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ITB 2018: Greece Sees 30% Rise in Early Bookings from German Market

Early holiday bookings to Greece for the 2018 season are up 25 to 30 percent from the German market, compared to 2017, Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura said on the first day of the ITB Berlin 2018 trade show on Wednesday.

Speaking to GTP Headlines on the sidelines of the exhibition, Minister Kountoura said that some tour operators are even seeing early bookings for Greece rising over 30 percent this year.

“Germany is following Greek tourism’s growth trend of the last three years, which showed records in both arrivals and revenue… This year started very well from all our traditional markets – we are first or second in their travel preferences – and this can also be confirmed here at ITB, which is a leading tourism exhibition… I think that Greece is now a world leader in global preferences,” she said.

More flights to Greece
Moreover, the minister said that more airline companies are including additional flights to Greece in their schedules this year. “This is extremely important as in 2017 we had more than 2,000 additional flights added for Greece and this year we are seeing a 10 percent rise,” she said.

While in Berlin, Minister Kountoura will attend scheduled meetings with Germany’s major tour operators, airline companies, journalists and Greek media correspondents.

By Nikos Krinis

Mar 09, 2018
Corfu – paradisul de smarald de care te îndrăgostești pe viață

De Mădălina Isar

Întinsă pe o suprafață de peste 580 km pătrați, Corfu cuprinde atracții naturale și numeroase construcții istorice – de la Palatul lui Sissi, cele două fortărețe din Kerkyra și pană la Blue Lagoon, Peșterile Albastre sau Paleokastritsa, simbolurile locului te vor ține ocupat un sejur întreg odată ce ai poposit aici.

Croaziere de lux pe vasul cu podea din sticlă
Corfu îți rezervă numeroase surprize pe parcursul sejurului tău. În funcție de preferințe te poți bucura de relaxare sau de nopți pline, ori le poți combina pe ambele într-o escapadă de neuitat. Alege o croazieră spre Diapontia Island – un grup de mici insulițe răsfirate în apele Mării Ionice, aflate la o distanță de numai 6 km de Corfu și la 40 km depărtare de coasta Italiei.

Poți opri pe plajele sălbatice din Othonoi și Mathraki și să practici scufundări în golful insuliței Ereikoussa. La fel de relaxantă poate fi și o croazieră în vaporul piraților spre Peșterile Albastre, așa numitul Palat de cleștar al nimfei Nausika. Cu un iaht VIP cu podea din sticlă ai șansa să admiri spectacolul subacvatic în timp ce te îndrepți spre cel mai popular loc din Corfu – Laguna Albastră, locul unde s-au filmat și câteva cadre din celebrul blockbuster Blue Lagoon cu Brooke Shields și Christopher Atkins, în roluri principale.

Dacă îți plac plimbările pe mare ceva mai lungi poposește pe insulițele Paxos și Antipaxos, unde plajele virgine cu nisip alb te așteaptă să te răsfeți la soare. Bucură-te de o plimbare boemă în Gaios, orașul principal din Paxi, cu un centru istoric fabulos în stil venețian, mici bisericuțe bizantine și terase pescărești unde poți încerca cea mai bună dorada în stil local.

Feb 13, 2018
Irene Pouliasi at the group exhibition "An Elephant In The Room" in London

Irene Pouliassi, Gardenia White, Wei-Chung Lu, Yi-Chung Huang
Curated by: Sotheby’s:
Angela Kim & Sam Roknivand

"An Elephant in the Room" exhibits the works of four artists exploring Fear, War, Death and Freedom approaching these matters from different perspective, dealing with the desensitized world around them.

The exhibition title refers to the metaphorical idiom for an obvious problem that no one wants to discuss or challenge. Irene Pouliassi’s abstract installation titled “Deathnaut’sTrail” takes a critical view to the philosophical discourse of abjection. She portrays human flesh, bones, and human hair as symbol of the existential vulnerability of being and the process of the aesthetics evolution of the human form in Post-mortem state. For her, ‘An Elephant in the Room’ means others thinking they are safe and immortal. Similarly, Gardenia White’s work deals with the issues of violence and the aftermath of wars. For example, in her installation she questions whether artwork can depict the impact of the war, the injustice and the human suffering that it causes. She examines the invasion of Iraq war and its impact on her work using materials such as rust, copper and iron powder.

In contrast, Wei-Chung Lu interprets the title in a more direct way. Her work represents an ‘Elephant’ itself in order to show that the society should neither try to hide things that are sensitive or controversial nor express it in an obscure way. Moreover, Yi-Chung Huang’s “Disappearing Border” shows a World Map with nail pushpins around the countries, such as Kosovo, Abkhazia, Somaliland and Taiwan. He invites viewers to mark the countries that they think should have a right to be independent with the extra nail push pins provided at the exhibition. His practice on the map is an attempt to express the political realism in the international society.

"An Elephant in the Room" addresses our attempt to tackle conflicts in our contemporary world. They all hope to create engagement and a place for reflection of what makes us human.

Exhibition duration: 15-17 Φεβρουαριου 2018
Thu. 15/2. 17:00-21:00
Fri. 16/2, 9:00-21:00
Sat.17/2, 10:00-17:00

16 John Islip St,
Westminster, London
ContactNo.: 004407505472586

Feb 12, 2018
Eco-Travel: The 10 Best Things to Do in northern Corfu in 2018

1. Trekking on Mountain Pantokratoras (Almighty)
Pantokratoras is the highest mountain in Corfu with an altitude up to 917m. There you’ll discover the traditional small villages Palia (Old) Perithia and Nea (New) Perithia. Prepare yourself to walk on paths  among cypresses and buildings in a mix of Greek and Italian style. If you approach the start and ending point of the mountain on foot, you can notic e the Italian influence in the architecture of this quiet mountain village. This wonderful ride takes you on a circuit of the high ridge of the Cross. All the way you can enjoy the fantastic view from the altitude of Pantokrator. Following the road to the Cross, you’ll pass the house in Dafnata and than, walking on the main road, you’ll see the Stroggyli valley, the Korission lake and the mountain villages Agios (St.) Mathaios and Vounatiades. On our way up we’ll find a magnificent cave, used as shelter years ago. Once again, the geographical landscape looks amazing. A little further, after a short detour, there is a magical chapel, built upon rocks overhanging the hill. At this point, we leave the path behind us, and continue on the local road, always having as companion the fantastic view from Pantokratoras. Here you’ll find yourself in front of a dilemma; you can either to continue the road, or to walk through the picturesque village so you can admire the old traditional Greek buildings. Either way, at the end of the road, a refreshing soda and a good tavern with traditional food will be waiting for you.Required equipment: climbing boots or any other shoes suitable for walking.

2. Discover the Caves (Loutses & Klimatia)
The Cave of Loutses (Grava for the locals) is situated near the village Loutses on Pantokratoras, at an altitude of about 300 meters. The entrance of the Cave of Loutses is located in a deep hollow with imposing, vertical walls. A path that requires special attention during winter due to slipperiness, takes you inside the cave where, the soil is completely flat and above you, the roof is full of geological formations. If you are inside the cave and look upwards at the opening of the cave, from which comes the sunlight, you will be impressed by the sense of isolation and serenity that this dark cave offers. The Cave of Anthropograva is located near the village Klimatia, at an altitude of 270 meters, just a few meters from the road which leads to the monastery of Agia Triada, in the northern part of the island. The Cave of Anthropograva is the most interesting among the recently known and accessible caves of the island. The road which reaches very close to it, is covered with asphalt, while access to it is through a cobble-paved path. The entrance to the Cave of Anthropograva has an opening reaching 4 meters and a height reaching approximately 2,50 meters

3. Discover the Waterfalls (Nymfes & Kyprianades)
The Waterfalls of Nymfes are the most impressive of the whole island and they are located just outside Nymfes, this lovely village which, is built on the mountain Pantokratoras , in a verdant area with oak and holly trees. In order to reach the Waterfalls of Nymfes you must cross through the village, pass outside the local football pitch and follow a rural dirt road for about a half kilometer. The scenery in the Waterfall of Nymfes is enchanting. Rapid waters fall from a height greater than 10 meters into the verdant ravine. Two other, smaller waterfalls are also nearby. The waterfalls are best visited in the spring after the winter rains.The second largest waterfall on the island of Corfu, right after the waterfall in Nymfes, is the Waterfall in Kyprianades, of about 8 meters high. It is formed by a tributary of the Tyflos River, the creek of Klimatia which on its course towards the north Ionian Sea also passes outside the village of Kyprianades. Access to the Waterfall of Kyprianades is relatively easy. It is possible through a small path of about 500 meters which starts from the fountain in the southwest of the village. For those who love nature and hiking, an excursion to the Waterfall in Kyprianades, will be unforgettable.

4. Met the Antinioti Lagoon
Antinioti Lagoon or Limnothalassa Antinioti is situated on the North of the island off the main road towards the coast in the region of Thinali. At the far end of the main beach at Agios (Saint) Spyridon on the North of the island is an inlet for the Lake, there is a small bridge here that will take you to the area known as Nissos Island. This is a protected area in Corfu and is abundant with flora and wildlife including the threatened Otter species Lutra-lutra, and many rare orchids and offer great environmental interest. The lagoon area is about 1,000,000 square metres in size, comprising of around 400,000 for the lake with the remaining area accounting for the marshes and reed beds. The lagoon area is listed on the European Environment agencies website and is a protected area categorised on the European Nature Information System (EUNIS) under Natura 2000. In 1992 legislation was introduced to protect the most seriously threatened habitats across Europe and Natura 2000 was the result of this legislation bringing together special areas of protection and conservation. This wetland situated on the northern coast of the island of Kerkyra (Corfu) is important for the threatened species Lutra lutra as well as for the ecological balance in the area. In addition, the site is characterized by a variety of habitats, and human activities have not yet exerted much influence upon it. This is of great importance for an island like Kerkyra which shows great tourist development and great pressure due to building construction. The wetland and the nearby habitats are kept in rather good condition.

5. Discover thw Erimitis park (As much as you can)
A verdant paradise with deep blue waters, a labyrinthine coastline where, beaches, coves, capes and three lakes are formed that make it a significant wetland, called Erimitis which is located between Agios Stefanos in Sinies and the beach of Avlaki, in the north-eastern part of the island. The position of Erimitis, right across the Albanian shores, exactly in the northern strait of the island, prevented any development or activity in the region which was used by the Venetians for defensive reasons. In order to eliminate hazards to ships passing through the strait, during the English occupation, in the islet Kapareli a lighthouse of a height of 9 meters was built, the second oldest of Corfu. The oldest lighthouse is the one of the Old Fortress.Erimitis includes a continuation of six beaches, a complex of three lakes (Vromolimni, Akoli , Savoura) and is a shelter for a number of rare birds and animals, such as otter. Along with the Lagoon of Antiniotis in the west and the wetland of Vouthrotos (Butrint) in the opposite Albanian shores, they constitute a single wetland system of great ecological value.Erimitis has remained intact from tourism as it is only accessible on foot through paths or by boat from the sea. A resort will soon be built in the area. Soon to prevent...

6. Cycling in traditional mountain village Perithia
Mountain routes, on road routes, trails of differential altitudes, a huge network of unpaved roads, places that can only be reached by bike, cliffs and mountains are abundant in Northern Corfu welcoming all kinds of bikers. Spring and autumn are the seasons than can make you enjoy this experience to the full as nature is at its best decorated with a colourful wildflower patchwork and mesmerizing scents that soothe even the wildest of souls. Whether an on road route or off road route lover, all your five senses will be fine-tuned as your bike will become your means to a trip to paradise. Cycling through traditional mountain villages, like Old Perithia, is a trip through time. Old stone houses, friendly hospitable people and a breathtaking view is an experience not to be missed. As you ride your bike on the narrow cobbled streets, your mind travels back in time as if in a time machine. Old people will put a spell on you with their wide smiles and warm your heart and like the Sirens from Odyssey will make you  not want to go back. The luscious olive oil, the fruity local wines, the sweet kumquat liqueur and the overpowering scents of local herbs, are these people’s magic potions. As your trip continues, tamed creatures that roam the mountains will accompany you along the way.

7. Discover the natural of Nymphs’ Hermitage
Abandoned for a long time, the monastic Hermitage complex stands Northern to the village Nymphes (Nymphs). It’s considered one of the oldest Christian monuments on the island. Recently, there was a study on its buildings aiming their restoration presented as “Interpreting the breath of history edifices”. Beyond its historic value, the beautiful environment, the dense forest and the bordering valley constitute an interesting destination for all nature lovers and trekkers. According to the famous legend, in this corner of the world there was a hermit monk from Epirus in the 5th century. An older reference to the Hermitage is from a document in 1371, period when Corfu was ruled by Andecavi, sovereigns from Naples.

8. Diving in Kerasia beach
The Kerasia beach is a particularly lovely area to visit, so be sure to do a couple dives here. The sea is a wonderful place to discover, full of rare fish species and impressive sea plants. In one of the most beautiful locations of the island, Kerasia is hidden away, an impressive beach with white pebbles, luxuriant vegetation and clean, crystal clear waters. It is not random that in this region many luxurious villas have been built, including the mansion of the family of bankers Rothchild who host personalities from the international jet set. Bathers of this beach are mostly foreign tourists who stay in the rental villas in the region. Kerasia is a peaceful beach where there is only one tavern and a mini market on its outskirts. There are also parasols and deck-chairs for hire. You can also rent a pedalos and a canoe in order to enjoy a small ride on its lovely waters. Across, in the distance you can see the coasts of Albania. In order to get to Kerasia beach you must follow the road which passes through the picturesque fishing village of Agios Stefanos Sinion and continue by the coastline for about 1,5 kilometer.

9. Meet the organic oil in the monastery Kamarelas
The Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas is located in the region of Agioi Douloi in northern Corfu. It was establish as a convent in 1800 and continuously operates since then. The Sanctuary of the Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas was established in 1890 and is dedicated to the Metamorphosis of Sotiros and still operates. The dense vegetation of the verdant Corfu surrounds the Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas which was named after the homonymous spring with the name Kamarela that is nearby. Three chapels, among them the old Sanctuary, decorate the monastery, while the Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas is celebrated on the 6th of August. Inside an estate, far from the eyes of passers-by, the women of the monastery are engaged in the production of excellent quality organic oil, soap and wine, which are supplied by many locals and foreigners (oil awarded in 2006 as Europe's best oil during organic products exhibition in Switzerland - and 23rd in the world). In the area of Pantokratoras Monastery, there is also a small museum where you can see how it was a traditional olive press.ality organic oil, soap and wine, which are supplied by many locals and foreigners (oil awarded in 2006 as Europe's best oil during organic products exhibition in Switzerland - and 23rd in the world). In the area of Pantokratoras Monastery, there is also a small museum where you can see how it was a traditional olive press.

10. Discover the natural whith Horse riding
Horse riding in northern Corfu is an unique experience due to its natural beauty, pathways and beautiful beaches. There are a lot of places worth enjoying where you can reach only by foot or horse riding. There are a lot of horse riding centers, in Sidari, Acharavi, Peritheia, Kassiopi and Agios Stefanos, where you can enjoy mountain and sea rides. Further information about the centers is available on our business catalogue. You can enjoy single or group rides, always with a trainer by your side, mostly the centers’ owners. The routs last from 20min up to 3h for the most challenging and experienced. All organized centers offer all necessary equipment, while the horses are friendly and well trained for tours.

Feb 11, 2018
Discover the Pantokrator mountain range

Pantokratoras, the most astonishing view in Corfu. Pantokratoras is the highest mountain in Corfu with its height at 906m. It covers the NE edge of the island and ends E of Corfu strait. From its peak you have an outstanding view as you can see the entire island and a large part of nearby Albanian coast. During ancient Ages it was called Istoni. Its modern name is owed to the holy monastery of Pantokratoras, built almost on the top of the mountain in 14th century. Next to the monastery there is a coffee shop, and not far from it are placed few telecommunications towers.

In order to visit the traditional villages around Pantokratoras, where the time seems to have stopped, and where the mass tourism didn’t arrived yet, we advise you to follow the panoramic road. Following the coastal road from Corfu town toward northern Corfu, when you’ll arrive in Ypsos you must turn left toward Spartylas, so you’ll start ascending the mountain and after the first village you must turn right, towards Strinylas, a small village with 3 taverns, where you can stop for lunch. From Stinylas you’ll simply follow the road till its end, and you’ll reach the top of the mountain where you certainly shall by impressed by the superb panoramic view.

If you already arrived on the Northern side of the island, the road from the centre of Acharavi will drive you to the Pantokratoras through all its beautiful villages. Pantokratoras has an outstanding beauty and is well known for its beautiful pathways. From Strinylas there is an excellent path leading to the top, with an admirable view. The same path is used also by Mountain bikers, but is suitable for jeep if you prefer off road adventures.

Feb 10, 2018
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