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Greek Tourism Minister in Moscow on Wednesday

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis is scheduled to meet with state officials and representatives of travel agencies during a visit to Moscow on Wednesday, ANA reports. His visit is part of a series to countries of high interest to Greek tourism, prior to the sector's opening for 2021. On Wednesday (April 14) afternoon, he will attend a photography exhibition at ITAR-TASS news agency that honors the Year of Greece-Russia History. On Thursday (April 15), he is scheduled to meet separately with the head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) Zarina Doguzova, and Dmitriy Zverev, vice-minister of transport. On Friday (April 16), Theocharis will meet with the alternate head of the Culture, Sports, Tourism and National Policy division in the Russian government Christofor Alexandrovich Konstantinidi, honorary consul of Greece in Sochi Dimitri Sarakianidis, and First Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society Nikolay Kasimov.  During all these meetings the Greek minister will discuss regulations and protocols for reopening the sector and borders under Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and the further expansion of Greek-Russian relations in the tourism sector. Furthermore, during his stay in Moscow, Theocharis will meet with the Greek ambassador, the Greek community, Russian officials and investors, the Greek head coach of CSKA Moscow basketball team Dimitrios Itoudis, and the team's owner as well. Included in his scheduled meetings are representatives of leading travel groups and agencies in Russia - such as Mouzenidis Travel, TEZ TOUR, Biblio Globus, Pegas, Ambotis, Coral, and TUI - as great interest has been expressed in the restart of Greek tourism, while the minister will also be granting interviews to leading television and news media in Russia. 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: NVO Let's block ads! (Why?)

Argentina-Greece: Global Literary Competition “200 Years of Freedom and Hellenism”

An international literary competition on "200 years of Freedom and Hellenism" is being organized by the Greek Cultural Organisation "Nostos", based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Hellenes Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the foreign ministry, ANA reports. The competition, organized in collaboration with the Writers' Association of Argentina (SADE), is aimed at Greeks and philhellenes everywhere, giving them the opportunity to participate with a work written in one of four languages: Greek, Spanish, Italian or English. The projects must be submitted to the email address [email protected] following the terms and conditions described in detail on the website of Nostos (https://nostos.org.ar). 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?)

Greeks turn to rum, whiskey, beer to find comfort amid the pandemic

Eschewing traditional favorites such as ouzo, raki, and tsipouro - while still hitting them in quantity - Greeks have also spiked sales of rum, wine, whiskey, and beer as the COVID-19 pandemic has lingered. Those liquors saw the biggest rise in sales in supermarkets in the first quarter of 2021, driven also by bars being closed more than five months in the current pseudo-lockdown that has eased but not letting them open yet. It was a bonanza though for liquor stores where you could see people queuing outside, waiting their turn to make purchases, and as Irish whiskey and American bourbon particularly are growing fast in popularity worldwide. The research firm Nielsen said that supermarket sales for rum jumped 67.7 percent, 49.1 percent for wine, 43.6 percent for whiskey, and 27.3 percent even for beer, not a winter favorite usually for many. When they weren’t drinking, Greeks favored other products during the pandemic, sales of hair-removal products and dyes rising 25.1 percent and 22 percent while beauty salons alternated between being opened or closed. With restaurants limited to take-out and delivery, Greeks were cooking so much more at home that oven cleaner sales went up 47.5 percent and 28.4 percent for baking paper, although you can clean ovens with baking soda and white vinegar. Supermarkets with spaces more than 100 square meters (1076 square feet) had a 1.9 percent increase in sales in the first quarter compared to 2020, driven by personal card products at 8.9 percent, 7.4 percent for household goods, and 4.2 percent for food and beverages the survey found, said Kathimerini. 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: Nik Frey Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek President at Amfissa commemorating Salona Castle liberation

Two hundred years after the declaration of the Greek Revolution, "the heroic struggle of our ancestors for national independence against Turkish rule continues to inspire us and to give us strength," said President Katerina Sakellaropoulou from Amfissa on Saturday, according to ANA. At Amfissa, close to Delphi, to commemorate the liberation of the Salona Castle in 1821, Sakellaropoulou expressed her confidence that Delphi would "soon be teeming with visitors and life, a place of culture, inner contemplation and endless inspiration." 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: Luarvick Let's block ads! (Why?)

The longest sand beach in Europe is in Greece

The huge coastline of Greece hosts some of the most idyllic beaches anyone can hope for. But did you know that Greece is also the country with the largest strip of sandy beaches in the whole of Europe? It is not located on Crete or Rhodes if you are wondering, but on the mainland Riviera of Greece. It is the Monolithi beach in the town of Preveza, Epirus on the west coast of Greece. It is no surprise that is a permanent choice for both young and old from all over Greece, as apart from being huge it is also considered very safe and easily accessible. It has a length of almost 25 km, which means it probably virtually impossible to encounter beachgoers ‘fighting’ to ensure their small spot under the sun. The coast of Monolithi extends from the village of Mytikas to the village of Kastrosykia in the Municipality of Preveza. From that point on, the so-called Monolithi aesthetic forest begins, which is about 8 km long and is a strict Archaeological Zone, where any kind of construction is prohibited due to the ancient city of Nikopolis founded in 29 BC by Caesar Augustus in commemoration of his victory in 31 BC over Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium nearby. The beach is so long that it has both organized sections and others more remote and unspoiled catering for all tastes, while the water depth is shallow for the kids but also deeper for adults. There are also several sections on the strip where the more athletic beachgoers can enjoy different water sports. The shores have been gradually formed from the Pleistocene age, ie 600,000 years ago. In fact, at the point of Agios Georgios at Lygia there are coral reefs at a depth of 1.5 meters above sea level on conglomerate stones. The area is a perfect holiday spot, especially if you only want to take the car. One of the gems one can appreciate nearby is the uniquely beautiful small port town of Parga. If you want to make an excursion to Western Greece and combine the green of nature with the blue waters and the lacy beaches, then your destination is surely Parga! The beaches around the town of Parga create a divergent feeling for the visitor, as it is as if you are transported to an island with its fine sandy coves, turquoise-colored waters, and natural green all around. Video courtesy of YouTube Channel Epirus Travel eu Drone Flights 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?)

Diaspora in Argentina celebrates Greek Bicentennial with impressive video

The Greek community in Argentina marked the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence by proudly flying the Greek flag over Buenos Aires, according to greekreporter.com. A drone was used by the Hellenic Collective of Buenos Aires to make a spectacular video of the celebrations. It flew over some of the most spectacular monuments of the Argentinian capital which were flying the Greek flag on a monumental day. Greek children of the Argentinian diaspora, waving flags and wearing traditional costumes, also gathered outside the Greek School there. White and blue balloons were released into the Argentinian sky as the national anthem was sung to help mark the Greek bicentennial. Another Greek community organization in Argentina, the Hellenic Cultural Association Nostos, is a non-profit civil entity dedicated to promoting and disseminating the Hellenic culture and language. President Cristina Tsardikos told Greek Reporter recently that concerts and other types of presentations have been held to celebrate the Bicentennial, with the purpose of fostering the spread of Greek culture to the Greeks and Philhellenes of Argentina. There are a great number of Greek communities across Latin America. They are numerous, and prosperous, although often small. But they all share a great bond, the love of the country of their ancestors. In spite of their different nationalities, they feel like a great family full of friendly and hospitable people, as if their bond with their homeland conveyed the values ​​that characterize the Greek people. The whole world turned Greek to mark Greece’s bicentennial, celebrated on March 25, 2021, commemorating 200 years since the declaration of its War of Independence. In every corner of the planet where members of the Greek Diaspora are present, the anniversary was marked. Iconic landmarks in all of those countries were illuminated in blue and white in honor of the Greek people and their struggle for freedom exactly 200 years ago. 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?)

GNTO President Angela Gerekou: Greece an ideal destination for investments in tourism

Τhe need for safety, contact with nature and authentic experiences, as well as the seeking of new, alternative, and quality destinations that follow the principles of sustainable tourism growth that respects the environment, are the most basic reasons to invest in the tourist brand of Greece, underlined the president of Greek National Tourist Organisation (GNTO) Angela Gerekou, addressing the digital event " Greece - N. Africa e-Business Gathering: Friendship & Cooperation in the Mediterranean», organized by the Arab-Hellenic Chamber on Wednesday. Referring to the promotion of the tourist sector and the investment opportunities that Greece offers, Gerekou underlined that Greece, in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, managed to gain the recognition of the international community as a very safe destination and maintained its position as 'top of mind' attractive destination. Especially for tourism, Gerekou said that mega projects with complex tourist lodges are currently underway in Greece, which strictly follows the requirements of sustainable growth and promotes Greece as a high-end destination, ideal for investments in tourist fractionals and residential hotels. Gerekou, urged the investors to turn their interest to the unique opportunities presented in every part of Greece with the unexplored and verdant mainland, the traditional settlements, and the famous local cuisines based on the ancient Greek diet. 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?)

Swedish firms eye Greek maritime spatial planning and waste management projects

The use of EU Recovery Fund resources by Greece and maritime spatial planning were discussed, inter alia, at a meeting Environment & Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas had on Wednesday with Swedish Ambassador to Greece Charlotte Sammelin, ANA reports. Skrekas noted that most green investments to be supported by the Recovery Fund in Greece will focus on renewable energy sources (RES), storing energy, upgrading energy efficiency, protecting biodiversity, managing water resources in non-wasteful ways, and constructing sewage processing plants in communities with a population under 2,000.  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?)

Greece records 2,747 new Covid-19 infections and 78 fatalities on Friday

Greece registered 2,747 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 9 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) reported on Friday, according to ANA. There are also 78 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 8,758. Of these, 95.7 pct had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old. 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?)

Europa Nostra: Windkraftanlagen gefährden Charakter von Ägäis-Inseln

Fünf griechische Inseln – Amorgos, Kimolos, Kythira, Sikinos und Tinos – zählen zu den „Sieben am stärksten gefährdeten Kulturerbestätten Europas“ für 2021. Eine entsprechende Liste gab vor kurzem der Denkmalschutz-Verbund „Europa Nostra“ bekannt. Die Organisation identifiziert jährlich gemeinsam mit der Europäischen Investitionsbank die am stärksten bedrohten Denkmäler, Stätten und Landschaften in Europa.Eine Bedrohung der fünf südägäischen Inseln sieht Europa Nostra in Plänen für eine Reihe von Windkraftanlagen, die neben archäologischen Stätten, in durch Natura 2000 als Naturschutzgebiet ausgewiesenen Regionen oder in der Nähe traditioneller Dörfer errichtet werden sollen. Das harmonische Zusammenspiel von Natur, Meer und Architektur schaffe eine imposante Gesamtheit, die „lebendiger Teil der griechischen und im weiteren Sinn der europäischen Identität ist“, heißt es dazu.In Hellas wird „Europa Nostra“ durch die Griechische Gesellschaft für Umwelt und Kultur (EEPP) vertreten. Und sie schlägt Alarm: „Die vorgeschlagenen Turbinen übersteigen den tatsächlichen Bedarf der Inseln bei Weitem und sollen Energie für andere griechische Standorte liefern. Windkraftanlagen werden nicht nur die Landschaft der Inseln optisch beeinflussen, sondern auch Auswirkungen auf ihre Morphologie und ihr Klima haben und folglich ihre Flora und Fauna sowie den Agrar-, Viehzucht- und Tourismussektor gefährden", begründet die EEPP ihre Auswahl. Um die Verwirklichung der Pläne abzuwenden, riet die Organisation dem griechischen Umweltministerium dazu, Naturschutzgebiete vom Windkraftanlagenprogramm auszuschließen und fordert gleichzeitig alternative Lösungen im Bereich der Grünen sowie den intensiven Dialog mit den lokalen Gesellschaften. Wie ein Vertreter von Europa Nostra betonte, stellen alle diese Stätten „wichtige Zeugen für unsere gemeinsame Vergangenheit, unsere Erinnerung und unsere Identität dar.“ Auf der Liste gefährdeter Kulturerbestätten finden sich neben Hellas auch Orte u. a. in Österreich, Kroatien, Italien und Spanien. (GZlk) Let's block ads! (Why?)