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AP: Austria takes Covid-19 precautions as it awaits summer tourist season

AP reports from Vienna that Austria is preparing for the summer tourist season while taking extra precautions to ensure the new coronavirus does not pick up again. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced Thursday that people from countries where COVID-19 has stabilized could count on summer holidays with “maximum safety and maximum enjoyment.” Read the full report 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?)

Muslims pray in front of Hagia Sophia to revert historic monument into Mosque

Muslim mosques in Turkey will be reopening from tomorrow, Friday, the day of the fall of Constantinople (Istanbul), with the head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate declaring that he will make the morning Muslim prayer in the square between Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet Mosque, protothema.gr reports. “The time has come for May 29, the day that symbolizes the conquest, with Allah’s will for us to conquer those Muslim mosques that are symbols of conquest,” said Ali Erbas, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, referring to the anniversary of the fall of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453 which is on Friday 29 May. This date is celebrated as the day of “Conquest” (Fethiye) for Muslim Turks. The choice of the specific date has sparked scenarios that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may announce the conversion of the Hagia Sophia, which has been functioning as a Museum since 1953, into a Muslim mosque, something the Turkish president has repeatedly promised his followers since 2016. 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: Arild Vågen Let's block ads! (Why?)

Brookings webinar with Greek PM on Greece’s COVID-19 response (video)

WASHINGTON, DC – On May 27 the Brookings Foreign Policy program, in partnership with the University of Virginia Miller Center, presented a webinar featuring Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis discussing Greece's successful management of the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges and opportunities lying ahead. Following welcome remarks by Brookings Institution President John Allen and UVA President James Ryan, Brookings Senior Fellow Amanda Sloat, and UVA Miller Center Director and CEO William Antholis moderated a conversation with Mitsotakis that included questions from the audience. The National Hellenic Society also supported the event. Ryan began by attributing some of Greece's success “to the fact that the Prime Minister acted quickly, following the advice of public health experts” who “communicated with the Greek people regularly and clearly.” Allen noted Mitsotakis' “swift and bold action at the outset of this terrible health crisis,” and added that his “strong leadership have come to be deeply admired across the U.S. and around the world,” where officials now “turn to Greece for best practices and inspiration.” Read the full report 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?)

Zwei griechische Strände unter den sichersten Europas

Ob in diesem Jahr überhaupt gereist werden sollte, ist ein sehr kontrovers diskutiertes Thema. Wen aber doch die Sehnsucht unwiderstehlich packt, der sollte darauf achten, in Zeiten von Covid-19 möglichst sicher unterwegs zu sein. Bei der Wahl des Urlaubszieles soll eine Liste helfen, auf der die sichersten Strände Europas aufgelistet sind. Dabei haben Griechenland-Liebhaber Glück, denn unter anderem nennt die Organisation „European Best Destinations“ (EBD) – ein Projekt der Europäischen Kommission zur Förderung nachhaltiger Tourismusmodelle – zwei Strände in Hellas: Den malerischen, 22 Kilometer langen Monolithi-Strand in Preveza, der sogar als sicherster in ganz Europa die Liste anführt, und den Halikounas-Beach auf Korfu, der den fünften Platz belegt. Besonders betont wird dabei die Sicherheit, die Griechenland durch die permanent geringe Infektionsrate mit dem Coronavirus biete. Ebenfalls herausgestellt werden die Maßnahmen der Regierung in Athen, die für Sicherheit und Hygiene sorgen sollen. Damit sind einerseits die strengen Abstandsregeln gemeint, die unter anderem an Stränden gelten, andererseits aber auch die Vorkehrungen, die Hoteliers und Zimmervermietungen auferlegt wurden. Ferner lobt EBD die finanziellen Unterstützungsmaßnahmen der Regierung, also beispielsweise Steuersenkungen, die einen preiswerten Urlaub in Hellas ermöglichen. (GZfg) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek firm concludes first phase of construction works in Agia Napa Marina

ATHENS - TERNA S.A., a 100 pct subsidiary of GEK TERNA Group, on Tuesday announced the successful completion and delivery of all construction works in the first phase of the luxury development of “Ayia Napa Marina” in Cyprus, ANA reports.  The first phase of the project, which was recently completed, includes all marine and infrastructure works, building facilities, internal roadworks, and MEP installations.  More specifically, the marina with a 600-berth capacity, has depths from 4.0 up to 6.5 meters and can accommodate yachts up to 65 meters in length, while a four-level dry stack storage facility is available for boats up to 10 meters long. The unique aspect of the marina is the fingerstyle berthing for yachts of 30 meters or less while floating docks guarantee comfortable access in all conditions. It is reminded that the ongoing second phase, which has also been awarded to TERNA, includes the construction of two towers (high rise), a complex of villas, and commercial buildings.  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: Manfred E. Fritsche Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek island medical staff being trained to deal with potential coronavirus cases

Trying to further reassure tourists that Greece will be safe to visit as a lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus is gradually being lifted, doctors, nurses, and paramedics on the Greek islands will be receiving special training to deal with any cases that might arise. The tourism season will begin in earnest on July 1, with strict health protocols for hotels and hopes that international air traffic will pick up and that people will be persuaded to travel with low risk. Teams of paramedics from the National Center of Emergency Care (EKAV) went to the country’s lands on May 26, where they have been few cases as Greece’s early lockdown worked to contain the virus better than most countries. The health officials are going to work with the smaller hospitals and medical centers and clinics on islands that have few resources to deal with most emergencies, especially COVID-19 where serious cases require intensive care and ventilators. EKAV’s Be SAFE (Stay Alert, Fully Educated) program began on the island of Syros, the capital of the Cyclades cluster, and will continue this week in Naxos, Paros and Antiparos, before reaching the rest of the islands by June 20, said Kathimerini in a report. The National Organization for Public Health (EODY) and the non-government organization (NGO) Symplefsi also started sending teams to the country’s more remote islands to conduct coronavirus tests on local populations, beginning with Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros and Sikinos. Domestic travel to the islands began May 25 with ferries operating at half capacity and hotels required to limit customers, keep safe distances between them and operate with health measures including disinfection. 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 Photo Source: flickr.com License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Dimitris Avramopoulos Let's block ads! (Why?)

GNTO and National Theatre to promote cultural tourism in Greece

 Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) President Angela Gerekou, National Theatre President Vassilis Poulantzas, and its artistic director Dimitris Lignadis signed a memorandum of cooperation stressing the need for a "pandemic of culture" and the use of all the possibilities of the two bodies with the aim of promoting Greece as an international cultural destination, especially in the field of theatre, ANA reports.   "The connection between culture and tourism is the main asset of the country and the National Theatre, with its emblematic role, is the most appropriate institution for the promotion of our cultural tourism. A kind of tourism that can become, especially this year, a very strong pole of attraction and an important occasion for Greeks - as domestic tourism will be significantly strengthened - but also foreign visitors to travel with health safety to Greece, with the observance of all measures of protection," Gerekou stressed. 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: Dimboukas Let's block ads! (Why?)

Frau auf Skopelos vom Blitz erschlagen

Ganz Griechenland wurde am Dienstag (26.5.) von einer Schlechtwetterfront heimgesucht. Auf der Insel Skopelos in den Sporaden starb eine 52-jährige Frau durch einen Blitzschlag.Wie die Behörden mitteilten, hatte sie zu diesem Zeitpunkt gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann in der Gegend Pefkia landwirtschaftliche Tätigkeiten erledigt.In Teilen Nordgriechenlands fiel sogar Hagel. In Athen wurden vor allem in den südlichen Vororten zahlreiche Straßen überschwemmt. (Griechenland Zeitung / red) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek cruise operator Celestyal Cruises stops all voyages until July 30

Greek cruise operator Celestyal Cruises on Tuesday announced the suspension of its cruises until July 30, ANA reports. "We will continue to monitor the restarting of tourism in Greece and especially the arrival of tourists from abroad, while the company will also work closely with Greek authorities to develop improved health and safety protocols," Celestyal Cruises noted in a statement. 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 ends 14-day coronavirus quarantine in tourism re-opening

Continuing the lifting of a lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus - ending a night curfew too - Cyprus has ceased a required 14-day quarantine for arrivals in favor of self-isolation, the Transport Ministry said. People who are already quarantined in hotels will move to their homes for the remaining days of their isolation. The number of days of self-isolation depends on the country they come from, reported The Cyprus Mail. According to the ministry, the transfer from the hotels can be made by relatives, or other personal arrangements can be made while those without transportation will be picked up by bus from their hotel and taken to the central bus station of the district they live in. Transfers from the airport to hotels will continue to be organized by the government but transport from hotels to other accommodation will not be offered and has to be arranged by the travelers, the ministry added. While the country is eager to visitors again once international air traffic resumes in force, hotels and the tourist sector will have to meet strict hygiene protocols to prevent a resurgence of the virus as the government wants to keep the economy afloat. But tourists from a critical market - the former Colonial ruler the United Kingdom - won’t be welcome yet as that government was slow to react to the pandemic and cases are still prevalent there, raising worries British visitors could bring the virus with them. The airports will open on June 9 but visitors from the UK remain barred, for now, said the British newspaper The Sun. Cyprus’ Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios told an online conference that authorities expect “a full containment of the virus” as an early lockdown on the island helped hold down the number of cases while the UK was accused of reacting too slowly. Cypriot Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said the government had decided to grant access to 19 countries with similarly low infection rates. 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 Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: AyianapaProtaras Let's block ads! (Why?)