Πέμπτη 26 Μαρτίου 2020

New York Times: “Greece has 227 islands. See how to choose”

The islands cater for all tastes 

 New York Times published a feature piece presenting the unique beauties of the 227 Greek islands and pointers on which one to choose for holidays.

According to the article, 30 million travellers visit Greece annually and pick islands in six main island regions of the country.

The piece entitled “Greece has 227 islands. See how to choose” focuses on the criteria one must have to select the ideal island destination for their taste.
Greece receives approximately 30 million international visitors each year, with many heading to the country’s six main island regions.
Choosing where to visit depends on your entry point — Greece has 15 international airports — and how much time you have.
Ferries are an ideal way to get around, especially if you’re a first-time visitor.
Sights from the sea can be breathtaking and during various island stops vendors come on board selling snacks, like the must-try nougat pies on routes heading to the Cyclades.
Even though some islands may seem close geographically, trips can be long with ferries making multiple stops or not having daily departures. Ferries.gr and Ferryhopper.com are reliable sites for researching and booking tickets in advance, which is advised.
 more at nytimes.com

Τετάρτη 25 Μαρτίου 2020

Greek Tourism Sector Recovery Depends on Covid-19 Crisis Duration, Says BoG

The duration of the coronavirus pandemic will be the decisive factor for the Greek tourism industry’s comeback, according to Bank of Greece (BoG) Governor Yannis Stournaras.

According to the March report issued by the central bank, it is too early to assess the repercussions of the coronavirus health crisis on the Greek economy but the tourism industry and particularly revenue is set to suffer a blow.

“The outlook for the tourism sector for 2020 is expected to be affected by the extent of the coronavirus spread,” said the BoG.

At the same time, the latest decisions to ban all circulation and travel, close down hotels for a month, stop incoming flights, as well as impose 14-day quarantines in efforts to restrict the spread of Covid-19 have already taken a toll on the industry.

Demonstrating the importance of the tourism industry today compared to a decade ago, central bank data cites 2019 travel receipts which came to 18.2 billion euros accounting for 9.7 percent of GDP at current rates. In 2010, tourism accounted for a mere 4.3 percent of GDP.

At the same time, the sector’s seasonality is also set to impact revenue. It should be noted that four months – June, July, August, and September – accounted for 73.9 percent of all tourism-related revenue in the last nine years.

Indicatively, in 2019, out of a total of 18.2 billion euros in annual travel receipts, 13.3 billion euros were generated in the June-September period.

Other negative factors include the uncertainty and the resulting deterioration of the investor climate.
Last year’s tourism performance with increased arrivals and overnight stays for a seventh consecutive year had paved the way for an even stronger year in 2020 before the Covid-19 crisis hit.

According to 2019 figures, the number of beds increased by 1.4 percent in 2019 against 2018 boosting employment by 9 percent.

Lastly, according to the BoG report, besides tourism, other sectors set to feel the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic and suffer losses include transport, trade, F&B, and services related to entertainment and recreation.

Δευτέρα 23 Μαρτίου 2020

Τρίτη 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2019

Breakfast next to the sea

Beach House


In a unique place, fully harmonized with the natural environment, where everything is carefully tailored to the smallest detail, you can enjoy a rich breakfast with delicious flavors.

 The comfortable seating, the unique tastes and the view of the deep blue sea, will give you the most fresh and dynamic start for a day of outdoors in Plakias!

The Beach House is an all-day bar mix, we start the day with fresh orange juice, coffee and delicious brunch and continue with cold and hot snacks, fresh organic Greek salad at the end of the day we offer first class alcohol cocktails.

Do you prefer breakfast in the privacy of your luxury suite? Just let us know.

Beach House by Plakiassuites

FoodTreX Travel Summit: Greece can become world’s number 1 food tourism destination

In Greece total revenues from tourism amount to 16 billion Euros & 4 billion of that concerns the gastronomy sector

Gastronomy tourism is estimated at some $1 trillion globally, according to the founder of the World Food Travel Association, Erik Wolf, while the association’s ambassador in Greece, Maria Athanasopoulou, says that “our country has got what it takes to be the world’s number 1 food tourism destination in the next decade, provided we step up to conquer that and work all together as one.”

They both spoke on the sidelines of the FoodTreX International Food Travel Summit in Thessaloniki on Monday, with Wolf presenting data that showed 93 percent of global travelers seek gastronomic experiences during their travels while 25 percent of tourists “spend considerable sums” on food and drink in the countries they visit.

In Greece, “total revenues from tourism amount to 16 billion euros, and 4 billion of that concerns the gastronomy sector – i.e. 25 percent of takings,” he pointed out.
Source: tornosnews

Region of Crete picks up golden tourism award for its social media presence

The region won in the “Digital & Technology” category

The administrative region of Crete picked up a Golden Award at the Tourism Awards 2019 at the Foundation of the Hellenic World, in the category “Digital & Technology”.

The prize was awarded for Crete’s strategic presence in social media, its methodical work, and innovative and smart concepts, as expressed via its “Incredible Crete” accounts on Instagram and Facebook.

Michalis Vamiedakis, the region’s appointed advisor received the award on behalf of Crete.

“The integrated campaign of promotion of the Region of Crete in social media has stood out, with the Cretan hospitality, gastronomy, culture, products and especially its people being at the forefront”, he said.

The Tourism Awards were organised by the Hotel & Restaurant of Boussias Communications, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), and Marketing Greece.
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Greece’s 2021-2030 Tourism Plan is Based on 7 Pillars – Minister

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Monday presented the pillars of Greece’s strategic tourism plan for the 2021-2030 period.

“This is a plan based on sustainable development, diversification of the tourism product, season expansion, the emergence of new destinations, the enhancement of the value added product, which will lead to salary raises for the sector’s workforce; and strengthening the country’s image in international markets,” Minister Theoharis said while speaking in parliament.

As underlined by the minister, Greece’s strategic tourism plan for the 10-year period of 2021-2030 is based on seven pillars:
  • Adequate access to attract more tourism flows in the coming years.
  • Evaluating and improving private infrastructure and its sustainable management and development.
  • Evaluating and managing the guest experience and improving public infrastructure.
  • The improvement of tourism education and training.
  • Product development and promotion.
  • Launching collaborations with tourism stakeholders.
  • Dealing with gaps in tourism legislation

During his speech, the minister referred to successful actions for the country’s tourism since the new government took over.

“Actions that have brought significant deals in the tourism field with the launch of new air routes for 2020, such as the Shanghai-Athens and Bahrain-Mykonos routes,” he said.

Moreover, the minister referred to the announced Doha-Santorini route and to the new strategic investments that recently received the “green light” from the inter-ministerial committee and which are expected to create some 2,000 new jobs in the tourism industry.

Citing data, the minister said that in the nine-month January – September 2019 period, tourism revenue exceeded the revenue recorded throughout 2018. The data also showed that during the corresponding nine-month 2017 period, tourism revenue was down by 200 million euros from the total revenue of 2016. Minister Theoharis added that in the first the nine months of 2018, tourism revenue was 500 million euros less than the revenue recorded for the whole of 2017.

“All this while we managed to manage Thomas Cook’s bankruptcy with provisions for the benefit of businesses and employees,” he said, referring to the rise in tourism revenue this year.

In addition, the minister announced that Greece’s new tourism campaign for 2020 will launch by the Greek National Tourism Organization in January. “This is the first time the country’s tourism campaign is starting so early,” he underlined.

Referring to the ministry’s goals for the new year, the minister underlined the promotion of sustainable tourism as a priority.

“From now the Tourism Ministry will go ‘plastic free’ to pass a message for the environment,” he said.
Also, making major changes to Greece’s tourism education, promoting accessible tourism for people with disabilities, attracting more investments and focusing on new digital tools for the promotion of new businesses are also high on the ministry’s agenda for 2020.