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New case of a privatization project stuck in Greece's logjam

It looks likely that Greek state sell-off fund TAIPED is set to face a similar case to that involving the development of the plot at Elliniko, this time concerning a 40-million-euro tourism investment at Aghios Ioannis in Halkidiki, central Macedonia.The 253,000 square meter plot was sold to the Mentekidis family in 2015, but no construction license has been issued yet.This could take a while as Kathimerini newspaper understands the local forestry authority has decided to characterize 70 percent of the plot as forestland, hampering the investment further.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: ekathimerini.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Marinas Association wins bid to host ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in 2018

The Greek Marinas Association (GMA) has been announced as host of the 2018 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) during the meeting of the ICOMIA Marinas Group in Vancouver, Canada on 14 October. The world-renowned travelling Conference will be held 25 – 27 October 2018 in Athens, Greece.The leading light in ensuring successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) World Marinas Conference is the key initiative of the ICOMIA Marina Group’s Outreach and Support Programme. IWMC is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, Government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbour operators and draws hundreds of delegates and speakers from around the globe.IWMC is presented by the ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG), the committee born out of ICOMIA`s recognition that ensuring boat owners a safe and convenient place to berth, moor or launch their boat is vital to the future of the industry.An active and prominent member of IMG since 2011, GMA was established in 2010 in order to represent, upgrade and promote the tourist ports and marina facilities throughout Greece. Its membership includes 77% of the total regional berthing capacity, and includes both public and private members all of which are well organised marinas focusing on quality, safety and customer satisfaction. Stavros Katsikadis, president of the GMA highlighted the importance of this win for Greek marinas and the city of Athens: "I'm confident IWMC 2018 will be a high-performing, world class event. Delegates will benefit from quality content and the expertise of the exceptional international speakers IWMC attracts. Athens promises to them an unforgettable experience".Roberto Perocchio, IMG Chairman, praised the GMA win: "The Greek coast is one of the most beautiful cruising grounds of the world for nautical tourism, and the international community of marina operators will now gather there in 2018 to discuss global trends and be inspired by the new marina investments that can be developed in this country thanks to privatisation programmes, urban waterfront rejuvenation projects and increased importance of tourism economy”. Perocchio added, “The Mayor of Athens has expressed his full support of IWMC 2018, as have other local and national authorities – this confirms the leading role that Greece plays at an international level in the field of yachting facilities and services".The decision to award GMA the bid was made during IMG’s autumn meeting, held 12-14 October 2017 in Vancouver, Canada, which 13 IMG members attended and included a tour of 10 marinas on the west coast of Canada. Hosted by Sara Anghel, Executive Director of NMMA Canada, the Group saw marinas suitable for sailboats, smaller power boats and large yachts. “NMMA Canada was honoured and pleased to have the opportunity to host the IMG meeting in Canada. The recreational boating industry in Canada is worth $10 billion CDN in revenues and $5.6 billion in GDP impact. There are nearly 1500 marinas in Canada and almost half of Canada’s population goes boating each year.”The IWMC series is highly informative and relevant to global market trends, whilst the extensive networking opportunities are invaluable for on-going business success and the vast array of exhibits offer insight into the very latest in marina product development and technology. More information on the programme for 2018, sponsorship opportunities and delegate registration will be announced in due course.For more information please contact [email protected] 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: Michael W. Pendergrass License: CC-BY-SALet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Tourism Confederation’s head Yiannis Retsos: SETE alongside local communities

Greek Tourism Confederation's (SETE) ambitious strategy for a holistic sustainable tourism development that will substantially interlink the industry with other sectors, such as agri-food and culture, was developed by Association President Yiannis Retsos, who addressed the 16th SETE Conference today."Every region of our country has a wealth of local agri-food products as well as cultural heritage, customs and traditions. It is our priority not only to preserve them, but also to interconnect and highlight them through tourism", Mr. Retsos stressed and added:"We must be present in all the destinations of our country, both the established and the less developed, with constant offers and interaction."He also unveiled that SETE leadership has already conducted informative tours to various destinations across the country such as Alexandroupolis, Thessaloniki, Volos, Patras, Santorini, Corfu and Crete."We want to hear the voice and the anxieties of all the people who make up the long chain of tourism," Retsos said and continued:"Let us record the needs and try together to find solutions to the issues that arise. Thus, we will be able to maximize the contribution of tourism and expand its benefits. During next week, we will be visiting Rhodes while other meetings will also follow in Ioannina, Lamia and Tripoli. Our aim is to be at the core of Greek tourism. Right alongside the small or big professional, next to the Greek producer. Close to the local communities. To record the issues that must be resolved immediatelly and shape the agenda of the debate right where the heart of Greek tourism beats."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?)

Greek state to sell 30% stake in Athens airport holding company

Greece's privatization fund (HRADF) is reportedly ready to sell a 30% stake in the authority that owns the Athens International Airport (AIA) during the first three months of 2018, days after extending the contract held by the current concessionaire by 20 years.  On its part, the concessionaire for the airport, officially named the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, promised investments to improve facilities and infrastructure worth 400 million euros during the coming five-year period.The twin developments come amid continuing growth in the airport's figures over the years, including passenger traffic, number of flights, turnover and profitability. The goal for passenger traffic is to exceed the 26-million mark over the next three years.According to media reports, after the concession extension, AIA's management is eyeing a near doubling of terminal 1, as well as expanding the passport control area in the non-Schengen arrival zone. Another project cites the construction of a covered car park as well as a new hotel in the retail zone adjacent to the airport. As opposed to the current five-star hotel that stands just across from the main terminal, the new hotel is billed as a low-budget alternative for travelers seeking more economical lodgings.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: Leonid Mamchenkov License: CC-BY-SASource: naftemporiki.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek banks accelerate actions against strategic bad debtors

Greek banks plan to add strategic bad debtors to an e-auction platform due to start operating by the end of November, bank sources said on Monday. Such payers have significant incomes and property assets and are capable of repaying their debt but refuse to do so, they said.The same sources and high-ranking bank executives stressed that "banks have no reason to turn on weak borrowers, nor to go after low-value properties of great importance to citizens but of limited financial value to banks," adding that banks have stood by conscientious borrowers during this period of crisis.Bank executives underlined that borrowers who cooperate with banks have no reason to worry if they are facing problems, or even an inability to repay their loans. "There is not one cooperative borrower that did not meet with a positive response from banks," they said, adding that strategic bad debtors act at the expense of not just banks but also those facing real problems.The country's four systemic banks will focus on borrowers who are defined as uncooperative or strategic bad debtors, accelerating actions to auction the real estate properties of this category of borrower.These cases include borrowers who took out mortgage loans for 100 pct of the property's value, without investing their own money, leased their homes, have big bank deposits and other property assets and refuse to cooperate with banks to repay their loan. 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: athenswalk License: CC-BY-SASource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

Costa Navarino wins ‘Europe’s Responsible Tourism Award 2017’

Messinia’s leading Costa Navarino Resort in Peloponnese, Greece has been honoured with “Europe’s Responsible Tourism Award 2017” at the 24th World Travel Awards.“The award is reinforcing the destination’s commitment to responsible tourism and further strengthening its position as a sustainable tourism destination,” the company noted in an announcement.Its philosophy and activities are driven by their desire to promote this stunning  area in the Peloponnese, while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. It has introduced a new model of sustainable tourism, enhancing the local economy with respect to the environment, history and tradition, and local communities.The company has applied several sustainability practices, including  the biggest olive-tree transplanting program in Europe, in an effort to protect the landscape, with more than 6,500 trees transplanted so far. It also created two water reservoirs to cover the area’s irrigation needs, including the two signature-designed golf courses.Costa Navarino, in partnership with the Academy of Athens, the Stockholm University and number of NGOs, has also founded the Navarino Nature Hall, an interactive environmental centre, which is open to guests and to the local community and aims at informing adults and children on Messinia’s flora and fauna, as well as on ways of protecting the environment for future generations.As the region includes one of the richest biodiversity areas in the continent of Europe, Costa Navarino has implemented a monitoring and protection program for the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta Caretta).  Moreover, a pioneering program was initiated for the protection of the only European population of the African chameleonin the Gialova lagoon, which is a Natura 2000 site.Costa Navarino encourages its visitors to immerse in the local traditions and practices of the region by offering a variety of authentic experiences, including olive oil tasting sessions, to cooking lessons with locals and engaging in Philosophy Walks.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: greekcitytimes.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Archaeologists: Ancient Greek Roman City of Phaselis slowly submerging

Almost two meters of the ancient city of Phaselis have submerged in 2,000 years, indicated by studies carried out by geologists and geomorphologists in the area, Turkish archaeologists announced.Professor Murat Arslan speaking to local newspaper Hurriyet says that the submerging is a natural phenomenon.“The African continent puts pressure on the Asian plate. In some areas, it’s three-centimeters per year and in other areas, nine centimeters. Plate movements in the Mediterranean basin cause that area to collapse in some areas.As a result of the studies carried out by geologists and geomorphologists, we have identified that almost two meters of Phaselis have submerged over 2,000 years,” he noted.Phaselis, located in the southern province of Antalya’s Kemer district, was important for trade in ancient times as it had three ports.It is easy to see the wealth of the ancient city in the agoras, trade centers, bath houses and temples, expressed by ancient era writers throughout the Classic and Hellenistic periods and Roman history.The town was constructed by the Rhodians in 700 BC. Because of its location on an isthmus separating two harbours, it became the most important harbour city of eastern Lycia and an important centre of commerce between Greece, Asia, Egypt, and Phoenicia, although it did not belong to the Lycian League.It was captured by Persians after they conquered Asia Minor, and was later captured by Alexander the Great.After the death of Alexander, the city stayed in Egyptian hands from 209 BC to 197 BC, under the dynasty of Ptolemaios, and with the conclusion of the Apamea treaty, was handed over to the Kingdom of Rhodes, together with the other cities of Lycia.From 190 BC to 160 BC it remained under Rhodeian hegemony, but after 160 BC it was absorbed into the Lycian confederacy under Roman rule. Phaselis, like Olympos, was under constant threat from pirates during the 1st century BC, and the city was even taken over by the pirate Zekenites for a period until his defeat by the Romans.In 42 BC Brutus had the city linked to Rome while in the 3rd century AD, the harbor fell under the threat of pirates once again.Gradually it began to lose importance, suffering further losses at the hands of Arab ships, until it became totally impoverished in the 11th century.Each year, thousands of locals and foreign tourists visit the ancient city which is surrounded by sea and nature.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: Carole Raddato License: CC-BY-SALet's block ads! (Why?)

Hellas Gold withdraws from first Halkidiki Development Conference

Hellas Gold, a subsidiary of Eldorado Gold, withdrew as participant and sponsor from the First Development Conference for Halkidiki, after reactions to its inclusion.The company announced that it is withdrawing “following an issue resulting from its intention to support, as platinum sponsor,” from the conference held by the Development Company of Halkidiki (ANETHA), and “faced with the possibility of incidents occurring by people opposing gold mining who make up the smallest noisy minority in Halkidiki."The company noted “it is greatly saddening that the same people that react to any development prospect in the region manage to impose their view through bullying, leaving Halkidiki mired in a foul cycle of introversion and navel-gazing.”The municipality of Aristotelis in the Halkidiki peninsula had expressed its opposition to Hellas Gold’s participation in the conference, claiming that it was arranged in an underhanded way by the ANETHA without the latter notifying all of its board members and shareholders, some of whom had protested such a prospect.Meanwhile, ANETHA went ahead and rejected Hellas Gold’s sponsorship shortly before the mining company made its withdrawal official.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: Szaaman License: CC-BY-SASource: greekreporter.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Fraport Greece reveals modernization plan for critical Santorini airport

Fraport Greece on Thursday revealed plans for the development of the Santorini airport, one of 14 airports around Greece that the company manages.The plan was unveiled during an event on the iconic holiday island attended by representatives of local authorities and local stakeholders. “… Every year, the unparalleled beauty and scenery of Santorini offer excitement and unforgettable memories to visitors from all over the world. The uniqueness of Santorini inevitably sets the bar high: Our goal is the travel experience of every visitor to be worthy of the island’s beauty, completing its very positive image to the whole world,” Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell noted during the event.  The modernization and upgrades include construction of a new fire station, the expansion and remodeling of the current terminal and a reorganization of the apron. The total size of the terminal will grow by 235 percent to 15,640 square meters, with the replacement of a portion of the current terminal and the construction of a new one. Significant interventions for the improvement of services will also be implemented, including doubling check-in stations and baggage reclaim belts, more gates and an almost three-fold increase in security lanes.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: naftemporiki.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

US Ambassador to Greece Pyatt: Tsipras' visit to USA will be a success

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visit to the United States will be a success because of the close relationship between the United States and Greece and how closely their interests align in world affairs, U.S. Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt said, in an interview with the Greek-American newspaper Greek News on Saturday just days before Tsipras' meeting at the White House with U.S. President Donald Trump. Ambassador Pyatt describes the visit as a symbol of commitment to the existing partnership and the readiness to further boost it. He says the United States will be looking for ways to encourage more U.S. investment to Greece. On Souda Bay he noted the two sides will explore ways to make enhanced use of this platform that has benefited both our countries since its establishment in 1969.I can't emphasize enough the importance of Souda to regional and global peace and security, he underlined , clarifying that it only represents one of the pillars of our alliance. Greece plays a critical role in the EU, in NATO, in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, 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: BIONIC University License: CC-BY-SASource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)