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Trips abroad by Cyprus residents grow by 10.2% in December 2018

Residents of Cyprus who returned from a trip abroad in December 2018 reached 122,149 compared to 110,849 in the corresponding month last year, recording an increase of 10.2%, CNA reports. On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey released Thursday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus, in December 2018 there was a drop of 6.8% in the trips of residents to Greece (34,744 in December 2018 compared to 37,268 in December 2017) and a decrease of 5.6% in the trips of residents to the United Kingdom (28,030 compared to 29,707 last year). 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?)

Rafael Nadal set to open Tennis Centre in Greece

Current World No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals, Rafael Nadal has announced that he will open a tennis Centre in Greece by April 2019, according to greekcitytimes.com The Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre will be located in the five star Sani Resort in Halkidiki, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. “I am very happy that we officially announced the birth of a new Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Greece”, Nadal noted. The Spanish tennis player also has other tennis centres named after him around the globe, including in Mallorca, Spain, Cancun and Mexico. “It strengthens the expansion project of the academy over the world…I am grateful to Sani Resort for the trust that they have had in my team to deliver the new Centre and I am sure that we are going to have a very fruitful and productive working relationship, especially for all of the tennis lovers out there.” CEO of Sani Resort, Andreas Andreadis commented that they are excited to host a new venue of the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre. “What could be better than developing the tennis abilities with Rafa Nadal’s help? This year we invite you to enjoy a new experience in Sani while relaxing and resting on holidays in the resort.” The centre will feature  eight clay-courts and will be available to players of all ages and levels. Tennis lessons by high-level coaches will also be available. 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?)

Researchers decipher 'DNA' code of iconic Greek feta cheese

Researchers at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) have decoded the "DNA" of authentic feta cheese produced in Greece, unlocking its secrets at a molecular level, it was announced on Wednesday, ANA reports. Dr George Tsangaris and Dr Athanasios Anagnostopoulos analyzed numerous varieties of feta cheese from all over Greece bearing the indication "Protected Designation of Origin" (PDO), identifying their nutritional properties and value.  It was deduced that all varieties of PDO feta contain 489 different types of protein known, among others, for their antimicrobial activity and for strengthening the immune system. The research also identified many proteins related to vitamins and other oligoelements known, among others, to benefit the nervous system, to maintain good kidney function, to help regulate arterial pressure and reduce cholesterol. According to researchers, these 489 proteins make up the "identity" of original Greek feta cheese.  In addition to proving Greek feta's high nutritional value, the new BRFAA method can help determine the quality of the milk used during production; protect the market against instances of food adulteration; and, finally, distinguish authentic PDO feta made in Greece from other varieties of white cheeses.   Since 2002, 'feta' has been a protected designation of origin (PDO) product in the European Union and the term can only be used to describe brined cheese made exclusively of sheep's or sheep's and goat's milk in specific regions of Greece. In other countries, the term can also be used to describe white cheeses that are sometimes made with cow's milk. 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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zone41/ Let's block ads! (Why?)

Beer sales attain new record in Cyprus thanks to tourism

Beer sales in Cyprus reached 41 million litres in 2018, the highest since 2002, when there are recorded data, CNA reports. According to numbers released Wednesday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus, the total deliveries of beer from the factories in 2018 reached 41 million litres, compared with 39.4 million in 2017. Of these, 39.9 million litres concerned local consumption and 1.1 million exports. In December 2018, beer sales reached 2 million litres compared to 1.67 million litres in December 2017. Of these, 1.96 million litres concerned local consumption and 38 thousand litres exports. Due to the large influx of tourists to the destination, the three months of summer were the months with the highest consumption. July, with 5.36 million litres was the best month of 2018. 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: Uri Tours Let's block ads! (Why?)

EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici visits Athens

The Greek people paid a heavy price in sacrifices for things that were not their responsibility, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said when he received EU Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici at the presidential mansion on Wednesday, according to ANA. Pavlopoulos expressed his appreciation for Moscovici's support of Greece and described the forthcoming European Parliamentary elections as "a historic challenge" in defending the EU and its prospects. He also referred to a recent statement by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that "institutions did not exhibit the solidarity they should have towards Greece, during the critical time" and expressed appreciation for the invitation to visit on December 19, 2018 the Commission headquarters in Brussels. Responding, Moscovici said that mistakes had been made both by the IMF and the Commission, and that both he and Juncker had fought to keep Greece "in the heart of the eurozone, to be a normal country." This, he noted, had been achieved, even though reforms must continue. He also said that a post-memorandum task force would visit Greece within the next few days, which he discussed earlier with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. 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: European Commission Let's block ads! (Why?)

Expedia: A Greek island became top trend for Americans in 2018

The Greek island of Mykonos is among the global destinations that have recorded the largest increase in demand for air travel by US travelers in 2018, according to research carried out by Expedia.com on travel trends in 2018. As the findings unveiled, American travellers increasingly prefer unique and new experiences for their holidays, alternative destinations, off the beaten paths and non-traditional accommodation choices (ships, scenes, etc.) When it comes to activities and attractions, visiting architectural monuments and sight-seeing saw the largest increase among Americans followed by cooking courses and other culinary experiences. 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?)

Visitors to museums and ancient sites in Greece rise in January-September

Visits to Greek museums and archaeological sites in September 2018 jumped 13.6 pct and 13.6 pct, respectively, in comparison with the same month in 2017 the Hellenic Statistical Authority ELSTAT reported on Tuesday, according to ANA. The rise in total visitors to museums included a 16.9 pct hike in free-admission visitors, while museum revenues increased by 14 pct in the same month, the report said. For the nine-month January- September 2018 period, there was a 8.5 pct hike in total visitors to museums, a 5.6 pct increase in free-admission visits and a 12 pct increase in revenues. For archaeological sites, ELSTAT announced that there was a 13.6 pct rise in total visitors, a 22.2 pct reduction in free-admission visitors and a 12 pct rise in revenues during the month of September. Over the nine-month period, there was 14.5 pct increase in total visitors, 11.7 pct increase in free-admission visitors and an 12.9 pct rise in revenues. 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: Юкатан Let's block ads! (Why?)

South Australia hosts largest-ever Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival

A celebration of Greek life took place from January 12-13 at the Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival of South Australia. Tens of thousands of people set a new attendance record for the two-day festival at Semaphore Beach, which marks everything Greek — from culture and heritage to food, music and dancing, greekreporter.com notes. The Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival is regarded one of the most important Greek festivals in Australia — and this year, it set new records in many areas. This is the 40th anniversary of the festival. Nearly 35,000 people, the highest number ever, both Greeks and non-Greeks alike from all over South Australia, attended the Greek Fest in person. More than 400,000 people connected with the event on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, with the hashtag #thankyou at the center of the extensive online campaign. This was the most successful digital marketing campaign ever for the event. The local Greek radio station, Radio ENA, also broadcast the event live for those who could not participate so that they could still enjoy the festivities. John Douvartzidis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of Port Adelaide and Environs (PAGOC), spoke about the event and about the significance of coming together to celebrate “our community with the soul of our festival, our volunteers.” Traditional Greek folk dances were performed by Port Adelaide Greek Dance Academy in front of thousands of onlookers, cheering and clapping along to the rhythmic music. Local Greek band “Zeus” and Greek Sydney-based singer Hara Dimitriou also lent their talents to the festival. The annual event is held by the Greek Orthodox Community of the Nativity of Christ Port Adelaide & Environs along with the help of over 325 volunteers, spanning generations of proud Greeks-Australians. Volunteers aged 12 to 85 all donated countless hours of their time cooking traditional Greek food to serve to the guests at the Festival. And it paid off. This year’s festival also set a new record for the most loukoumathes being devoured – 40,000 to be precise. Many prominent community members attended the festival on its opening night, Saturday, including the Governor of South Australia, the Honourable Hieu Van Le; the Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall; and His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorileon. Consul General of Greece in South Australia Georgios Psiahas attended as well, along with Con Dalas, the Chairperson of the Inter-Communities Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in South Australia. Ever since the first Greeks migrated from their native land to Australia in 1829 they have built their community around their culture and traditions, while contributing to the national society. The legend of the first Greeks to land on the continent goes something like this. A group of seven Greek sailors was given a sentence of transportation, for the crime of piracy, by a British naval court. Upon their arrival in New South Wales the sailors were pardoned, but two of them were so taken by the wonders of the land that they decided to stay and settle in Australia. Even though they could never have known it at the time, they would soon be joined by many sailors from their homeland. They brought with them from Greece their hopes, their dreams — and their culture — to share with Australia.  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?)

Greece and Expertise France in outstanding cooperation over modernization

Greece and France have been enjoying an excellent cooperation during the modernization of the Greek administration by "Expertise France", French Ambassador Christophe Chantepy and Administrative Reconstruction Minister Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou said on Tuesday, during an event organised at the French Embassy that was attended by many officials, ANA reports. The newly established Independent Public Revenue Authority; the new system for business licensing; as well as the implementation of a new plan for fighting corruption were cited as tangible results of the administrative reform efforts. 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?)

Labor unions call strike in Greek public sector on Thursday

The Civil Servants' Confederation (ADEDY) has called a 24-hour national strike on Thursday, January 17 to demand the revocation of the new system of teacher appointments, contained in a bill currently in parliament, ANA reports. In a statement on Tuesday, ADEDY noted its decision was based on teachers' unions decisions and on the high turnout of teachers in the January 11 and 14 strikes and rallies. 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: George Voudouris Let's block ads! (Why?)