Παρασκευή, 1 Φεβρουαρίου 2019

Chinese “Year of the Pig” Celebrated in Athens


Photo source: AMNA
Hundreds of Greek citizens joined members of the vibrant Chinese community in Athens on Tuesday to welcome the nascent Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, which begins on Feb. 5 this year.
A giant costumed character of a pig greeted the audience at the entrance of the show “Happy Chinese New Year 2019-Night of Beijing”. The year 2019 is the “Year of the Pig” according to the Chinese zodiac.
The hall of the Technopolis Cultural Center, a major cultural venue in Athens, was fully packed with visitors who took in the spectacular show featuring dancers and acrobats.
Photo source: AMNA
The performance given by artists from several prestigious troupes in China, such as Beijing’s Dance Academy and China’s National Acrobatic Troupe, enthralled the audience.
Chinese Ambassador to Greece Zhang Qiyue addressed the attendees of the event.
“Although China and Greece are far away geographically, they respect and understand each other, and are linked with strong friendship,” said the Chinese ambassador.
She added that the cooperation between the two countries has proved fruitful, and the cultural exchanges between the two countries have increased a great deal over the years.
The Chinese ambassador received a big round of applause when she said “Kali Chronia”, or “Happy New Year” in Greek to the audience, Xinhua news agency reports.
source: Greek reporter

Greece Seeks UNESCO Heritage Status for Spinalonga Islet (video)



Greece’s Culture ministry submitted a nomination to UNESCO on Tuesday asking them to declare Crete’s Spinalonga islet, with its impressive sixteenth-century Venetian fortress, a new “World Heritage Site”.
The Central Archaeological Council of Greece had earlier given its approval to the ministry’s management plan for the islet. Spinalonga had also served as a leper colony in the 20th century, up until the year 1957.
“The possible inclusion of the islet will make it the first site in Crete to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List,” noted Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, the secretary general of the Culture Ministry.
Spinalonga Fortress is the second-most visited archaeological site in Crete after the palace of Knossos, and is the sixth most popular site in the nation of Greece.
Located in the Gulf of Elounda on northeastern Crete, Spinalonga is known for its small pebble beaches and shallow aquamarine waters, as well as its Fortress and abandoned leper colony. The island can easily be accessed from Plaka, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.
The last Greek monument to be included on the UNESCO list was the archaeological site of Philippi in northern Greece, which was added in July of 2017.
source: greek reporter

Πέμπτη, 24 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Greece to Participate in 2019 New York Times’ Travel Show

The Greek National Tourism Organization will participate in the New York Times Travel Show 2019, which will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, from January 25 to January 27, 2019.
Eight co-exhibitors, including regions and municipalities from across the nation of Greece, will take part in the show and promote the Greek tourist product.
The New York Times Travel Show is one of the most important travel trade shows for North American merchants and consumers, and is being held for the 16th year, since its inception in 2003.
Last year, the show drew a total of 32,398 visitors, an amount which represented an impressive increase of 11 percent over 2017’s attendance figures.
More than 600 exhibitors from 176 countries around the world participated in the enormous exposition, including the European Commission, Visit Europe, the European Travel Commission and ten other European destinations through their official tourism organizations.
Over one hundred cultural events from around the world were also presented at the 2018 show. The large increase in participation and the great interest shown in European exhibits are seen as good omens for European recreational travel in the U.S. market.
The recreational travel sector currently represents more than $100 million in revenue for travel exhibitors.
Beyond networking, promoting new products and building new business relationships with tourism professionals, it is estimated that those who will participate in this year’s show will see additional sales amounting to more than $7.5 million.
source: greek reporter
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