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Natura 2000 award won by Callisto wildlife organisation in Greece

The Greek wildlife conservation group "Callisto", which specialises in the protection of the country's dwindling brown bear population, has received the Natura 2000 European award for the project LIFE ARCTOS KASTORIA, ANA reports. Callisto's project, which aims to promote conditions for living alongside wild bears, won the award in the category "Reconciling interests/perceptions" at the 2018 Natura 2000 Awards. 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 Copyright: Brocken Inaglory License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Reuters: Thomas Cook to target more image-conscious audience

Thomas Cook is abandoning its raucous “Club 18-30” brand to target an image-conscious audience wanting more stylish holidays, the British tour operator said on Thursday, according to Reuters. Thomas Cook, set up in 1841 and a pioneer of package holidays, announced that demand for holidays in Turkey, Greece and Egypt would help it meet forecasts this year. Its airlines were also seeing strong demand, assisted  by the demise of rival carriers last year.  Read more at ekathimerini.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?)

World Museum Day celebrated in Greece with tours, exhibitions, workshops

Guided tours, exhibitions, art workshops, educational programs, speeches, virtual tours, concerts, theatrical performances, poetry readings, seminars and interactive digital presentations are some of the events taking place in museums around the country on Friday to celebrate World Museum Day, ANA reports. World Museum Day is celebrated each year with various events and is devoted to a specific theme related to museums and their role in modern society. The theme of this year is "Museums and networks. New Approaches, New Audience." 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 Copyright: Юкатан License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

TripAdvisor: The top-10 food experiences in the world

For travelers looking to make their getaways as delicious as they are unforgettable, TripAdvisor has officially revealed the most popular foodie cities in the world. Food tours are the fastest growing experiences category based on traveler spending, according to the leading travel booking site. TripAdvisor discovered that travelers are trading in traditional dining for destinations with local food experiences — so whether it’s making pizza in Rome or tasting tapas in Madrid, exploring the local cuisine is always a major travel highlight. “Travelers are increasingly interested in getting local insight on their destination, and food tours and cooking classes a great way to do that,” noted  TripAdvisor spokesperson Laurel Greatrix. “Guides can be a great resource for finding hidden gems or local favorite spots and can create an unforgettable part of your trip. Coming home with a local recipe or a new favorite restaurant is the best souvenir.” Best Food Cities in the World: 1. Rome Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District 2. Florence Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence 3. Paris Paris Food Tour: Taste of Montmartre 4. Barcelona Interactive Spanish cooking experience in Barcelona 5. New Orleans New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter 6. New York City Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour 7. Venice Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine 8. Madrid Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour 9. Tokyo Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour 10. Bangkok Bangkok Food Tour Read more at cnbc.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?)

Thomas Cook: Greece again among summer season winners with strong demand for 2018

 Thomas Cook, Europe’s second-largest tour operator announced a group-wide 13% rise in bookings for this summer (as of May 5), driven by particularly strong demand for Turkey, Greece and Egypt. Bookings are also higher for smaller destinations such as Croatia and Italy, as well as Tunisia which is making a comeback. But bookings for the Spanish islands are down after Cook decided to cut capacity for the summer due to strong competition and pressure on margins. According to the following report by fvw.com, Thomas Cook Group presented lower half-year losses and good bookings for summer 2018, including in Germany, driven by strong demand for the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. Regarding source markets, Continental Europe bookings for summer 2018 are up 2%, with good growth in Germany (+4%), France (+15%) and Belgium (+8%), and average prices 4% higher. Stefanie Berk, head of Central Europe & East, commented: “Demand has risen strongly especially for Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. Greece is again one of the season’s winners, and bookings are also significantly stronger for Italy and Austria than last year.” Northern Europe is growing well, with bookings up 7% and average selling price up 5%. UK tour operator bookings are up 4%, with pricing up 6% despite pressure on margins. The Group Airline is also heading for a strong summer, with bookings up by 18% and average selling prices 2% higher, after a 10% capacity rise and strong demand for short-haul capacity. During the six months ending March 2018, Thomas Cook increased revenue by 5% to £3,227 million, driven by growth to Egypt and long-haul destinations. The seasonal underlying EBIT loss was slightly reduced to £169 million, mostly due to better airline results, although the reported operating loss increased to £214 million due to separate financial charges. The seasonal net loss was reduced to £255 million. The winter 2017/18 programme closed in accordance to expectations. Overall Group bookings increased by 10%, with strong demand for the Canaries, Egypt and Turkey. Average selling prices were broadly flat, reflecting a shift in the mix from long-haul to short/medium-haul destinations. Thomas Cook's Continental Europe tour operating business The Continental Europe tour operating business had a good half-year, increasing revenues to £1,256 million and reducing the seasonal loss slightly to £49 million. “Demand for most destinations has been robust, with growth to Egypt, Greece and Tunisia helping to offset declines to Mexico and the Caribbean following Hurricane Irma last autumn,” Cook commented. Nevertheless, the German business saw its seasonal underlying loss increase despite growing revenues due to weaker margins to long-haul destinations (partly due to a disadvantageous hedging position for the US Dollar) and strong market competition, especially to Egypt. Elsewhere, there were better results in Belgium, France and Russia, and stable results in the Netherlands and Eastern Europe. The Northern Europe tour operating business performed very well in the first half, achieving significant revenue growth to £614 million and a £9 million increase in underlying EBIT to £41 million. On the contrary, the UK increased half-year revenues to £528 million but the seasonal loss deepened to £77 million, mostly due to weaker margins to the Canaries, the company’s top winter destination, caused by strong hotel cost inflation, together with a weaker Sterling and increased levels of market competition. “As a consequence, while customer demand remains strong, our UK business has not fully passed on these significant inflationary cost increases through higher selling prices.” In response, Cook is shifting capacity towards the Eastern Mediterranean, closing British travel agencies and taking other cost-saving measures. Thomas Cook Group Airlines recorded a strong half-year, profiting from higher capacity demand from other tour operators following the collapse of Monarch and Air Berlin/Niki. Revenue increased by 9% to £1,313 million on a like-for-like basis, passenger numbers were up by 11% to 6.6 million, while yields increased by 1% and 3% in long-haul and short/medium-haul respectively. Underlying EBIT improved by £20 million to a seasonal loss of £59 million due to the higher yields and better results from Condor. Thomas Cook CEO on results and current trading  Commenting on the results and current trading, CEO Peter Fankhauser noted: "Thomas Cook has had a good first six months of the year, delivering improved financial results combined with tangible strategic progress. The work we've done in the past two years to improve customers' experience of our flights and our holidays is bearing fruit with revenue growth of 5%, and a positive booking position for the summer. "The improvements in customer satisfaction have come from our focus on fewer, better hotels and our holiday programme for Summer 2018 is in great shape. Two-thirds of our customers tell us they want to personalise their holidays and we are innovating to satisfy this demand. This includes the successful introduction of 'Choose Your Room' across 300 hotels for the summer and, more recently, 'Choose Your Favourite Sunbed' which we are rolling out to 50 hotels.” Thomas Cook said it has so far taken 13,500 ‘Choose Your Room’ bookings while 50% of all available sunbeds have already been booked. Fankhauser added: "Customer demand for this summer is good in all our markets, particularly in our Nordic region. We continue to experience margin pressure in the UK tour operator due to a combination of hotel cost inflation in Spain, currency impact and capacity increases in the market. We have taken action to help mitigate this pressure, including taking out holiday capacity from Spain and moving it to the Eastern Mediterranean. "Our Group Airline performed particularly well in the first half. Condor delivered a strong turnaround, and has benefitted from our ability to provide a reliable and high-quality service during a period of disruption and consolidation in the German aviation sector. Our booking position for the summer is strong, and bookings are well in line with our capacity growth of 10% to an expanded range of destinations, including 70 new routes across the group.” Read more at fvw.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?)

World Travel Awards: Vote for Athens until next Sunday May 20th 2018

The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that Athens is nominated in the European Region category of the 25th annual World Travel Awards and specifically for the following awards:  Europe's Leading City Break Destination 2018: Athens, Greece Europe's Leading City Tourist Board 2018: Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau Europe's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2018: Athens, Greece Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction 2018: Acropolis, Athens, Greece The voting closes on Sunday May 20th 2018 and you can vote for at worldtravelawards.com here. ATHENS TO HOST THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS EUROPE GALA CEREMONY The multi awarded, internationally recognized hotel management company, ΗotelBrain , has undertaken to organize in Athens, Greece the European Gala Ceremony of World Travel Awards 2018, which will be held in Zappeion Megaron, on June 30th 2018. This event will bring to Athens the most important personalities of the international tourism and highlight its beauties and graces as one of the most important European city break destinations.  ABOUT THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS World Travel Awards is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies to celebrate the achievements of the travel industry.  Votes are cast by both travel professionals and consumers, ensuring that only the most deserving organizations walk away with one of these prestigious accolades. 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?)

Ancient Greek tragedy “Troades” becomes modern Korean opera (video)

Filling the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage with 25 singers, actors and musicians, visionary Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen fuses modern music and pansori, the ancient Korean genre of musical storytelling, in this world-class modern opera. Trojan Women, originally created by ancient Greek playwright Euripides took Seoul by storm when it premiered in 2016 and has since enjoyed a sell-out run at the Singapore International Festival of Arts last year, its London performance is the first time the National Changgeuk Company of Korea, a leading resident company of the National Theatre of Korea, have performed in the UK. Composed by a producer at the forefront of the K-pop scene, Jung Jae-il, in cooperation with the renowned Pansori master Ahn Sook-sun, Trojan Women brings both the ancient and modern art forms together to breath new life into Euripides’ tragedy. Troy may be defeated but never forgotten, its women endure as survivors amid the aftermath of a 10-year war with the Greeks. Drawing parallels between the trauma faced by the Trojan women and the pain of Korean women who have lived through war and division, the epic performance celebrates the significance of female solidarity in the face of adversity, through powerful music and movement. Source: Korea Economic Daily 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 Copyright: The Yorck Project (2002)  License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

ASTA VP: B2B Roadshow for Greece completes United States events

The first major B2B Roadshow for Greece in three major urban centres of America, Boston, New York and Washington, was completed on 9 May 2018 with remarkable success, noted Robert Duglin, Vice President of Business Development at ASTA – American Society of Travel Agents, according to ANA. “We are very pleased about our cooperation with North Events in the training of US travel agencies for Greece. The meetings of the Americans with Greek businesses and destinations managed to create business relationships that we believe will have great performance in the near future,” he added. 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 Transport minister blames privatization agency for delay in airport tender

Greece’s relevant transport minister on Wednesday blamed the country’s privatization agency, itself a memorandum-mandated obligation, for delays in the tender process to sell-off a major northern Greece tollway as well as the state’s stake in the Athens International Airport. Minister Christos Spirtzis directly pointed to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), as the entity is officially named, for the delays, during a meeting with institutional creditors’ top auditors. Representatives of European creditors (Commission, ESM, ECB) and the IMF returned to Athens this week for talks aimed to finalize the fourth – and last – review of the ongoing bailout. The third consecutive memorandum is due to end on August 20, 2018. “If the ministry had run the tender we would have finished and received triple the offer,” he noted, while referring to “technocratic ineptitude” on the part of the HRADF’s consultants. Read more at naftemporiki.gr 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 Copyright: Rakoon License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Europa Nostra prize awarded to Byzantine church on Greek island of Naxos (video)

The 8th-century Byzantine church of Agia Kyriaki on Naxos island is one of the winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards, the European Commission announced on Tuesday, according to the following report by ANA. Also awarded the Europa Nostra prize was a cooperative project to restore the mosaics of the Transfiguration in an arch of the St. Catherine of Sinai's basilica, and the reconstruction at Zographio, the Greek school in Istanbul. The prizes will be presented at a ceremony in Berlin on June 22, during the first-ever European Cultural Heritage Summit, and shall include EU high-level officials and leading heritage organisations.  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 Copyright: Michael W. Pendergrass License: CC-BY-SA pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)