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Greek industrial output grows by 2% year-on-year in September

Greek industrial output increased 2.0 percent in September compared to the same month last year, after a downwardly revised 1.0 percent increase in August, statistics service ELSTAT said on Friday, Reuters reports. Looking at index components, manufacturing production rose 1.3 percent from the same month last year, while mining output fell 14.7 percent. Electricity production increased 10.7 percent with water output down 2.2 percent.  Read more at ekathimerini.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?)

Cyprus building permits significantly grow between January – August 2018

Building permits authorized by the municipal authorities and the district administration offices increase by 342 during the period January – August 2018, according to figures released by the Statistical Service of Cyprus. During the period January – August 2018, 4,114 building permits were issued compared to 3,772 in the corresponding period of the previous year. The total value of these permits rose by 46. 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: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

NGTO and Aegean launch new campaign to promote Athens and Thessaloniki

The National Greek Tourism Organisation (NGTO) in cooperation with Aegean Airlines on Friday announced the launch of a new campaign to promote Athens and Thessaloniki as ideal tourist destinations for short city-break holidays, with the goal of boosting tourist traffic 365 days a year, ANA reports. The top highlights of Athens and Thessaloniki are promoted through a series of videos with emphasis on culture, gastronomy, entertainment, and romantic getaways. The promotion will initially take place online, with the goal to later extend it to other media in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. 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?)

Religious Tourism: How Arkadi became symbol of self sacrifice for freedom

To this day, the “Holocaust of Arkadi” in Crete remains a universal symbol of self-sacrifice for freedom in the face of barbarism, while filling another page in the glorious history of Greece. It was November 9, 1866 when more than a thousand brave Cretans gave their lives so that their their struggle would be written in the most glorious pages in Greece’s history — choosing to blow themselves up rather than fall into the hands of the Turks. November 1866 saw Cretans making yet another effort to get rid of their Ottoman overlords and unite with the rest of Greece, which had been freed since the end of the 1820s. There were several uprisings for freedom in Crete before 1866 but the revolt in the Arkadi monastery was the most crucial. Turkish oppression had forced the Pancretan Assembly to meet in Chania in May 1866 and to draw up a list of requests to be sent to the Sultan. Cretans asked for a more fair tax system, respect for the Christian religion, recognition of the population to freely elect their own elders and the freedom to improve the economic development of the island. Simultaneously, the Assembly sent a secret message to the monarchs of England, France and Russia inviting them to act on behalf of the union of Crete with Greece. The gathering was also attended by Gabriel Marinakis, abbot of Arkadi Monastery, the revolutionary center of Rethymnon. The Arkadi monastery, a little outside Rethymnon, was the headquarters of the Cult Revolutionaries of the area. There, in November 1866, about 1,000 men assembled and armed themselves, with 250 of them eager to fight, while the rest were women and children. The siege of Arkadi The siege commenced on the morning of November 8. Despite the fierce attacks of the Ottomans, they failed to take over the monastery on the first day. In the evening they asked for assistance and they brought a large cannon from Rethymnon. The following day, November 9, the second wave of the attack started. Early in the afternoon, the western wall of the monastery was shattered by cannonfire. The attackers then invaded the monastery and began to massacre the inhabitants. The last act of the bloody drama – and another glorious page of Greek history – was written that day. Kostis Yamboudakis, (or Emmanuel Skoulas according to others), blew up the ammunition storage room, killing all the Greeks and many soldiers of the Ottoman army. Immediately thereafter, Ottomans and Albanians advanced again and slaughtered the survivors, then burned down the church and looted the many sacred artifacts there. Only three or four Greeks managed to escape, while about one hundred were taken prisoners. Abbot Gabriel Marinakis had been killed before the explosion. The Pasha’s dead and injured amounted to 1,500 (or 3,000, according to later calculations). The Holocaust of Arkadi had a strong emotional impact in the Christian world and a new wave of philhellenism was generated in Europe. Significant personalities of the time such as Giuseppe Garibaldi and Victor Hugo took a stance in favor of the Cretan struggle, and foreign volunteers rushed to reinforce the revolution. Financial contributions from Russia and the U.S.A. were added to the war chest of the rebels. Not long after, under the pressure of the Great Powers, the Ottoman Sultan was forced to draft a kind of constitution that provided privileges to Christians and a semi-autonomous status for the island. The union of Crete with Greece did not become a reality until 1912. 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: Prekarios License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Power supply restored on the Greek island of Rhodes

Power was restored to the Dodecanese island of Rhodes on Friday after the repair of a malfunction at the island's power station, which had interrupted the electricity supply to the entire island, ANA reports. The Public Power Corporation repair teams fixed the problem and gradually began to restore power to various areas of the island, with the supply in most areas of Rhodes now back to normal. According to initial estimates, the damage was caused due to very low demand. 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: Zamonin License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Hadjigeorgakis house and Hala Sultan Mosque closed on 10 and 20 November

Cyprus Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that: (A) The Ethnological Museum (House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios) will be closed for the public on Saturday, 10 of November 2018, 09.30-13.00, due to improvement works in the building by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus. (B) Due to the celebrations of Mevlid Kandili or Mawlid, an organised visit by a large number of pilgrims will take place at the Mosque of Hala Sultan in Larnaka. The mosque will not be accessible to the general public on Tuesday 20 November 2018.  The Department of Antiquities apologizes for any inconvenience that may be caused. 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: An. Antoniou License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Religious Tourism: Monastery of Archangel Michael in Panormitis on Symi island

November 8 is the largest religious celebration on the Greek island of Symi - the Feast day of the Monastery of Archangel Michael in Panormitis, which attracts visitors from all over Greece and the world. Panormitis is a holy monastery visited daily by many Greeks and non-Greeks who pray here for health, protection and fertility and is renowned for many miracles. The monastery of Panormitis is 10 km southwest of Symi, and is dedicated to the Archangel Michael. It is believed to have been constructed during the years of the Turkish domination and has been reconstructed several times but it’s most important restoration was, done by Anastasis Karnavas between 1777 and 1873. Inside the monastery, are many paintings created by the local artists Nikitas and Michailos Karakostis- a carved screen that bears the image of the Archangel, and many votive offerings. The 18th-century monastery is situated on the seafront of the village and it can be seen from the ferries that usually deck on the mentioned harbour, offering one of the best sights. It is protected by an inlet that leads to a wide harbour and a small beach with fine sand that is usually empty. The Venetian style monastery has great artifacts, such as antique chandeliers, and an impressive silver icon of the Archangel, which is the Patron Saint of the island, as well as the protector of sailors. Its vestry contains sacerdotal vestments, silver work, jewellery, icons and offerings. The tradition has it that sailors placed these vestments in bottles, which they washed up onshore. Once visiting the Monastery, you will also see the chalice, ornate gospel, embossed and gold-plated epitaph, and a reliquary. The library of the monastery features rare books and hand-written codices, most of them being donations by believers. Outside the monastery, is its celebrated bell, made in Russia at captain Trekas expense, and the watch donated by the Simian sponge trader Faraklis. The locals call Panormitis a thief because, according to legend, if a vow is not being redeemed, “he takes it back himself.” At its festival, celebrated on the 8th of November and at Pentecost, the area is swarming with pilgrims from all across Greece. The visitors can stop overnight in its guesthouse, which can accommodate 500 people. Only a few kilometers from the monastery, you can also visit the site of Faneromeni and the islet Seskli, opposite Panormitis, with the Pelasgian fortification walls. On the feast day crowds of pilgrims flock to the monastery on the southern point of the island. This is an occasion for family reunions and countless Symiots who work in Rhodes, Athens and other regions and come to visit their families. On the eve of the festival the bishop conducts vespers. On the following day of the feast, Mass is conducted by the bishop and the icon of Panormitis is carried in procession. Clerics and church-goers carry the icon through the large courtyard to the waterfront, through the grove and to the graveyard. Today, a great number of mostly Greek and also non-Greek travellers arrive in the island to enjoy this local festivity. Many pilgrims who come here during this period, are offered free accommodation, food and wine. The inner courtyards of the monastery have many exotic plants and trees providing a warm and pleasant environment for visitors. There is also a sanctuary, ideal for those seeking for some solitude. Ferries and excursion boats connect Symi town with Panormitis. It is also accessed with a car. The small village of Panormitis provides a great sense of peace and a visit to the great Archangel Michael monastery is soothing to the soul. Tama (favour) to Archangel Michael  According to tradition, if someone asks a favour of the Archangel they must vow to give something in exchange. If the offering (tama) is not made the Archangel will find a way to take it. One famous miracle that still frequently occurs today is the miracle of the Archangel preventing boats from leaving the dock. This is such a frequent occurrence that captains announce over the PA asking whoever has forgotten a promise to the Archangel to get off and leave their tama. Once this promise is fulfilled only then do the boat’s engines function. Consequently, the interior of the Monastery is covered in thousands upon thousands of tamata left by pilgrims, both local and overseas, including model ships made from gold and silver. Messages in a bottle Another tradition are the bottles with prayers inside. This originated from Greek sailors, who would cast these into the sea and would end up on the shoreline of the monastery. Nowadays, many believers around the world still practice this tradition. The Monastery has put many of these messages on display in the museum. Broom offering A local custom of the Dodecannese is to offer a traditional broom made of straw or reed. Church tradition has passed down that monks from the Monastery would hear the Archangel sweeping his Monastery at night with these broom offerings. According to local tradition, many people who gave these offerings have been visited by the Archangel in their sleep. The icon The icon appeared miraculous and on several occasions was removed only to reappear in the same place. The Monastery The Monastery is a very popular place of pilgrimage. It includes two museums which house a large collection of ecclesiastical art, icons, ship model offerings and important objects of the island’s folk culture. The Monastery’s dorm-house can accommodate up to 500 people and allows entire families to stay. 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: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Vadim Indeikin License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

EU Commission report: Greek economy to grow by 2% in next three years

The Greek economy is expected to grow by 2.0 pct in the next three years, the European Commission said in its autumn forecast report released on Thursday, according to ANA. The Commission report cited that Greece exited the adjustment programme amid a strengthening growth. However, the European Commission's forecasts for economic growth in 2019 are slightly revised downwards compared with its forecast made in spring when it estimated that the Greek economy will grow by 2.3 pct in 2019. 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: European Commission License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek wineries open to visitors on Sunday for European Day of Wine Tourism

The wineries of the “Wine routes of Greece” along with hundreds of other European wineries will take part in the European Day of Wine Tourism on Sunday, November 11, according to ANA. The visitors of the Greek wineries will tour the vineyards, meet Greek wine producers, admire the landscape, tour the facilities and taste new and aged wines, as well as learning about the fresh wines of the new harvest that has just completed. European Wine Tourism Day was established in 2009 and is marked every second Sunday of November with the participation of wineries-members of the European Network of Wine Cities (RECEVIN) or wine tourist networks. 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 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek public sector federation ADEDY calls strike on November 14

ADEDY, the umbrella union for public sector employees in Greece, has called a strike for Wednesday, November 14 and a rally at 11:00 am of the same day at Klafthmonos Square over wage and insurance issues, ANA reports. In a press release, ADEDY called for a gradual restoration of all wages as of 2019 and of all pensions, a higher tax exemption level, and more hires, amond other things. 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: Ggia License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)