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2,199 new Covid-19 cases and 111 fatalities recorded in Greece on Tuesday

The Greek authorities announced 2,199 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, 25 of which were detected following checks at the country’s borders. The total number of cases is 107,470, of which 52.9% are men, protothema.gr reports. 4,919 (4.6%) are related to travel from abroad and 28,590 (26.6%) are connected to an already known case. A total of 596 patients are intubated. Their median age is 65 years, 167 (28.0%) are women and the rest are men, while 75.8% of them have an underlying condition or are 70 years of age or more. Finally, there were 111 more recorded fatalities bringing the death toll to 2,517. Of the fatalities, 1,021 (40.6%) are women and the rest men while their median age was 80 years and 96.6% had an underlying condition and/or age 70 years and more. 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: Norbert Kaiser Let's block ads! (Why?)

Survey: E-commerce turnover tripled to 15 billion euros in Greece during 2020

E-commerce turnover is expected to triple totaling 15 billion euros in 2020, helped by the pandemic crisis, but this growth is not equally distributed, the Institute for Small- and Medium-Sized enterprises of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship noted in a survey released on Monday, ANA reports. The survey, conducted on the occasion of Black Friday, said that “ Undoubtedly, large retail players have been mostly favored by the impressive increase in e-commerce. On the other hand, smaller enterprises record a significant gap in comparison with larger enterprises, however, they manage to find ways to respond to this challenge”. Over 70 pct of smaller enterprises have Internet access, 36 pct have an active web page, and more than 55 pct an active page on social media, the survey said. The survey was conducted on a sample of 500 enterprises in retail commerce in the period November 16-25. 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: Victorgrigas Let's block ads! (Why?)

Theaters of Ancient of Sikyon and Messene get more funds to improve access by visitors

The ancient theaters of Sikyon and Messene will be funded with 520,000 euros for works that will allow tourists to visit them and encourage the local economy, ANA reports. In a statement, Greece's Culture Ministry said that the contract for Ancient Sikyon's theater will continue works of an earlier contract to restore its functionality and prepare the theater for visitors. The 220,000-euro funding allocation will extend the project's timeline. The restoration is expected to be complete by March 2021.  In Ancient Messene, a 300,000-euro grant will restore the castle area between towers 17 and 18, and stabilize the section. It will also create a path for the public visiting the monument.  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: Greek Culture Ministry Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek government to announce updates concerning Covid-19 measures later in the week

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is gathering all the necessary information and data concerning the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, and will announce updates in the course of standing restriction measures towards the end of the week, said government spokesperson Stelios Petsas on Monday, ANA reports. Greece is currently observing a nationwide lockdown until December 7; the continuation, or not, of the lockdown and other restrictions therein will be decided on the basis of which sectors of social and economic activity can be reopened safely, he underlined.  Petsas also raised the significance of vaccinations against the coronavirus and said that the arrival of those is a relief, and "a ray of hope." Nevertheless, he noted, citizens must observe all restrictions and safety protocols diligently until a sufficient percentage of the population has been vaccinated, in coming months.  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: matti Let's block ads! (Why?)

International Air Transport Association launches new exchange for offsets trading​

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE), an important new tool to help airlines meet their climate commitments.   ACE is the first centralized, real-time marketplace that is integrated with the IATA Clearing House (ICH) for the settlement of funds on trades in carbon offsets.  IATA’s Clearing House ensures that ACE can offer a seamless and secure settlement system which guarantees payment and delivery of the carbon credits.   JetBlue Airways is the first airline that made the historic transaction in the ACE platform.  “Airlines are serious in their commitment to reducing emissions. And they need a reliable tool to access quality carbon credits in real-time. ACE will be a key tool helping airlines efficiently manage these important transactions,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.   Airlines reiterated the industry’s commitment to cut net emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050 in a resolution of the 76th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM). A key step is the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) which will deliver carbon-neutral growth for international emissions from 2021. Airlines are also buying carbon credits as part of individual carrier commitments or to offset domestic operations.   First Transaction  JetBlue completed the historic first trade on the ACE platform today. It purchased credits in the first phase of the Larimar wind farm project in the Dominican Republic which began development in 2015. When the entire project is completed it will reduce average emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.  “Our planet is physically changing, as are the expectations of our customers, crew, members, and investors,” said Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue and Chair of the IATA Board of Governors, noting the importance of addressing the climate change challenge.  “While our industry’s short-term priorities are focussed on COVID-19 recovery, now is the time to rebuild operations in more sustainable ways such as adopting Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and setting clear strategies to reduce net aviation CO2 emissions. The Aviation Carbon Exchange will help us continue to meet our climate commitments by providing simplified and transparent access to legitimate, third-party certified carbon offsets,” said Hayes.   About ACE  ACE, which has been developed in conjunction with Xpansiv CBL Holding, the global market for ESG-inclusive commodities, provides airlines and other aviation stakeholders (such as airports and aircraft manufacturers) the opportunity to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing credits in certified projects that reduce carbon emissions. Carbon reduction programs on ACE include forestry projects, clean wind energy operations, protection of eco-systems, and remote community-based projects to cut emissions.  The platform will be a key tool for airlines in fulfilling their obligations under CORSIA which was agreed by governments through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2016. After a baseline adjustment to account for COVID-19 disruptions, CORSIA will effectively ensure that aviation’s net carbon emissions will not grow above 2019 levels. This will be achieved through the purchase of high-quality carbon offsets and closely monitored by governments.   ACE will also be open to airlines wanting to invest in voluntary offsets outside CORSIA, for example, those who have set net-zero emissions targets, and those wishing to offset domestic operations.  “ACE gives airlines access to top quality carbon offsetting schemes in real-time with full transparency. CORSIA is a key enabler of our long-term strategy to reduce emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050, and this new platform will be of enormous benefit to our members and other industry stakeholders,” said Sebastian Mikosz, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Member and External Relations. 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?)

Greek Health Minister: The national health system is standing

Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias referred to the reinforcement of Drama's hospital, while at the same time noting that "there is nothing wrong with the hospital but with the city of Drama", speaking to TV Open on Friday, ANA reports. According to Kikilias, the hospital of Drama had three ICU beds and it now has 12, it has sufficient nursing staff and everyone is making a massive effort.  "I will not let anyone disturb the hospital and the battle of the people of Drama." 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?)

AP: Thanksgiving travelers try to reach destinations and miss COVID-19 (video)

Αssociated Press reports that Americans, millions of whom traveled against the advice of public health officials, tried to stay safe before they hunkered down with their families for Thanksgiving, a holiday remade by the pandemic as case numbers and death tolls rise.  Thanksgiving travel traditionally comes with highs and lows but it's even more fraught this year as travelers attempt to social distance while navigating crowds. 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 Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Ms Jones  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Der erste Weihnachtsbaum – Wie aus einer anderen Welt

Der erste Athener Weihnachtsbaum wurde – so erzählt es ein alter Kalender – im Jahr 1834 im Privathaus einer griechischen Familie aufgestellt, dem neuen Wohnsitz von Ioánnis Paparrigópoulos, einem bedeutenden Mann, der am Heiligen Abend prominente Gäste empfing und sie mit dieser aus Europa importierten Neuerung überraschte.Wie ein Lauffeuer scheint sich die Nachricht von dem geschmückten Lichterbaum herumgesprochen zu haben, der offensichtlich für Aufsehen in ganz Athen sorgte und spätestens ein Jahr danach in anderen Häusern Nachahmer fand. Heute funkeln Weihnachtsbäume an allen Ecken und Enden Athens, auf Plätzen und vor Fassaden, in Vitrinen und hinter Fensterscheiben, in Gärten und auf Balkonen. Viele sind echt, andere aus glitzernden Kunststoffen oder nur aus Glühlämpchen geformt. Wirkte der Weihnachtsbaum, vereinzelt und selten, vor zwei, drei Jahrzehnten noch wie ein Fremdgewächs in einer von Palmen und Pomeranzenbäumen begrünten Stadtlandschaft, so ist er jetzt in ganz Griechenland regelrecht heimisch geworden, wird sogar in eigenen Pflanzungen herangezogen – ein Zeichen mehr für die Zugehörigkeit zu Europa, von wo er vor 178 Jahren wie aus einer anderen Welt hereingebracht worden war. Die Geschichte des griechischen Weihnachtsbaums führt uns, wie könnte es anders sein, in die Jahre des griechischen Freiheitskampfes und in die Gründerzeit von Königreich und Hauptstadt. Man sollte meinen, es seien die Bayern im Gefolge Ottos I. gewesen, die den Weihnachtsbaum in Athen einführten, und der erste habe in den noch provisorischen königlichen Privaträumen in einer Stadtvilla am KláfthmonosPlatz stehen müssen. Aber die Bayern hatten offensichtlich Weihnachten 1834 noch viel mit dem Umzug aus der alten Hauptstadt Nafplio in die neue Hauptstadt Athen zu tun, denn diese Übersiedlung fand just im Dezember statt. Darüber vergaßen sie anscheinend die traute heimatliche Sitte, Weihnachten mit geschmücktem Tannenbaum zu feiern.Auszug aus dem GZ-Buch „Mein Blick auf Griechenland“ von Ursula Spindler Niros. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greece’s car Covid-19 mask wearing rules during lockdown explained

Greek authorities are preparing for an extension of the Covid-19 lockdown measures for at least another week (maybe until December 7) as the course of the coronavirus remains worrying, protothema.gr reports. The strict measures for the use of the mask will therefore also continue. On many occasions during the current lockdown citizens were slapped with the hefty 300-euro fine for not wearing a mask in cars, since there was some confusion about what the rule was. When the mask in the car is MANDATORY The use of a face mask in the car is mandatory when the passengers are not first-degree relatives. When the mask in the car is NOT mandatory Masks are not compulsory in the car when: The passengers are members of the same family (eg single parents or parents with children). When the driver is the only passenger in the car. How many passengers are allowed In the “orange” areas, four passengers (including the driver) are allowed in the car, while 3 are permitted in the “red” areas (including the driver). Of course, there is no restriction if the passengers are parents with their children. 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: Jebulon Let's block ads! (Why?)

No air carriers to 22 countries forces Cyprus to cancel mail service

The COVID-19 pandemic that has limited international air traffic and commercial passengers now have seen Cyprus forced to stop mail service with 22 countries because it can't find air carriers for deliveries and pickups, including to Brussels, home of the European Union's headquarters. Effective immediately, mail to and from will also cease until further notice to Argentina, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Finland, a number of EU countries among them. The Cyprus Mail said the post office will, however, continue to accept items to be sent to Egypt, Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Greece, United Arab Emirates, USA, Japan, India, Ireland, Spain, Israel, Italy, Canada, Kenya, China, Kuwait, UK, Bahrain, South Africa, South Korea, The Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Czech Republic, Philippines, and Hong Kong. “We remind our customers that the delivery of mail is not done under normal conditions. Therefore, the transport, handling, handling, and delivery of items to the countries of destination is delayed,” the announcement said. “We also inform you that efforts are being made to cater to other destinations which will be announced when mailing becomes possible,” the ending of service coming just before the busy Christmas season when people mail gifts. “The Quickpost international courier service is available to almost all countries in the world for urgent shipments of items,” the post office also said. 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: FromNicosia Let's block ads! (Why?)