Leden van het Amerikaanse Congres aansporen Tillerson sterk standpunt in te nemen over de Turkse dreigementen tegen Cypriotische EEZ

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Thirty-six members of the US House of Representatives encouraged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to continue the active engagement by the State Department in the Eastern Mediterranean, including against Turkish threats concerning the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

In een brief, the Representatives urged Tillerson to maintain a strong stance against rhetoric and provocations that threaten the spirit of cooperation and progress that has emerged in the region in recent years.
Op juli 13 energy giant Total is scheduled to begin exploratory drilling off Cyprus.

“We are writing to encourage continued active engagement by the State Department in the Eastern Mediterranean, and in particular to urge a strong stance against rhetoric and provocations that threaten the spirit of cooperation and progress that has emerged in the region in recent years,” the letter said.

“The burgeoning ties between Cyprus, Greece and Israel should be of particular importance to the United States. Beyond sharing democratic values, the three countries are increasingly collaborating in energy, counterterrorism, and tourism — fields that can contribute to European energy independence, promote economic stability in southern Europe and the Middle East, and help counter regional extremism and terrorism,” they added.

Israel’s partnerships with Greece and Cyprus, gezegd, ensure the security of Israel’s Mediterranean border. “Israel’s strategic depth has always been a challenge, even more so now while the region is experiencing deteriorating security. Greece and Cyprus allow the Israeli Air Force to conduct exercises over their territory. The three countries exchange intelligence and have conducted search and rescue missions together. Greece and Cyprus are only the second and third countries, after the US, with which Israel has signed a ‘status of forces agreement.’”.

Futhermore, they note that cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean has the power to create partnerships where there was once conflict.

“Energy collaboration has facilitated and furthered important regional conversations. Consistent high-level contacts and trilateral summits involve other regional stakeholders including the EU, Italië, Egypt and Lebanon, providing opportunities for diplomatic engagement between these nations — engagement that otherwise might not occur,"Het zei.

“Further, these new energy sources promise to allow key US allies and partners to decrease their energy dependence on suppliers like Russia and Iran”.

It is vital, ze zeiden, “that the State Department continue active engagement in the region — not just for the benefit of the US and Israel — but because the cooperation facilitated by natural gas finds is not without challenges. Turkije, which stands to benefit greatly from energy exploration, repeatedly violates Greece’s air and sea territory and has issued numerous threats against the continued exploration in and exploitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus. Cyprus’ EEZ is safeguarded under international law and has been consistently supported by the United States government. There is also a long-standing dispute over which nation controls a maritime area off the coast of the Israel-Lebanon border”.

“With so much progress and potential at stake, we urge you to publicly reaffirm the commitment of the United States to support energy exploration and exploitation in the Eastern Mediterranean in a manner consistent with long-standing US policy. Verder, we look forward to the ongoing engagement of the State Department in facilitating and supporting diplomatic, military and economic cooperation among allies in the region,” they concluded.

This letter is the latest product of the partnership between the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). HALC and AJC worked with the Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance (CHIA) caucus and its two chairmen – Gus Bilirakis and Ted Deutch – launched the letter in time for the back to back conferences of the AJC and PSEKA.


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The Guardian: Griekenland te ontvangen 30 miljoen toeristen!


Greece is expected to receive almost 10 times its population in holidaymakers for 2017, according to Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, who addressed the Panhellenic Exporters’ Association last week. British media outlet “The Guardian” focused on the boom in tourism, which is the debt-stricken country’s life jacket in the years of the economic crisis.

From the Guardian:

Auteur: Helena Smith, twitter: @HelenaSmithGDN

Up high, above the hills of Arcadia, historic Dimitsana is on a roll. Its hotels are brimming, its cafes are full, and its footpaths and monasteries lure busloads of tourists decanted daily from other parts of the Peloponnese.
Either side of the main road that splits the mountain village – in a world far removed from talk of emergency bailout funds, international stewardship and gruelling austerity – Greeks are hard at work, running boutique guesthouses, eateries and bars in the stone mansions that line Dimitsana’s cobbled streets.
“Business is very good,” says Labis Baxevanos, the village’s deputy mayor, who owns a patisserie along the strip. “So good that a lot of younger couples have come to work here since the country’s economic crisis began.”
Debt-stricken Greece is braced for a record-breaking 30m holidaymakers this year, almost three times its population. Addressing the Panhellenic Exporters Association last week, the tourism minister Elena Kountoura said that between January and May there had been a noticeable increase in arrivals, revenues and occupancy rates with summer bookings in some areas rising by as much as 70%. Travel receipts grew by 2.4% or €23m (£20m).
After eight years of grinding austerity, the influx is a tangible gift, on a par with the €8.5bn financial lifeline thrown Greece earlier this month to once again avert default.
Dimitsana – once famous for the gunpowder mills that produced the firepower in the nation’s 1821 war of independence against Ottoman rule – is emblematic of the entrepreneurial spirit taking root as a result of the boom. “Tourism is our lifejacket,” says Theonimfi Koraki, who opened a boutique hotel in the village last summer. “The aim now is diversity and drawing out the season all year round. Here in Arcadia the creation of the 75km-long Menalon [wandelen] trail has been hugely successful for example with foreign tourists. It has greatly helped the development of the region.”
With the exception of shipping, tourism is Greece’s biggest foreign earner, the mainstay of an economy that has otherwise contracted by 27% sinds eind 2009 when the country’s debt crisis began.
The industry accounted for eight out of 10 new jobs in 2016, vital for a nation hit by crippling levels of unemployment. Bank of Greece figures show around 23.5 miljoen toeristen bezocht in 2015, generating €14.2bn of revenues, of 24% van het bruto binnenlands product. Afgelopen jaar, the country’s tourism confederation, ZEVEN, announced arrivals of 27.5 miljoen, an all-time high.

more at: theguardian.com

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Astypalaia: Een vlinder te midden van de Egeïsche Zee


Located exactly where the Dodecanese meet the Cyclades, the island of Astypalaia boasts a centuries-old history, whitewashed villages and sun-drenched beaches. Embark on a fascinating trip where the deep blue of the sea meets the bright white colours of beautiful island houses…

Astypalaia, the westernmost island of the Group, is naturally separated into Mesa Nisi [the inner island] (western part) en Exo Nisi [the outer island] (eastern part) by a thin strip of land less than 100 m. wide.

The island was named after Astypalaia, the daughter of Phoenix and Perimede. In the old days the island was also called Ichthyoessa due to its abundant fishing grounds. It was first inhabited in prehistoric times. In 1204 it came under the Venetian rule enforced by the Guerini family until 1537 with the exception of a brief period in time (1269-1310) when the Byzantine Empire took over again. In 1537 the Turks occupied the island. As is the case with the other Dodecanese islands, Astypalaia remained under Turkish rule until 1912; it was then conquered by the Italians, the British, and the Germans until it was finally integrated in Greece in 1948. There are ferries to Piraeus and Kalymnos and flights to Athens and Rhodes Airports.


1. Chora
is the island’s capital town and port. It is one of the most picturesque towns in the Aegean, perched on a rock that advances into the sea, forming two bays. On the top, you will see Chora’s castle towering over the town with the strikingly white domes of Evangelistria and Agios Georgios churches, visible over the walls. Around the castle lie Chora’s houses with whitewashed walls, blue doors and windows, and wooden balcony rails.

Town promenade

  • To the Venetian Guerini Castle (13th c). The small three-storey houses built in the castle’s outer grounds are of particular architectural interest since the outer walls of the houses form the castle wall and narrow windows were used as battlements. Within the castle there are two churches, painted in a pure white colour, with elaborate stone belfries: Panagia Evangelistria (1853), inside which you will see the founders’ inscription dated 1413 and the Guerini coats of arms; en Agios Georgios.
  • To the 18th-century Panagia Portaitissa church below the castle, one of the most beautiful churches in the Dodecanese with a woodcarved, gilded iconostasis. Right next to it there is an interesting Ecclesiastical Museum.
  • To Narkisseios Municipal Library, also housing the island’s archeological collection.
  • To the Archeological Museum in Pera Gialos where finds from the island are on display. Most of them date back to the prehistoric times when Astypalaia had prospered.
  • To the eight windmills located over Skala, at Chora. They belong to the xetrocharis category, a horizontal axis type with the roof turning according to the wind direction.
  • To Kylintra, bordering Chora on the south side. It is the site where a burial ground for infants was excavated – the only one known to have existed in the whole world. This place was considered as sacred ground since the Geometric Period and up to the Hellenistic times.
  • To Megali Panagia. Its courtyard features a remarkable pebbled floor.
  • To Panagia Flevariotissa, 6 km NW of Chora. Part of the church is built inside a cave. It has an interesting woodcarved iconostasis.
  • To the Monastery of Agios Ioannis o Makrys (12 km W). It is built in an impressive landscape between two forbidding slopes, overlooking the open sea and offering a spectacular sunset view.
  • To the castle of Ai-Giannis, opposite the monastery by the same name.


Trips around Astypalaia

West (Inner Island)

2. Livadia
Livadia is a seaside village with few residents, built in a fertile valley. There are citrus fruit groves, vineyards and houses overflowing with flowers, creating a delightful setting next to a lovely beach. Distance from Chora: 2 km SW.

Must see

  • Negros cave, at Vatses (6 km SW). Access it by boat from Chora, or follow an organised tour.
  • Agios Vasileios hill and the ruins of an early-Christian basilica.

Oosten (Outer Island)

3. Maltezana (Analipsi)
Maltezana is a seaside resort that attracts most of the island’s tourism. It has been named after the Maltese pirates who made their hideout on the island. This is where the French Admiral Bigot set his ship on fire in 1827 so that it may not be captured by the pirates. Distance from Chora: 9 km NE.

Must see

  • Talaras Baths and their Hellenistic period mosaics that are unique in the Hellenic world coloured in light blue and brick shades as well as an interesting composition that depicts the four seasons and the symbols of the zodiac.
  • The monument of the French Admiral Bigot who led the struggle against the pirates in the early 19th century.
  • The ruins of an early-Christian basilica (5th c.) with remarkable mosaics. Agia Varvara chapel was built over those ruins using the existing Ionian capitals as building material.
  • Analipsi church, the village’s oldest one.


4. Vathy

Vathy looks more like a lagoon due to its protected inlet (having an opening of about 50 m.). It comprises two small communities: Exo [outer] Vathy at the inlet entrance with a small wharf for mooring boats; and Mesa [inner] Vathy in the nook of the cove next to cropland, sparse tree vegetation and vineyards. Distance from Chora: 21 km NE.

Must see

  • Chameni Limni [lost lake], a lagoon in the NE side of Astypalaia.
  • The ruins of a Minoan settlement and tower situated at the entrance to the cove.
  • Drakos cave, where you will see impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations. Access the cave by boat or on foot
  • Panagia Poulariani church, on the way to Vathy. It is built on a rock formation which looks like the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus.

Nearby islands

From Maltezana cove take an excursion boat and visit Diaporia, Ligno, Chondro, Kounoupoi and Koutsomyri islands (SE) as well as Agia Kyriaki island and its beautiful beach (S). Farther away, to the NE of Astypalaia, visit Fokionisia; then Panormos and Katsagreli to the NW; Pontikousa and Ofidousa to the E; and finally Syrna, Katsikoulia, Tria Nisia, Meso, Stefania, and Zafora isles to the SE.



  • Panagia [Virgin Mary] Flevariotissa feast, the winter reunion event for Astypalaians on February 1st.
  • The island’s biggest celebration takes place at Panagia Portaitissa church on Panagia’s feast (August 15th) and lasts for three days (August 14th-16th). On August 16th, the municipal authority and the Cultural Organisation arrange special sports contests called “Koukania”.
  • Religious procession taking place in Chora, on September 4th with the icon of Panagia Portaitissa as well as the holy relics of Osios Antimos placed at the head.
  • Agios Panteleimon feast on July 27th; and Sotiras Christos feast (Christ Saviour) on August 6th.
  • Astypalaia Festival, involving many concerts, from June to October.
  • Panagia Poulariani feast on September 8th.
  • Panagia tou Thoma feast, at Vathy, on September 8th.


  • Swimming at the beaches: Agios Konstantinos, Vatses, Plakes, Kaminakia, Agios Giannis, Panormos, Pachia Ammos, Pera Gialos and Livadia.
  • Boat excursions for swimming in secluded beaches in the nearby Koutsomyti and Syrna isles.
  • Caving.
  • Climbing to “Ftera” terrain that involves 20 climbing routes.
  • Mountaineering.
  • Mountain biking.
  • Hiking.
  • Spear fishing.
  • Scuba diving.
  • Camping at Chora.


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Buitenlandse tv-producties in Griekenland de Griekse toerisme te bevorderen


A series of productions from Russia, France, Belgium have started filming in Greece and continue all the way until the end of May, with the support of the National Tourist Organization of Greece (EOT), in accordance with its strategic communication planning. The plan is to promote Greece and especially the lesser known, but still beautiful places of the country, as a 365 days destination.

Meer specifiek:

een) The “Live-Planet” from Russia will promote the Ionian islands of Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakinthos.

b) The Belgium “BBDM” (Belges du Bout du Monde) on behalf of the RTBF will visit Athens, Agistri, Tyros, Leonidio, Monemvasia and Nafplio.

In the meantime in April there is filming going on in:

- Athene, Euboea, Peloponnesos, Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki by Russia24.

- Athens by the “Silence, ça pousse!” of France 5, to present the city break tourism of the capital of Greece.

These activities were encouraged and promoted by EOT in order to improve the contact of the tourist agencies with what the Greek tourist product can offer and to promote specific characteristics of those lesser known places.

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Griekse initiatieven om de gezondheid van het toerisme en investeringen uit Canada te bevorderen & VS


The Department of Medical Tourism of the Institute of Scientific Research of the Panhellenic Medical Association has started a series of coordinated efforts to promote health tourism abroad.
The aim is to strengthen Greece’s role in the global health tourism market which amounts to 40 miljard dollar.

For that reason, a conference will be held on March 28-29 in Montreal with the participation of prominent members of the scientific and business community of Greece and the Greek community in Canada.

The event is co-organized by the Athens Medical Association, the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece and the Greek Community of Montreal, die ongeveer is 80,000 Grieken.

The areas of IVF, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, have great potential with multiple benefits for the economy.

Ook, the head of the Commercial and Industrial Chamber of Athens (EVEA) and the Hellenic Union of Chambers, Konstantinos Michalos, invited Greek-American businesspeople to invest in Greece in this crucial time for the country, during his visit to New York and Washington to participate in the official White House celebrations for Greek Independence Day.

Michalos told Greek-Americans Greece offers great investments opportunities in sectors such as tourism, energie, industrie, voedsel, education and health and noted the reforms which have started to be implemented which, if continued and completed, will greatly facilitate business activity.


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Taleb Rifai in Newmoney.gr: "Je moet reclame voor de Griekse toerisme succesverhaal"


The Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is in Greece since last Tuesday as he accepted the invitation of the Greek Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura. After meeting the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, De heer. Rifai spoke at the workshop organized by the Ministry of Tourism under the title “Destination Greece – 365 days”.

“Greece is a succes story in tourism during the last 2-3 jaar, especially if we consider the special conditions and challenges the country had to face on all levels”, he stated to newmoney.gr.

Mr Rifai added that for an outside observer, with the geopolitical conditions in the wider region, the economic crisis and the refugee issue, he would expect Greece to go from bad to worse. Instead of that, there was an increase of arrivals on a percentage higher than the world average.

Voor de heer. Rifai what happened was a miracle as ther ewas the necessary political will as well as the positive impression around the world that Greece is a place where human rights are respected and regardless of the country’s problems. The Greeks turned the problem into an advantage for the tourism image of the country by projecting the Greek hospitality.

De heer. Rifai underlined the fact that there is no competition in the area when it comes to tourism, as the more people come to the Mediterranean, the more will come to Greece eventually. For the Secretary-General, the greatest asset for Greece is its people, as they make the visitors feel welcome.

The negative aspect of the country for Mr. Rifai is the low confidence Greece has demonstrated, as it should make more “fuzz” about its successes instead of what hasn’t been done yet.

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Duitse toeristen "stem" Griekenland, terug te draaien over Turkije


German tourists are turning their backs on Turkey as a holiday destination in droves, according to data published by the “Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung” (GfK), Germany’s largest market research institute. Bookings by Germans for Turkish resorts for 2017 had declined by 58% by the end of January. German tourists are choosing other destinations due to terrorist attacks by either Islamic State jihadists or separatist PKK Kurdish fighters. As Doerte Nordbeck, a spokesperson for GfK said Germans are increasingly selecting Greece. “Greece is obviously benefiting from this trend, as is Egypt”, he underlined. Bookings for Greek tourism destinations were up by 67% at the end of January, as the country replaced Turkey as Germans’ second most popular destination, after the Balearic island, Nordbeck said. TUI, one of Germany’s top Tour Operators announced it had increased its room bookings in Rhodes, Crete and Kos by 40%.

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Welke landen Griekenland verwacht dat de meeste toeristen uit


In een poging om de waarschijnlijkheid van het inkomend toerisme per land naar Griekenland te peilen, de Griekse Tourism Confederation's (ZEVEN) Intelligence unit heeft de Consumer Confidence Index opgenomen (CCI) in zijn analytics arsenaal. Volgens de CCI, welke maatregelen het vertrouwen van de consument burgers van landen als bron van potentiële toeristen op basis van de OESO, bezoekers van Griekenland hebben meer kans uit de Tsjechische Republiek te komen, gebruik maken van Finland, Slowakije, Polen, Hongarije, Holland, en in mindere mate uit Oostenrijk, Duitsland en Zweden. De CCI data weerspiegelt de inkomende vlucht boekingen met uitzondering van het Verenigd Koninkrijk, waarbij ondanks de lage CCI, burgers hebben een hoge mate vlucht boeken. Slowakije opgenomen het hoogste CCI-nummer met 102.8, terwijl Turkije registreerde de hogere daling van de CCI met 2.3% en staat op het laagste nummer in 96 punten. Aankomsten in Griekenland stegen met 6.9% via de lucht voor de maand januari, die meer dan 18,000 mensen. Internationale luchthaven van Athene vormde 43% van deze, en de luchthaven Thessaloniki 57%. Aankomsten in Griekenland via de weg daalden met 10.8% in januari 2017 in vergelijking met dezelfde periode vorig jaar. Tenslotte zee aankomsten van Italië naar Griekenland boekte een 6.8% toenemen ten opzichte van januari 2016.

Januari land en lucht aankomsten

aankomst januari

CCI per land


Sea aankomsten


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Over 50,000 deel te nemen aan de 34ste Marathon van Athene


In an all-time record of participants from 105 landen, the 34th Athens Marathon began this morning, met 50,000 registered athletes who will race in different course lengths throughout the day.

Dedicated to the memory of Balkan champion and peace fighter Grigoris Lambrakis, this year’s run coincides with the 120th anniversary of the first modern Olympics Games held in Athens in 1896, where the first modern marathon debuted. It also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Boston Marathon, at which Greek runner Stelios Kyriakides took first place.

The Marathon follows the historic route of Pheidippides, the legendary and heroic dispatch runner who movingly ran an estimated 40 km in 490 BC to bring Athens news of Greece’s victory against the Persians at Marathon. He subsequently expired from exhaustion.

Among the notable runners participating in this year’s marathon are Lucas Lobouvan, who will attempt to break the course record, with a personal best of 8.2.12.

Given the record number of participants at this year’s Athens Marathon, the Athletics Federation has organized a second race to take place this afternoon for those who will take part in the 5km course.

“We’re happy this year to have more than 50,000 runners…. We want the Athens Marathon to be the most important cultural and sports festival in the world,” stated the Athletics Federation chief Kostas Panagopoulos last Saturday in an interview. “We estimate this leaves the city an amount of around 15 miljoen euro, which benefits not only the tourism industry, but also Athensdaily life,” Hij vertelde verslaggevers.

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Gemiddeld toeristische bestedingen omlaag, SETE studie shows


Gegevens vrijgegeven door de Griekse Tourism Confederation (ZEVEN) bleek de negatieve impact van de vluchtelingen crisis in Griekenland en de terreur aanslagen in Turkije had op de toeristische sector in beide landen. Volgens de gegevens van de studie, toeristische aankomsten, en de totale opbrengsten waren aangetast in de afgelopen 7 maanden 7 landen in het Middellandse-Zeegebied. De statistieken tonen aan dat per hoofd van de mediane uitgaven daalden in alle zeven landen, ongeacht de verandering in aankomsten, met Griekenland zijn op het gemiddelde van de andere landen. De cijfers toonden aan dat er een omgekeerde relatie tussen de migratiestromen en toeristische aankomsten, wat betekent dat hoe hoger het aantal binnenkomende migranten en vluchtelingen in een land, de lagere toeristische aankomsten waren. Griekenland zag een 1.6% vallen in aankomsten en een 4.9% daling van de inkomsten. De mediane per kapitaaluitgaven van de toeristen in Griekenland meer dan t6he periode van 7 maanden daalde met 3.3%. Turkije registreerde de hoogste daling van de aankomsten (29.1%), met een omzet die eveneens door 30.1%, terwijl Italië registreerde een 4.4% stijgen in aankomsten, een 1.2% toename van de omzet en een 3.1% daling van de gemiddelde per hoofd van de bevolking de uitgaven. Spanje en Kroatië boekte een 11.2% en 9.7% toename van de aankomsten, respectievelijk, terwijl ook het zien van een daling van het gemiddelde per hoofd besteden door 4.1% en 2.7%. De studie schrijft de daling van de uitgaven van de economische recessie en de algemene financiële instabiliteit in Europa.


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