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Passenger traffic at Greek airports soars 10.1% in January-November 2018

There was a 10.1 pct increase in passenger traffic at Greek airports in the 11-month period from January to November 2018 compared with the same period the previous year, according to data released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday, ANA reports. The total number of passengers using Greek airports in January-November 2018 reached 61,281,521, up from 55,677,135 in the same period in 2017, or a rise of 5,604,386 passengers. The total number of flights to and from Greek airports in the same period rose to 508,270, of which 193,215 were domestic and 315,055 were international. This was a 9.9 pct increase compared with the same period in 2017. The airport that experienced the biggest increase in passenger traffic in that time was that of Sitia (97.1 pct), while significant increases were also recorded by the airports at Milos (61.5 pct up) and Naxos (54.4 pct up). The increase for the month of November 2018 was also significant, with total passenger traffic up 13.8 pct and flights increased by 16 pct compared with the previous year. International passenger arrivals rose even more, increasing by 17.1 pct compared with 2017. The busiest airports during this month were those of Athens, Thessaloniki, Iraklio, Rhodes and Chania. 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?)

Public and private partnership projects in Greece already surpass 1.2 billion

Projects, worth a total of 1.2bn euro are currently being implemented as PPPs in Greece, ypodomes.com reports in a recent article. According to data released on the social media by PPPs Special Secretary, Mr. Nikos Mantzoufas, 780 million euros of the abovementioned amount, concern projects that have been already completed (e.g. 24 new schools in Attica Region, Athens Public Transport telematics and electronic ticketing systems, Fire Stations etc.) or are under construction (Waste Treatment Units, broadband networks, court digital records etc.) Furthermore, 420m euros have been approved by the Ministry and concern the so-called "new generation" of PPP projects, such as a part of Crete's Northern Motorway Axis (aka VOAK, for Hersonissos-Neapolis section), new schools in Chania and Rhodes, Rhodes Integrated Waste Management System, Athens Medical Center etc. In the previous list projects that are to be approved in the coming period, are not included, such as Chavrias Dam, which has recently entered the "sphere" of PPPs. As Mr. Mantzoufas noted in the same post: "Critical to all these projects are the excellent quality, implementation times, significant competition and transparent tender procedures". Another very significant piece of news is that the country ranks third among 135 countries, by the World Bank in the category "Good tender procedures in PPP projects", while, at the same time, Greece has won many international awards. 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?)

The Ranch und Wild-West-Einfluss in Griechenland

Der Wilde Westen ist spätestens mit den legendären Filmen in 1950-er und 60-er Jahren im Herzen vieler Menschen etabliert. Tollkühne Helden, wilde Schießereien und das Reiten in den Sonnenuntergang: Alles ist möglich. Auch in Griechenland ist der Wild-West-Einfluss noch heute merklich. Beispielsweise auf der „Ranch“, welche zum Verweilen einlädt.Was ist die Faszination der Ranch?Es handelt sich bei der „Ranch“ um ein Gelände, welches inmitten eines Kiefernwaldes in Sofiko gelegen und damit etwa 97 Kilometer von der Hauptstadt Athen entfernt ist. Die Angebote auf der „Ranch“ sind vielseitig, denn es handelt sich zugleich um Griechenlands ersten Veranstaltungsort für Events, Konferenzen sowie das in der Region sehr bekannte Summer Camp. Durch alle Veranstaltungen zieht sich unterdessen die Western-Thematik, welche für besonders attraktive Gebäudeprofile sorgt. Neben der Gestaltung setzt die „Ranch“ auf die Moderne und stattet sämtliche Gebäude mit dem nötigen Komfort aus, welcher von Besuchern erwartet wird. Das Angebot ist auf die Einzelpersonen und Gruppen und deren Interessen ausgerichtet: Action, Sport und Unterhaltung sind garantiert.Gäste der „Ranch“ haben zwei verschiedene Optionen: Einerseits ist es möglich, an vorgeplanten Aktivitäten teilzunehmen. Andererseits kann man seinen eigenen Weg verfolgen und diesen in ein echtes Abenteuer für den eigenen Sportverein oder die Arbeitskollegen transformieren. Der Fokus der Veranstalter liegt mit Hilfe der durch ausgewählten Aktivitäten vor allem auf der physischen und persönlichen Entwicklung der Gäste. Das Wild-West-Thema zieht Besucher an, was nicht weiter verwundert, wenn man sich die weitverbreitete Faszination dieses Themas vor Augen hält. Stiefel ähnlich der Cowboy-Boots sind auf Modewochen und in Modezeitschriften nach wie vor zu sehen. Auch Film-Remakes wie etwa Die glorreichen Sieben reflektieren die Nachfrage nach dieser Thematik. Casinos greifen die Wild-West-Atmosphäre in Spielen wie etwa Sticky Bandit Slots ebenfalls auf. Und auch Videospiele wie Red Dead Redemption befassen sich mit dem Wilden Westen. Das Thema scheint in den verschiedensten Bereichen des Alltags beliebt zu sein. Die Popularität der „Ranch“ geht also Hand in Hand mit dem generellen Gefallen an dem Wild-West-Motiv.Foto (© NMS): Wild-West-Atmosphäre in der Ranch schnuppernWas können Besucher unternehmen?Bei so vielen positiven Fakten stellt sich nun für Griechen und Urlauber die Frage, was man exakt auf der „Ranch“ tut. Einerseits befinden sich diverse Sportplätze auf der Anlage, welche sich gut zum Auspowern und Teambuilding eignen. Vielleicht ein kleines Turnier gegen den Chef auf einem großen Fußballfeld? Gleich drei Felder stehen für 11 gegen 11 zur Verfügung, zwei davon mit modernem Kunstrasen. Am besten schon mal die Fußballschuhe aus dem Schrank kramen und einpacken. Daneben gibt es auf „The Ranch“ 5 Basketball-Courts (innen und unter freiem Himmel), 2 Volleyball-Felder, 2 Tennisplätze sowie 4 Tischtennisplatten. Wenn es eher etwas flüssiger zugehen soll, kann man sich zudem im Swimmingpool entspannen, welcher mit drei verschiedenen Längen lockt.Andere sportliche Aktivitäten unterstreichen, dass es sich im modernen Wilden Westen um ein Paradies für aktive Menschen handelt, egal ob für aus Griechenland stammende oder im Urlaub in Sofiko haltmachende Besucher. Ställe für bis zu 30 Pferde, eine Kletterwand sowie Bogenschießen bringen die Welt der großen Western nochmals näher an die Besucher und fügen sich wunderbar in die Kulisse ein. Die außersportlichen Aktivitäten beinhalten ein Amphitheater mit 1.500 Sitzplätzen sowie ein Dorf, welches die Techniken sowie das Leben in Griechenland vor langer Zeit präsentiert. (ics) Let's block ads! (Why?)

ΙΑΤΑ: Cautious οptimism for airlines extends into 2019

Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2019 performance include: The return on invested capital is expected to be 8.6% (unchanged from 2018) The margin on net post-tax profits is expected be 4.0% (basically unchanged from 3.9% in 2018) Overall industry revenues are expected to reach $885 billion (+7.7% on $821 billion in 2018) Passenger numbers are expected to reach 4.59 billion (up from 4.34 billion in 2018) Cargo tonnes carried are expected to reach 65.9 million (up from 63.7 million in 2018) Slower demand growth for both passenger traffic (+6.0% in 2019, +6.5% in 2018) and cargo (+3.7% in 2019, +4.1% in 2018) Average net profit per departing passenger of $7.75 ($7.45 in 2018) Lower oil prices and solid, albeit slower, economic growth (+3.1%) are extending the run of profits for the global airline industry, after profitability was squeezed by rising costs in 2018. It is expected that 2019 will be the tenth year of profit and the fifth consecutive year where airlines deliver a return on capital that exceeds the industry’s cost of capital, creating value for its investors. “We had expected that rising costs would weaken profitability in 2019. But the sharp fall in oil prices and solid GDP growth projections have provided a buffer. So we are cautiously optimistic that the run of solid value creation for investors will continue for at least another year. But there are downside risks as the economic and political environments remain volatile,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. Performance Drivers in 2019 Economic Growth: GDP is forecast to expand by 3.1% in 2019 (marginally below the 3.2% expansion in 2018). This slower but still robust growth is a main driver of continued solid profitability. There are significant downside risks to growth from trade wars and political uncertainties such as with BREXIT, but the consensus view is that these factors will not offset the positive impetus from expansionary fiscal policy and growing business investment in major economies. Fuel Costs: The 2019 industry outlook is based on an anticipated average oil price of $65/barrel (Brent) which is lower than the $73/barrel (Brent) experienced in 2018, following the increase in US oil output and rising oil inventories. This is welcome relief for airlines which have seen jet fuel prices fall, albeit at a slower pace owing to the impact of low-sulfur environmental measures undertaken by the marine sector that have increased demand for diesel (which competes with jet fuel for refinery capacity). Nonetheless, jet fuel prices are expected to average $81.3/barrel in 2019, lower than the $87.6/barrel average for 2018). The full impact of this decline will be delayed due to heavy levels of hedging in some regions. Fuel is expected to account for 24.2% of the average airline’s operating costs (an increase from 23.5% forecast for 2018). Labor: Total employment by airlines is expected to reach 2.9 million in 2019, up 2.2% on 2018. Wages are also rising, reflecting the tightness of labor markets, and it is expected that unit labor costs will increase by 2.1% in 2019 after a long period of stability. Aviation jobs are getting more productive. In 2019 we expect productivity to increase by 2.9% to 535,000 available tonne kilometers/employee. Passenger: Passenger traffic (RPKs) is expected to grow 6% in 2019, which will outpace the forecast capacity (ASKs) increase of 5.8%, and remains above the 20-year trend growth rate. This in turn will increase load factors and support a 1.4% increase in yields (partially clawing back the 0.9% fall experienced in 2018). Passenger revenues, excluding ancillaries, are expected to reach $606 billion (up from $564 billion in 2018). Cargo: The 3.7% annual increase in cargo tonnage to 65.9 million tonnes is the slowest pace since 2016, reflecting the weak world trade environment impacted by increasing protectionism. Cargo yields are expected to grow by 2.0%. This is well below the exceptional 10% yield growth in 2018. It does, however, continue the recent strengthening of the cargo business, since cost increases are lower. Overall cargo revenues are expected to reach $116.1 billion (up from $109.8 billion in 2018). Regional Outlook All regions, except Africa, are expected to report profits in 2018 and 2019. Carriers in North America continue to lead on financial performance, accounting for nearly half of the industry’s total profits. Financial performance is expected to improve compared to 2018 in all regions except for Europe, where improvement has been delayed by the high degree of fuel hedging. North American carriers are expected to deliver the strongest financial performance in 2019 with a $16.6 billion net profit (up from $14.7 billion in 2018). That is a 6.0% net margin and represents a net profit of $16.77 per passenger, which is a marked improvement from just six years earlier. Net margin is up from 2018 (5.7%) as low levels of fuel hedging allows lower prices to impact immediately. Profits are further buffered by high load factors and ancillary revenues. European carriers are expected to report a $7.4 billion net profit in 2019 (down slightly from $7.5 billion in 2018). The expected net profit per passenger of $6.40 (3.4% net margin) is roughly a third the net profit per passenger expected to be generated by North American carriers. Intense competition is keeping yields low and regulatory costs are high. The region has recovered from the terrorist attacks of 2016. But in 2018 it suffered additional costs of $2 billion due to a 61% increase in delay minutes caused by air traffic control deficiencies. Looking to 2019, high levels of hedging in the region will mean that the positive impact of lower oil prices will be delayed. Asia-Pacific carriers are expected to report a $10.4 billion net profit in 2019 (up from $9.6 billion in 2018). The expected net profit per passenger is expected to be $6.15 (3.8% net margin). This is a region of diverse markets, some of which are seeing strong growth from new LCC entrants while others are very dependent on outbound cargo from key manufacturing centers. Cargo revenue growth has slowed from the strong performance of 2017 but remains positive for airlines in the region. Lower fuel costs, low levels of fuel hedging and strong regional economic growth are supporting profitability in 2019 in this region.   Middle Eastern carriers are expected to report an $800 million net profit in 2019 (up from a weaker $600 million in 2018). The expected net profit per passenger is $3.33 (1.2% net margin). The region has been challenged by the earlier impact of low oil revenues, conflict, competition from other ‘super-connectors’ and setbacks to particular business models, leading to a sharp slowdown in capacity growth (after more than a decade of double-digit growth, passenger capacity growth was halved to 6.7% in 2017). The region reported 4.7% capacity growth in 2018 and is expected to slow to 4.1% in 2019, which together with restructuring is helping to generate a recovery. Latin American carriers are expected to report a $700 million net profit in 2019 (up from $400 million in 2018). The expected net profit per passenger is $2.14 (1.6% net margin). Economic conditions in local markets are only recovering slowly, as Brazil’s economy emerges from recession, but Argentina faces renewed difficulties. The strength of the US dollar has added to airlines’ challenges in the region by raising the local currency cost of key US$-denominated inputs such as oil and aircraft, but significant restructuring and joint ventures are improving performance. African carriers are expected to report a $300 million net loss in 2019 (slightly improved from the $400 million net loss in 2018). The expected net loss per passenger is $3.51 (-2.1% net margin). This makes Africa the weakest region, as it has been over the past four years. Performance is improving, but only slowly. Losses are expected to be cut in 2019 as fuel prices decrease. The region benefits from higher-than-average yields and lower operating costs in some categories. However, few airlines in the region are able to achieve adequate load factors to generate profits. Passenger Demand by Region                     DEMAND                       CAPACITY             2018E 2019F 2018E 2019F Global 6.5 6.0 6.0 5.8 North America 5.0 4.5 4.8 4.3 Europe 6.4 5.5 5.7 6.1 Asia Pacific 8.5 7.5 7.6 7.1 Middle East 4.6 5.5 4.7 7.1 Latin America 6.0 6.0 6.5 5.9 Africa 3.6 5.0 1.4 4.9 Air Transport’s Economic Contribution Some key indicators of the benefits from increasing global connectivity include: The 2019 average return airfare (before surcharges and tax) is expected to be $324 (2018 dollars), which is 61% below 1998 levels after adjusting for inflation. Average air freight rates in 2019 are expected to be $1.86/kg (2018 dollars) which is a 62% fall on 1998 levels. The number of unique city pairs served by airlines is forecast to grow to 21,332 in 2018 (up by 1,300 from 20,032 in 2017), and more than double 1998 levels. The global spend by consumers and businesses on air transport is expected to reach $919 billion in 2019, up 7.6% on 2018 and equivalent to 1.0% of global GDP. Airlines are expected to contribute $136 billion to government coffers in tax revenues in 2019 (a 5.8% increase over 2018). “Air travel has never been such a good deal for consumers. Not only are fares staying low, the options for travelers are expanding. Some 1,300 new direct links between cities were opened in 2018. And 250 million more journeys by air occurred in 2018 than in 2017,” said de Juniac. See the detailed outlook report Read Alexandre de Juniac's full speech 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?)

Emergency central bank funding to Greek banks drops still in November

Emergency central bank funding to Greek banks decreased in November compared to the previous month, Bank of Greece data showed on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Emergency funding, which is more expensive than borrowing from the European Central Bank, dropped to 2.7 billion euros ($3.06 billion) from 3.58 billion euros at the end of October, the data showed. Greek banks have relied on emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) drawn from the central bank since February 2015 after being cut off from the ECB’s funding window due to stalled bailout talks between the government and the country's official creditors. 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: DaveOinSF~commonswiki  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Daily Mail: Mykonos- London flight route most disrupted in Europe

The flight route from Mykonos, one of Greece’s most cosmopolitan holiday islands, to London’s Gatwick airport is Europe’s most often disrupted route, according to a report from The Daily Mail online. According to a study by AirHelp, a flight compensation firm, seventy-five percent of flights from the Greek island to the U.K.’s second busiest airport experienced either cancellations or delays of more than 15 minutes. The period under study was from January 1 to October 9, 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: Squirmy2000  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Agios Spyridon

Der heilige Spyridon ist der Schutzpatron Korfus. Sein Gedenktag ist der 12. Dezember.  Er ist der einzige von der orthodoxen Kirche verehrte Spyridon und stammte der Legende nach aus Trimythontos auf Zypern.Spyridon soll 270 geboren sein. Als Kind armer Eltern wurde er schließlich Hirte, war verheiratet und hatte eine Tochter namens Irene. Nach dem Tod seiner Frau wandte er sich der Kirche zu und wurde schließlich Bischof. In der Zeit der Christenverfolgung unter Kaiser Maximus wurde Spyridon festgenommen und verbannt. Dem Heiligen werden viele Wundertaten zugeschrieben. Er starb im Jahre 350 und seine Gebeine wurden nach der Eroberung Zyperns durch die Sarazenen nach Konstantinopel gebracht und nach dem Fall der Stadt 1453 schließlich nach Korfu, wo sie seinen Nachkommen, der Familie Bulgari übergeben wurden. Heute liegen seine Gebeine und vererbte Reliquien in der 1589 zu seinen Ehren erbauten Kirche, der Hagia Spyridon, die heute noch Anlaufpunkt für zahlreiche Pilger ist. Viermal im Jahr wird der Schrein des Schutzheiligen der Insel durch die Straßen Korfus getragen: am Palmsonntag, am Karsamstag, am 11. August, als Dank für die Abwendung der Gefahr durch die Türken, und am 1. November, als Dank dafür, dass er die Bevölkerung Korfus im Jahre 1673 einmal mehr vor der Pest bewahrt hatte. (GZeb) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Internet für alle – auch in Griechenland

Mehr als 300 griechische Städte und Gemeinden bewerben sich um eine finanzielle Unterstützung durch die EU, um kostenloses WLAN für alle zu installieren. Die Kommunen wählen selbst aus, auf welchen Plätzen, in welchen Parks oder an welchen anderen öffentlichen Orten (Bibliotheken, Museen usw.) sie den Internetzugang installieren wollen.Die Initiative der EU-Kommission, die in diesem Jahr begonnen wurde,  wird bis 2020 mit einem Budget von 120 Millionen Euro bezuschusst. Das Programm firmiert unter dem Namen WiFi4EU. Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker sagte dazu: „Wenn der Netzausbau allen zugutekommen soll, heißt das auch, dass es keine Rolle spielen darf, wo man lebt oder wie viel man verdient. Wir schlagen deshalb heute vor, bis 2020 die wichtigsten öffentlichen Orte jedes europäischen Dorfes und jeder europäischen Stadt mit kostenlosem WLAN-Internetzugang auszustatten.“ Unter den griechischen Gemeinden, die sich am EU-Programm beteiligen wollen, befinden sich nicht nur die großen Städte wie Athen und Thessaloniki, sondern auch Inseln, wie Andros oder Hydra, oder Gemeinden der Provinz wie Orestiada oder Tripoli. (GZrs)  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Survey: Greeks rank as the 4th most religious people in Europe

Greece ranks fourth among 34 European countries in having the most religious citizens, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, greekreporter.com notes in the following article. Romanians, Armenians, and Georgians occupy the first three spots on the survey. On the opposite end are Sweden, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Estonia, countries with the fewest religious natives. Greece ranks first in the “importance of religion” sub-category, with 55% of respondents declaring  that religion plays a key role in their lives. In another sub-category, that of the frequency of attending religious services, Greece drops in 6th place, while the frequency in which Greeks pray, has the country ranked at 9th place. Moreover, six out of 10 Greeks (59 percent) believe in the existence of a superior being (god), according to the Pew survey. 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: JFKennedy  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Students from Panama learn Greek language and plan to visit Greece

Students will be visiting Greece in January for a period of 20 days as part of a Greek-learning program, protothema.gr reports. The Greeks of Panama established a school for local language courses and culture from the very first moment of their presence in the country. The appeal of Greek civilisation, gradually influenced the whole of Central America. In this vein, students from Panama, most of them 4th generation Greeks, will visit Greece in January and take part in a Greek language learning program. The lessons will last for 20 days and are scheduled to take place early in January when the students have their summer break. The program is organised by the Embassy of Panama in Athens in collaboration with the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, the Municipality of Piraeus and Odysseus & Athena Institute. This is an innovative and interesting initiative that promotes both countries’ relations and became a point of reference at last week’s reception (at Onassis Cultural Center) organised by the Embassy of Panama in Greece, on the occasion of the anniversary Panama’s independence. This year Panama marked the 115th anniversary of its liberation from Colombia (November 3, 1903), and 197 years of independence from Spain (November 28, 1821). During the event, Ambassador of Panama in Greece, Mrs Christine Liakopulos de Papadikis, voiced her pleasure for the program saying that “this initiative enhances bilateral cooperation in culture sectors and makes us happy and proud”, underlined the strong relationship between Greece and Panama in shipping field. Greeks of Panama are an exceptional community. They first visited the country since at the creation of the canal in 1885 when the French engineers chose them as workers for the construction of the Canal, because of the skills they had demonstrated in the opening of the Isthmus of Corinth. Their presence has been strong and uninterrupted. From their first day in Panama, they built a Greek school for both Greek language and culture courses. 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: Groubani  Let's block ads! (Why?)