinavian countries, which constitute the top market for the consumption of organic and natural products in Europe. The region of central Macedonia aims to upgrade the presence and extroversion of its enterprises in the organic products markets in Scandinavia, said the vice governor of Central Macedonia Sotiris Batos. 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: Pitichinaccio Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek FM: Turkey’s insistence on distorting history unbecoming of a modern state

In an announcement on Friday, the foreign ministry said its spokesperson Alexandros Yennimatas gave the following response to a reporter's question about a statement made by a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson the previous day. "Turkey’s insistence on distorting history is unbecoming of a modern state. We call on Turkey to reflect on its historical responsibilities, especially regarding its conduct towards the Greek minority. Turkey should follow Greece’s example and, at long last, work to consolidate good neighborly relations in our region and, of course, its European perspective." 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: Mstyslav Chernov Let's block ads! (Why?)