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Invest Cyprus to promote the filming industry in the island

The Cyprus Investment Promotion Industry (Invest Cyprus) launched on Tuesday the scheme for the promotion of the filming industry, presenting the online platform (film.investcyprus.org.cy) through which interested parties can be informed and apply for a cash rebates and other incentives for qualifying productions. The Scheme offers Cypriots and foreign film industry professionals incentives, cash rebates and or tax credits up to 35% on qualifying production expenditures, while providing tax allowances up to 20% for investments on infrastructure and equipment. Addressing an even for the presentation of the scheme and the online platform, CIPA Chairman Michalis Michael noted Cyprus with its wonderful locations could not be absent from the global filming industry and drafted a set of incentives for to attract filming professionals Read more at CNA 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: Catauggie License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Europarliament discusses additional help to Greece on regional funds

A discussion focusing on special measures for Greece in regards to a review of the country's extra regional funding needs as of 2015 took place in Strasburg at the start of the plenary session of European parliament, ANA reports. European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, stressed that the measures provided crucial liquidity to Greece and that an amount of 2 billion euros had been paid in 2015 and 2016. This includes about one billion euros of additional prefinancing for the 2014-2020 programs. Additionally, one billion euros was paid as a result of the increased stake in cofinancing (100 percent) and the dropping of the higher limit to 95 percent of the total deposit for intermediate payments in 2007-2013. 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: Diliff License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

3rd Athens Coffee Festival to open its gates on September 29

Having established itself as one of the most significant commercial and social events for quality coffee, the 3rd Athens Coffee Festival will be kicking off from 29 September to 1 October at Technopolis in Gazi to welcome all professionals and the lovers of good coffee. The latest top trends and new brands that are expected to dominate the domestic and international coffee scene will be showcased, while a rich program of seminars and workshops, coffee competitions and interesting cultural events will be part of the festival. The biggest and most important coffee making companies, along with all things coffee-related like micro-roasters, coffee machines etc will welcome the visitors of the festival, who will have the opportunity to taste from a variety of coffees from all over the world and to meet with top personalities from the Greek and international coffee scene. The festival will also offer nearly 80 hours of sideshow training seminars, sessions, and workshops, as well as tasting trials in three specially designed areas: * The Chatroom, with presentations, demonstrations and discussions on the culture, history and general characteristics of coffee, aimed at the general consumer and coffee enthusiasts, will be held in the Innovathens Hall.* The Lab, with specialised roasting seminars and workshops for all espresso making methods, (hand brew, ibrik) that will cater to coffee professionals and will be held in Room D10.* The Cupping Room, with delicious tastings of rare coffee varieties from all coffee-producing countries to be held in D7. The principal stage of the festival, which will dominate the open-air area of Technopolis, will welcome popular radio producers and DJs, as well as live musical groups, exclusively for the festival guests visitors for the whole day. There will also be daily coffee-related quizzes with the winners getting great gifts by the festival exhibitors. Read more at protothema.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: Kritzolina License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

US Secretary of Commerce: Greece offers opportunities for top tourism investment

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross referred to wide margins for greater American investment in Greece, speaking to "Naftemporiki" newspaper on the sidelines of his official visit over the past weekend to Thessaloniki, where he represented Washington at a major trade fair opening in the northern port city. The US is the honored nation at this year's 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair. Two major announcements concerning US investment in Greece came during the first weekend of the trade fair, the first involved NYC-based ONEX Shipyards, which expressed a high-profile interest in acquiring the troubled Elefsina and Skaramanga shipyards (west of Piraeus). At the same time, the head of the state-controlled Public Gas Corp. (DE.PA) said the utility was in "advanced talks" with LNG export giant Cheniere. The US multinational, according to DE.PA CEO Dimitris Tzortzis, has also expressed an interest in port activity concessions at northeast ports of Alexandroupolis and Kavala. ONEX is set to assume the management of the small shipyard on the Greek island of Syros. Ross, on his part, pointed out Greece presents opportunities for high-quality investments, such as in tourism, infrastructure and energy, with the participation of 55 top US companies at the TIF exhibition confirming American interest. In response to a question regarding repercussions on US-Europe trade from the imposition of higher tariffs by the Trump administration on a series of European products, Ross said he was "encouraged" by recent developments arising from talks between the two sides. In side-stepping a question on whether Greek products - such as high-end industrial cables - will be excluded from the new tariff regime as a sign of goodwill, Ross merely argued that tariffs aimed to protect US national security and defend US businesses from unfair trade practices and transactions, especially in the steel and aluminum sector. In echoing the standing line of the US administration, he added the goal is to eliminate tariffs, subsidies and non-tariffs obstacles in cross-Atlantic trade. 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: United States Patent and Trademark Office License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek students conquer Mount Olympus in Thessaly

The first ever school to go on the bold mission to conquer the top of Mount Olympus, the mountain of the Gods for the Ancient Greeks, is the 2nd High School of Voula, in Attica. The young students, instead of going for their 5-day-trip — as is very common among Greek schools before the conclusion of the final year of high school — decided to do something extraordinary…Go and conquer the top of Mount Olympus which is 2,918 meters high (9,574 ft). Their adventure was difficult due to tough weather conditions, but the experience and the images they saw were unique and made the wonderful trip worth while. They created a video, which you can watch below... Read more at greekreporter.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 Copyright: Cristo Vlahos License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Hotel federation president: 60,000 properties in Greece listed on Airbnb-like platforms

More than 60,000 residential properties in Greece are listed on short-term lease platforms, i.e. Airbnb, the president of Greece's hoteliers' federation announced this week. In comments to the state-run news agency, Grigoris Tassios again demanded that such "hospitality activity," as he called it, be treated in the same way as the state deals with hotels. "We're not bothered by the fact they (the Airbnb phenomenon), the issue is to pay in the same way as we do," he noted. 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 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Neolithic and Bronze Age finds at the Prasteio-Mesorotsos archaeological expedition in Cyprus

The Cyprus Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces the completion of the 2018 University of Edinburgh archaeological investigations at the multi-period site of Prastio-Mesorotsos in the Pafos district. Excavations were conducted from 27 June to 8 August 2018 under the direction of Dr. Andrew McCarthy, Fellow of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. The project involves the cooperation of an international team of specialists and field school students. The site is situated around a prominent rocky outcrop in the Dhiarizos Valley, and commands dramatic views to both the mountains and the sea. Its location in the valley and easy access to abundant natural resources probably had a great deal to do with the site’s extraordinary longevity. In the tenth excavation season at the site, the team excavated in four areas, exposing prehistoric remains from the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and the Early and Middle Bronze Ages, as well as the remains of a 19th century house. In Area V an impressive upstanding structure was uncovered in contexts dating to the Aceramic Neolithic period (c. 6000 BC), representing a very rare find of a built structure from this period. The feature is still enigmatic because of the keyhole exposure, but it appears to be a circular stone structure topped with plaster, resembling circular platforms from Kritou Marottou-Ais Yiorkis, although it could also be a wall of a small building similar to those found at Khirokitia. Above this circular structure were Late (Ceramic) Neolithic deposits that continued in use for several phases. This appears to be an unbroken sequence from the Aceramic into the Ceramic Neolithic period, potentially shedding light on a poorly understood period of Cypriot prehistory. In Area IV evidence for Early Bronze Age (c. 2000 BC) occupation was located in an extension of a previously excavated roundhouse where excavations revealed a large open bowl with an unusual knobbed interior base sitting directly on the floor. The bowl had been placed into a special setting surrounded by stones within the larger arc of the roundhouse, indicating a place of special significance. The size of the bowl also suggests something other than everyday eating and could indicate feasting activities. This building’s use would have been contemporary with the construction of the famous ‘Vounous Bowl’ with its complex depiction of a building model and humans and animals within it. In the Bronze Age rectilinear architecture was common, but the fact that this building from Prasteio and the ‘Vounous Bowl’ are both curvilinear and feature areas of special communal significance provide tantalizing clues as to the nature of each.  Area IV occupational deposit dating to the Early Cypriot Bronze Age, with large bowl found on the floor The settlement, its architecture and probably lifestyle in general, was significantly reconfigured in the Middle Cypriot period (c.1900 BC). This reconfiguration is accompanied by a massive series of terraces seen in several areas of the site, a new style of rectilinear architecture and new elements of material culture. These changes represent a new trajectory for the village which moved toward growing social stratification and architectural sophistication, culminating eventually in the abandonment of the site towards the end of the period. The final prehistoric activities on the site were investigated in Area XI where the remains are extremely well preserved, in some cases more than 2m in height. This is probably due to the deliberate infilling of the internal spaces during the terracing event. The interior spaces in the well-preserved rooms were excavated this season and on the first terrace a plaster floor with an animal (bull) protome figurine resting on the surface was found. This gives further evidence for the types of activities that took place in this space and for the type of society in the Middle Cypriot period at the site.   Because this site is reported to have been the hideout of the infamous Hassanpoulia gang from the 19th century, the team felt it was important to recover any information that might assist understand the more recent periods of occupation on the site too. A previously identified standing building that was believed to be a 19th or 20th century AD farmhouse was investigated this season and materials were recovered that will help to shed light on the British Colonial period at the site and its unique place in the folk history of the island. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Infographic: The cities with the most ultra-rich residents in the world

The number of super-rich individuals across the world is rising. According to the Wealth-X annual World Ultra Wealth Report, the number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals or UHNWIs (defined as being worth $30 million or more) grew 13 per cent last year to 255,810. That growth was driven by soaring stock markets, steady economic growth, robust asset markets and stable exchange rates against the dollar. Collectively, those 255,810 people are worth around $31.5 billion. For years, North America has been the driving force in millionaire creation but nowadays, that mantle is being passed over to Asia. The research found that the number of super-rich individuals in Asia climbed 19 per cent in 2017, twice the North American growth rate, driven by increasing wealth levels in China. That has resulted in Hong Kong overtaking New York as the city with the largest UHNWI population. The former British colony saw its population of individuals worth $30 million plus go up 31 per cent last year to 10,000, beating The Big Apple’s 8,900. Tokyo rounds off the top-three while Paris leads the way for Europe in fifth with 4,000. 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: Estial License: CC-BY-SA pixabay.com Source: statista Let's block ads! (Why?)

TUI Germany: Crete, Rhodes, and Kos top last-minute destinations for summer 2018

According to TUI Germany, the Greek islands of Crete, Rhodes, and Kos were among the ten most popular last-minute tourism destinations for German travelers during summer 2018. TUI unveiled that Heraklion on Crete ranked third in TUI’s Top 10 last-minute destinations, with Rhodes taking the sixth place, and Kos the taking seventh position. Antalya in Turkey was the second most favored last-minute destination with double-digit growth over last year’s numbers. The favored destinations for German tourists were Majorca in the Balearic islands, as it typical since decades now. TUI spokespersons added: “No other destination is so often booked on short notice by German TUI vacationers. Increased flight capacity compared to the previous year further boosted this trend.” The Top-10 last-minute destinations for summer 2018 are: Majorca, Antalya, Heraklion, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Rhodes, Kos, Hurghada (Egypt), the German Baltic Sea coast, as well as the Spanish mainland, in that order.  The leading German tour operator is offering last-minute package deals on hotels from Crete to Turkey starting as low as €264 euros. As an example, one Crete 7 night family package is for the beachfront Aquila Rithymna Beach Hotel, which is slashed 28% to €491 euro per person for half board with a direct flight from Vienna. Other Crete offers from TUI include the fabulous five-star accommodations Anemos Luxury Grand Resort and Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, just to name two.  Earlier this month TUI also announced expanded flights to Turkey for winter, as well as TUI Magic Life moving forward with 16 clubs in 9 countries.  Read more at argophilia.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?)

London Greek Film Festival launches International Literature Competition

The 12th Annual London Greek Film Festival, which will be held from the 15th-18th May 2019, is calling for submissions for the Video Poetica International Literature Competition 2018-2019. They are inviting writers and poets from all around the world to submit their work which could be poetry, short stories or theatre plays, in english or greek, to be a part of the festival’s International Literature Competition. Works accepted by: -Greek writers from all over the world, with no specific subject in their work (Greek Diaspora & Greek-Cypriots included), or – International writers from all over the world, with a related to Greece work (e.g. art, subject, myths, philosophy, literature, history, locations, modern life). Applicants are able to submit more than one work (poetry or short story or theatre play). Deadlines: Early deadline- 30 September 2018 Poetry: £9 for each one poem Short Story: £19 for each one short story Theatre Play: £29 for each one theatre play Regular deadline- 30 October 2018 Poetry: £12 for each one poem Short Story: £22 for each one short story Theatre Play: £32 for each one theatre play Late deadline- 30 November 2018 Poetry: £15 for each one poem Short Story: £25 for each one short story Theatre Play: £35 for each one theatre play Very Late deadline- 30 December 2018 Poetry: £15 for each one poem Short Story: £25 for each one short story Theatre Play: £35 for each one theatre play For more information and submissions, please visit www.londongreekfilmfestival.com or www.videopoetica.com Read more at greekcitytimes.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: londongreekfilmfestival.com Let's block ads! (Why?)