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Ancient Greek inscription found in Israel’s Negev Desert (video)

A team of German and Israeli archaeologists discovered a rare Greek inscription in February which they believe was made around the year 300 CE in the ancient city of Halutza in Israel’s Negev desert, according to greekreporter.com. Based on an Israel Antiquities Authority announcement which was released on Wednesday, the inscription is the Greek name of the settlement, “Elusa.” The Times of Israel reports that Halutza was established in the late 4th century BCE as a station along “The Incense Road”, a network of trade routes which stretched some 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) from the Arabian Peninsula to the Mediterranean. The city reached its peak in the Byzantine period, during the fourth to mid-sixth centuries CE, when it was was the only city in the Negev, and became famous for its fine wines. The newly-discovered Greek-language inscription of the name of the town is currently being researched by Hebrew University’s Dr. Leah Di Segni, who will publish her findings at some point in the future, the Israeli paper notes. The inscription was unearthed near what appears to be a monumentally-large bathhouse which was in use until the sixth century. The archaeological team has so far unearthed part of the furnace system and a caldarium (hot room) for the bathhouse. 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?)

Stavros Niarchos Foundation supports Greek inspired UPenn education program

The University of Pennsylvania on Thursday announced a 6-million-dollar gift to launch the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program, inspired by the ancient Greek ideals for education, ekathimerini.com reports. Aimed at the university’s undergraduate students, the program is designed to encourage informed civil discourse. “Among the many aims of a great university, none is more essential than fostering the free exchange of ideas and the robust civil expression of divergent views,” university president Amy Gutmann noted in the announcement. “The concept of ‘paideia,’ of educating young people not only to become successful professionals, but also active and engaged citizens, who are part of something greater than themselves, has particular resonance today,” added Andreas Dracopoulos, co-president of the SNF. 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?)

Find fresh foods in open air “Laiki” markets across Greece

In almost every neighborhood of Athens during some day of the week, there’s an open air market called Laiki, the people’s market, and the smells and sights and sounds are intoxicating: the stinging waft of lemon getting deep into your nose, picking up a piece of coriander to breathe it in, squeezing lemons and apples and pears and mandarins, picking out potatoes, pinching a green pepper and tasting the residue on your finger. These are experiences, in the fresh air too, that you can’t get in a supermarket and the reason – along with the usually cheaper prices – why many people prefer Laiki to stores. There’s the hustle, the bustle, and the hustling so be on guard for that too from aggressive hawkers who want to do the picking for you. Favorites are honey, so thick it takes a while to drip off the spoon, and the famous Greek tomatoes. You’ll never be able to eat one from an American supermarket again after this. You can get cherries, bananas, watermelons, melons, cucumbers, garlic, apricots, beans, peaches and even clothes and utensils for the kitchen and garden. Sellers change their prices frequently within the same day, especially for sensitive products such as fish and the prices drop the later it gets in the day if you’re willing to trade off some freshness. Then there’s the loud sounds of the hawkers bellowing and beckoning: “Ola, ena euro!” (Everything one euro) or “Pare! Pare! Pare!” (Come and Buy!) You won’t need much coaxing. 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 Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Ionutzmovie Let's block ads! (Why?)

Integrated casino resort at Helleniko site to extend over 634,000 square meters

An integrated casino resort (IRC) at the Helleniko site - one of the biggest real estate development projects in Europe - will cover 634,000 square meters, the primary partner in the consortium that has won the concession, Lamda Development, announced this week, according to naftemporiki.gr. The size and exact location of the IRC - regarded as imperative for the nearly seven-billion-euro investment to proceed - is included in a master plan that is expected to take shape in the form of a joint ministerial decision. The latter is the latest bureaucratic hurdle that the landmark privatization must clear, after years of facing down legal challenges and emerging from various levels of modern Greek state bureaucracy. Two well-known instances of "red tape" included a local forestry head's decision that a portion of the site is land designated for reforestation, along with demands by the Central Archeology Council that various installations of the one-time Athens airport be declared "modern architectural monuments". 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: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greece and Cyprus to jointly launch interactive portal for tourism

Digital strategies, communication networks and space were among the issues discussed during a working meeting between Greece's Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Minister Nikos Pappas and Cyprus Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Vassiliki Anastasiadou in Athens on Friday, according to ANA. Among the topics discussed were the two countries' digital strategy, their 'smart city' apps, the development of 5G networks and cooperation in space, as well as cooperation between their ministries that had been agreed when Pappas visited Nicosia in November. The last concerns an exchange of knowhow on the digital transformation of agriculture and electronic transfers of documents being implemented by the General Secretariat for Digital Policy in Greece. 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: Peeperman Let's block ads! (Why?)

WTTC: Greek tourism sector growing over three times faster than wider economy

In 2018, the Greek Travel & Tourism sector grew at a rate of 6.9% - over three and a half times the pace of its wider national economy, which grew by 2.0%. The sector represents 20.6% of Greek GDP compared to the global average of 10.4%. This means that one in every five Euros spent in Greece last year came from the Travel & Tourism sector, worth €37.5bn (USD $44.6bn). Meanwhile, one quarter of all employment in Greece is based in Travel & Tourism – equivalent to 988.6k jobs. In 2019, this figure is forecast to surpass one million for the first time since WTTC records began. Even at the height of economic performance before the financial crisis, Greece still employed less people in Travel & Tourism than they did in 2018 (934.5k in 2006), indicating that not only has the sector economy recovered but it is now outperforming its previous peaks. The same is true for GDP contribution, which has never before amounted to 20% of total GDP. These figures come from the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector. The research, conducted for almost 30 years by WTTC, which represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism, shows that in 2018 the Greek sector: • Outpaced the EU’s regional Travel & Tourism growth rate of 2.4%. Both the EU and Greece’s wider economies grew at a rate of 2.0%, but the Greek travel sector leapt ahead of regional averages.• Benefitted from €18.5bn international visitor spend, representing 27.9% of total exports.• Two-thirds of inbound Greek travel spend came from international visitors (66%), and one-third from domestic travel (34%).• Was driven by leisure spending, which comprised 94% of tourist spend compared to 6% for business. WTTC President & CEO Gloria Guevara remarked, “We are hugely impressed by the Greek growth rate, and the government strategies that have spurred it on. Travel & Tourism has had a huge role to play in driving Greek economic recovery, and is a chief employer of people. Greece is an exemplary case study of how valuable an asset Travel & Tourism can be when the government prioritises the sector.” The Minister of Tourism of the Hellenic Republic, Elena Kountoura remarked: “Our long-term tourism strategy that we implement since 2015 led to outstanding results in Greece’s tourism growth, and supported profoundly the Greek economy in the most difficult years of the crisis. We achieved our target in creating thousands of new jobs, new business activity, new sources of income, and in mobilizing new tourism investments. With our growth plan for the next day, we intend to maintain Greece’s strong momentum in  tourism and maximize its benefits for the local communities across Greece, acknowledging tourism’s immense value as  a major driving force for employment,  economic and social prosperity.” About the World Travel & Tourism Council WTTC is the body which represents the Travel & Tourism private sector globally. Members consist of CEOs of the world’s Travel & Tourism companies, destinations, and industry organisations engaging with Travel & Tourism. WTTC has a history of 25 years of research to quantify the economic impact of the sector in 185 countries. Travel & Tourism is a key driver for investment and economic growth globally. The sector contributes US$8.8 trillion or 10.4% of global GDP, and accounts for 319 million jobs or one in ten of all jobs on the planet. For over 25 years, WTTC has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world’s leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses, who bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making and raise awareness of the importance of the sector. 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 power company welcomes investors from China in lignite unit tender

The new tender for the concession of Greece's Public Power Corporation units at Megalopoli and Meliti opened last Friday, with investors appearing reserved before they see the sale-and-purchase agreement (SPA) terms and the utility itself hoping to see an expansion in investor interest. Candidate bidders have until this Friday to express their interest, with the proclamation uploaded on the PPC website addressing both those who participated in the first tender and others who did not. Potential investors which satisfy the tender’s technical and financial criteria will be asked to sign a confidentiality deal with PPC and as of Saturday will gain access to the virtual data rooms for the inspection of the units that are up for sale while also receiving the first SPA draft. Negotiations on the SPA will follow with a view to a May 7 or 8 bid submission deadline. PPC’s management appears optimistic about the outcome of the new tender, relying chiefly on the participation of companies from third countries, especially China. On the sidelines of an event in Athens last Thursday, PPC chief Manolis Panagiotakis referred to interest from China’s CMEC – with which PPC had signed a memorandum of cooperation for the Meliti plants – and China Energy, which took part in the first tender in cooperation with the Copelouzos Group but withdrew in the second stage. Panagiotakis expressed certainty about the Chinese corporations’ participation in the current tender and reacted to European Commission reservations, arguing that since Brussels is putting pressure on the Greek utility to divest, it cannot reject any potential investors based merely on their country of origin. That is destined to lead the tender to a failure and the blame will rest solely with the Commission, he said. 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?)

Athens Olympic Stadium's heavy maintenance and upgade works underway

With a decision, that is considered "surprising" the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport undertook the implementation of all necessary projects and studies regarding the maintenance of OAKA (Athens Olympic Complex), ypodomes.com reports. With a correspondence which began last November between Infrastructure and Transport and Culture during which the assistance of the former was requested for the required restoration and maintenance works of the existing infrastructure in the Olympic Complex, including the stadium with its well-known "Calatrava" canopy, its stands as well as other facilities such as the Cycling Track and other metallic structures. Greece's Department of Building Infrastructure of the Ministry will be the implementing body while, for its part, the Ministry of Culture will secure the project's funding (chiefly through the Public Investments Program) and provide all required data for the execution of the projects. It is noted that the operation, management and maintenance of OAKA's facilities remain in the jurisdiction of the Culture Ministry. The launch of the process is not accidental and is obviously connected with the oscillation that was observed last November, raising concerns. Even though Culture Ministry was reassuring at the time, NTUA Professor, Mr. Panayiotis Karidis had pointed out that the stadium should be checked in detail for possible structural problems. Following the concerns, OAKA administration asked from the Ministry's General Secretary to carry out relevant studies. It is noteworthy that it is rather unknown if there are any studies available since 2004 (!!). The developments are anticipated with great interest, and will determine whether it is a serious problem or just a normal wear of the materials. However, it is important that, for the first time, there will be an extensive check of the "Calatrava" canopy, the very emblem of Athens Olympic Games in 2004. 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?)

The five milestones prior to the operation of Thessaloniki Metro in 2020

Some milestones, five in particular, will lead to the operation of Thessaloniki Metro's Main Line, since the stations are gradually being completed, ypodomes.com reports. More specifically, civil engineering works and architectural finishes have already been concluded, but beyond the "visible" sides of the stations there are also the "invisible" ones; the installation of all electromechanical equipment, safety gates on the platforms and finally, ticket vending machines and passengers' access barriers. The first significant milestone is expected in April, when the first Metro train will arrive. It will be a historic moment, denoting the "beginning of the end" of the construction phase and -at the same time- the countdown for the trial operation that will last for a few months. A second milestone will be in Autumn, with the completion of all superstructure works (i.e. the tracks) all the way from the New Railway Station to Nea Elvetia Station and Pilea Depot. At the same time, test itineraries are expected to commence. A third milestone will be next Spring. By then, all trains will have been received and will be under rigorous testings at the Depot. A fourth milestone will be the "green light" from Attiko Metro that everything works as expected, some time in the Autumn of 2020. Until then, the necessary training of the staff will have been completed, the Control Center in Pilea Depot will be fully operational and all stations and trains will be ready. The fifth is the ultimate milestone. It will be the day, probably in the end of 2020 when, for the very first time, the country's PM, politicians, journalists and other official guests will take the first ride with the Metro under the city of Thessaloniki. The gates of the first 11 stations will officially open for the public immediately probably even on the next day, following 14 long years of construction. The 11 stations that will operate are: NEW RAILWAY STATION, DIMOKRATIAS, AGHIA SOFIA, SINDRIVANI/EKTHESI, PANEPISTIMIO, PAPAFI, EFKLIDI, FLEMING, ANALIPSI, PATRIKIOU, VULGARI and NEA ELVETIA. Until then, the countdown will have begun also for Kalamaria Line, which will have 5 stations and will be connected to the Main Line at PATRIKIOS Station. Its operation is expected in the first half of 2021. 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: Konstantinos Stampoulis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Sixth Vintage Toys exhibition back to Athens Technopolis in Gazi on April 12-14

True to its annual April rendezvous with innocence and nostalgia, the 6th Vintage Toys Exhibition is returning to the Athens Technopolis in Gazi on April 12-14, enabling young and old to encounter and reconnect with the distant days of long gone childhood, ANA reports. The exhibits range from old, coin-operated arcade games, such as NBA Jam, Subbuteo, the early video games and many others. Like the 2018 exhibition, which attracted a record 9,000 visitors, this year will see a full range of toys dating back from the 1970s to the 1990s on show, as well as presents, surprises and a dj set. 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: Templar52 Let's block ads! (Why?)