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Theaters of Ancient of Sikyon and Messene get more funds to improve access by visitors

The ancient theaters of Sikyon and Messene will be funded with 520,000 euros for works that will allow tourists to visit them and encourage the local economy, ANA reports. In a statement, Greece's Culture Ministry said that the contract for Ancient Sikyon's theater will continue works of an earlier contract to restore its functionality and prepare the theater for visitors. The 220,000-euro funding allocation will extend the project's timeline. The restoration is expected to be complete by March 2021.  In Ancient Messene, a 300,000-euro grant will restore the castle area between towers 17 and 18, and stabilize the section. It will also create a path for the public visiting the monument.  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: Greek Culture Ministry Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek government to announce updates concerning Covid-19 measures later in the week

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is gathering all the necessary information and data concerning the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, and will announce updates in the course of standing restriction measures towards the end of the week, said government spokesperson Stelios Petsas on Monday, ANA reports. Greece is currently observing a nationwide lockdown until December 7; the continuation, or not, of the lockdown and other restrictions therein will be decided on the basis of which sectors of social and economic activity can be reopened safely, he underlined.  Petsas also raised the significance of vaccinations against the coronavirus and said that the arrival of those is a relief, and "a ray of hope." Nevertheless, he noted, citizens must observe all restrictions and safety protocols diligently until a sufficient percentage of the population has been vaccinated, in coming months.  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: matti Let's block ads! (Why?)

International Air Transport Association launches new exchange for offsets trading​

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE), an important new tool to help airlines meet their climate commitments.   ACE is the first centralized, real-time marketplace that is integrated with the IATA Clearing House (ICH) for the settlement of funds on trades in carbon offsets.  IATA’s Clearing House ensures that ACE can offer a seamless and secure settlement system which guarantees payment and delivery of the carbon credits.   JetBlue Airways is the first airline that made the historic transaction in the ACE platform.  “Airlines are serious in their commitment to reducing emissions. And they need a reliable tool to access quality carbon credits in real-time. ACE will be a key tool helping airlines efficiently manage these important transactions,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.   Airlines reiterated the industry’s commitment to cut net emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050 in a resolution of the 76th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM). A key step is the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) which will deliver carbon-neutral growth for international emissions from 2021. Airlines are also buying carbon credits as part of individual carrier commitments or to offset domestic operations.   First Transaction  JetBlue completed the historic first trade on the ACE platform today. It purchased credits in the first phase of the Larimar wind farm project in the Dominican Republic which began development in 2015. When the entire project is completed it will reduce average emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.  “Our planet is physically changing, as are the expectations of our customers, crew, members, and investors,” said Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue and Chair of the IATA Board of Governors, noting the importance of addressing the climate change challenge.  “While our industry’s short-term priorities are focussed on COVID-19 recovery, now is the time to rebuild operations in more sustainable ways such as adopting Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and setting clear strategies to reduce net aviation CO2 emissions. The Aviation Carbon Exchange will help us continue to meet our climate commitments by providing simplified and transparent access to legitimate, third-party certified carbon offsets,” said Hayes.   About ACE  ACE, which has been developed in conjunction with Xpansiv CBL Holding, the global market for ESG-inclusive commodities, provides airlines and other aviation stakeholders (such as airports and aircraft manufacturers) the opportunity to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing credits in certified projects that reduce carbon emissions. Carbon reduction programs on ACE include forestry projects, clean wind energy operations, protection of eco-systems, and remote community-based projects to cut emissions.  The platform will be a key tool for airlines in fulfilling their obligations under CORSIA which was agreed by governments through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2016. After a baseline adjustment to account for COVID-19 disruptions, CORSIA will effectively ensure that aviation’s net carbon emissions will not grow above 2019 levels. This will be achieved through the purchase of high-quality carbon offsets and closely monitored by governments.   ACE will also be open to airlines wanting to invest in voluntary offsets outside CORSIA, for example, those who have set net-zero emissions targets, and those wishing to offset domestic operations.  “ACE gives airlines access to top quality carbon offsetting schemes in real-time with full transparency. CORSIA is a key enabler of our long-term strategy to reduce emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050, and this new platform will be of enormous benefit to our members and other industry stakeholders,” said Sebastian Mikosz, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Member and External Relations. 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 Health Minister: The national health system is standing

Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias referred to the reinforcement of Drama's hospital, while at the same time noting that "there is nothing wrong with the hospital but with the city of Drama", speaking to TV Open on Friday, ANA reports. According to Kikilias, the hospital of Drama had three ICU beds and it now has 12, it has sufficient nursing staff and everyone is making a massive effort.  "I will not let anyone disturb the hospital and the battle of the people of Drama." 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?)

AP: Thanksgiving travelers try to reach destinations and miss COVID-19 (video)

Αssociated Press reports that Americans, millions of whom traveled against the advice of public health officials, tried to stay safe before they hunkered down with their families for Thanksgiving, a holiday remade by the pandemic as case numbers and death tolls rise.  Thanksgiving travel traditionally comes with highs and lows but it's even more fraught this year as travelers attempt to social distance while navigating crowds. Read the full report 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: Ms Jones  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greece’s car Covid-19 mask wearing rules during lockdown explained

Greek authorities are preparing for an extension of the Covid-19 lockdown measures for at least another week (maybe until December 7) as the course of the coronavirus remains worrying, protothema.gr reports. The strict measures for the use of the mask will therefore also continue. On many occasions during the current lockdown citizens were slapped with the hefty 300-euro fine for not wearing a mask in cars, since there was some confusion about what the rule was. When the mask in the car is MANDATORY The use of a face mask in the car is mandatory when the passengers are not first-degree relatives. When the mask in the car is NOT mandatory Masks are not compulsory in the car when: The passengers are members of the same family (eg single parents or parents with children). When the driver is the only passenger in the car. How many passengers are allowed In the “orange” areas, four passengers (including the driver) are allowed in the car, while 3 are permitted in the “red” areas (including the driver). Of course, there is no restriction if the passengers are parents with their children. 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: Jebulon Let's block ads! (Why?)

No air carriers to 22 countries forces Cyprus to cancel mail service

The COVID-19 pandemic that has limited international air traffic and commercial passengers now have seen Cyprus forced to stop mail service with 22 countries because it can't find air carriers for deliveries and pickups, including to Brussels, home of the European Union's headquarters. Effective immediately, mail to and from will also cease until further notice to Argentina, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Finland, a number of EU countries among them. The Cyprus Mail said the post office will, however, continue to accept items to be sent to Egypt, Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Greece, United Arab Emirates, USA, Japan, India, Ireland, Spain, Israel, Italy, Canada, Kenya, China, Kuwait, UK, Bahrain, South Africa, South Korea, The Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Czech Republic, Philippines, and Hong Kong. “We remind our customers that the delivery of mail is not done under normal conditions. Therefore, the transport, handling, handling, and delivery of items to the countries of destination is delayed,” the announcement said. “We also inform you that efforts are being made to cater to other destinations which will be announced when mailing becomes possible,” the ending of service coming just before the busy Christmas season when people mail gifts. “The Quickpost international courier service is available to almost all countries in the world for urgent shipments of items,” the post office also said. 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: FromNicosia Let's block ads! (Why?)

JetBlue Airways to host IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit in Boston

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that JetBlue Airways will host the 77th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, on 27-29 June 2021. This will be the sixth time the preeminent global gathering of aviation’s leaders has taken place in the United States and the first time it comes to Boston.  “Boston is an exciting choice for the 77th IATA AGM. With its rich history, attractive setting and prestigious universities, it is a popular global tourism destination. As the world reopens, Boston will be a bellwether city to observe the shape of the recovery,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.  “JetBlue and our crewmembers look forward to welcoming the leaders of the world aviation community to Boston, one of our key focus cities,” said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of JetBlue Airways and incoming Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.  The decision to host the 77th IATA Annual General Meeting in Boston was made at the conclusion of the 76th AGM, which was held virtually with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as the host airline.   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: Quintin Soloviev Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek tourism 2020: Loss of 20.8 million tourists and €12.6 billion in first 9 months

Based on provisional data by the Bank of Greece, the balance of travel services in September 2020 showed a surplus of €777 million, compared with a surplus of €2,672 million in September 2019. More specifically, travel receipts in September 2020 fell by 71.4% to €826 million, from €2,886 million in September 2019, while travel payments also decreased by 77.1% (September 2020: €49 million, September 2019: €214 million). The fall in travel receipts resulted from a 73.9% decline in inbound traveler flows, as average expenditure per trip rose by 12.1%. Net receipts from travel services offset 52.1% of the goods deficit and accounted for 72.8% of total net receipts from services. In January-September 2020, the balance of travel services showed a surplus of €2,868 million, down from a surplus of €14,095 million in the same period of 2019. Travel receipts fell by €12,598 million or 78.2% to €3,509 million, while travel payments also decreased, by €1,371 million or 68.1% to €641 million. The drop in travel receipts stemmed from a 2.2% fall in average expenditure per trip and a 77.2% decrease in inbound traveler flows. Net receipts from travel services offset 20.3% of the goods deficit and accounted for 50.8% of total net receipts from services. Travel receipts  In September 2020, as mentioned previously, travel receipts declined by 71.4% year-on-year. In more detail, receipts from residents of EU27 countries fell by 63.9% to €572 million, while receipts from outside the EU27 decreased by 79.5% (September 2020: €254 million, September 2019: €1,237 million). The lower receipts from within the EU27 were due to decreases in receipts from euro area residents by 59.6% to €493 million (September 2019: €1,220 million) and in receipts from residents of non-euro area EU27 countries by 78.3% to €79 million. Among major countries of origin, receipts from Germany fell by 52.1% to €255 million and receipts from France decreased by 54.3% to €77 million. Turning to non-EU27 countries, receipts from the United Kingdom fell by 57.8% to €192 million, while receipts from the United States decreased by 98.7% to €3 million. Receipts from Russia also decreased, by 99.1% to €1 million. In January-September 2020, travel receipts totaled €3,509 million, down by 78.2% relative to the same period of 2019. This development was driven by a 73.4% decline in receipts from residents of EU27 countries, which came to €2,321 million, and by an 83.0% drop in receipts from residents of non-EU27 countries to €1,186 million. In particular, receipts from euro area residents decreased by 72.4% to €1,903 million, while receipts from residents of non-euro area EU27 countries fell by 77.4% to €418 million. Specifically, receipts from Germany dropped by 69.4% to €785 million and receipts from France fell by 68.9% to €310 million. Turning to non-EU27 countries, receipts from the United Kingdom dropped by 73.9% to €619 million and receipts from the United States decreased by 92.9% to €72 million. Receipts from Russia also decreased, by 96.9% to €12 million. Inbound traveler flows The number of inbound visitors in September 2020 fell by 73.9% year-on-year to 1,335 thousand. Specifically, visitor flows through airports declined by 63.3% and visitor flows through road border-crossing points fell by 95.1%. This overall decrease was due to lower visitor flows from both within the EU27 (down 70.2%) and outside the EU27 (down 79.9%). In greater detail, the number of visitors from within the euro area fell by 54.7% to 767 thousand, while visitors from non-euro area EU27 countries fell by 87.9% (September 2020: 179 thousand, September 2019: 1,483 thousand). Specifically, the number of visitors from Germany decreased by 42.3% to 377 thousand, while visitors from France also fell by 51.8% to 113 thousand. Turning to non-EU27 countries, the number of visitors from the United Kingdom fell by 54.3% to 300 thousand, while visitors from the United States dropped by 98.0% to 4 thousand and visitors from Russia decreased by 99.0% to 1 thousand. In January-September 2020, the number of inbound visitors fell by 77.2% to 6,147 thousand (January-September 2019: 26,953 thousand). Specifically, visitor flows through airports declined by 74.5% and visitor flows through road border-crossing points fell by 82.9%. In the period under review, visitors from within the EU27 dropped by 74.6% year-on-year to 4,088 thousand, while visitors from outside the EU27 decreased by 81.0% to 2,059 thousand. The number of visitors from within the euro area fell by 70.7%, while visitors from non-euro area EU27 countries dropped by 80.2%. Specifically, the number of visitors from Germany fell by 66.7% to 1,103 thousand, while visitors from France decreased by 72.2% to 385 thousand. Turning to non-EU27 countries, the number of visitors from the United Kingdom fell by 73.7% to 828 thousand, while visitors from the United States dropped by 90.2% to 97 thousand and visitors from Russia decreased by 95.1% to 23 thousand. 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?)

No disruptions in international and domestic flights on Thursday and Friday

Domestic and international flights at Greece's airports will run normally on Thursday, as air traffic controllers, air safety mechanics and telecommunications workers of the Civil Aviation Authority have recalled their strike actions for Thursday and Friday, ANA reports. The action is part of wider strike actions called by the civil servants federation (ADEDY), and ship crews, among others. 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: Leonid Mamchenkov Let's block ads! (Why?)