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Greek Tourism Minister Issued Reassuring Statement   
29 May 2012 | “Greece is as timeless, as the warm welcome of the Greeks. That’s the way it has always been – and 2012 will be no exception.” These were the closing words of a statement, issued today by the newly appointed Greek minister of culture and tourism Tatiana Karapanagioti. Member of the interim caretaker government, she aimed at assuring foreign tourists that the coming season “the Greek holiday experience will be as rich and rewarding as it has always been”.

“I have held extensive discussions with leading tourism industry associations. Everyone has expressed a strong commitment [to ensure this|,” read the statement.

Recently there are serious fears for the tourist industry of the country, which last year attracted the unprecedented 16.5 million visitors. According to some of the darker forecasts it may lose some 25% of its usual number of German tourists, which would mount to a million visitors less. Media reported that this is due not so much to the euro crisis in the country, but to the growing anti-German feelings amongst the Greeks.

Paradoxically, the country’s political situation have quieted down the trade unions and have lowered the prices, so that now Greece is a great value for money destination.

“Greece is here as it always has been, and as it always will be, offering tourists a unique travel experience. Our land is as beautiful as ever, out cultural heritage as rich as ever,” Karapanagioti said.

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Mount Athos Area KOUZINA 2014

The most famous Greek culinary event!
With the signature of the famous Greek chef Dina Nikolaou

Mount Athos Area Kouzina is a month long annual food festival which takes place from the 15th of May till the 15th of June, attracting foodies from all over the world.
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Curiosity Chest

Greece and Albania: In the Kingdom of Ali Pasha

While travelling through the Balkans, Morelle Smith gets to know the infamous Ali Pasha, the “Lion of Ioannina.” First through the eyes of nineteenth-century writer Dora d'Istria and then through the impressive architectural heritage he left in Albania and Northern Greece. And she falls for his charms. And how could she not, knowing how fiercely Ali Pasha treated the women who turned him down? Full Story

Useful Reads

In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story


Unbearable Nostalgia, After Theo Angelopoulos

Eleni Karaindrou | Elegy of the Uprooting |Crammed/Dyukyan Meloman, 2006
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