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Report: Leadership 100 Conference a Great Success (video)

More than 500 esteemed members of Greek diaspora participated in the 27th Annual Leadership 100 Conference that took place in Key Biscayne, February 1-4.Leadership 100, is a non profit organization whose mission is to promote Orthodoxy and Hellenism in the United States and abroad.The acclaimed organization installed Argyris “RJ” Vassiliou of Stamford, Connecticut, a business executive and engineer, as its new Chairman.Former Chairman George S. Tsandikos passed the Torch of Leadership to Vassiliou, thanking Leadership 100 members for their support during his tenure.Speaking exclusively to Greek Reporter, Tsandikos noted that he is certain that his successor will be hugely successful: “He is incredibly able, intelligent, gifted…I know the leadership of L100 is bright and hopeful.”Also speaking to Greek Reporter, Vassiliou revealed that he was “humbled” by the honor, but also “excited to lead this group of outstanding leaders.”Vassiliou is the President of two family-owned businesses, Acme Pallet Company, Inc., in New York and Di-Cor Industries, Inc., a specialty structural steel fabrication company, situated in Bristol, Connecticut.The event featured a keynote address by Admiral James Stavridis, formerly Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and currently Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.Other speakers included Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and current President of American University and John P. Angelos, Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles as well as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).Leadership 100 FundIn 1984, under the guidance of Archbishop Iakovos, The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Fund was founded as an endowment fund of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to provide an opportunity for Greek Orthodox leaders to support the life-sustaining ministries of the Church.Since its inception, Leadership 100 has handed out more than $48 million in grants that have ranged from providing scholarship funds for individuals studying for the priesthood at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology to supporting a variety of National Ministries.Currently, with more than 1,000 members, Leadership 100 is a philanthropic driving force within the Church, the Greek American Community, and in the nation and the world that transforms institutions and lives.In the following video, Theodore Zampetis, George Tsandikos, Argyris Vassiliou, Paulette Poulos, Drake Behrakis, John Calamos and James Pantelidis talk to the Greek Reporter about the future prospects of Leadership 100.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: Rennett Stowe License: CC-BY-SASource: greekreporter.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Trading of Greek new 7-year bond to commence on Thursday

Trading of Greece's new seven-year bond will start on Thursday, the Athens Stock Exchange decided in a session of its Corporate Actions Committee on Wednesday, ANA reports.The committee approved the listing of 3,000,000 bonds of the government bond with issue date 15.02.2018, seven years duration, ISIN GR0118017657, at fixed interest rate of 3.375 percent, and nominal value of 1,000 euros each. 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: GianniM License: CC-BY-SALet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Tourism: Fewer Russian tourist arrivals compared to Turkey, Spain and Cyprus

Official market data record fewer arrivals of Russian tourists in Greece in 2017 compared to directly competitive destinations such as Turkey, Spain and Cyprus.Bank of Greece figures show that the number of arrivals of Russian tourists to the country for the January - November period dropped to 579,900, recording a decrease of 0.7%.Based on the same figures, even with the addition of December data, Greece failed to reach higher levels of arrivals of Russian tourists such as Turkey, Spain and Cyprus.For the whole duration of 2017, Cyprus managed to raise by 5.5% of arrivals of Russian tourists to 824.494.The increase in arrival of Russian tourists in Turkey was also impressive, signalling a strong rebound after last year's decline.Greece's neighboring country in 2017 managed to increase the number of Russian tourists by 444.35% to 4.7 million.Moreover, the number of arrivals of tourists from Russia to Spain increased by 14% last year to 1.14 million.According to official figures since 2013, the best year for arrivals of Russian tourists to date, Greece has lost the largest share on the Russian market compared to its competitors.That year, Greece received 1.34 million Russian tourists, Spain 1.58 million tourists, Turkey 4.27 million and Cyprus 608.581.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?)

6th World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2018 in Costa Navarino on March 2-3

The World Tourism Forum Lucerne Think Tank is a highly focused, top level and strategic body. Every year the Think Tank convenes in some part of the world and gathers the most influential and important 50 tourism decision makers, such as political leadership, CEOs, financial experts and thought leaders. Think Tank 2018 will take place in Costa Navarino, Peloponnese, Greece.For several years, the WTFL Think Tank has proudly brought together an exclusive group of influential leaders from inside and outside the industry to meet for a forward-looking discussion on key challenges and opportunities in the global travel, tourism and hospitality.WTFL Think Tank offers you to:Join an exclusive gathering of the tourism industry's most influential CEOs, Ministers, Investors, Professors and Start-UpsBridge the silos and learn from the bestDiscuss the future challenges of the tourism, travel and hospitality industry in a face to face environmentShape a common vision for the future of tourismThe key focus of the WTFL Think Tank 2018 will be Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism Growth. Over the next 20 years, we expect the near doubling of international tourist arrivals and even more impressive growth in domestic tourism. To sustain this growth in a way that is consistent with our goals of environmental sustainability and social inclusion, massive new infrastructure investment will be required from inside and outside our sector. This includes both physical infrastructure (e.g. airlift, road and rail transport, ports, streamlined borders, accommodation, tourist attractions, ICT and public services) as well as soft infrastructure (e.g. human resources in hospitality, tourism marketing and management, disruptive technology, and the aviation sector). To create this new infrastructure will require significant funding, the deployment of innovative technologies and capacity-building support.The importance of PPPs and institutional investors to close the infrastructure gap is taking even greater prominence in raising new capital where the public purse is stretched. Innovative new models, where the public and private sectors as well as communities are joining forces, are emerging across the world. The WTFL Think Tank will explore these issues from the perspective of policy makers, investors, private operators, academia and other stakeholders.  WTFL Think Tank stands for sharing ideas with experienced people from different sectors in order to positively shape the future of the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry. 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?)

High demand for Greek tourism fuels local ferry companies

This year's strong demand for holidays in Greek destinations will also have a positive impact on coastal shipping companies, Mr. Konstantinos Bissias, a partner at the Voigt Maritime Agency told German magazine Touristik Aktuell.Ferry companies to benefit the most are Anek Lines, Superfast Ferries and Minoan Lines.As Mr.Bisias points out, holidays in Greece by ferry and car are much cheaper, especially for families, in comparison to air travel."Unfortunately, this alternative is not actively promoted by travel agents," he said.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?)

More than 100,000 professionals visit HORECA (video)

More than 100,000 professionals from the hospitality and foodservice industry have already visited the 13th HORECA 2018 during the three days of operation.The ultimate trade show for the hotel and the wider food sector has managed to break its own visitor records. Specifically, even more businessmen passed through the trade show’s doors compared to last year.63% of visitors from provinces HORECA 2018 visitor growth was not only quantitative but also qualitative, since, according to the organizers, so far 63 percent has come from the Greek provinces. In addition, it is worth noting that the hotel industry represented 29 percent of total visitors. There is common agreement among the majority of exhibitors that the first three days of HORECA 2018, the visitors were professionals interested in pursuing trade agreements. Grand openingMs Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism, presided at the HORECA 2018 ribbon-cutting ceremony and stated that “trade shows such as HORECA create added value for the Greek tourism product”. The  Minister of Tourism wished the 13th iteration of the international trade show every success, while she explicitly referred to the contribution made by tourism to consolidating the economic reconstruction of the country (Greece). The grand opening of the exhibition was attended by all tourism institutions as well as representatives from the political and business elite. Mr Nikos Choudalakis, President & CEO of Forum SA, the HORECA organizing company, declared that “the exponential development, the good reputation and visibility of the HORECA brand are no accident. They were motivated by our passion for the delivery of high level goals and our vision for constant progress and development. And while we feel proud for its success, at the same time, a strong sense of responsibility leads us to set our sights still higher”. 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?)

GreekTourism Minister: Increase of 15-30% in early bookings for 2018

An increase of 15-30% is recorded in early bookings for summer holidays in Greece from all traditional as well as new markets, according to Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.Speaking at the general meeting of the Greek Chamber of Commerce, which was held during the HORECA exhibition 2018 that she inaugurated at the Metropolitan Expo Exhibition Center on Friday, Mrs. Kountoura stressed that 2018 will be another excellent year for Greek tourism.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 Hotels Chamber: Financial locomotive of tourism needs rails and coal to run on

"It is good to say big words and refer to tourism as the locomotive of the economy, but this should also be translated into actions from the State through the creation of an environment which supports and not undermines the efforts of the hoteliers."This was stressed by the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Greece, Mr. Alexandros Vassilikos, during his speech at the 7th General Assembly of the Hotel of the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, which took place at the Metropolitan Expo, in the presence of Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, the leadership of important institutional and sectoral bodies as well as more than 950 hotel owners from all over Greece. The President of the Hellenic Federation of Tourism noted that according to data, during the crisis the Greek hotel became the main engine of the economy and supported primary production contributing the most in order to meet the challenge of extroversion and the placement of quality local products in major international markets, with initiatives such as the "Greek Breakfast" Program.Mr. Vassilikos also presented a Five Way Key Roadmap "that can truly" unlock "the developmental dynamics of a Greek hotel."Starting with overtaxation, the President of the Union of Tourism and Tourism stressed: "The locomotive needs charcoal and rails to speed along. Everyone can imagine how much tourism and the Greek hotel could contribute if we delivered them from the current overtaxation regime, crowned by the residence tax. Regarding the latter, the position of all hoteliers, is clear and specific. It is damaging and must be abolished."He added that a second key issue that urgently needs to be resolved is the unfair competition by short-term real estate leases."Greek tourism requires vision and programming. We are not going to achieve any qualitative goal of upgrading our product by subsidizing basements in Koukaki, and exempting them from residence tax ", Mr. Vassilikos argued.As the third major problem for the sector, the President of the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board highlighted the issue of infrastructure, and made special mention of the hotel's relations with the banking system.Finally, Mr. Vassilikos welcomed major foreign investments, but asked the Greek State not to ignore the existing local sector, which is the largest private sector in the country, since it invests significantly each year in upgrading its enterprises and provided services.In conclusion, the Chairman of the Board of Directors referred to the five main pillars of action by the Hotel Chamber, namely administrative reorganization, strengthening of communication with its members, more efficient use of its institutional role as a consultant for the formulation of the national policy for the sector, to contributing, improving and enriching the Greek hotel product and opening up to society.Especially for the latter Mr Vassilikos underlined: "Social contibution lies in the DNA of the Greek hotelier. We are proud of what we have done and continue to do. We can do even more and leave a positive social footprint."Finally, Mr. Vassilikos pointed out that the new administration of the  Hellenic Chamber of Hotels will continue the best practices of the administration's former president Yiorgos Tsakiris who has been named honorary president.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?)

International Greek Language Day celebrated at Columbia University in New York

Following years of campaigning by academics, educators and Greeks of the diaspora, February 9 has finally officially been declared International Greek Language Day.Starting in 2018, the day is expected to spark off initiatives to help spread Greek language and culture worldwide.It should be noted that Greek has a long and well-documented history — the longest among Indo-European languages — spanning 34 centuries.Thus, International Greek Language Day celebrated at Columbia University in New YorkRead 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: thenationalherald.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek island of Lesvos plans events to commemorate Saint Valentine

The Catholic community of Mytilene in Greece is organizing a series of events on February 13-14 to commemorate Saint Valentine, the patron saint of love, young people and happy marriages, whose holy relics lie at the Church of Metastasis of Virgin Mary, ANA reports.The events will be attended by the Archbishop of Naxos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos and Metropolitan of Aegean Sea, Nikolaos Printesis, and the Apostolic Nuncio, Edward Joseph Adams. The celebrations will conclude with a procession with the relics of Saint Valentine along the streets of Mytilene on Wednesday afternoon.Apart from the Catholic Church, the municipality of Lesvos is also organizing  love song, love letter and love poem competitions, but also rides with horse-drawn carriages in the historic city center. On Tuesday, a group of volunteers from the team IDEA and Changemakers Lab, who last year organized the 1st "Island of Love" festival, will hold an evening of poetry dedicated to Odysseas Elytis at Alepoudellis residence, the house where he lived, at 21:00. On February 14, popular Greek singer Dimitra Galani will hold a concert at the Municipal Theater of Mytilene.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?)