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Knossos, Crete

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"Most Romantic Historic Hotel of Europe", the Winner is: Esperas Santorini

"Most Romantic Historic Hotel of Europe", the Winner is: Esperas Santorini | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Historic Hotels of Europe, Hotel Esperas Santorini, Oia, Santorini Island, Greece. Mansion hotels and luxury seaside accommodation in Santorini, Greek islands.
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Awarded with the Historic Hotels of Europe Most Romantic Hotel Award for 2015!
The Esperas Santorini is one of the most alluring hideaways on Santorini, an island famous for its stunning beauty, but if the awesome island landscape is not enough, this is one hotel that will make the entire island experience one that only dreams could replace. Perched high on the rocky cliffs of Oia, each traditional island house in the Collection is carved into the rock and preserved to accentuate the unique characteristics of island architecture and décor, complete with private terrace to bask in the magnificent views of the volcanic sea below. 

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TUI Chief Says Longer Season, Improved Infrastructure Key to Greece's Tourism Growth 

TUI Chief Says Longer Season, Improved Infrastructure Key to Greece's Tourism Growth  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Extending the season and creating substantial infrastructure are key to maintaining the momentum in Greek tourism, TUI Group CEO Friedrich Joussen told Greek daily Ta Nea, adding that insecurity due to strikes can lead to great losses.

The Hannover-based group is the largest tour operator active in Greece, investing additionally this year in cruise travel as well as in a pilot sustainable tourism program on the island of Crete. But Joussen is quick to point out that despite increasing tourist numbers in the last two years, sector professionals must continue to work towards improving services and keeping damaging actions at bay.


TUI Group CEO, Friedrich Joussen.
“I believe it is important that while things are going well there are no actions taken that thwart the upward trend,” Joussen said referring to an increase value added tax and a proposed night levy.

“I wonder, is it really sensible to take such measures? To the contrary, I believe it is more important to ensure upgraded infrastructure is in place such as airports…,” he added.

Joussen pointed out that despite the sociopolitical factors that have turned tourism flows to Greece, the country remains a very attractive destination due to its excellent human potential, sea, sun, natural environment and infrastructure as well as for its originality and a way of life that embraces tourism.

According to Joussen, Greece’s tourism strategy should focus on taking advantage of a current increased interest in the Western Mediterranean and the overall insecurity elsewhere in the region but it should also remain a strong destination in the long term by offering excellent services and attracting in the meantime new visitors.
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Thessaloniki's Les Lazaristes Hotel to Reopen Under New Name 

Thessaloniki's Les Lazaristes Hotel to Reopen Under New Name  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The Thessaloniki-based five-star hotel formerly known as Les Lazaristes has gone under new management and will open its doors on June 22 with a new name. The hotel, owned by Hellas Capital, had shut down shortly after Domotel Hotels & Resorts left the management in May.

According to reports, the hotel’s management has been taken over by Zeus International, a Greek hotel management and consulting company with offices in Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria.

Zeus International is already cooperating with US Wyndham Hotel Group and operating three hotels in Greece: the Wyndham Grand Athens in Metaxourgio and the Wyndham Loutraki Poseidon Resort and Ramada Loutraki Poseidon Resort, both located in Loutraki.

The Wyndham Hotel Group is expected to open another two new hotels in Greece by 2018, again in cooperation with Zeus International.
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#Greek #Airports: Passenger Numbers Up 10.1% in Jan-Apr - GTP Headlines

#Greek #Airports: Passenger Numbers Up 10.1% in Jan-Apr - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Passenger traffic via Greek airports increased by 10.1% in January-April 2017 from the same period last year, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority said on Wednesday.

During the first four months of the year, Greek airports saw 9,275,894 passengers travel through its doors, compared to 8,427,013 passengers during the same period in 2016. Overall, a total of 848,881 passed through Greek airports in the first four months of 2017.

Since the start of the year until April, the Greek airports serviced 89,991 flights (50,489 were domestic and 39,502 were international) and showed a marginal increase of 0.2 percent. In the corresponding period in 2016, 89,851 flights were serviced in airports in Greece.


Mykonos Airport.
Moreover, the airports of Paros, Mykonos and Zakynthos saw the largest increase in passengers during the first four months of the year compared to 2016. Paros Airport saw passenger traffic increase by 111.3 percent year-on-year to 18,028 passengers and was followed by Mykonos Airport that recorded a 79.2 percent growth to 74.821 passengers. The airport on Zakynthos recorded an increase of 58.5 percent to 25.205 passengers.

In April alone, Greek airports serviced 3,295,782 passengers, an increase of 17.1 percent compared to the same month in 2016.

According to the data, the airports that saw an the largest increase in passenger traffic compared to April 2016, were those located in Athens (1,639,087 more passengers), Thessaloniki (485,203), Heraklion (353,668), Rhodes (204,769) and Chania (183,830).

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Hoist those Sails! Skiathos Palace Cup 2017 Ready for Action - GTP Headlines

Hoist those Sails! Skiathos Palace Cup 2017 Ready for Action - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
t’s show time as the Skiathos Palace Cup (SPC) 2017 readies to welcome 15 sailing teams in a series of match races over the May 19-21 weekend on the North Sporades island.

The three-day event is organized by the Yacht Club of Greece and the Nautical Club of Skiathos, with the support of the municipality and the island’s cultural society, and aims to establish the island as a leading sailing and yachting destination.

As part of its social responsibility program, the event this year promotes the the Safe Water Sports non-profit social initiative which works towards raising awareness about safety matters related to recreational water activities and sea sports with emphasis on safety standards and the prevention of accidents.
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Greece Ranks 2nd in World for 2017 Blue Flag Beaches - GTP Headlines

Greece Ranks 2nd in World for 2017 Blue Flag Beaches - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Greece ranked second place in the world on the 2017 Blue Flag quality award list for beaches and marinas, among 47 countries, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF) announced on Monday following two special events held at Glyfada beach and the Glyfada Golf Gardens. Spain came in first place.

The “Blue Flag” is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches across the world and is run by the independent, non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education based in Copenhagen. The EEPF is the program’s coordinator for Greece.

A total of 486 beaches and 12 marinas were honored with the quality “Blue Flag” award in Greece for 2017. Last year 430 Greek beaches and nine marinas were honored.

Once again the Halkidiki peninsula was crowned the destination with most flags in Greece as 71 of its beaches were honored.
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Cyclades Trail Cup 2017 - Next Stop: Amorgos - GTP Headlines

Cyclades Trail Cup 2017 - Next Stop: Amorgos - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
he event’s first stop was Naxos on April 30 (Naxos Trail Race), which welcomed the participation of many Greek athletes and runners from abroad. The aim of the Cyclades Trail Cup is to promote the six locations in which the races are held (Naxos, Amorgos, Syros, Andros, Donousa, Tinos) and develop sports tourism as a whole.

“The Naxos Trail Race gave a strong start to this year’s Cyclades Trail Cup and gave us a ‘taste’ of what will follow,” the event’s organizer said, adding that athletes tripled in participation numbers compared to last year.



“The event saw a great attendance from athletes from the Cycladic islands, a sign that the ‘running movement’ on the Greek islands is growing fast.”

The Amorgos Trail Challenge will be held on May 20-21 and events will follow on Syros (September 2), Andros (October 1), Donousa (October 28) and Tinos (December 2-3).

Athletes that pass the finish line in four of the six races will win a place on the final score table and win prizes.

The top 5 athletes that crossed the finish line of the Naxos Trail Race running event are Athanasioas Pagounadis (Adidas -Myprotein), Nikolaos Rodopoulos (Tecnica Hellas), Ilias Sagriotis (North Ooutdoor Training Running Team), Dimitris Eleftheriou (DynafitGreece) and Georgios Batas (LaSportiva).

For more on the Cyclades Trail Cup and this year’s races, press here.

The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) is a Golden Media Sponsor of the Cyclades Trail Cup 2017.

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EU, Regional Funds to Go Towards Further Amphipolis Site Works - GTP Headlines

EU, Regional Funds to Go Towards Further Amphipolis Site Works - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

 combined total of 2.5 million euros has been allocated by regional authorities for the continuation of excavation and restoration works at the ancient Amphipolis site in northern Greece, Central Macedonia Governor Apostolos Tzitzikostas announced during a recent meeting in Thessaloniki with Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou.

“It is our intention to continue the excavation works, to develop the site so that this very great monument can be visited. Our cooperation with the Central Macedonia Region is important because it enables us to restart the excavation, support and development works in the area,” said Koniordou, without referring to a timeframe.

Tzitzikostas added that 1 million euros came from cross-border programs while 1.5 million euros from National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) funds.

“It is very important that we have the support of the Central Macedonia Region but also that Amphipolis has been selected to receive Interreg funds so that work can continue. In this sense, we believe new impetus is being given to the Amphipolis project,” Koniordou said.

Besides being the largest tomb discovered in the country, the Amphipolis site produced among others sculptures of sphinxes and caryatids, mosaics and coins depicting Alexander the Great… but also scientific and political controversy as to actual historic timeframe of the burial ground.

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Greece Aims to Attract More American Tourists - GTP Headlines

Greece Aims to Attract More American Tourists - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

The number of inbound tourists from the United States to Greece have increased over the past two years following targeted actions made by the Tourism Ministry, the US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, was informed by Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.

During a meeting at the Tourism Ministry in Athens, Kountoura briefed the US Ambassador on the ministry’s agenda of actions to further strengthen Greece’s presence in the US tourism market. She gave details on the country’s policy and informed on plans to further boost tourism relations and the promotion of Greece in the US to attract a steadily growing number of American visitors.

Also discussed were the latest developments in support of direct air links between the two countries, following the establishment of a direct route linking Athens and New York daily throughout the year.

When discussing Greece’s investment opportunities in tourism, the ambassador informed Kountoura that American groups and firms have expressed interest to invest in the country’s tourism sector.

Minister Kountoura also met with a delegation of representatives from the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), headed by its chairman, Andrew Zachariades and executive director, Basil Mossaidis.


During the meeting, Kountoura briefed Zachariades on the upward trend of tourism from the US to Greece and called for AHEPA’s contribution to the further promotion of Greece in the American market. Zachariades congratulated the minister on the positive results and promised that AHEPA would support the efforts made for the promotion of Greek tourism and increase Of the country’s share in the US market.

According to recently announced figures, the number of inbound visitors from the US to Greece last year rose by 15.6 percent to 778,600.

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Mouzenidis Group Sets Sights on E. Macedonia & Thrace Region - GTP Headlines

Mouzenidis Group Sets Sights on E. Macedonia & Thrace Region - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
As part of its ongoing strategy to explore and expand, Mouzenidis Group announced plans to promote and serve new markets starting with the East Macedonia and Thrace region and the upcoming launch of Ellinair flights from Moscow and St Petersburg to the port town of Kavala.

The decision came after a series of meetings in Russia during the 24th MITT – Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition held earlier this month where Mouzenidis Group President Boris Mouzenidis met with East Macedonia & Thrace authorities and discussed the tourism potential of the region. Mouzenidis Group participated in MITT with its own stand under the umbrella of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).

The Mouzenidis Group has repeatedly expressed interest in opening up to new, lesser-known Greek tourist destinations, which are of interest to Russian tourists.

“The islands of Thassos and Samothrace, and Philippi in Kavala, are of particular interest to potential Russian tourists. However, there are other destinations of outstanding natural beauty and cultural-religious wealth in the region that we want our customers to know about,” said Alexandros Tsantekidis, director of Mouzenidis Travel Moscow.
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Wyndham Expands Presence in Greece, Announces Four Hotel Openings by 2018 - GTP Headlines

Wyndham Expands Presence in Greece, Announces Four Hotel Openings by 2018 - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Wyndham Hotel Group announced on Monday that it is expanding its presence in Greece with the opening of four hotels by 2018. The announcement comes only four months after the opening of the five-star Wyndham Grand Athens on Karaiskaki Square, a project the group carried out in collaboration with Zeus International, a Greek hotel management and consulting company with international presence.


The Wyndham Grand Athens.
During a media briefing in Athens, Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, announced plans to build upon the existing partnership with Zeus International through a new strategic development agreement that sees the opening of 20 hotels (conversions or new constructions) over the next 10 years in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania.
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Η ερμηνεία για το #PHILOTIMO μέσα από τη ματιά του Γιάννη Σειραδάκη

Η ερμηνεία για το #PHILOTIMO μέσα από τη ματιά του Γιάννη Σειραδάκη | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

Η σπουδαιότητα της προσωπικότητάς του συμβαδίζει αρμονικά με τον απλό, καθημερινό χαρακτήρα του. Είχαμε την ευτυχία να βρεθούμε ξανά μαζί του, πριν ορισμένες μέρες (πέρα από τη συνέντευξή του, παλαιότερα στο ΝΟΗΣΙΣ) και να μας μιλήσει με έναν μοναδικό τρόπο και μια ιδιαίτερη περιγραφή, για το #PHILOTIMO, εγκαινιάζοντας τη νέα μας στήλη – σε συνεργασία με το Φιλότιμο Ίδρυμα για την καθιέρωση της συγκεκριμένης λέξης στα διεθνή λεξικά…

To HumanStories συνεργάζεται με το Φιλότιμο Ίδρυμα για τη διάδοση της λέξεως #PHILOTIMO…

Οταν ξεκίνησε τη διαδικασία ερμηνείας για το #PHILOTIMO ήταν σαφής: «Είναι κάτι που δε θέλει ανταλλάγματα…  Το #PHILOTIMO είναι σίγουρο ότι δε διδάσκεται, υπάρχει μέσα μας, ίσως επειδή εξαρτάται από το DNA και το περιβάλλον μας. Θα θυμίσω τα λόγια του καθηγητή Γενετικής Βιολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης, του κ. Ζαχαρία Σκούρα. Με τρεις λέξεις περιγράφει αυτήν την κατάσταση: γονότυπος, περιβάλλον, φαινότυπος. Δηλαδή γεννιόμαστε με το DNA μας, πάνω εκεί επιδράει το περιβάλλον κι αυτά τα δυο μαζί κάνουν αυτό που είμαστε κι αυτό που φαινόμαστε».


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Σε δύο μήνες πέρασαν από τα αεροδρόμια 3,75 εκατ. επιβάτες

Σε δύο μήνες πέρασαν από τα αεροδρόμια 3,75 εκατ. επιβάτες | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Συγκεκριμένα, με βάση τα στοιχεία της Υπηρεσίας Πολιτικής Αεροπορίας (ΥΠΑ) ο συνολικός αριθμός των διακινηθέντων επιβατών το πρώτο δίμηνο του 2017 έφθασε τους 3.751.855, ενώ το αντίστοιχο διάστημα του 2016 είχαν διακινηθεί 3.499.423 επιβάτες.

Ο συνολικός αριθμός των πτήσεων στα ελληνικά αεροδρόμια ανήλθε στις 38.298 (από τις οποίες 23.310 εσωτερικού και 14.988 εξωτερικού) παρουσιάζοντας οριακή μείωση 0,9 % (-3,6% στις πτήσεις εσωτερικού και +3,5% στις πτήσεις εξωτερικού), σε σχέση με το αντίστοιχο διάστημα του 2016, όπου είχαν πραγματοποιηθεί 38.665 πτήσεις.

Ειδικότερα, για το Φεβρουάριο η επιβατική κίνηση κατέγραψε αύξηση 5,4% στη συνολική επιβατική κίνηση (εσωτερικού-εξωτερικού) με τους επιβάτες να φθάνουν τους 1.830.215. Πάντως, η μεγαλύτερη επιβατική κίνηση καταγράφεται στα αεροδρόμια Αθηνών, Θεσσαλονίκης, Ηρακλείου, Χανίων και Ρόδου. Ενδεικτικά στο αεροδρόμιο Αθηνών διακινήθηκαν 1.122.420 επιβάτες, στης Θεσσαλονίκης 357.502, στου Ηρακλείου 74.902, των Χανίων 65.434 και της Ρόδου 51.910.

Επίσης, σύμφωνα με την ΥΠΑ, τα αεροδρόμια Πάρου, Μυκόνου και Καλαμάτας κατέγραψαν τη μεγαλύτερη ποσοστιαία αύξηση επιβατών το 2μηνο του 2017. Αναλυτικότερα, το αεροδρόμιο που είχε το μεγαλύτερο ποσοστό αύξησης διακίνησης επιβατών είναι το αεροδρόμιο της Πάρου με άνοδο 116,99%, (διακίνησε 6.044 επιβάτες το δίμηνο του '17 έναντι 2.786 το αντίστοιχο διάστημα του ΄16). Το αεροδρόμιο της Μυκόνου κατέγραψε άνοδο επιβατικής κίνησης 99,2%, (διακίνησε 22.175 επιβάτες έναντι 11.131 το περσινό διάστημα) και αύξηση της τάξεως 75,4% είχε το αεροδρόμιο της Καλαμάτας, καθώς διακίνησε 3.055 επιβάτες το δίμηνο του 2017 έναντι 1.742 επιβατών το αντίστοιχο χρονικό διάστημα πέρυσι.
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Athens Flying Week 2017 Prepares for September Take-off - GTP Headlines

Athens Flying Week 2017 Prepares for September Take-off - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
This year’s spectacular stunts and sensational shows have moved to a new area of the Tanagra Airforce Base in efforts to facilitate accessibility and ensure the finest experience.

Aviation lovers and spotters will have the chance to see some of the world’s expert flyers defying gravity with their formations and precision flying, choreographed aerobatic and high altitude performance maneuvers, including the UK’s Red Arrows (Royal Air Force) in BAE Systems Hawk T1, Poland’s MIG-29 Demo Team in F-16s, Belgium’s Air Force F-16 Solo Display Team, Germany’s air force pilots in the cockpit of the Tornado ECR and world champion Johan Gustafsson with his glider from Sweden.

This year’s shows will also include drone flights and from Greece, the Hellenic Skydivers, the Zeus F-16 Demo Team and the T-6A Daedalus Demo Team others will be showing off their tricks.
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Καλοκαιρινή προσφορά στο Olympic Village Resort & Spa | Travel Offers by Greek Travel Pages

Καλοκαιρινή προσφορά στο Olympic Village Resort & Spa | Travel Offers by Greek Travel Pages | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Το ξενοδοχείο Olympic Village Resort & Spa σας καλωσορίζει στην γενέτειρα των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων, την Ολυμπία. Μόλις λίγα λεπτά από το μουσείο και το κέντρο της πόλης, το πρόσφατα ανακαινισμένο Olympic Village Resort & Spa προσφέρει μια πολυτελή διαμονή σαν καμία άλλη στην Ολυμπία.

Στο ηλιόλουστο και περιτριγυρισμένο από ειδυλλιακούς κήπους, ελιές και εσπεριδοειδή δέντρα Olympic Village Resort & Spa θα απολαύσετε μια γραφική διαμονή.
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#Greece Marks International #Museum Day with Free Admission, Events - GTP Headlines

#Greece Marks International #Museum Day with Free Admission, Events - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
An initiative of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Museum Day is celebrated every year worldwide with more than 35,000 museums in some 145 countries participating in the event for a day, a weekend or a whole week. The Thisseio-based Greek branch of the ICOM was founded in 1983 and has over 500 members.

This year’s theme is: “Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums”.
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Low Demand in Turkey Diverts Interest to the Mediterranean for TUI - GTP Headlines

Low Demand in Turkey Diverts Interest to the Mediterranean for TUI - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Low demand for holidays to Turkey and North Africa in the first half of its financial year took a toll on TUI Group’s (TUI)  shares, which dropped by about 5 percent in early trading, after the tourism operator reported its financial results this week.

The slumping demand due to political turmoil in the region was offset by growing interest for Mediterranean destinations such as Spain and Greece, and the Caribbean. The group’s hotels are already 62 percent booked for the summer ahead, 4 percent higher than last year, with holidays to Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cape Verde setting the trend.

TUI reported an 8 percent increase in revenue for the six months to the end of March compared to last year, while customer numbers were up 4 percent. Group losses dropped year on year to 308.6 million euros against a loss of 394.6 million euros last year.

TUI said, however, that it remains on target to increase its growth by at least 10 percent in underlying earnings in its full-year results, along with a 3 percent rise in revenue.

“Our transformation to an integrated tourism business is on track. We are delivering strong growth in our hotel and cruise brands. These two segments contribute half of our operating result on a full year basis,” said TUI chief executive Fritz Joussen.

“The TUI Group is changing quickly – our guidance remains unchanged despite a challenging environment. We reiterate our guidance to deliver at least 10 percent growth in underlying EBITA this year,” Joussen added.

At the same time, the travel group, which was hoping for a special aviation deal, warned that Brexit was growing into a risk and a potentially weak pound was likely to hurt the group over the summer.

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Domotel Ends Cooperation with Les Lazaristes Hotel in Thessaloniki - GTP Headlines

Domotel Ends Cooperation with Les Lazaristes Hotel in Thessaloniki - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Domotel Hotels & Resorts, a chain of boutique and lifestyle hotels, has announced that it is terminating its business relationship with the five-star Les Lazaristes Hotel in Thessaloniki.

“After 14 years of successful operation of the five-star hotel Les Lazaristes in Thessaloniki, Domotel Hotels & Resorts announces its departure from this unit and thanks its partners and visitors who have made a decisive contribution to its recognition,” the hotel chain said in an announcement on Friday.

According to reports, the hotel will close on May 22 and reopen most likely in early June under the management of a new hotel operator and under a new name.

Domotel had built Les Lazaristes and operated the hotel under a sale and 10-year leaseback transaction with Hellas Capital, a company that provides financial leasing services for Greek and foreign companies (large and medium-sized) and individuals. The Domotel chain of boutique and lifestyle hotels also operates units in Athens, Volos, Sivota, Kaimaktsalan, Karditsa and Arachova-Delphi.

Reports say that all jobs of Les Lazaristes employees will be maintained under the hotel’s new operator, who has not been disclosed.
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Domotel Hotels & Resorts, a chain of boutique and lifestyle hotels, has announced that it is terminating its business relationship with the five-star Les Lazaristes Hotel in Thessaloniki.
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'Paris Match' Urges Readers to Hit a Greek Beach Now - GTP Headlines

'Paris Match' Urges Readers to Hit a Greek Beach Now - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
With a story titled “The 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Greece” (Les dix plus belles plages de Grèce), French weekly news and lifestyle magazine Paris Match gives Greek beaches a thumbs up and recommends travelers hit Greek shores soon.

Elafonisi and Balos beach and lagoon on Crete, Kleftiko and Sarakiniko on Milos, Agios Pavlos and Anthony Quinn Bay (Faliraki) on Rhodes, Simos Beach on the islet of Elafonissos off the Peloponnese, Navagio beach on Zakynthos, Porto Katsiki on Lefkada and Myrtos on Kefalonia, are the most beautiful beaches in Greece, according to TripAdvisor as presented in Paris Match.

“It’s no surprise that many beaches are located on the islands, especially on Crete, the Ionian or Cyclades, as these destinations are very popular with tourists,” the magazine says.

Meanwhile, Paris Match editors appear to have their own favorite out of the 10 – Kleftiko Beach on Milos “amidst beautiful limestone cliffs… where you can swim among these natural structures and between stone arches and formations which rise from the depths of the sea”.

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Wyndham Grand Athens Named 'Social Media Champion' - GTP Headlines

Wyndham Grand Athens Named 'Social Media Champion' - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
After just four months of operation in Athens city center, the five-star hotel Wyndham Grand Athens was honored as a “Social Media Champion” at the Wyndham Hotel Group EMEA Summit held recently in Brussels.

The Social Media Championship award was given in recognition of the hotel’s excellence in social media and the high engagement of its visitors on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus, an announcement by Wyndham Grand Athens said. The hotel’s followers increased from 500 to 5,000 in only two months, placing it first among luxurious Wyndham hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The award ceremony was held in the presence of Geoff Ballotti, Wyndham Chairman and CEO and general managers of Wyndham hotels around the world, who presented the award to Giorgos Margaritis, General Manager of Wyndham Grand Athens.

On line marketing consultant Panadvert has undertaken the task of designing and running the hotel’s on line promotional activities, since its opening in December 2016. Panadvert provides tourism enterprises in Greece and Cyrpus with services focused on social media marketing and on line advertising.

Wyndham Grand Athens is managed by Zeus International.
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North Aegean Region Lays Out Tourism Promo Plan - GTP Headlines

North Aegean Region Lays Out Tourism Promo Plan - GTP Headlines | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Under the motto “Exploring the North Aegean Constellation” the North Aegean Region recently presented plans for a far-reaching promotional campaign with the aim to showcase the tourism offerings of its islands.

The strategy, which includes highlighting the individual characteristics of each island, was presented to more than 20 island authorities during a meeting in Mytilini, where they had the chance to share insight as well as suggest ideas.

“In the highly competitive international tourist market we have come to the forefront in a difficult way – connected to the migration/refugee crisis – and thus have an obligation to do our best to be more effective. We must speak out about the originality and attractiveness of the North Aegean islands as special tourist destinations,” said North Aegean Region Governor Christiana Kalogirou.


In related news, a total of 10.5 million euros have been allotted to the Lesvos Municipality for the redevelopment of Mytilini, which is the region’s largest urban center.

“The Lesvos Municipality is receiving funds to implement a large number of projects to promote the city of Mytilini as a modern, viable and multi-functional city, while at the same time achieving economic, social and environmental benefits,” Kalogirou said.
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Electra Metropolis Scoops Three Prestigious Greek Hospitality Awards 

Electra Metropolis Scoops Three Prestigious Greek Hospitality Awards  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The Electra Metropolis, the brand new five-star luxury hotel of the Electra Hotels & Resorts group, walked away with three remarkable wins at the Greek Hospitality Awards 2017 ceremony held on March 23 at the Ethniki Asfalistiki Conference Center in Athens.

In only its sixth month of operation, the Electra Metropolis is celebrating unprecedented success within the hospitality and tourism industry. During this year’s Greek Hospitality Awards, the new hotel scooped two gold awards in the categories of Best City Hotel and Best Green City Hotel and one silver in the Top Greek Hotel 2017 category.

In its third year, the Greek Hospitality Awards rewarded excellence in Greece’s hotel sector in four categories: Best Greek Hotels, Best Greek Resorts, Best Greek Hotel & Resort Facilities and Special Awards.

Thanking all who voted and supported the Electra Metropolis, the marketing director of Electra Hotels & Resorts, Yiannis Tsakalos, said that the effort continues so that all of the group’s hotels will experience similar wins.
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Three Greek Islands in Top 10 Travel Destinations for Germans in 2017

Three Greek Islands in Top 10 Travel Destinations for Germans in 2017 | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

The most popular destination for the upcoming summer vacations of the Germans is Mallorca, followed by Antalya –  due to the good price-performance ratio – and Heraklion, Crete.


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The fourth top destination for German travellers this year is Gran Canaria, the third-largest island in the Canaries’ archipelago, followed by Hurghada in Egypt, Rhodes and Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.

The top 10 wraps up with Tenerife, Kos and Burgas in Bulgaria.

According to a survey by the Statistical Office of Germany, the majority of Germans (almost 80 percent) book their holiday trip three months in advance.

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Τέμενος Βαγιαζήτ: Απαιτούνται άμεσα αντανακλαστικά και όχι ευχολόγια 

Τέμενος Βαγιαζήτ: Απαιτούνται άμεσα αντανακλαστικά και όχι ευχολόγια  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Η τομεάρχης Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού της Νέας Δημοκρατίας, Όλγα Κεφαλογιάννη, για τις ζημιές στο Τέμενος Βαγιαζήτ στο Διδυμότειχο, έκανε την ακόλουθη δήλωση:

«Οι ζημιές στο Τέμενος Βαγιαζήτ προκαλούν μεγάλη θλίψη. Πρόκειται για ένα μοναδικό μνημείο, το σημαντικότερο ίσως οθωμανικό μνημείο της Ευρώπης, η ύπαρξη του οποίου σηματοδοτεί την ειρηνική συνύπαρξη Χριστιανών και Μουσουλμάνων.

Η αποκατάστασή του αποτέλεσε ύψιστη προτεραιότητα κατά την περίοδο 2012 – 2014. Τότε, το Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού, μαζί με την καθοριστική συμβολή της Περιφέρειας Ανατολικής Μακεδονίας – Θράκης, είχαν δρομολογήσει όλες τις απαραίτητες ενέργειες αποκατάστασής του.

Σήμερα, δεν είναι η κατάλληλη στιγμή να μιλήσουμε για την ολιγωρία, τις εμμονές και τις σημαντικές ευθύνες καθυστέρησης της επανεκκίνησης των έργων που είχαν ενταχθεί στο ΕΣΠΑ 2014 – 2020. Τώρα, απαιτούνται άμεσα αντανακλαστικά και συντονισμένες δράσεις.

Οι δηλώσεις και τα ευχολόγια δεν αρκούν πλέον».
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HAPCO: Medical Congress Demands will Limit Events, Take Toll on Economy 

HAPCO: Medical Congress Demands will Limit Events, Take Toll on Economy  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
HAPCO is calling for authorities to re-examine the decision and ensure careful planning and respect to the legal framework. Despite being a member of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries & Associations, Greek parties interested in organizing a congress or event must also go through the EOF procedure mentioned above.

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