Author Archives: Santorini Hotels

Greek flight safety expert to win sector’s top international distinction

“It’s a story of blood and aircraft wreckage strewn across fields.” A poet could not have offered a better description of Captain Akrivos Tsolakis’ career in the Hellenic Air Force and as an air accident investigator, according to ekathimerini.com. “It’s been an adventurous career, the stuff of films, I could almost say,” the respected expert tells Kathimerini after learning that he will be receiving the Jerome F. Lederer Award for this contribution to flight safety from the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI). This is the highest distinction in the field and the ceremony will be held on September 5 during a formal dinner at the ISASI annual seminar at The Hague. “I have been awarded 44 times, by various agencies and foreign nations, even Turkey, but this is the highest honor I have ever received,” notes Tsolakis. “This award is not just about flight safety. It is about human life and is a reward for our contribution to humanity. That is why I consider it the top of the pyramid. I am even more pleased by the fact that it is a distinction for Greece as well, because my country, which I have been serving ever since I was a lad, is the most important thing to me,” he continues. Tsolakis entered the field of flight safety in 1959 as an officer of the Hellenic Air Force, when he went to the University of Southern California for its aviation and security program. When he returned to Greece, he established the Army General Staff’s Flight Safety Directorate and later, as a pilot for Olympic Air (with 18,300 flight hours), he also set up a flight safety department at what was then Greece’s national carrier. He was chief of flight security for Olympic until he retired in 1990 and in 2001 was appointed president of the newly established Greek Air Accident Investigation & Aviation Safety Board (EDAAP), where he remains an active proponent at the age of 89. Under his stewardship, EDAAP has investigated more than 250 air accidents, “from the smallest to the biggest,” he says. His biggest ever case was the August 14, 2005, Helios Airways Flight 522 crash in Grammatiko, eastern Attica, in which 121 people perished. “It was the most important investigation of my career because of its complexity, but also because the eyes of the entire world were on us,” admits Tsolakis. “That investigation was also very productive because it led to adjustments in the system. We had recommended a series of changes, five of which are still being applied today on new airplanes and in staff training,” the expert points out. 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: aianews.gr Let's block ads! (Why?)

Urgent measures to reduce flight delays at airports in Greece during peak season

Greece's transport ministry this week issued urgent measures to reduce increasingly long delays for flights at various airports around the country, especially at well-known tourism destinations, given the ongoing peak summer season, naftemporiki.gr reports. One urgent move is to increase flight controllers at the main Athens International Airport (AIA), the transfer of more personnel to the Civil Aviation Authority and the approval of an extra one million euros annually to hire and train another 47 controllers.   Increasing flight traffic in the Athens FIR during the summer months, especially take-off and landings at Greece's busy airports, has caused serious delays on a daily basis. For instance, the country's largest airports, the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport of Athens, feature among Europe's busiest, yet it remains near the top in terms of flight delays, something that affects the quality of Greece's tourism product, given that many holiday-makers arrive at the Athens airport for transit to other regional destinations. Serious flight delays are also recorded at popular tourist destinations, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Irakleio (Heraklion) and Chania (Hania). 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: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Passenger traffic in Greek airports soars 4.7% during first seven months of 2019

Passenger traffic in Greek airports rose 4.7 pct totaling 35,525,166 passengers in the first seven months of 2019 from 33,923,504 in the corresponding period last year, the Civil Aviation Authority said on Wednesday, according to ANA. The number of flights rose to 298,910 in the January-July period (of which 121,948 domestic and 176,962 international), up 4.7 pct from the same period last year. In the same period, the airports of Ioannina, Limnos and Nea Achialos recorded the highest percentage rise in passengers. 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: Rakoon Let's block ads! (Why?)

AP: Kevin Spacey offers poetic tribute to Greek statue at Rome Museum (video)

American actor Kevin Spacey recited a poem about a battered boxer as he stood next to an iconic statue of a fighter during a surprise performance at a Rome museum on Friday night, according to an Associated Press report. Spacey’s appearance at the National Roman Museum had not been announced. The museum had only posted a cryptic notice on its website noting that a two-time Oscar winner would be reading works by Italian poet Gabriele Tinti, in a “rare event.” Spacey stood next to the ancient Greek bronze statue known as the “Boxer at Rest,” while reciting a poem by Tinti titled “The Boxer.” The poem is about a fighter left bleeding and dejected at ringside, scorned by the crowd in spite of his glorious past. Video clips published in Italian media show Spacey dramatically intoning the verses, including the following: “The more you are wounded, the greater you are. And the more empty you are. They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff. Life was over in a moment.” The public recitation of Tinti’s “The Boxer” came just weeks after a criminal sexual misconduct case against Spacey collapsed in Massachusetts. One could claim to see parallels to the actor’s fall from grace following the serious accusations of sexual harassment and assault. Watch video of Spacey reciting the poem about The Boxer in the link below: https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2019/08/kevin-spacey-recite-poem-dejected-boxer-rome 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: Carole Raddato  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Culture Minister meets with Chinese Ambassador to Athens Zhang Qiyue

The joint actions that will assume Greece and China in the period 2020-2022 were discussed by Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and the Ambassador of China to Greece Zhang Qiyue ahead of the Greece and China Cultural-Tourist Year 2021, ANA reports. A Culture Ministry announcement also pointed out during the meeting Mendoni referred to the issue of the Museum of Underwater Antiquities in Piraeus linking it with the memorandum of cooperation signed between the two countries and refers to the specific antiquities. Furthermore, the Greek minister expressed Greece's will to host, in the framework of the FORUM 17+1, the Culture Ministers meeting in 2021. On her part, the Chinese envoy said that "China will celebrate the 100-years anniversary from the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party. Mendoni asked Greece to host at the Byzantine Museum in Athens an exhibition of China's imperial treasures noting that the hall with the Byzantine Empire's treasures is ideal for hosting the imperial art of China reminding the great success of the exhibition with the imperial dresses of Qianlong at the Acropolis museum. 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: Groubani  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Media report: Secret ‘rooftop beach’ opens in the heart of Athens

Located in the heart of Athens and screaming ‘Greek Summer’ the new Mavili Beach at “Alexandros” hotel has taken an innovative leap to heighten the hospitality experience for locals and visitors, turning the rooftop of its modern building into a seaside haven, overlooking the Lycabettus hill, greekcitytimes.com reports. The new Mavili Beach is where urban architecture embraces Cycladic beauty and it’s an ideal spot for hotel guests and visitors alike to enjoy a tranquil and yet fully equipped spot where you can work, get together for a social gathering or come here for complete rest and relaxation. Featuring a bougainvillea-shaded ‘tavern’, whitewashed stone walls, cobblestone flooring, and sand-covered pool area, it makes for a wonderful island-like experience, without ever having left the bustling Greek capital. Mavili Beach offers amenities that are ideal for both business and pleasure, featuring sunbeds equipped with power sockets, USB ports, and free Internet connection, as well as elegant and airy beach cabins with a private mini-bar and flat TV screen. 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: greekcitytimes.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

US Ambassador welcomes NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo at consulate in Athens

NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo has strengthened the relationship between the United States and Greece, US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said on Monday at the US Consulate, honoring the outstanding basketball player popularly known as "the Greek Freak", ANA reports. In a tweet, the ambassador noted, "Honored to welcome NBA MVP Giannis & his great family to the consulate with our top-quality staff. I am a huge admirer both of how he has enhanced the people-to-people connections between the US & his beloved Greece and of his amazing skills on the basketball court." 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: Twitter Let's block ads! (Why?)

Mayor: Elafonissos island in Greece is a safe tourist destination

Elafonissos is recovering and returns to normality after the major wildfire and tourists began arriving on the island, the mayor of Elafonissos Efstathia Liarou said to Athens-Macedonian News Agency on Monday. The mayor said that there were no injuries or damages to residents or tourist and hotel infrastructures. Referring to the ecological damage she said that they will have a detailed evaluation in the following days. We are here to welcome and accommodate our visitors". 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: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Full moon events at archaeological sites in Greece to conclude Sunday

Events celebrating the full moon of August at archaeological sites throughout Greece will conclude by Sunday, August 19, the Ministry of Culture said on Monday, according to ANA. An English-language listing of events, by Greek region, may be found at the Ministry of Culture's site, Full Moon 2019 Entrance is free to the public. Photo Source: athenswalkingtours.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 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Global Health Tourism figures honored in Ithaca, the island of Odysseus in Greece

ATHENS – Prominent Greeks from the homeland and abroad, from fields including politics and science, who have contributed to the national effort for the development and promotion of Greek Health Tourism, were awarded in Ithaca the Ionian island by Mayor Dionysis Stanitsas at an event titled Health Tourism Finds Its Ithaca. The 1st International Conference on Greek Health Tourism was held two years ago on the island of Odysseus. Dr. George Patoulis, the President of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece and Regional Governor of Attica, President of the National Health Tourism Council Elitour, President of the International Health Tourism Center and President of Athens Medical Association, spoke at the event. He said, “Greece and Ithaca are the destinations where you promise to come back, due to the idyllic landscape and the excellent climate. Nostos, Odysseus’ nostos for his island, is the same nostos that we share with our expatriates abroad. This feeling, known today as nostalgia, is what makes international travelers who visit Greece constantly dream of the day they would repeat their journey to our country. In the national effort for the Development of Greek Health Tourism it is our aim to attract international health travelers as repeaters, which would contribute to establishing Greece as a popular Health Tourism destination globally.” Dr. Patoulis noted that the distinguished Greek doctors and scientists who open the window of Greek Medical Tourism to the world, contribute to the national effort first with their credibility, which is crucial for building the country’s popularity as a Medical Travel destination and placing Greece in the World Health Travel Index. He pledged that “Ithaca will retain its symbolism for Greek Health Tourism, and with our support will soon become an attractive destination for Health Travelers.” Patoulis explained that the slogan “Health Tourism Finds Its Ithaca” refers to the burgeoning international wave of Health Tourism, and conveys the message that Health Tourism is returning to Greece, where the famous Asclepeions of antiquity with the first spas of the world, the thermal springs that can be found in various places in Greece today, were the first Health Tourism destinations on earth for foreign travelers. At the event, the Mayor of Ithaca presented awards for the guests’ contribution to the promotion and development of Health Tourism, including the Chicago community leader Kostas Haniotakis, the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne Bill Papastergiadis, Professor of Reproductive Science at University College London in the Institute for Women’s Health Joyce Harper, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and member of the Hellenic and International Psychoanalytic Society Dimitris Jackson, the President of the Hellenic Assisted Reproduction Authority, Professor of Obstetrics – Gynecology and Infertility at the National and Kapodistrian University Sofia Kalandaridou, as well as Dr. Patoulis, and the Vice President of the International Health Tourism Center, IVF Specialist Dr. Constantinos Pantos. Journalist Dimitris Filippidis, based in New York, was also awarded, as was the Founder and Managing Director of Albania American Hospital in Albania Klodian Allajbeu, Matthew Raftopoulos, Principal of MPR Financial Services, Australia, and the well-known Australian actress Mary Coustas whom Dr. Patoulis personally thanked for her contribution to the awareness of the success of Assisted Reproduction methods in Greece, a Medical Tourism branch of Greece that has already achieved success and is helping the country become a top Medical Tourism destination globally. Dr. Pantos said, “Today’s event is of great importance with regard to the journey and to the destination of Ithaca, the island of Odysseus, in our daily routine. We aim to connect mother Greece with the Greek Diaspora and promote the medical services we currently offer in our country, which are truly excellent. It is a key goal to continue to gain confidence and for more and more people to come from abroad and especially from the Diaspora to Greece for Health Tourism Services.” More information is available online: https://healthtourismcenter.org. 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?)