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Greek-American Pulitzer Prize winning author Jeffrey Eugenides to visit Greece

ATHENS – The Pulitzer Prize winning, Greek-American author Jeffrey Eugenides is visiting Athens as part of the celebrations for the “Athens 2018 – World Book Capital” organized by the Municipality of Athens, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Embassy of the United States of America. During his visit, on Thursday September 27, at 20:00 the author will have a discussion with author Kallia Papadakis and journalist and book critic MikelaHartoulari at the Alternative Stage of the Greek Opera House at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Foundation. At 11:00 AM the Mayor of Athens George Kaminis will receive the American author at the Athens Town Hall. From 11:30 – 12:30, Jeffrey Eugenides will hold a press availability. Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and studied at Brown and Stanford Universities. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex, which was also on the short list for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Prix Médicis. His novel The Marriage Plot (2011) was a runner-up for the National Book Critics Circle Award and received the Prix Fitzgerald and the Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro. In 2014, Eugenides was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books Middlesex, The Marriage Plot, and Fresh Complaint: Stories, have been published in Greek by Patakis Publishers. During the discussion at the SNFCC, the author, with his Greek-Irish origin and its symbolic yet substantial influence on himself and his work, will speak about the issues of mixed and fluid identity in modern Western societies and on whether the biological or social factors determine our personality. He will also touch on the modern time challenges faced by the U.S. in conditions of crisis and the similarities and differences of this crisis from the one that struck his hometown, Detroit, a city that was a model of development, but fell deep into social and economic crisis. Mayor of Athens George Kaminiswill address event participants as will the Alternate General Manager of Programs and Strategy of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, PanosPapoulias. The conversation will be in English with consecutive translation. Entry is free for the public through an electronic pre-subscription that will begin on September 17, at 12:00 noon at and with priority passes that will be distributed starting at 18:30 pm the day of the event at the SNFCC. The doors will open at 19:30. After the end of the event, the author will be available to sign copies of his books. Also, in the framework of events for the U.S. as Honored Country at the 83rd Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, Jeffrey Eugenides will participate in a conversation with associate professor TatianiRapatzikou of the Department of American Literature, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and journalist Ioannis Kotsifos. The discussion is taking place at Aula of Faculty of Philosophy (Old Building), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, on Tuesday, September 25, at 19:00 hrs with support from the U.S. Consulate General of Thessaloniki, and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Entrance is free. Jeffrey Eugenides’ visit to Greece has been arranged in cooperation with the organization “Athens 2018 World Book Capital” of the Municipality of Athens, the Embassy of the United States of America, the Patakis Publishers, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Read more at 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: Roferbia License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Attica Region launches new and improved website for visitors of Athens

The new, improved Attica Region tourist website,, aims to become the go-to site for useful info and tips for visitors to Athens and Attica, presented in an attractive, modern and user-friendly format that is also accessible to the sight-impaired, ANA reports. The recently updated and redesigned website offers ideas, suggestions for things to do in the Greek capital - including tips for families - as well as a large number of active links that are in line with the Attica Region's Strategic Tourist Promotion Plan 2016-2020. The content was the outcome of cooperation with the region's municipalities, local tourism commissions and other tourism-, culture- and sports-related associations in Attica. It includes original articles, audiovisual material and information on tourist products, services and destinations that will be constantly enriched and updated. 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: A.Savin License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Real estate report: Abandonded shack on Greek island of Skopelos sold for € 1 million

There is something about arriving by ferry at a wonderful Greek port that makes you feel immediately relaxed. Reaching Skopelos, a lush island part of the Sporades cluster in the western Aegean, was no exception. The island where “Mama Mia”, one of the most successful and highest grossing Hollywood movies was shot, is rapidly becoming a paradise for property investors. It is quite the contrast for travelers disembarking the old “Proteus” ferry of a different era with its worn upholstery in the sitting lounge, and bygone decor, as they enter the newly constructed five-star boutique hotel “Natura” at the island’s harbour with state of the art facilities. The five-star boutique hotel “Natura” in Loutraki cost nearly 2 million euros Upon arriving at the reception of “Natura”, you can see that some serious money has gone into the project, as you check automatically via your smart mobile phone or device with the application “Ilumio”. You tap the screen at the door of the room and it opens automatically, the temperature is at the points you have selected and on the TV remote control, there is a button that connects you to Netflix. The construction of the specific hotel cost nearly 2 million euros. It offers 900-euro suites per night private pools and a “Batmobile” boat that whizzes you to Loutraki from Skiathos in a convenient 10 minutes. They are signs that great things are happening on the island. A beer at the “Steki tou Mastora” is the perfect spot to sit down and get some inside info on who is buying what, where. That’s where we found out that an Italian investor had been purchasing land plots on the island. He is just one of numerous foreigners who was drawn to the beauties of the island and decided to explore the opportunities. Another one, a big shot Romanian lawyer bought a seaside plot in Armenopetra for 500,000 euros with the construction of his villa exceeding 4 million euros. Nothing, however, compares to a property that recently changed hands. A Dutch businessman had for a long time set his eyes on a shack located on the Bloh coastline. He forked out a cool 1 million euros to become the owner of a shack after serious haggling. He intends to demolish the shack and build a holiday house, costing more than 1.5 million euros. In Loutraki Skopelos, an American entrepreneur and major shareholder in Nike recently purchased 18 acres for 1 million euros and plans to build two villas, 500 square meters each, with the total investment amounting to 7 million euros. Skopelos island is still an untapped paradise, and despite the fact that the biggest part of the first “Mamma Mia” was shot on its enchanting beaches, the locals did not manage to reap the benefit of the global exposure. In fact, the slow-moving and cumbersome Greek state, mired in red tape forced the producers of the movie’s sequel of Mama Mia to elect Croatia, instead. The Greek islands are a top tourist destination, but the most popular ones like Mykonos and Santorini are showing signs of saturation, leading foreign investors to turn to other places, such as Paros, Naxos, Patmos and now Skopelos for new investment openings with property agents projecting their prices will skyrocket 5 years down the road. Read more at 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: Let's block ads! (Why?)

Deadline to register income and properties from 'Airbnb' style rentals in Greece

Property owners and managers in Greece have until November 30, 2018 to register online with the tax bureau if they've leased out lodgings where the last day of departure was Aug. 30, 2018, as a new platform aimed at taxing increasingly booming revenue from "Airbnb-type" activities is now activated. The deadline to fill in information on the "short-term stay properties register" ws accompanied - in genuine modern Greek bureaucratic fashion - by 34 questions and answers by the independent Public Revenues Authority. The obligation to declare a property's leasing, even for one overnight stay, carries a deadline of until the 20th day of the following month, i.e. if a studio apartment is leased for three days between Aug. 3 and Aug 6, then it must be declared on the online platform by September 20. The development comes months after a relevant law was ratified, and amid reports of a veritable "explosion" in such online bookings for popular tourist destinations in the country. Neighborhoods around central Athens' main archaeological sites, such as the previously non-descript Koukaki district close to the Acropolis and other attractions, as well as a bevy of popular holiday islands, have skyrocketed on Airbnb's site and other similar online platforms. Violators face fines by Greece's independent public revenues authority of up to 5,000 euros, with a doubling of the fine in case of repeat offenses. Other obligatory measures are also envisioned in the strict legal framework - enacted by the Tsipras coalition government last year to find much needed revenue in order to fulfill annual and high fiscal targets agreed to with institutional creditors, i.e. primary budget surpluses of 3.5 percent of annual GDP. In order to legally lease properties (apartments, vacation villas, studios etc) on a short-term basis, the specific authority launched the online platform. The goal is to tax undeclared income and clamp down on money laundering. Greek tax authorities have warned that they are in contact with three major online short-term lease platforms and will obtain data from the latter to locate violators in Greece. One of the increasingly negative aspects of the new tax regime for Airbnb-style leasing in Greece is the fact that whatever revenue is derived is added to a taxpayer's total annual income, instead of a specific portion being taxed from the specific revenue - for instance, a flat 15-percent "cut" from a 40-euro per day lease. Therefore, even a small amount of revenue tacked on to a Greek taxpayer's annual income can "bump" the latter into a higher tax bracket, with the commensurate increase in tax obligations exceeding, often significantly, whatever revenue was generated from a few days of leasing a property via the online platforms. The stricter framework even permits for cross-checking beyond electronic means, with onsite inspections and even auditors posing as interested customers. Read more at 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?)

Nammos beach bar on Greek island of Mykonos expands to Dubai

Mykonos’ popular Nammos beach club is opening in Dubai. Nammos is one of Greece’s most famous and luxurious waterside venues. Nothing says luxury like lying back on a sun bed on the white sand, enjoying the finest all day and night entertainment, food, drinks and the Mykonos fun atmosphere. No wonder why every year, celebrities and socialites flock here. The announcement that Nammos is coming soon to the Four Seasons Jumeirah was made on Nammos’ Facebook page. It is expected that it will open in the Emirates during  in the spring of 2019. Numerous followers have portrayed their excitement on social media, commenting “I love Nammos + Dubai❤️…let’s go to Dubai…”, “Can’t wait” and “Yasssssssss”. Bringing the best Greek party beach club to the desert, the countdown has begun for Nammos Dubai’s opening because we can’t wait to experience it! Whose with us? Read more at 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: Let's block ads! (Why?)

Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey says “Greece is Paradise” (video)

Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey was a recent guest on popular American television show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and spoke about his love of Greece after a holiday on the Aegean over summer, revealing to a worldwide audience that the entire family loved it so much they extended their getaway to enjoy more of the Cyclades. The star of ‘Magic Mike’, ‘The Lincoln Lawyer,’ ‘A Time to Kill’, and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,’ told Jimmy how he had an incredible time on the Greek islands, travelling around with his wife Camila Alves, their children, Matthew’s mother and his father in law, making it a real family affair. The A-list actor stayed in Antiparos island with fellow actor Woody Harrelson’s family and they rented a house together, enjoying a relaxed Greek lifestyle filled with lots of sun, swimming, good food, and laughs. “We were there (in Greece) 3 weeks in paradise, we had freedom, the water is amazing, Greece is just beautiful it’s inherently generous, the sea doesn’t bite, the air doesn’t bite, the land doesn’t bite. It’s beautiful. People love family, we had a great three weeks and decided when it was time to go, we weren’t ready to leave so we said let’s do this another week, let’s stay in paradise another week and we all agreed,” said Matthew. Watch the video with Matthew sharing moments about his Greek getaway... Read more at 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: VOA News License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Griechenlands Bus-Service soll modernisiert werden

Für den griechischen Intercity-Bus-Service (KTEL) ist eine dringend notwendige Generalüberholung in Planung. Sie beinhaltet u. a. ein neues System der Gepäckverfolgung. Finanziert werden sollen die Neuerungen durch Mittel des Infrastrukturministeriums. Neue Zeiten bei KTEL: Bei der Busgesellschaft soll im Rahmen einer Aufwertung der Serviceleistungen u. a. eine Software für  ein Gepäckmanagementsystem installiert werden. Am Bushauptbahnhof am Kifissos sollen vorerst 63 KTEL-Ticketschalter mit dem neuen System ausgestattet werden. Das entsprechende Budget ist auf 124.000 Euro anberaumt. Durch Klebeanhänger, genauso wie am Flughafen, soll die Identifizierung des Gepäcks erleichtert und gleichzeitig sichergestellt werden, dass es auch wirklich am  Bestimmungsort ankommt. Geht ein Gepäckstück verloren, kann KTEL eine Rückverfolgung veranlassen, um dieses ausfindig zu machen. Außerdem stellt das System nach Ansicht des Ministeriums eine enorme Erleichterung für die allgemeine  Gepäckausgabe dar. Passagiere, die ihre Tickets online buchen, sollen ihre Gepäckanhänger selbst ausdrucken und anbringen können. (GZcr) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Griechenland bei Tourismusgipfel in Seoul

Beim Welttourismus-Gipfel (UNWTO) in Seoul stellte Griechenlands Tourismusministerin Elena Kountoura Möglichkeiten für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung vor. Sie betonte vor allem die Wichtigkeit des Fremdenverkehrssektors für den Arbeitsmarkt. Bereits zum siebten Mal fand in diesen Tagen der Kongress zum Thema Zukunft des urbanen Tourismus statt – diesmal in Seoul, Korea. Etwa 900 Teilnehmer aus über 50 Ländern sprachen im Rahmen der Veranstaltung über die Entwicklung des Städtetourismus in den nächsten zehn Jahren. Ministerin Kountoura konnte bei ihrer Intervention auf den starken Anstieg des Tourismus in Griechenland in den letzten vier Jahren verweisen. Diese positive Bilanz sei unter anderem durch den Ausbau der Land-und Seewege zu populären Destinationen sowie durch die interkontinentale Zusammenarbeit mit den USA, dem mittleren Osten und Asien gelungen.  Der Tourismussektor ist Griechenlands wichtigstes wirtschaftliches Standbein, etwa ein Fünftel aller Beschäftigten im Land ist in diesem Bereich tätig. (GZjs) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Mehr Verkehr in griechischen Häfen

Im ersten Quartal des Jahres stieg der Passagieraufkommen in griechischen Häfen im Vergleich zum Vorjahr um 8,2 %. Gleichzeitig konnte eine Zunahme beim Verkehr von Gütern registriert werden. Allein im ersten Quartals 2018 belief sich nach Angaben der Griechischen Statistikbehörde ELSTAT die Zahl der Passagiere auf 4,57 Millionen. Den Löwenanteil stellten dabei die inländischen Reisenden (4,30 Mio.). Auf der anderen Seite waren es konkret 194.558 Urlauber aus dem Ausland, die die Häfen Griechenlands nutzten.Hinsichtlich des Warenverkehrs konnte ELSTAT ein Plus um 6,1 % feststellen. (GZcr) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greece to host European Sea Scouting Seminar Eurosea in 2020

Greece will host European Sea Scouting Seminar, Eurosea 2020, the biennial meeting of sea scout leaders from Europe and New Zealand, according to ANA. The decision was made in Barcelona, where the Eurosea took place this 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 Copyright: Nzeemin License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)