Σάββατο 2 Μαΐου 2020

Crete Joins #Greecefromhome Initiative – Video

Crete has joined the #Greecefromhome initiative with the launch of a new video and a website, which feature the special moments and unforgettable experiences the region can offer visitors.

#GreecefromHome is an online tourism platform developed by the Greek Tourism Ministry, the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), Marketing Greece and Google, inviting people to explore Greece – not by traveling physically, but virtually – straight from the safety of their homes.

Following the same concept, the #cretefromhome video reminds viewers of Crete’s natural beauties, museums, archaeological sites and culture, and invites potential travelers to visit the island after the ease of the COVID-19 travel restrictions.

“The website was created with the aim to share with you the Crete that you love. Because tomorrow must find us strong and prepared,” Crete Governor Stavros Arnaoutakis said.

The new website gives internet users the opportunity to discover, explore, taste and experience the island’s sites and cultural heritage through high-quality photos and videos from the comfort of their home.

“To the millions of Crete’s visitors and to those who are planning a trip to our island, we wish to say that Crete is the place you should visit, the island that calls you to return… [In the meantime], we stay home and promise that Crete is here, ready to welcome you,” the island’s governor added.

The #cretefromhome website will be constantly updated with new material provided by local bodies and cultural organizations. Visit the website here.
(source gtp)

Παρασκευή 1 Μαΐου 2020

Covid-19: EU Safe Travel Policy Key to Rebooting Tourism, Greek Minister Tells CNN

Coming up with and implementing a harmonized safe travel policy across the EU in the aftermath of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) health crisis is a key priority to rebooting tourism in Europe, said Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Thursday.

Speaking to CNN’s Richard Quest, Theoharis said that Greece was pressuring the EU together with other member states to take decisive action in this direction so as to both salvage air transport as well as ensure that travelers can plan safe holidays.

Greece demonstrated clarity, quick response and responsibility achieving to contain the spread of Covid-19 and to keep infections and deaths low compared to most countries in the world.

The Greek minister stressed that this was achieved through ongoing collaboration and guidance by health experts and epidemiologists and that the same strategy will be applied with regard to gradually reopening the country to tourism.

Theoharis, who has also appeared on BBC and Bloomberg this week, underlined the importance of reaching a common EU agreement on health standards for travel to be implemented by all member states so as to get airplanes off the ground and reignite the economy, which in turn will generate the much-needed revenue to support heavily-hit national health systems.

The minister went on to add that post-Covid-19 tourism will require a new travel model which will be put to the test this summer. Some of the recommendations on the table include health certificates, risk-free documents, and the on-the-spot testing.

On a final note, Theoharis underlined that Greece has managed to “flatten the curve” in very large part due to the discipline of its people. Despite being considered the “black sheep” of the EU family, Greece has set a good example and it is exactly the same responsibility that Greek hoteliers and professionals will demonstrate this summer, he said.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Greece together with at least 11 other EU member states called on the European Commission to revise its air passenger rights directive paving the way for the temporary issuance of vouchers in efforts to rescue air transport in the aftermath of Covid-19.

It is mentioned that CNN’s Richard Quest had announced via his twitter account on April 20 that he had been infected with Covid-19.
 (source https://news.gtp.gr/author/mariaparavantes)

Greece among the safest holiday destinations, German Bild reports

The good handling of the Covid-19 spread resulted in low infections
Greece is on the list of eight countries where one can enjoy their summer holidays this year without the fear of the coronavirus, as German newspaper Bild reports.

In the article, the German newspaper wonders where one could go on vacation while the Covid-19 nightmare continues in many countries, listing a list of ideal destinations.

Some countries, such as Greece, Croatia, Austria and Switzerland, are suitable destinations for German tourists as the piece points out that the timely restrictive measures taken by the authorities resulted in an effective control of of its spread.

Citing a high-ranking German government official, the Bild newspaper says there is optimism that the tourist season will not be completely lost this year.

Austria’s largest travel magazine ranks Greece as the safest destination

Greece received top marks in safety from Covid-19

According to a survey by Austria’s largest chain of travel agencies, Ruefa, 90% of Austrians will travel this summer, with Greece being their top choice. According to TUI, Austrians will pick Greece, followed by Spain, Turkey, Italy, Egypt and Croatia.

On the occasion of this research, the largest Austrian tourist magazine “TAI” published an article entitled: “Gradual relaxation of Lockdown – Analysis of travel to the top 6 destinations.”

The article, featuring Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in its main photo, analyses the Mediterranean countries in terms of security amid the Covid-19 pandemic and Greece received top marks.

As the piece reports, Greece is considered one of the safest destinations after the appearance of the coronavirus (security level 4, as do Egypt and Croatia), highlighting the dominance of our country among the summer destinations in the Austrian tourist market, due to direct air connections with 21 Greek destinations and flights that would start from May 2020.

The article also refers to the small number of cases and the speech of the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on Monday, April 13.
(source proto thema)

Hellenic Film Society USA Suggests Greek-Related Videos and Films

Hellenic Film Society USA President Jimmy DeMetro at the Museum of the Moving Image screening of Costa-Gavras' Z. (Photo by Eleni Sakellis)

NEW YORK – The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) offered more suggestions for Greek-related videos and films to watch during the coronavirus lockdown.

As noted in an email from HFS, “In New York, we’re on Day 35 of staying at home.

We hope that you—and all those you care about— are healthy and safe.

We can guess that you’re still looking for entertaining, inspiring, and interesting things to do so, back by popular demand, we curated the following Greek-related content—from Jimmy Fallon and Giannis Antetokounmpo to National Geographic—that we hope you’ll enjoy.

“We’re heartened by your tremendous response to our recent email blasts and happy to see that you’re clicking and engaging (and we hope it’s not just because you’re bored!). “And if you’ve seen something elsewhere that has particularly moved or entertained you that we may want to share, please email us… we’d love to hear from you!

“Finally, if you haven’t yet seen all the Greek short films we posted on our YouTube channel, we’re making them available for free.

“In the meantime, stay inside, stay healthy and, when it’s safe, we’ll see you at the movies!”

Among the selections suggested by HFS, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon with guest Luke Bryan “On how to pronounce gyro,” a short video from National Geographic on Ancient Greece, a video on “How to Dance the Hasapiko,” and Giannis Antetokounmpo inviting us to visit Greece:

HFS also noted that the the 3rd Annual New York Greek Film Expo, previously scheduled for June 11-20, has been postponed due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus. HFS will keep us informed of revised plans as they develop.

More information about HFS is available online: https://hellenicfilmusa.org.
And on Youtube, search Hellenic Film Society USA.

source thenationalherald.com

Pineapple, turmeric and coconut smoothie

By: Λάμπρος Βακιάρος | Liqueurs-Smoothies, Mediterranean Cooking

The ingredients in this smoothie are loaded with fiber and nutrients. It’s the best way to start your day!

Serves: 15 Prep. time: 2′ + soaking overnight Cooks in: 0′ Ready in: 3′

350 g fresh pineapple
140 g banana
160 g red apple
3 g turmeric
30 g chia seeds
15 ml coconut oil
240 ml coconut or rice or cow’s milk
10 ice cubes


Step 1
Soak chia seeds in a little milk or water overnight in the fridge.

Step 2
The next day peel all fruit and transfer in a blender. Add remaining ingredients and whizz until really smooth.

Step 3
Divide smoothie in glasses and enjoy on ice.

Και η συνταγή στα ελληνικά: Αποτοξινωτικό smoothie με ανανά, κουρκουμά και καρύδα