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Greek port of Piraeus signs deal with Italian ports of Venice and Chioggia

The Greek port of Piraeus signed a memorandum of understanding with Italy’s port authorities from the cities of Venice and Chioggia on Monday, according to greekreporter.com. The deal seeks to develop port services and promote increased trade between Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at a meeting between Fu Chengqiu, the CEO of the port of Piraeus, and the president of the Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority of Venice and Chioggia, Pino Musolino. The agreement envisages collaboration in improving the exchange of best practices and know-how in port management, particularly in information technology, which will attract new investment and improve communications. The common aim of both partners is to improve the performance of the ports and to strengthen international maritime interconnections along the so-called “Silk Road”, which connects China with Europe. The Port of Piraeus is the biggest Greek port and one of the biggest in Europe. In the year 2014, it was the busiest passenger port in all of Europe. 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: Nikolaos Diakidis  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Airline seat planning for flights to Greece stalls after years of soaring

The first signs regarding Greece’s foreign visitor numbers this year are not positive, suggesting that those who have been predicting zero growth at best from last year could turn out to be right, ekathimerini.com reports. A stabilization or even retreat from 2018’s record 33 million tourists and 16 billion euros in tourism revenues appears likely. Early though it may be too early to deduce any safe conclusions about the course of tourism in 2019, provisional data on airline seat planning for flights to Greece for the rest of the year showed a decline last month compared to January 2018, when there had been an increase from January 2017. This means that the carriers flying tourists to Greece are adjusting to demand and reducing their seat availability from last year. Sources that have monitored these figures for years tell Kathimerini that this is the first time in several years that there has been a decline in seat planning instead of an increase. On the other hand, passenger traffic in January continued to rise at Greece’s airports at a rate of about 10 percent year-on-year. Sources attribute this increase to Greece’s growing popularity as a city break destination, to the normal operation of Thessaloniki’s Makedonia Airport (whose services a year ago were restricted due to works), and to the general momentum of Greek tourism over the last few years. The lower number of seats available this year means that the situation may change this summer: “In a sense this is expected after the record highs in arrivals and the drop in consumer confidence in the main markets the country draws its visitors from, such as Germany and Britain,” a source with access to airline seat planning tells Kathimerini. Of course in a sector such as tourism that depends on dozens, if not hundreds, of parameters in the international markets where tourists visit from, one can hardly take it for granted that this year will be one of negative tourism results. Yet the recovery of some rival markets in the region (Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia) could also have a detrimental impact, along with the economic slowdown in Europe and the Brexit uncertainties. 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: Martin Roell  Let's block ads! (Why?)

History Tourism: Archanes village in Crete, a charming center of Minoan Culture

The village of Archanes is a perfect place for anyone looking for a true village experience in Crete. With only 3900 residents and almost as many cats, the place serves as a tranquil safe harbor for anyone escaping the rush of the city.  Archanes will charm you with its small streets and cheerfully painted houses, adorable coffee shops, and fascinating history. Archanes is a must-see destination for every history enthusiast with ancient Minoan sites surrounding the outskirts of the village. Free from long lines and big crowds, the archaeological sites are open for visitors without charge at any time of the day. In the middle of the town lay the remains of a far less known Minoan palace. Said to have been as powerful and marvelous as the palace of Knossos, its main purpose was to serve as a place to control the many religious centers of the region. Mount Juktas (Giouchtas) was a very important place for the Minoans. Located close to Archanes, visitors will have a beautiful view of the mountain that has been said to resemble the profile of Zeus. The mountain is the site of one of the most important Minoan peak sanctuaries, which were places for religious rites. The Anemospilia temple is located on the north end of Mount Juktas, on a hillside facing north towards the palace of Knossos. It served as a place for sacred rituals, and although some believe this included human sacrifice as well, most archaeologists deny this due to lack of evidence. To reach the archaeological cemetery of Fourni, visitors must climb up a hill northwest of Archanes and follow the signed path that starts from the village. The view is surely worth the hike – seeing Mount Juktas and the areas around it make it clear why the Minoans decided to choose the location for their sacred necropolis, the city of the dead. The cemetery itself is not open to the public, but it’s possible to hire a guard for a private tour inside the gates. The cemetery of Fourni was in use from approximately 2400 BCE until 1000 BCE. Long-lasting excavations have revealed numerous graves, buildings, skeletons, and objects in the area, and because of these findings, it’s considered the most important Minoan cemetery in Crete. Most of the findings have been transferred to the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion where they are now on exhibit. Museums and Workshops While having a stroll around the city visitors can learn a lot about the village at the various museums and workshops built and run by the locals. The Folklore Museum, the Cretan History Museum, and the Archaeological Museum make sure the village has something to offer to everyone. It’s also possible to join the sculpture workshop of famous sculptor Manolis Tzobanakis or visit the local Koronekes olive oil mill. How to get there Renting your own car in Crete is definitely the best way to get around the island, but with a bus it takes only a bit over half an hour to get to Archanes from Heraklion. One-way tickets cost around 2 euros and during the summer, the buses run almost every hour. The village is ideal for a day trip, but it also has a good variety of hotels and traditional houses for those who want to stay a bit longer – try Villa Archanes or Eliathos Hotel. 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: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

TripAdvisor Forum: Most dog-friendly countries in Europe

There were more than 130 answers to a post in the TripAdvisor forum about the most dog-friendly countries in Europe. Here’s what the leading platform noted:  Our members have answers to your questions about pretty much everything travel-related. From cheap cell phone options in Canada to best backpack for traveling around Thailand, they’ve got you covered. That’s why we decided to introduce Forum Finds, a series dedicated to smart tips and strange facts we discovered in the forums. For those of us who are pet-owners, the only – ONLY! – really hard part about traveling are the times when you have to leave your dog behind. That’s probably why there are 572 responses to a TripAdvisor Forum question about the best airline to travel with pets. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, though: It really depends on how big your doggo is, how far you’re flying, and where you’re flying, as not all airports offer pet relief areas. Your best option might be to consider a company like Animal Airways that’s dedicated to getting your pooch from here to there safely. Also, know that some planning is involved: At a minimum, your dog will need to be microchipped, have a pet passport, and have an up-to-date rabies vaccine. But additional regulations can vary by country – and the United Kingdom is already warning travelers that its requirements may turn into a months-long process, depending on how Brexit shakes out. But before you figure out how to get Mr. Sniffles to the destination of your choice, you might want to consider whether or not the country will be tolerant toward your four-legged companion. We looked to the forum, where there were more than 130 answers to a post about the most dog-friendly countries in Europe. We’ve traveled through much of France and know that dogs are welcome everywhere (except museums), but certainly in restaurants,” garyanddiane wrote. “Are there any other countries that allow dogs inside restaurants? France Is the Most Dog-Friendly Country in Europe France was without a doubt the most frequently mentioned country. “I live in France and work as a waitress and have 2 pugs they go everywhere with me and are almost always allowed in restaurants,” wrote hannahpixyandjack. “Where I work if we said non to our little french ladies with tou tou they would not come in.” For some, the dog-friendly policies in France went a little too far. “I was in a French restaurant recently,” wrote Chris S. “Couple seated facing each other, dog in Madam’s lap. Man feeding dog from his fork. I know I am too precious but it put me off my meal. I would prefer no dogs, but some places allowing dogs with a sign outside and a note to say the same on their website.” Most of Europe Will Welcome Your Pooch But it’s not just France that was praised by commenters. Italy was at the top of the list for many contributors, including ifalcon Italy is the most forward-thinking country that I’ve come across when it comes to dogs. Dogs are not just “tolerated” but actually welcome, virtually everywhere – restaurants, shops, trains, buses, ferries, even some archeological sites (I’ll go as far as saying that my dog has seen the inside of at least one church!). Ancient Romans were keen dog-owners, so perhaps there’s a historic reason why Italians are so friendly to dogs. I can barely walk 10 metres without someone engaging with or giving a compliment to my (gorgeous) Boxer dog. Some people (non-dog owners) even have a habit of carrying dog treats in their pockets (after all, in Italy, food is love). People will, rightly, expect your dog to behave but if your dog is used to travelling and responding well to new situations, then you’ll find Italy is a dog-friendly paradise. In fact, most of Europe got the thumbs up from forum members. “Our 3 large dogs have traveled almost all of Europe,” wrote 483liza. “Our dogs have also been to Austria, Italy, Poland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, and Romania. The places that haven’t been mentioned that are great with dogs also are the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia. If your dog knows how to behave, he is allowed almost anywhere, even inside, besides museums.” There were a few exceptions to the generally positive responses. Restaurants and hotels in Spain and the U.K. were seen as being less-tolerant toward four-legged customers. “The least dog friendly country I have been is Spain,” wrote Mateusz M. “It’s difficult to find accomodation with a dog and impossible to find dog friendly restaurant.” Member Sebastiangva had this to add about Ireland. Ireland is certainly not a dog friendly country. Almost all restaurants and pubs will not allow dogs. Also public transport is a challenge if it is not a guide dog. 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: Instagram.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Airbnb's new Global Head of Transportation

Fred Reid is joining Airbnb as its global head of transportation, leaving a role as president for the last year of Cora Aircraft Program and Kitty Haw He is perhaps best known as the first CEO of Virgin America in 2004 and then president of Bombardier division Flexjet between 2008 and 2012. The San Francisco-based rental giant issued the following statement: "Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. To advance our mission, we are focused on reimagining travel by building an end-to-end travel platform that combines where you stay, what you do, and how you get there, all in one place. To achieve this goal, we are investing in creating new businesses that will power our growth over the long-term. Today we are proud to announce that aviation industry pioneer Fred Reid has joined Airbnb as Global Head of Transportation. In his role, Fred will focus on building partnerships and services that make travel seamless while delivering the kind of people-to-people hospitality Airbnb is known for around the world.   There was a time when getting on a plane was a magical trip of its own, but over the years, how you get to where you’re going has become an experience we endure, not enjoy. We believe that needs to change.  We couldn’t ask for anyone better to take on this monumental task than Fred, and I’m honored that he’s agreed to work with us. Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community  A global aviation expert with more than three decades of experience, Fred has a proven track record of innovating and building products that have been loved by consumers around the world. He joins Airbnb from his role as President of Cora Aircraft Program, a division of Kitty Hawk, where he oversaw the development of one of the most advanced autonomous electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft in the world. Prior to that, he was President of Flexjet, an independent operating unit of Bombardier, the world’s largest business aviation manufacturer. Airbnb and its incredible global community have revolutionized where you stay and what you can do when you travel. I’m excited to work with them to tackle the third part of the travel experience: how you get there. Whether in the air or on the ground, there are tremendous opportunities to create products and forge partnerships with other companies that make travel easier and even fun. Realizing those opportunities will take years and require constant experimentation, and I’m truly honored to have the chance to take on such an audacious challenge with this team. Fred Reid, Airbnb Global Head of Transportation Fred was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America, shaping America’s “next generation airline” from the ground up, including its unique and beloved inflight service and entertainment, catering quality, and interior design. He served as President of Delta Airlines and led the formation of SkyTeam, regarded as the most integrated global airline alliance. He was the first U.S. national to ever lead a major international airline when he was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Lufthansa German Airlines in 1996 and was the co-architect of the Star Alliance, the first ever multi-airline, independently branded alliance. As we move forward, Fred and the Airbnb team are uniquely positioned to use the Airbnb platform to partner with others in the travel and tourism industry to deliver better travel experiences to millions of people around the world and create significant economic opportunities for these partners. Airbnb is powered by our unrivaled global community of hosts and guests — Airbnb can connect travelers to more than 5 million places to stay and thousands of incredible experiences around the world. The power of this community is why we project that there will have been over 500 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Our loyal and growing community has fueled a global brand that, according to a Google executive, “is now the most searched-for accommodations brand.” Together, our global community and brand enable us to create opportunities for partners in the travel space by offering them access to the Airbnb platform. “We’re going to explore a broad range of ideas and partnerships that can make transportation better. We haven’t settled on exactly what those will look like,” adds Chesky. “I’m not interested in building our own airline or creating just another place on the Internet where you can buy a plane ticket, but there is a tremendous opportunity to improve the transportation experience for everyone.” 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?)

Airbnb reveals plan to break into transport and build “end-to-end travel platform”

Airbnb is breaking into the travel market, hiring the founding head of Virgin America with a wide brief to expand the $43.7 billion online powerhouse, according to the following report by nzherald.co.nz The reports notes that the home sharing site has moved into booking local experiences and announced it would build an “end-to-end travel platform” by establishing partnerships with transport firms. The San Francisco company has appointed global aviation pioneer Fred Reid as global head of transportation, the New Zealand Herald notes and adds that “in his role, Fred will focus on building partnerships and services that make travel seamless while delivering the kind of people-to-people hospitality Airbnb is known for,” according to the platform. Airbnb has few details yet on what form the travel arm will have while the company’s co-founder Brian Chesky said it hadn’t settled on exactly what the partnerships would be. He’s certain on what he doesn’t want though: “I’m not interested in building our own airline or creating just another place on the internet where you can buy a plane ticket,” he said. According to Chesky: "There was a time when getting on a plane was a magical trip of its own, but over the years, how you get to where you're going has become an experience we endure, not enjoy. We believe that needs to change." Before creating Virgin America, Reid was at American Airlines for five years, Lufthansa for seven as its president and ending up at Delta for five years as president and chief operating officer until 2004.  Airbnb also pointed out that its global community and brand enables it to create opportunities for partners in the travel sector by offering them access to the Airbnb platform. 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?)

Global events mark February 9, 2019 as International Greek Language Day

A number of events took place both in Greece and in many different parts of the world where there are Greek speakers, in the context of this year’s celebration of February 9, International Greek Language Day 2019, int.ert.gr reports. A two-day conference was organized in Naples, on February 8 and 9, with the participation of students of Greek as well as diaspora schools where Greek lnguage is taught, scientific institutions and expatriates associations. On February 6, an event was held at the Cairo Opera House, in Egypt, on the projects regarding the teaching of Greek language to foreigners, namely those of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The celebrations were concluded on Saturday, February 9, with a big event that will take place throughout the community, at the Abetio School, with the support of the Hellenic Center of Cairo. “Greek Language: Origins and timelessness. Rendition of world literary heritage works into Greek ” is the theme of a roundtable organized by the Hellenic Culture Center in Moscow and will be presented by the Consul General of Greece in Moscow, Mrs Eleni Vakali. Bucharest, Paris, Melbourne and other cities hosted similar events and happenings, creating thus a new dynamic for International Greek Language Day, a promising institution that has just begun to spread its wings. 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: Christos Vittoratos Let's block ads! (Why?)

Gaming license discussions proceed for iconic Helleniko property development

The Greek state and Lamda Development, the lead partner in a consortium that has won the concession for the massive Helleniko property investment in coastal southeast Athens, have reportedly concluded negotiations over a gaming license for the site, naftemporiki.gr reports. The contract for the Helleniko site includes a provision for the construction and operation of an "Integrated Resort Casino" within the property development deal, something that the consortium considers as imperative in proceeding with the investment. A new casino at the site is billed as the first commercial exploitation at the property, expanding across 20 hectares and with a budget of between 500 to 700 million euros. The contract provides for a percentage of the gross gaming revenue to boost state coffers on an annual basis. Interest until now has been mostly expressed by the Caesars Entertainment and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, along with Hard Rock International, Malaysia's Genting group and the French Groupe Barriere. 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: Antoine Taveneaux Let's block ads! (Why?)

Island report: High rents force Mykonos’ firms to shut down (video)

The high rents, owners demand from businessmen to pay in order to maintain one of the stores in Mykonos‘ high street of Matogianni, has led many businesses to shut down, according to greekreporter.com People who live on the popular Greek island claim that some owners ask for outrageously high prices, which include, apart from the rent, a huge amount of money just to secure the deal. For example, the average monthly rent in Matogianni reached €5,000 ($5,700) last year, with the extra amount of money needed to be paid upfront rising to the figure of €300,000 ($340,000). If someone adds to this amount of money the cost of renting a small apartment in Mykonos for the summer months and the cost of employing staff, doing business on Mykonos’ high street has seems to have become rather difficult. People who know life on the island say that tourists can now find everything they need in businesses located right next to the beaches, making the stores situated on high street much less profitable. 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: Bgabel Let's block ads! (Why?)

Hellenic Film Society screens The Other Me (Eteros Ego) film in Astoria

ASTORIA – The Hellenic Film Society USA in association with the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) presents a screening of The Other Me (Eteros Ego) at MOMI, 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria, on Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 PM. Directed by Sotiris Tsafoulias and starring Pygmalion Dadakaridis, Dimitris Katalifos, Manos Vakousis, Francois Cluzet, and Dora Karvouni, the film is a psychological thriller featuring a professor of criminology asked by the police to help solve a baffling case involving serial murders. His knowledge of the Pythagorean theorem proves an invaluable asset to the investigation. Early in its commercial release in Greece, the director withdrew the film from circulation when a murderer told the media that he had been influenced by the film. Nearly three years later, this intriguing psychological thriller is ready for its comeback. Shown in Greek with English subtitles. The film is part of the Always on Sunday film series, featuring monthly Sunday afternoon screenings of Greek films. To purchase tickets, please visit hellenicfilmusa.org or phone: 917-710-3027. The Hellenic Film Society USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to promote Greek cinema in America. Its mission is to share the richness of Greek films with a wider American audience, to promote Greek filmmakers, and to preserve the film heritage of Greece. For further information or to learn how to become a Hellenic Film Society USA sponsor, visit hellenicfilmusa.org or email [email protected] 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: hellenicfilmusa.org Let's block ads! (Why?)