Παγκόσμια Βραβεία Τουρισμού 2018: Ελληνική tourim παίρνει πολλά βραβεία

Greece received a series of international awards (ξενοδοχεία, οργανώσεις, management companies etc) at this year’s World Travel Awards (WTA), during the Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2018 which was held in the historic Pátio da Galé in Lisbon.

Hundreds of top personalities from the global travel and tourism industry attended the WTA Awards Ceremony, which has been held every year since 1993, recognising and rewarding excellence in all sectors of tourism worldwide.

Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas was awarded the title of best eco-accommodation in the world, while HotelBrain was picked as the top hotel management company for 2018.
Athens was the top city break destination in Europe and the Acropolis picked up the award as Europe’s top attraction for 2018, the Peloponnese as the best beach destination, the Greek National Tourism Organisation (ΕΟΤ) as the best national tourism strategy provider, Aegean as the best regional airline and the Grand Resort Lagonissi won the first European award in the Luxury resort category and Luxury resort for wedding travel.

The following Greek companies, προορισμούς, and hotels received European honours…

Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2018 | Πελοπόννησος
Europe’s Leading Beach Hotel 2018 | Porto Zante Villas & Spa
Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2018 | Kivotos Mykonos
Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2018 | Athena
Europe’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018 | Mideast Travel Worldwide
Europe’s Leading Hotel Management Company 2018 | HotelBrain
Europe’s Leading Luxury Island Resort 2018 | Grand Resort Lagonissi
Europe’s Leading Luxury Lifestyle Resort 2018 | Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Porto Heli
Europe’s Leading Luxury Villa Resort 2018 | Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas
Europe’s Leading Luxury Wedding Resort 2018 | Grand Resort Lagonissi
Europe’s Leading National Tourism Strategy & Campaign 2018 | ΕΟΤ
Europe’s Leading New Resort 2018 | Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort
Europe’s Leading Regional Airline 2018 | Aegean Airlines
Europe’s Leading Seafront Resort 2018 | Elounda Bay Palace
Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2018 | Ακρόπολη
Europe’s Leading Villa Resort 2018 | Porto Zante Villas & Spa

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NASA να συνεργάζονται επίσημα με την Ελληνική Υπηρεσία Διαστήματος

Representatives of the Hellenic Space Agency participated in the International Astronautical Congress held in Bremen.

The conference unanimously decided to cooperate with space agencies around the world to prepare and implement an international mission to the Moon.

NASA is the head of this international mission and Greece will take part in the mission demonstrating that it is an equal partner in space events and that it can promote Greek scientists and Greek academic institutions to major missions.

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6-Year-Old Στέλιος Κερασίδης Γίνεται ο νεότερος ελληνική Μουσικός να παίξετε στο Carnegie Hall (Βίντεο)

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Την Τετάρτη, Οκτώβριος 31, 2018, στο 8 μ.μ. Carnegie Hall hosted the 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards Invited Winners List. It was there, at the Weill Recital Hall that 6-year-old Stelios Kerasidis played Chopin valse la minor and became the youngest Greek musician of all time to play at Carnegie Hall. He was also awarded first prize in at the Awards.

Ο 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards collaborated with the renowned International Music Competition “Grand Prize Virtuoso” based in Europe, and the competition was open to all nationalities and ages in strings, σχέδιο, wind and vocal. The categories were divided into different age groups: Young Musician (8 years old and under), Junior (9 να 12 ετών), Intermediate (13 να 15 ετών), Advanced (16 να 18 ετών) and Senior (no age limit).

After traveling from Athens, Greece to New York City, Νέα Υόρκη, Stelios Kerasidis managed to accomplish one of many landmarks in his young career and life with his performance at Carnegie Hall. Stelios has also won the prestigious first prize in the international piano competition “Citta di Spoleto” in Itlay.

Music is in Stelios’ blood, as his father is a piano soloist and teacher, and his father has said that Stelios started playing the piano when he was a baby and had his first official lesson at age three.

Τώρα, μόλις 3 χρόνια αργότερα, Stelios’ favorite composers are Chopin, Μπετόβεν, and Bach. He has performed in front of audiences that most professional musicians (who are adults) can only dream of, such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, as well as playing alongside the Athenian Sinfonietta orchestra.

He became known in his native Greece when he took part in the TV show “Greece’s Got Talent”, where he demonstrated his talent and passion for the piano to an impressed audience.

Τώρα, Stelios has an entire nation following him and cheering him on, anxious to see all that he will accomplish with his passion for music.

Check out Stelios playing Chopin valse la minor at Carnegie Hall:

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Γάμος τουρισμό: Σαντορίνη μεταξύ των κορυφαίων στον κόσμο 2019 προορισμούς

What are the latest destination wedding and honeymoon trends as we head into 2019? Here’s what’s going on according to Renée Strauss and Pamela Strauss-Goldman, the co-founders of Wedaways.com.

Here’s what to know:

Heritage Return: one of the top initiators of a destination wedding today is what is known as “heritage return”. The wedding will often be the first opportunity a couple has to return to their land of origin (or the land of ancestry for one of the partners). This is why Ireland and Italy are incredibly popular for destination weddings.

Most Popular Wedding Destinations: the most popular wedding destinations are Tuscany, Ιταλία; Ακτή Αμάλφι, Ιταλία; Provence, Γαλλία; Παρίσι, Γαλλία; County Kildare, Ιρλανδία; County Waterford, Ιρλανδία; Marrakech, Μαρόκο; and Napa Valley, Καλιφόρνια.

Honeymoon Destinations Gaining In Popularity: Wedaways is seeing more and more requests for honeymoons in Marrakech, Μαρόκο; Σαντορίνη, Ελλάδα; Algarve, Πορτογαλία; Swiss Alps.

Advance Booking: Couples are starting the booking process for a destination wedding approximately 15 months out and only 5 months out for the honeymoon.

Guests Attend Based Upon The Destination: Guests often decide to attend based upon the destination versus if they actually want to see the couple wed!

Pre-Wedding Planning Trips Are On The Rise: Couples take the time and spend the money to visit the destination and venue prior to the wedding date. They want to see and feel the overall venue experience so they can plan around it accordingly.

Wedding Guests Are Booking Pre- And Post-Wedding Stays: Because guests are traveling great distances to attend a wedding, they take advantage of the opportunity to build their own travel into the trip. Wedaways is seeing many guests either departing for the destination earlier or staying on after the event. Guests are timing a cruise to coincide with the wedding, going from the wedding to a safari, or a scenic road trip in and around the wedding destination.

Fewer Couples Want Pre-Packaged Anything: Even though a couple might be going to a hotel or resort that specializes in destination weddings and offers a wedding package, most don’t want a “cookie-cutter” experience and tend to stay away from a hotel’s “wedding package.” They seek out preferred wedding planners in the destination to ensure a truly bespoke experience.

It’s Not Just A Wedding, It’s A Multi-Day Celebration: a destination wedding is much more than just the actual wedding day. Couples are now including itineraries in the guest’s welcome bags which include details on all of the events the guests can participate in as well as suggestions and options of activities guests can do to best experience that particular destination over a few days for the wedding celebration.

Authentic Destination Guest Gifts: Couples are after authentic guest gifts which represent the destination of the wedding versus something generic. Για παράδειγμα, for a recent wedding in Japan, one couple gave away gorgeous Japanese silk fans for their guests as a keepsake.

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Ελληνικός Οργανισμός Τουρισμού Βράβευση Καλύτερης Ταινίας Ταξίδια στον κόσμο (βίντεο)

The award-winning Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) video “Greece: 365 – Day Destination,” won Best Tourism Film in the World for 2018, beating 28 other nominated travel films.

Greece’s video ranked first in public preference in 136 χώρες, with almost twice as many votes as the second best nomination, and was awarded the “People’s Choice Award, World’s Best Tourism Film 2018”, sponsored by CIFFT, the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals.

The video creators, Antonis Theocharis Kioukas, head of EOT in Austria, and Eleni Melita, received the award on behalf of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Hellenic Tourism Organization at a special awards ceremony in Vienna.

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Ελλάδα να ξεκινήσει e-μητρώου για τα σκάφη αναψυχής

Greece will launch an e-registry for leisure boats via an amendment to the legal provisions, thus the modernising the current legal framework. The amendment is expected to be attached to a bill on central depositories submitted on Thursday.
Legislation establishing an e-registry was initially passed in 2014 but was never put into force. Finance ministry officials said the e-registry will be part of the Independent Authority of Public Revenue (AADE) and will be updated with the cooperation of citizens, the Merchant Shipping ministry and AADE.
The officials note the e-registry will simplify procedures for boat owners and will offer statistical data to support the development of sea tourism in the country.

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3.154 «Χρυσή θεωρήσεις» που εκδίδεται στην Ελλάδα κατά τη διάρκεια της 2018

Ένα σύνολο 3.154 “golden visas” have been issued by the Greek state to third-country investors or buyers of real estate this year and up until August 31, 2018, according to the migration policy ministry.

Holders of the “golden visa” acquired a residency permit in Greece and have access to other European Union countries.

The initiative commenced in 2013, με 2.493 such visas issued last year.

Chinese nationals have received the most visas, στο 1.521; followed by Russian nationals with 438 and Turkish nationals with 337.

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Γιατί Σαντορίνη χρειάζεται επειγόντως ένα σχέδιο αειφόρου τουρισμού

By Michael Ermogenis*

Europe is the undisputed travel ‘destination of choice’ in the world. Almost half of all global travel is destined for Europe and a number of its countries have the highest number of annual visitors in the world.

All indicators show that this trend is only going to increase and in some cases at alarming rates. Europe is like a living museum and its many historic and culturally significant destinations are magnets for global travellers. Travel and tourism (TT) is also a very significant element of the European economy, contributing €669.5 billion ($762.4 δισεκατομμύριο) (3.6 percent of total GDP) σε 2017, and is forecast to rise by 2.8 τοις εκατό σε 2018, and to rise by 2.4 percent per annum from 2018-2028, to €873.3 billion (3.9 percent of total GDP) σε 2028 (πηγή: World Travel & Συμβούλιο Τουρισμού).

These are significant numbers and it is no wonder the EU is so focused on TT through numerous programs and initiatives.

Ελλάδα, as a member of the EU and one of the cultural icons of the continent, benefits greatly from Europe’s pre-eminence in the global TT industry. While the figures for Greece do not quite match those of France, Spain or Italy, they are still significant given the total size of the local economy.

Όντως, TT is a whopping 19.9 percent of the Greek GDP, compared to single digits for other leading European countries in TT. This means that tourism is not only important to the country, it is absolutely vital.

Στη Σαντορίνη, tourism’s economic contribution to GDP is likely in excess of 90 τοις εκατό. So in following from the previous statement about the importance of tourism to the Greek economy being ‘vital’, logic tells us that the tourism sector is the very oxygen, the lifeline on which Santorini almost totally relies on for its existence.

Logic then, would also tell us that governments (local and national) should have it working like a high-precision Swiss watch.

Αλίμονο, in reality it is more like a plastic Mickey Mouse watch.

So this brings us to the inevitable question: “How is it possible, in a country where tourism is the biggest sector, on an island that is almost totally reliant on tourism for its existence there is no formal, sophisticated, technology savvy, environmentally sensitive, community sensitive, culturally protective, forward looking, sustainable destination management plan?"

Perhaps we can ask the same question in another way: “In an era where global communication is at the speed of thought, an era where social media is the engine behind travel and tourism growth and Santorini’s enormous social media footprint through shared photos is the biggest daily global advertisement for Greece…. how is it possible in such an era where Oia is the second most photographed place in Greece (behind the Acropolis)… there is no strategic plan in place to protect it?"

Most would argue its totally illogical, in fact it is downright irresponsible (bordering on criminal) to have such travel destination treasures and simply leave them to their fate. Ακόμη, this is essentially what is currently taking place.

Local, περιφερειακός & national authorities have systematically failed to produce comprehensive, sustainable tourism plans for Santorini and by association Oia. Its like saying ‘we have one of the Top 3 island destinations in the world… and probably the world’s most picturesque village, but we can’t think of anything we can do to protect them… so we are just going to sit back and watch them being slowly destroyed year by year’.

It is the kind of the strategy you have when you have no strategy at all.

To make things even worse, its not just the potential decline of the Santorini global brand that’s at stake here. There is also an enormous opportunity cost. Μπορείτε να δείτε, Santorini is not just a travel destination, it is a ‘dream destination’. There is a big difference between the two. One is a stop-over on a travel list… a tick in a box if you like.

The other is the fuel that makes you want to travel in the first place. Its the dream destination you think about constantly, it fuels your imagination and your mind travels to it at night or in conversations. You scour social media for photos and you can never get enough of it. Its the stuff of dreams, where imagination feeds motivation. Its the dream destinations that people plan their holidays around. Its the starting point, the ‘must do’ destination and then they look at what else they can do while they are in the region.

From a strategy perspective this makes a dream destination a potential feeder source. It’s a gateway that has superior gravitational pull to any other place near it. While that sounds ominous, that superior gravity can also, with the right strategy, be used to increase the profile of lesser known destinations around it.

Many of the surrounding islands, as well as other regions of Greece that have only two-three month seasons (στην καλύτερη), could potentially greatly benefit from Santorini but only if planned properly.

There is no doubt that Greece already greatly benefits by having Santorini inside its borders. The spin-off effect would be hard to quantify accurately, but it would be enormous. Ακόμη, it could be far greater with some proper planning and strategies.

At the moment there are unscrupulous players who are taking advantage of Santorini’s global gravitas, by selling excursions from other islands and flooding Santorini on a daily basis making it unbearable for those paying to stay and spend a few days on the island.

Practices such as hijacking the Santorini name to sell ‘dodgy’ excursions, as well the total lack of development plans for villages other than Oia, uncontrolled daily cruise passenger invasions, lack of adequate infrastructure, almost non-existent town planning enforcement and many other issues, which can leave you perplexed as to “what are they doing?"

As if all this wasn’t enough, we are expecting continued EU tourism growth of minimum 4 percent per annum through to 2025 (a figure which will be doubled on Santorini) and there is a Chinese visitors’ wave underway that is unprecedented. If we think we have problems now, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

So we return to the original question… does one of the top travel destinations in the world, a place considered by many to be one of the most iconic natural wonders of the world, deserve protection? Does it not deserve to be managed in a sustainable way? Does this natural wonder not deserve to be preserved for future generations of locals as well global travellers? Do we not have an obligation as the island’s citizens, as Greeks and as Europeans, to ensure that Santorini not only survives but thrives in the decades ahead?

These are of course rhetorical questions. The answer is obvious.

* Michael Ermogenis: Principle Management Consultant – over 25 years for Fortune 500 companies, Creator of ‘Customer Delight’ standard for enterprise customer service, Strategic advisor to Santorini Chamber of Commerce, Lived in Oia (full time) για 12 χρόνια,
Founding member of the Mediterranean Alliance (Βενετία, Οία, Κέρκυρα, Dubrovnik, Ρόδος & Κρήτη), Founding member of “Save Oia” Campaign

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36-Κύματα ποδιών Αναμενόμενη η Ελλάδα προετοιμάζεται για κυκλώνας έπληξε το Σάββατο

Greek meteorologists said on Friday that the eye of the Mediterranean cyclone is expected to reach the south shores of the Peloponnese between 15:00 και 18:00 local time on Saturday.

The National Observatory of Athens’ weather service meteo.gr, released models of the cyclones’s expected course and rainfall intensity over the next 48 ώρες.

The series of four photos show its projected position at 15:00 την Παρασκευή (top left), στο 21:00 την Παρασκευή (top right), στο 9:00 Σάββατο (bottom left) and at 15:00 Σάββατο (bottom right).

The meteo.gr models have also predicted waves exceeding 11 μέτρα (36 τα πόδια) in height between the Peloponnese and Crete.

You can watch here live the path of the cyclone

Schools in the Peloponnese, Attica and other areas of Greece will be shut on Friday as a precaution though ferries in the Saronic Gulf were running normally on Friday morning.

Passengers are advised to contact port authorities or their travel agents before departure to ensure that scheduled journeys will be taking place.

In a presser on Thursday night, along with the director of Greece’s National Meteorological Service Thodoris Kolydas, General Secretary for Civil Protection Yiannis Tafyllis said that state mechanisms were on full alert ahead of the arrival of the cyclone expected in the next few hours.

Kolydas said that reasonably accurate predictions could only be made for the next 48 hours and warned that the public should expect winds of 9-10 Beaufort and strong rain and storms, especially in the southern Peloponnese, Crete and western Cyclades islands. The phenomena will also affect south and eastern Attica on Saturday, είπε.

The civil protection agency has issued a list of instructions to the general public on how to protect themselves from the storm, calling on them to:
– Secure any objects that might be blown away and cause damage or injury
– Ensure that building drainpipes are not blocked and in working order
– Avoid crossing streams or torrents, either in vehicles or on foot, during storms, rain and for some time after rainfall has stopped
– To avoid working outdoors and activities at sea or in coastal areas during the storm.

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απόλαυση Swingers’ στις ανοικτές θάλασσες του Αιγαίου!

Sex tourism for swingers is a fast-growing industry in the Greek islands, with the Swedish travel agency “Metsail” offering adventurous couples the chance to live out their fantasies on board a yacht for 8 days in Rhodes. The titillating sea voyage takes the couples, usually between 30 και 40 years old on a route from Rhodes to Tilos-Agia Marina-Agios Nikolaos-Symi-Panormitis-Halki and Rhodes, and promises a very sensual, and unforgettable experience with luxury services. As the site states on its site:
“Imagine stepping off the gangway and immediately feeling somehow sexier and more alluring. Feel the approving glances of others as if you were a celebrity. Πράγματι! When you are with one of these cruises, that’s exactly how it begins. The atmosphere is sleek and sexy. You are joining other like-minded passengers ready to embark in a delicious week of fantasy fulfilment. Φυσικά, everyone likes different flavours but with a group this large, it’s easy to guarantee that you will find many other couples just like you.”

The swinger voyages, which take place on yachts for a maximum of 6 couples sail every Sunday from Nea Marina. According to the site, the dates available are for 2019 between June 16 και 23 at a rate of 1,350 Euros per person, Ιούλιος 14-21 για 1,670 ανά άτομο, Αύγουστος 11-18 για 1,820 και τον Σεπτέμβριο 16-23 για 1,440. ed takes the
As part of the rules stipulated on the site no single men are allowed to take part while swapping partners on deck is forbidden, unless the boat is out in the open seas with no other ships around, in which case anything goes. As the site says: “Swinger activities are not allowed on the deck of the swinger cruise ship, but limited to cabins and specially prepared venues onboard. While we are on land or in a marina, certain lifestyle activities are also limited to the privacy of cabins. Our swinger cruises are not barbaric or perverse quests in Greece. While on a swinger cruise vacation there will be plenty of opportunities both for having sex and being a normal tourist. Because we do want to visit all those lovely tourist attractions, don’t we?"

While you are sailing on the open seas you are a swinger, and you can do whatever you like: flirt, touch and have the wildest sexual adventures when nobody is around watching. Ωστόσο, once on the land, you transform into a regular tourist. You can walk around and enjoy your vacation without anybody knowing about the other part of your travels. Enjoy amazing sightseeing, eat in wonderful restaurants, dance in top clubs, do everything that the average tourist does.

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