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Greek tourism: 89% of H1 2017 travel receipts from five regions

Based on final data, the balance of travel services in January-June 2017 posted a surplus of €3,147 million, up 8.5% from a surplus of €2,901 million in January-June 2016. This development is attributed primarily to an increase of €236 million or 6.2% in travel receipts and, to a lesser extent, to a decrease of €10 million or 1.1% in travel payments. The rise in travel receipts in January-June 2017 over the same period of 2016 was driven by an increase in average expenditure per trip by about €25 or 5.3% (January-June 2017: €476, January-June 2016: €451), as well as by a 0.8% rise in the number of non-resident inbound visitors.Specifically, expenditure per overnight stay increased slightly (by 0.8%) to €68, while the average length of stay remained virtually unchanged year-on-year at 7 nights. The number of overnight stays increased by 5.3% to 59,859 thousand in January-June 2017, from 56,868 thousand in January-June 2016. Travel receiptsIn January-June 2017, travel receipts totalled €4,077 million, up 6.2% relative to the same period of 2016. This development was driven by a 6.7% increase in receipts from residents of the EU28, which came to €2,654 million or 65.1% of total travel receipts, and by a rise in receipts from residents outside the EU28 (up 7.2% to €1,276 million).In particular, receipts from euro area residents increased by 10.6% year-on-year to €1,640 million, while receipts from residents of non-euro area EU28 countries rose by 1.0% to €1,014 million.Among major countries of origin, receipts from Germany rose by 12.7% to €672 million, as did receipts from France, by 4.5% to €247 million. Receipts from the United Kingdom also increased, by 9.7% to €661 million. Turning to non-EU28 countries, receipts from Russia rose by 17.8% to €129 million, while receipts from the United States also increased, by 1.9% to €273 million. Travel receipts by trip purposeLooking at the breakdown of non-resident expenditure in Greece by trip purpose, trips for personal reasons represented the bulk of receipts in January-June 2017, with a share of 92.0% in total expenditure, up from 90.6% in the same period of 2016, as the corresponding receipts increased by 7.8%. Within this category, leisure accounted for the largest share of total expenditure (January-June 2017: 80.7%, January-June 2016: 79.0%), with the corresponding receipts increasing by 8.4% to €3,291 million. Trips for the purpose of visiting family accounted for 5.8% (or 238 million). Receipts from trips for health purposes rose by 96.8% to €24 million. Finally, receipts from business trips dropped by 9.6%, lowering their share in total receipts (January-June 2017: 8.0%, January-June 2016: 9.4%). Inbound traveller flowsAs already mentioned, the number of inbound visitors in January-June 2017, increased by 0.8% to 8,574 thousand, from 8,508 thousand in January-June 2016. This development is attributed to an increase, by 494 thousand or 6.6%, in the number of inbound visitors excluding cruise passengers, which was largely offset by a drop in the number of cruise passengers (down 428 thousand or 40.3%). Specifically, visitor flows through airports increased by 11.3%, while visitor flows through road border-crossing points declined by 4.1%. Visitors from within the EU28 accounted for 62.2% of the total number of visitors and visitors from outside the EU28 for 30.4% (1). In January-June 2017, visitors from the EU28 increased by 7.9% relative to the same period of 2016. This development is attributed to an increase in the number of visitors from euro area countries by 18.5% to 2,864 thousand, as visitors from the non-euro area EU28 countries decreased by 2.3% to 2,467 thousand. The number of visitors from non-EU28 countries rose by 4.2% to 2,609 thousand.In particular, visitors from Germany increased by 18.0% to 1,048 thousand, as did visitors from France, by 12.3% to 413 thousand. Visitors from the United Kingdom also increased, by 3.2% to 958 thousand. Finally, turning to non-EU28 countries, the number of visitors from Russia rose by 15.1% to 187 thousand, whereas the number of visitors from the United States fell by 2.3% to 298 thousand. Overnight stays In January-June 2017, the number of overnight stays in Greece totalled 59,859 thousand, up by 5.3% from 56,868 thousand in January-June 2016. This was driven by a 7.5% increase in nights spent by residents of non-EU28 countries, as well as by a 3.9% rise in nights spent by residents of the EU28. The increase in overnight stays by residents of the EU28 is attributed to a 9.2% increase in nights spent by residents of the euro area, as nights spent by residents of non-euro area EU28 countries fell by 3.8%. The number of overnight stays increased by 11.5% for German residents, by 3.8% for French residents and by 10.2% for UK residents. Turning to non-EU28 countries, the number of overnight stays by Russian residents increased by 0.5%, while those by US residents decreased by 0.3%. CruisesSince 2012, the Bank of Greece conducts a cruise-specific survey (“Cruise Survey”) in order to enrich the data collected through its Border Survey. Following a standardised methodology, detailed cruise data for the period January-June 2017 were collected from 16 Greek ports, covering 86.7% of all cruise ship arrivals.The period under review saw 1,178 cruise ship arrivals (January-June 2016: 1,487) and 1,565 thousand cruise passenger visits (January-June 2016: 1,783 thousand). According to this survey, 90.1% of all cruise passengers were transit visitors, with an average of 2.3 stopovers at Greek ports of call (down from 1.6 stopovers in January-June 2016).In January-June 2017, total receipts from cruise passengers fell by 7.9%, relative to the same period of 2016, to €163 million. Of this amount, €16 million were already captured in the Border Survey data, as they represent receipts from visitors leaving the country through Greek last ports, while the remaining €147 million concern additional receipts data recorded by the Cruise Survey. Τhe fact that the decrease in cruise receipts was significantly lower than the drop in the number of cruise passenger visits is attributed to an increase in the number of cruise passengers with a Greek home port.The port of Piraeus ranks first with a share of 48.6% in total cruise receipts, followed by the port of Corfu with 14.4% and the port of Santorini with 7.7%. The seven most important cruise ship ports account for 91.4% of total cruise receipts and 87.1% of total cruise passenger visits.Total overnight stays ashore increased year-on-year in the period under review by 24.1% to 1,692 thousand, while the total number of cruise visitors fell sharply (by 38.9%) to an estimated 667 thousand, with a negative impact on cruise receipts. Balance of travel receipts by region As shown by the Border Survey, travel receipts in the period January-June 2017 amounted to €3,930 million. Five regions accounted for the bulk (88.9%) of total receipts (Τable 8), namely: the Southern Aegean (€921 million), Crete (€906 million), Attica (€803 million), Central Macedonia (€469 million) and the Ionian Islands (€395 million). The remaining regions (the Peloponnese, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Thessaly, Epirus, Western Greece, Central Greece, the Northern Aegean and Western Macedonia) together accounted for €437 million.Visits to Greece (all 13 regions combined) in January-June 2017 totalled 9,025 thousand. The number of visits exceeds the number of inbound visitors, as travellers may visit more than one region in the course of one trip.The six most popular regional destinations, accounting for 87.7% of total visits, were: Attica (1,986 thousand visits), Central Macedonia (1,948 thousand), the Southern Aegean (1,497 thousand), Crete (1,367 thousand), the Ionian Islands (597 thousand) and Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (519 thousand). The remaining regions (Epirus, the Peloponnese, Western Greece, Thessaly, Central Greece, Western Macedonia and the Northern Aegean) together accounted for 1,112 thousand visits.The number of overnight stays in Greece in the period under review totalled 58,513 thousand. According to the breakdown into the 13 regions, five regions accounted for 86.8% of total overnight stays, namely: the Southern Aegean (12,701 thousand nights), Crete (12,422 thousand), Attica (11,167 thousand), Central Macedonia (9,407 thousand) and the Ionian Islands (5,111 thousand). The remaining regions (the Peloponnese, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Thessaly, Epirus, the Northern Aegean, Western Greece, Central Greece and Western Macedonia) together accounted for 7,707 thousand overnight stays.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Dimboukas License: CC-BY-SALet's block ads! (Why?)

Chinese investor buys 100 apartments in Athens’s Exarchia district

A Chinese investor has purchased 100 apartments in the Exarchia area, a Kathimerini newspaper report says.According to the specific report, the Chinese man made use of them through short-term rental platforms and then sold them as an investment portfolio to a foreign investor.The report also notes , that the same investor is preparing to make a new purchase of more than 100 apartments this time, in the same area. Exarchia is very close to the center of Athens and just behind the National Archaeological Museum.The reason for the preference for investments in Exarchia is not just the low real estate prices, but also the willingness of many owners to abandon the area. Prices in the area have dropped in recent years due to increased criminal activity.The report mentions the investor is taking advantage of the “Golden Visa” program that gives a residence permit to foreign nationals who make investments of over 250,000 euros.Read more here.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 reportSource: greekreporter.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Traffic restrictions in downtown Athens on Sunday for 31st Athens Run

Temporary traffic restrictions will be imposed in downtown Athens this Sunday for the 31st Athens Run taking place in the city centre, with cars forbidden from entering, stopping or parking in roads along the route of the race.The restrictions will apply on one or both lanes of the following listed roads, as well as all roads leading off them up until the first junction. They include: Vassilisis Amalias Avenue, Panepistimiou, Stadiou, Syntagma Square, Filellinon, Vassilisis Olgas, Karaiskaki Square, Athanasiou Diakou, Irodou Attikou, Vassilisis Georgiou II, Rigillis, Pireos Street beween Hamosternas and Petrou Ralli (Omonia-bound lanes), Pireos Street beween Iera Odos and Omonia Square (both lanes), Pireos Street between Petrou Ralli and Iera Odos (Omonia-bound lanes), Athinas Street between Sofokleous Street and Omonia Square, Synggrou Avenue between Amalias Avenue and Frantzi Street, Synggrou Avenue between Kallirois Street and Frantzi Street (Athens lanes), Synggrou Avenue between Frantzi and Lagoumitzi (lanes to Pireos), the exit to Pireos linking Synggrou and Kallirois, Lagoumitzi from the Pireos exit to Koukaki bridge, Kallirois between the Koukaki bridge and the Thessaloniki Road Bridge (Pireos lanes), Hamosternas from the Thessaloniki Road Bridge to Pireos Street (Pireos Lanes), Vassilisis Sofias Avenue between Xenia Street to Vassilisis Amalias Avenue, Vassilisis Sofias Avenue between Xenia Street and Zacharov (lanes to Vassilis Konstantinou Avenue), Ardittou between Vassilisis Olgas Avenue and Vouliagmenis Avenue, Vassilis Konstantinou Avenue, Ploutarchou Street between Ypsilantou and Vassilisis Sofias Avenue.Cars are also forbidden from crossing the race route when these are closed to traffic, except at the following controlled junctions:Synggrou Avenue and VourvachiSynggrou Avenue and PetmezaHamosternas and KilisPireos and Petrou RalliPireos and PersephonisPireos and KolokynthousPireos and KolonouStadiou and AmerikisRead more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Christophe Meneboeuf License: CC-BY-SASource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

Religious tourism: Òssios Loukás best preserved monastery in Greece

Greekcitytimes.com reports in the following article that on your way up to the slopes of Mt. Parnassos and the archaeological site of Delphi, about 13 km before the town of Aráhova, you can leave the main road and turn towards the village of Distomο and Stýri. If you keep driving for about 9 km the road will bring you to one of the most impressive monuments in the Mediterranean Sea: the monastery of Òssios Loukás.One of the best preserved byzantine monasteries in Greece, situated near the village of Distomo on the hills of Helicon mountain, it has survived many generations since its foundation by the hermit Agios Loukas in 953 A.D. Apart from being among the few monasteries that survived more than 1000 years, the architecture of the monastery as well as its frescoes are unique. It is by far, a magical journey into history and in times where art and culture flourished.A triumph of Byzantine art and architecture, it is no surprise that this church has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Decorated with a combination of mosaics and frescoes, following the death of the holy hermit Lukas the Stiriote, a church was constructed in the late 10th century on Mt. Helicon to house his relics. Later in the early 11th century, an immense Byzantine-style square cathedral was constructed adjoining the Church of Holy Luke and was used to support the growing religious community and pilgrims there. The cathedral has a massive central dome which rests on 8 hemi-circular vaults and thick piers.Agios Lukas, whose relics are kept in the monastery until today was a hermit and should not be mistaken for Agios Lukas the Evangelist of the Gospel of Saint Luke, but a hermit who died on 7 February 953 and was famous for having predicted the conquest of Crete by Emperor Romanos.It is believed that it was during the latter’s reign (959-963) that the monastery’s Church of the Theotokos (Panagia) was built.The main shrine of the monastery is the tomb of Agios Lukas, originally located in the vault, but later placed at the juncture of the two churches. Agios Lukas relics are said to have exuded myron, an oil which produced healing miracles. Pilgrims hoping for miraculous help were encouraged to sleep by the side of the tomb in order to be healed. The mosaics around the tomb represent not only Agios Lukas himself, but also hegumen hilotheos offering a likeness of the newly built church to the saint.Byzantine monasteries like this are built in sites characterised by impressive natural beauty and the churches here feature multicoloured marble revetments, while the ceilings are illuminated by the mosaics with the golden background (11th century AD). The scenes are religious, chosen and designed according to the strict rules followed by the artists until nowadays.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: BishkekRocks  License: CC-BY-SASource: greekcitytimes.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Opposition head discusses needed reforms in Greece with European Commissioners

New Democracy head Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke about the reforms the Greek economy needs during a meeting with European Commissioners in Brussels on Wednesday."I had the opportunity to discuss with a number of European Commissioners my plan for the Greece of the future. I spoke about the important reforms our country needs. And when we speak of reforms, we speak primarily of investments that will create many and better jobs, linking education with the labour market and making public administration more effective for citizens," he noted after the meeting. "On this level, New Democracy's plan coincides with the priorities of the European Commission," he concluded. Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: enikoslive License: CC-BY-SASource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Reporter: Guide on the wines of Crete

In the heart of the Mediterranean lies the Greek island of Crete, which is home to some of the largest vineyards in Greece, according to the following travel report by greekreporter.com: With a continuous presence ever since Minoan times, Cretan vines have a millennial history that places the wines of Crete in the center of the local folklore: Wine is on everyday tables, it takes part in celebrations and it’s surrounded by myth.The Number of WinesThe local association that works to promote the island’s wines is Wines of Crete, a network of wineries that, since 2006, represents about the 90% of the wine that’s being produced, bottled and labeled in Crete. It supports the efforts of 31 Cretan wineries striving to make local wines acknowledged and praised all over the world.Twelve different native varieties give shape to this special panorama. Some of them producing top seller wines, such as the white varieties Malvasia di Candia, Vilana, Vidiano or Muscat of Spinas; and the red Mantilari, Liatiko, and Kostifali. Some others, instead, have been saved from complete extinction thanks to the dedicated work of pioneering winemakers. Among these, we count the uniqueness of Dafni, but also Plyto and Melissaki.Cretan vineyards account for nearly 13% of the wine regions of the country; being the third viticulturist area of Greece, with wines falling into several P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) and P.G.I. (Protected Geographical Indication) categories..The Evolution of Local WineWhen walking through the local roads of Crete, it’s possible to discover a natural micro-climate created by a combination of favorable conditions. The backbone of the island is formed by a series of mountain ranges, a natural barrier that shelters the land against the southern African heat. This, together with a balanced annual amount of rain, a soil rich in clay and calcium, and extreme temperatures mitigated by the cool summer breeze of the Aegean, transform Crete into a unique land for wine production.The recent history of Cretan wine has different stages. A first and more classic one, when local varieties were used just for wines consumed locally. A trend that was, later on, followed by a wave of new winemakers using foreign varieties in an attempt to please both locals and foreigners. It was a new moment in history, marked by the arrival of mass tourism to Crete.Nevertheless, things started changing during the early 2000s. Gradually, winemakers began considering that indigenous varieties were worth the try. And a new trend in travel also made visitors look for a more authentic experience. If they had made it all the way to Crete, maybe they were not looking for a Cabernet anymore. Maybe it was time to start going local.Nowadays, and after years of hard work and development, the island is entitled to supply visitors with that high quality they were looking for. In fact, it’s the regional varieties that let the island stand out, making a difference from the standards that can be found on the market.Promotion and RecognitionThe tasks of Wines of Crete include the promotion of Cretan wines, not only in Greece but also abroad. They take serious care of the education of consumers through a series of organized tasting events and exhibitions that give every opportunity to get to know what local winemakers are achieving.Joint efforts lead to the creation of OiNotika, an annual fair that boosts awareness on the Cretan wine production, feeding a new generation of consumers with the right input and information. Every year, OiNotika receives more visits from other countries, giving the opportunity to taste the local labels to an ever-growing international audience.As a result, and during the last five years, Crete has earned a distinctive wine identity inside the national industry. An identity that has little to do with mass production and old-time retsina wine. Crete has proven a land of traditions and character, but also a territory of excellence as far as wine tourism is concerned. Through its wine, Crete is portraying the culture, the traditions and the magnificent traits of its cuisine. Wines allow discovering a unique landscape and the authenticity of the people… and, of course, that there’s much more than pristine beaches to Crete.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Elisavetch License: CC-BY-SASource: greekreporter.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Prime Minister thanks Greek-American community for its warm welcome

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras thanked the Greek-American expatriate community for their reception during his five-day trip to the US, in a series of tweets after his departure from Washington on Thursday to attend the EU summit in Brussels.“We had many crucial but chiefly productive and constructive contacts in Chicago and Washington in the days that the Greek delegation was in the USA in the framework of our official visit. I cannot help but single out, however, those with our Greek expatriates that live in the US and for many years now preserve in every way the principles, values, traditions and history of our country,” Tsipras noted.“Myself personally and the Greek delegation thank you for the warm reception but chiefly for your contribution to our country,” he added.Read more here.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 reportPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Rennett Stowe License: CC-BY-SASource: thenationalherald.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Two Greek researchers earn L'Oreal-Unesco 'Women in Science' Scholarships

Two young and promising Greek researchers were selected among more than 1,000 candidates to win two of the 30 French L'Oreal-Unesco French Fellowships "For Women in Science", accompanied by 15,000 to 20,000 euro financial award.These scholarships are awarded by the L'Oreal Foundation in cooperation with the French Academy of Sciences and the French Commission of Unesco to 30 young scientists (10 PhDs and 20 postdoctoral researchers) conducting frontier research in their scientific field in France.One scholarship was awarded to postdoctoral researcher at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Fani Koukouli, who is conducting neurobiological research focusing on the pathology of schizophrenia. The pre-frontal cortex of the brain displays reduced neuronal activity in the brains of patients with psychoses such as schizophrenia. This problem is often attributed to a genetic disorder in nicotinic prefrontal cortex receptors, which is related to the fact that 80-90 pct of patients with schizophrenia are smokers.The Greek researcher has been studying molecules that influence nicotine receptors and allow the nerves to return to normal activity. At the same time, she is responsible for a major research programme on the role of nicotinic receptors in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. The goal, both in the case of schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, is the development of new pharmaceutical therapeutic approaches.Koukouli graduated from the Department of Pharmacy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki during 2009 and received her Ph.D. in neurobiology from the French Pasteur Institute in 2016.The second scholarship was awarded to the doctoral researcher Anna-Maria Pappa of the Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne School of Bioelectronics Laboratory, also a collaborating researcher at Cambridge University, UK. Her research focuses on the detection of metabolic substances in the cell using organic electronics.The Greek researcher studied at "Anatolia" College in Thessaloniki, graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki during 2012 and proceeded with postgraduate studies in nanosciences, nanotechnology and biomaterials.Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Mouagip License: CC-BY-SARead more here.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 reportSource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

First Cyprus, Greece and Armenia meeting on diaspora issues on Friday in Nicosia

The first Trilateral Meeting among Cyprus, Greece and Armenia on diaspora issues is set to take place on Friday in Nicosia. The meeting will be attended by Presidential Commissioner for Overseas Cypriots, Photis Photiou, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, responsible for Greeks Abroad, Terens Quick, and Armenia`s Minister of the Diaspora, Hranush Hakobyan.Photiou told CNA that they will discuss and make concrete decisions as regards ways of promoting cooperation among the three countries on diaspora issues.Read more here.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 reportSource: CNALet's block ads! (Why?)

40 bloggers present their travel experiences in Greece

A new video titled "Blogtrotters 2017 - Travel in Balance," which visualizes the results of Blogtrotters' action of Marketing Greece for 2017, was presented by Discover Greece.Blogtrotters is a travel blogging travel experience platform for travel bloggers.This action concerns the invitation to Greece and the interactive participation of prominent foreign bloggers and vloggers to destinations in the country.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 reportLet's block ads! (Why?)