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International Investment Awards to take place in Cyprus on 19 June

The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Invest Cyprus) is holding for the seventh consecutive year the International Investment Awards, on 19 June, at the Presidential Palace. The event is expected to attract the elite of the business, investment and political world, a press release from CIPA noted Monday. The awards are presented to investors and companies who have either invested directly in the Cyprus economy or have contributed indirectly towards rendering the island an international business and investment centre of excellence. 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 Let's block ads! (Why?)

New deals announced during Posidonia 2018 exhibition in Athens

Several significant deals were reported on the sidelines of last week's Posidonia maritime exhibition in Athens, including the order of another LNG tanker by the Angelicoussis group's Maran Gas Maritime and a second floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) from the Daewoo shipyard in Korea. The Angelicoussis group, considered the biggest Greek-controlled shipping concern, also previously ordered ballast water treatment systems for 36 vessels, with Ecochlor selected as the contractor.   According to Tradewinds, Tsakos Energy Navigation, run by Nikos Tsakos, ordered two Aframax tankers, with a capacity of 115,000 dwt, from the Korea's Daehan (DHSC). In a Cyprus development, ABB Turbocharging and Multi Marine Services signed a deal to establish a turbo charging service at the port of Limassol, on the island of republic.  On its part, DNV GL announced a three-category guideline for cyber attacks in the shipping sector, which was revealed during the Posidonia exhibition. Winterthur Gas announced the creation of a training center in Piraeus, while a renewed Honduras registry debuted at the Posidonia 2018, with the international management of the flag given to the Panama-based firm International MarConsult. Finally, the Cosco-led Piraeus Port Authority earned a double accreditation by Lloyd’s Register for an ISO 9001:2015 and ISO. 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?)

Athens tram terminal moves from SEF to Kallithea temporarily

The Athens tram line going to and from the Peace and Friendship Stadium (SEF) will temporarily stop at Kallithea as of 22:15 until the end of the schedule today (Monday) and Tuesday, ANA reports. Work done on the Kallithea-SEF section is part of the line's extension to Piraeus port. 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: Orlovic License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Luxury holiday homes have booming year across Greece

The international jet set is expected to take a special interest in the Greek luxury holiday home market this summer. Estate agents who specialize in this specific category of buyers and properties tell Kathimerini newspaper that 2018 is already the best year since the outbreak of the financial crisis, as there is a widespread belief among candidate buyers that Greece’s economy and its property market “is past the worst.” Yiannis Ploumis, director general at the Ploumis Sotiropoulos estate agency which represents Christie’s in Greece, notes “we are recording many more transactions of luxury properties compared to previous years, a clear sign of a market rebound. This year both the volume and the value of transactions are showing a rise of up to 100 percent from 2017.” Sale prices may have decreased in this category but at a lower rate than in the rest of the real estate market. While luxury holiday home prices sustained a 15-20 percent decline since 2008, the average rate of the overall market stood at 45 to 60 percent. The market of Myconos, in particular, saw no drop at all, being a genuinely international market. “We already had an indication about the strength of this year’s demand from the winter months,” says Savvas Savvaidis, chief executive at Greece Sotheby’s International Realty. “Most buyers have come to Greece before, but 20 percent of buyers acquire a property upon their first visit,” he adds. Read more at ekathimerini 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: Bgabel License: CC-BY-SA Let's block ads! (Why?)

Yacht owner on Greek island of Lefkada rents it as a luxury home

As reported by real estate publication Greek Guru, faced with hefty berth costs, a luxury yacht owner on the island of Lefkada got thinking on how to save money while boosting the capacity of his home resort. He decided to pull his boat from the water and parked it in the pool along side his luxury homes. Now, he is charging visitors around $200 per night stay on the yacht. Situated on a hill at Apolpaina, 3km from Lefkada’s main town, the yacht has two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen,dining area, 2 bathrooms with shower, tv, free wifi and a living room with stunning panoramic sea and city view. “The yacht is built on a private pool and has its own parking area,” reads the listing for the swimming pool yacht located at rentbyowner.com Read the article in full at greek guru.net 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: spheeris License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

TAP pipeline plants 400,000 trees and shrubs in northern Greece

As a part of a reforestation initiative that is already under way, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has pledged to plant 400,000 trees and shrubs in areas of northern Greece. According to TAP, the company has undertaken to reforest land which has been cleared and graded during the installation of the pipeline. This also includes the 4-meter corridor alongside the pipeline, which for legislative and safety reasons cannot be replanted with deep-rooted vegetation. Therefore, TAP has committed to plant trees that have been lost elsewhere, based on the recommendations of the local forestry commissions of Alexandroupoli, Soufli, Rodopi and Serres. The local forestry commissions selected the appropriate trees for reforestation, opting for species that facilitate the healthy development of forests, restoring deteriorated areas and protecting land which had been exposed to overgrazing. These include poplar (18,700 trees); black, Scots and Calabrian pine (210,000, 13,400 and 56,000, respectively); cypress (18,000), as well as nearly 75,000 broadleaf and 7,400 oleander shrubs. The program comprises two stages: reforestation and management. The first stage, which was concluded in 2017, involved the drafting and approval of research studies which investigated the specificities of reforesting affected areas, the purchase of trees and shrubs, and the reforestation work itself in recommended areas. The second phase, currently under way, involves the monitoring, maintenance and management of the reforestation works. This entails activities such as watering, fertilizing, trimming and tending to plants, replacing trees and shrubs which show unsatisfactory development, and the upkeep of fencing. Remaining affected areas will also be reforested (Kavala, Kilkis, Langadas, Thessaloniki, Naoussa, Edessa, Kozani, Florina and Kastoria). TAP will be one of the pipelines transporting natural gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. From Azerbaijan, gas is transported through the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP), which connects to the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) in Turkey. TANAP will then connect to TAP at Kipoi on the Turkish-Greek border. TAP, with an approximate length of 878 kilometers, will span Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before reaching the shores of southern Italy. TAP’s shareholders are BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagas (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent). 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: Albinfo License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Under-construction Thessaloniki metro opens two stations for visits

Two stations in the Thessaloniki metro system, which is currently still under construction, will be opened to visitors for the first time on June 15-16, giving the public a glimpse of the city's future new transport system, ANA reports. The tours of the stations are expected to attract great interest, since it will be the first time that the city's residents will be able to visit the underground stations. In addition to the stations, visitors can also see exhibitions of photographs of the more important archaeological finds unearthed during the excavation of the tunnels. Apart from tours and the photography exhibitions, there will also be a theatrical play and concert announced the head of the company building the Thessaloniki metro system, "Attiko Metro SA" Chairman Yannis Mylopoulos, while talking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) radio station 'Praktorio 104.9 FM' on Friday. 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: Geraki License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Possible stopover of Air Force One at Souda Bay in Crete on weekend

US President Donald Trump will reportedly be landing at the U.S naval air base of Souda Bay in Crete, over the weekend in transit to Singapore where he will meet with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un for nuclear talks. The Air Force 1, the US presidential aircraft, will need to be refueled, and US services are considering the possible stopover of the aircraft on Crete island. The same officer explained to protothema.gr that there is a possibility that Air Force 1 would stop for refueling at another airbase in the wider region, for example at the Naples base. Sources indicate that until now it has not been clarified how long Donald Trump will stay  in Crete if the US presidential aircraft eventually stops to refuel at Souda. If the US president stops in Crete it is likely he will meet US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt or even Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras if the Americans invite him. Read more at en.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: U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Athens Pride Parade to be held at Syntagma Square on Saturday

The Athens Pride Parade will be held at Syntagma Square on Saturday at 18.30, ANA reports. The day's events will begin at midday with face and body painting with the colors of the rainbow along with DJ's putting on their favourite tunes. The party after the parade will start at 2100 and go through to midnight. 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: Grzegorz Wysocki License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

T+L: Egremni beach in Greece has most beautiful waters on the planet

According to the popular travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, Greece’s Egremni Beach tops the list ranking the top 12 most impressive blue water from lakes, beaches and wetlands around the world. Egremni Beach is located on the Greek island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece. Its is a pristine beach located on the south-western coast of the island and is a popular destination for tourists. 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: Moumouza  License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)