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AP: TripAdvisor removes insensitive review of Auschwitz Museum

 Αssociated Press reports from Needham, Mass that travel website TripAdvisor has removed an insensitive review of the Auschwitz Museum after initially saying it complied with its submission guidelines. The museum at the site of the Nazi concentration camp in Poland on Thursday tweeted that it had asked the Massachusetts-based travel website to take down a review in which the writer said they went to Auschwitz to "test the chamber" and called the site "fun for the family." More than 1 million people, most of them Jews, were killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz during World War II. According to the company, "it complies with their submission guidelines," the tweet said. TripAdvisor later reversed course, removing the review and banning the user who wrote it. The museum then thanked TripAdvisor. 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: Veikk0.ma  Adblock test (Why?)

Tourism Minister announces three new flights from Poland to Greece

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis announced a fresh agreement with Polish Airlines LOT for the summer of 2021, in a post on Twitter on Friday, ANA reports. In Warsaw to promote tourism to Greece, Theoharis wrote about the extension of LOT's itinerary to Greece with three more flights from Poznan, Katowice, and Gdansk to Thessaloniki, Heraklion, and Rhodes, respectively.  The Polish air carrier's summer 2021 flight schedule "is more extensive than that of 2019," said the minister. This summer "is full of hope but also presents great challenges ahead of us," added Theoharis, "yet with agreements like this one, Greek tourism will rise to the top." 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 Adblock test (Why?)

New platform reducing visits to banks, speeding transactions presented to Greek PM

A new digital platform named "Know Your Customer", which allows citizens to complete transactions and requests online instead of showing in person at their banks, was presented to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis by Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis on Thursday, according to ANA. Established in the context of the ministry's broad digital transformation of public services, the new platform enables citizens and businesses to remotely update personal information or complete bureaucratic tasks by submitting official state documents and other required certificates. The platform also simplifies the process of opening a new bank account or managing an existing one, said the prime minister, helping to "eliminate bureaucracy and protecting personal data and information even more efficiently." 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 Adblock test (Why?)

Embassy of Greece & SHIN-DC present ‘Cosmopolitan Journeys through Greek Music’

The Embassy of Greece to the USA and Sephardic Heritage International in DC (SHIN-DC) launch Cosmopolitan Journeys through Greek Music. The inaugural event on May 6, 8-9 PM EDT, will feature leading Greek and Iraqi musicians, and Dr. Ali Al Mayahi, Iraq’s Cultural Attaché to the USA. The event dedicated to Greek, Sephardic, and Iraqi music will be the first-ever occasion for an Iraqi government representative to participate in a Jewish-themed event. The event comes ahead of the 80th anniversary of the Farhud (a Nazi-inspired pogrom in Baghdad that brought to an end over two millennia of vibrant Jewish life in Iraq), observed each June 1 as an UN-designated International Farhud Day. The May 6th program will be virtual, consisting of a live conversation among Greek musician Spyros Koliavasilis, Iraqi musician Laith Alattar, and Sephardic musician Asher Shasho Levy. They will discuss melodies that are shared in their respective traditions and demonstrate the connections between the respective traditions through musical performances. SHIN-DC Director Franz Afraim Katzir stated: “The launch of Cosmopolitan Journeys through Greek Music is consistent with Greece’s actions to build friendship, peace and prosperity. Our engagement with Iraq aims to create a space where artists, nations and communities can build goodwill through culture and musical traditions that are shared from the Mediterranean to the Gulf.” On February 11, Greece hosted the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, France, and UAE at the Philia Forum, with the purpose of building “friendship, peace and prosperity from the Mediterranean to the Gulf.” More recently, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias emphasized Greece’s aim to “promote peace and prosperity” when Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens last month. Two of the parties at the Philia Forum – Bahrain and the UAE – have recently normalized relations with Israel by signing the Abraham Accords last summer. Egypt, also a party at the forum, was the first Arab country to recognize Israel over 40 years ago. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, in turn, stated on April 2nd that normalization with Israel would bring “tremendous benefit” to the region. In March, the Israeli and Moroccan embassies in Washington hosted a joint Mimouna celebration, organized in partnership with SHIN-DC and the Smithsonian Institution. This was the second joint event that the Israeli and Moroccan embassies had organized together with SHIN-DC. The first groundbreaking event in January, following the path of the freshly-signed normalization, hosted Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla, who shared the story of his Greek Sephardi family’s Holocaust experiences. The Embassy of Greece to the USA also participated in that momentous event. SHIN-DC is a non-profit, cultural diplomacy organization focused on celebrating Sephardic and underrepresented Jewish cultural heritages worldwide. Those who would like to join the upcoming event should register to receive the Zoom link free-of-charge at: www.shindc.org/shinsbn/Cosmo/. 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 Adblock test (Why?)

Cyprus Hoteliers content with opening of hotels for Cypriots as of May 10

Cyprus Hoteliers express satisfaction over the Cabinet’s decision to further relax restrictions at place to restrain the pandemic in the island and allow Cypriots to stay in the hotels, CNA reports. Cyprus Hoteliers Association Director General, Philokypros Roussounides, has said the introduction of the Coronapass for Cypriots who will choose to spend their vacation in hotels in Cyprus is a positive development, noting that this creates a secure environment in which the hotels' industry can operate again. The Association of Cyprus Tourist Enterprises (Stek) in a written statement also says they are pleased that as of May 10, Cypriots will be allowed to stay in hotels. 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: AyianapaProtaras Adblock test (Why?)

International Air Transport Association hails G20 push to restart tourism sector

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the agreement by the G20 Tourism Ministers to support the safe restoration of mobility by following the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism. IATA urged G20 governments to quickly follow up their endorsement of the guidelines with actions, particularly the five-point agenda to safely restore mobility: Sharing information among industry and governments to inform policies and decisions to ensure safe mobility.Agreeing on common international approaches to COVID-19 testing, vaccination, certification, and information.Promoting digital traveler identity, biometrics, and contactless transactions for safe and seamless travel.Providing accessible, consistent, clear, and updated information to travelers to encourage and facilitate travel planning and journeys.Maintaining and improving the connectivity, safety, and sustainability of transport systems. “The G20 has the right focus and agenda to restart travel and tourism. The combination of vaccinations and testing are the drivers to make travel broadly and safely accessible. Moreover, Prime Minister Draghi’s promise that Italy is ready to welcome back the world and encouragement to book holidays should be an inspiration to other world leaders. It captures the urgency that is needed to move forward quickly and safely in restoring the freedom to travel,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director-General. Risk ManagementThe emphasis on information sharing, working together to implement practical processes, and data-driven policies is particularly welcome. These are the basis for managing the risks of COVID-19 as we move towards normality. “The G20’s call for a combined effort of industry and governments to share information moves us towards the risk management framework that is needed for a restart. No industry knows better that safety is paramount than aviation. Effective risk management—based on evidence, data and facts—underpins everything airlines do, and it is a core aviation competency that can help governments safely reopen borders. Over a year into the crisis, and with six months of experience with vaccines, data exists to support the targeted measures that the G20 is aiming for. Using data to guide restart plans should gain impetus from the G20 action plan,” said Walsh. Aviation Getting ReadyThe aviation industry is already making critical progress to be ready. The IATA Travel Pass responds exactly to the need for reliable testing and vaccination certificates verified against the traveler’s itinerary. This will be particularly useful in furthering the recommendation for digital solutions. IATA Travel Pass will help prevent fraud and provide a framework for airlines to securely and efficiently manage COVID-19 travel credentials that governments could easily tap into. With over a billion doses of the vaccine administered already and a growing number of countries welcoming vaccinated travelers, a system to globally recognize digital vaccine certificates is becoming even more critical.The UNWTO/IATA Destination Tracker will give travelers the confidence to plan travel knowing the measures that are in place and requirements to travel.MomentumThe G20 agreements add important support to the building momentum to restore travel. Developments in recent weeks include the following: A travel bubble opened between Australia and New ZealandThe European Commission and the European Parliament each announced efforts to welcome vaccinated travelers, and travelers from low-incidence countries to EuropeThe UK is pursuing the gradual resumption of international travel from 17 MayItaly announced it was planning to implement the European ‘Green Certificate’ in May to facilitate opening borders, andFrance is planning to reopen its borders to international tourists with a “health pass” from 9 June.“While these are all important steps that build momentum towards re-opening the travel and tourism sector, we need more. People want to fly and exercise the freedom to travel that has been denied by government restrictions. But expensive testing requirements will make travel unaffordable for many, weakening the boost to economies that will occur when borders are reopened. That shouldn’t be allowed to happen.  Simple, efficient, and affordable programs will be needed to manage the testing and vaccine verification regimes that will underpin a safe restoration of the freedom of mobility,” said Walsh. 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 Adblock test (Why?)

Elementary schools to reopen on Monday with mandatory self tests in Greece

Kindergartens, primary schools, and all levels and types of high schools will reopen for in-person classes next Monday, with mandatory self-tests available in pharmacies free of charge from Wednesday, the education ministry announced, according to ANA.According to an education ministry announcement, all schools have been given guidelines on how to assist pupils to adjust to a return to in-person classes, prepared by experts at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) Psychology department, as well as instructions on determining the degree that pupils have absorbed the syllabus and other tips. 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: Dimboukas Adblock test (Why?)

G20 praise UNWTO recommendations for tourism’s ‘green transformation’

UNWTO has served as tourism’s global voice as the Tourism Ministers of the G20 nations met to devise a way forward for an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable recovery for the sector. Upon assuming the Presidency of the G20, Italy has drawn on UNWTO data to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on tourist numbers globally and how this translates into lost jobs and revenues, as well as lost opportunities for social development. Addressing the meeting, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, stressed the continued need for coordination at the very highest level, in order to advance “common, harmonized criteria for the easing of travel restrictions, and for increased investment in systems that support safe travel, including testing on departure and on arrival.” With the crisis far from over, the Secretary-General welcomed the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism and called for “schemes aimed at supporting the survival of tourism jobs and businesses to be sustained and, wherever possible, expanded, especially as millions of livelihoods continue to be at risk”. Italy’s Minister of Tourism, Massimo Garavaglia, outlined the G20’s priorities, including safe mobility, supporting tourism jobs and businesses, building resilience against future shocks, and advancing the green transformation of the sector. Furthermore, the Tourism Ministers recalled that the current crisis represents an opportunity to rethink and restart tourism, with an emphasis on guiding the sector towards greater sustainability. Rethinking tourism In addition to ensuring the safe restart of international travel and supporting jobs and businesses, the G20 Tourism Ministers committed to taking action in driving the digital transformation of the sector, with particular reference to ensuring everyone has fair access to the opportunities that will come from greater innovation, and in promoting more investment in green tourism infrastructure. The new UNWTO Recommendations for the Transition to a Green Travel and Tourism Economy, developed in partnership with the G20 Tourism Working Group, were identified as a key resource for advancing progress in the policy area of “Green Transformation” of the world’s leading economies. The Recommendations present the main lines of action and showcase frontrunning initiatives of tourism businesses and destinations leading the way in achieving greater sustainability while also outlining steps that can help tourism recover from the worst crisis in its history safely and responsibly. UNWTO will continue to work with the Italian G20 Presidency as well as the previous and forthcoming presidencies, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia, in advancing the contribution of tourism to the G20 objectives. 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 Adblock test (Why?)

Greek museums reinvented their contact with the public during the pandemic

Greek museums, forced to shut their gates to the public in November, used lockdown time to find alternative ways to keep in touch with the public, carry out needed maintenance work, and expand the objects on show for the day actual visits are allowed, according to ANA. Among them, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens is going full-force into the digital age with an ambitious project using EU funds allocated to Greece, the Byzantine and Christian Museum is setting up an annex in a historic mansion of central Athens, the Piraeus Bank Group museums are throwing their weight behind podcasts of their specialized and dispersed museums that also cater to people with hearing and vision disabilities, and the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus is enthusiastically setting up a cinema division, with documentaries on antiquities that include two cartoon films. 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: Antonis Giakoumakis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek President visits islands of Limnos and Ai-Stratis on Orthodox Easter Sunday

President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou paid a visit to the islands of Limnos and Ai-Stratis, in the North Aegean, on Orthodox Easter Sunday, ANA reports. Sakellaropoulou flew first to the border island of Limnos, the base of the 130th Combat Group of the Hellenic Air Force, where she met with F-16 pilots and mechanics as well as Super Puma helicopters which fly to search and rescue missions in the Aegean. The president then flew by helicopter to the island of Ai-Stratis, and the Sialmas promontory, where she laid a wreath at the memorial for Air Force pilot Nikolaos Sialmas, "our first casualty of our Air Force during a dogfight in the Aegean," as she said. Sialmas lost his life in June 1992 during a skirmish with a Turkish F-16. 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: GSalaveris Let's block ads! (Why?)