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Minister: Cyprus is one step closer to creating Europe’s largest casino

An agreement for the establishment of an integrated casino resort in Cyprus was signed during a special ceremony held today in the presence of the Minister of Tourism, Commerce, Industry and Energy, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Cyprus News agency reports and adds:The deal was signed by the President of the National Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission Christos Mavrellis, and a representative of the Integrated Casino Resorts Cyprus Limited consortium consisting of Melco International Development Ltd, Seminole HR Holdings LLC (Hard Rock) and CNS Group (Cyprus Phassouri (Zakaki) Limited).In his address at the signing ceremony, Mr. Lakkotrypis noted that this will be the one and only integrated casino resort in Europe and the largest casino in Europe and one of the best in the world with 136 gaming tables and 1,200 gaming machines with multiple direct and indirect benefits for the economy.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: Michael W. Pendergrass License: CC-BY-SASource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving 2017: The Promo Video

The Agios Nikolaos Municipality, the Aghios Nikolaos Cultural Organization (PAODAN), the World Federation of High Diving Federation (WHDF) and the Region of Crete, organize "Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving 2017".Crete and Agios Nikolaos host the first competition cliff diving event in Greece, putting the country on the world map of the sport.This year, twenty of the world's best cliff diving athletes will participate for the first time in Greece in a diving contest from the 20-meter high rocks of the local lake.The competition is included in the WHDF calendar and is the first of its kind to be held in Greece.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?)

Abandoned village in Tuscany becomes a luxurious tourist resort

The 5-star TUI BLUE - Il Castelfalfi Hotel, located in the heart of Tuscany, offers an attractive holiday destination in an enchanting setting.Castelfalfi was a deserted village until TUI decided to invest in it, creating a whole tourist resort.Today Castelfalfi is a unique resort with quality hotels and apartments, privately owned vineyards, gourmet restaurants, etc.The small town of Castelfalfi is located between Florence, Siena and Pisa.Enjoy the video...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 reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

European hotels: + 8.5% revenue per room in May

The European hotel industry reported positive year-over-year performance metrics during May 2017. Occupancy rose 3.5% to 75.6%, ADR increased 4.8% to €114.35 ($127.85) and RevPAR jumped 8.5% to €86.47 ($96.68).The hotel industry in Europe reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during May 2017, according to data from STR.EuropeOccupancy: +3.5% to 75.6%Average daily rate (ADR): +4.8% to EUR114.35Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +8.5% to EUR86.47Local currency, May 2017 vs. May 2016BelgiumOccupancy: +18.1% to 74.1%ADR: +3.6% to EUR103.81RevPAR: +22.3% to EUR76.94May was the third-straight month with double-digit RevPAR growth in the country. According to STR analysts, performance recovery has been evident since November 2016 when Belgium broke a streak of eight-consecutive months with double-digit declines that followed the March 2016 terror attack in Brussels. Returning demand levels have coupled with a low rate of supply growth to push performance up considerably. Brussels, which tends to be a corporate-driven market, reports its highest performance levels on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and May was no different.ItalyOccupancy: +1.6% to 76.1%ADR: +1.2% to EUR154.97RevPAR: +2.8% to EUR117.90Although Italy recorded growth in both occupancy and ADR, this was the country’s lowest year-over-year increase in RevPAR since the beginning of the year. In terms of actual occupancy, however, this was the highest level for the month of May since 2001. Several Italian hotel markets benefitted from hosting events in May, including Verona (RevPAR +62%), which hosted a series of concerts, Bologna (RevPAR +38.5%), which hosted the annual AIC dental congress, and Venice (RevPAR +21.0%), which hosted the Biennale Arte international exhibition.Sofia, BulgariaOccupancy: +2.4% to 66.9%ADR: +14.2% to BGN155.70RevPAR: +17.0% to BGN104.24May was the eighth month in a row with double-digit RevPAR growth in the market. STR analysts note that hotelier pricing power was helped by a second-consecutive month with flat supply. Year to date, RevPAR has grown 19.4% in Sofia.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 reportSource: hotelnewsnow.comPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Jvhertum License: CC-BY-SA Download the global hotel review for May 2017 hereLet's block ads! (Why?)

Deadline for binding offers for Greek state-owned rolling stock firm extended

Greece's privatization fund on Friday extended a deadline for submission of binding offers for 100-percent of the share capital of the state-run company that provides rolling stock maintenance and availability services to train operators in the country.According to a press release by the fund, officially known as the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), a pre-qualified investor tabled the relevant request, which was subsequently approved by the fund's BoD.A new deadline for the submission of binding offers for the company, known by its Greek-language acronym of EESSTY S.A. (ROSCO), is Nov. 3, 2017. 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: K. Krallis, SV1XV License: CC-BY-SASource: naftemporiki.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

New poll: Greek opposition gains 6 points in one month widening gap with ruling party

The government’s communication effort to give a positive impression to the Eurogroup agreement does not seem to be working that good. According to a survey by PRORATA of the “Newspaper of the Editors”, the Greeks see only the painful measures and disregard the prospect of Greece finishing the economic program.According to the survey, citizens consider the measures voted that increase the tax-free and the pension cuts to be more important than the success of the closure of the country’s 2nd evaluation.67% of the the people that answered the survey, described the agreement as “rather bad” or “bad” while for SYRIZA’s voters the figure for the same question is 55%, compared to 30% who consider it to be “rather good” or “good”.In the PRORATA election assessment, the gap between New Democracy and SYRIZA widens, with the main opposition party winning six points from May reaching 36% while SYRIZA stays at 20%.Democratic Alignment rises to 14% from 11% in May. The KKE goes to 13% from 9%.The “Potami” political party wins two points and climbs to 9%. Golden Dawn remains at 9%, while at the same level as in May remains the Union of Centrists, which is at 8%.The People’s Unity rises to 4% from 2% in May. The Independent Greeks (ANEL), that participate with SYRIZA in the coalition government, on the contrary, fell to 2%, from 5% that was the in previous month.The survey was conducted on June 19 and 20, the week after the Eurogroup last Thursday.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 License: CC-BY-SASource: protothema.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

Greek government approves hydrocarbon exploration in Ionian Sea and Crete

Environment and Energy Minister George Stathakis on Friday approved a second proposal for hydrocarbon exploration in western Greece, submitted by Energean Oil & Gas, as well as a proposal by the Total, Exxon Mobil and Hellenic Petroleum consortium to search for fossil fuels west and southwest of the island of Crete.Energean, which currently has rights to the Prinos reserves in the northern Aegean, is interested in the undersea exploration and exploitation rights for blocks 3 and 7 in the Ionian Sea, sources said. The areas in question are in the sea west of the islands of Corfu and Lefkada, covering an area of 6,700 square kilometres.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: Michael W. Pendergrass License: CC-BY-SASource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

French president Macron welcomes Greece’s recovery and reforms

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed on Friday Greece’s recovery and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ work in implementing reforms, during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels."I welcome Greece’s recovery and the reforms taken by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras," he said after the meeting, adding that the last Eurogroup reached a "very strong framework of consensus."He also said the summit didn’t discuss Greece today, and that "is a good thing" because he and Merkel worked hard to reach an agreement at the Eurogroup. On her side, Merkel also said that they EU leaders didn’t discuss Greece because "solutions have been found", noting that the "Juncker package" will strengthen investments.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: Gouvernement français License: CC-BY-SASource: ANA-MPALet's block ads! (Why?)

Qatar Airways to buy 10% of American Airlines shares

Qatar Airways is looking to invest in American Airlines, according to CNBC.American recently received an unsolicited offer from the Middle Eastern carrier that it intends to purchase at least $808 million in the U.S. airline.Qatar said it plans to make an initial investment of up to 4.75 percent and will not exceed that figure without the prior consent of the American Airlines board. According to CNBC, Qatar intends to then acquire at least a 10 percent stake.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 reportSource: travelpulse.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

IMF reiterates need for more realistic fiscal path for Greece

IMF’s spokesman Mr. Rice said yesterday during a press briefing that the Fund considers the primary surplus target of 3.5%-of-GDP up to 2022 as realistic, but after that it believes that the target ought to be reduced to 1.5%, against the average 2% target for the 2023-60 period agreed at last week’s Eurogroup in Luxembourg.Mr. Rice noted IMF’s DSA will be based on the targets and parameters that it considers realistic and the fiscal target that it will adopt will determine the extent of the debt relief the Fund considers as necessary for it to become sustainable.Mr. Rice also said that the Greek President of the Republic Mr. Pavlopoulos has invited Ms. Lagarde to visit Greece, and the MD was very grateful for the invitation and is looking forward to visiting Greece when both their schedules allow.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: International Monetary Fund.org User: Ssolbergj  License: CC-BY-SASource: capital.grLet's block ads! (Why?)