Intrepid Travel has joined forces the the MEET Network Association which focuses on Mediterranean protected areas, to offer tours in Crete, in Samaria Gorge, Sougia and Agios Ioannis villages. The seven day 'Highlights of Crete' tour is offered to the UK market at GBP 995 per person, from mid-August 2021.

The public consultation (dimosia diavoulefsi) for the draft tourism bill “DMOs, Thermal Springs of Greece, Zante Shipwreck, provisions for travel agencies, tourism enterprises and tourist accommodation and other regulations for tourism development” is open until Saturday, June 26 at 2pm. The bill introduces destination management organizations and key initiatives for the effective development of wellness tourism.

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UNWTO, the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the University of the Aegean will collaborate in establishing a research station dedicated to measuring the sustainable development of coastal and maritime tourism across the Mediterranean. The new monitoring centre at the University of the Aegean in Greece will capture and collate measurement data and analysis relating to the environmental, economic, and social impact of tourism. The Centre will also enjoy the support of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

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SETKE complains that the government continues to exclude small tourist accommodation from the pandemic-emergency support programmes as there is a requirement that such small businesses have employees. SETKE explains that most 7 to 10 room accommodation companies are family-owned thus they are ineligible. Apart from family members, such small companies may typically hire cleaners or gardeners, but unofficially.

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Visits to Prespa Lakes can now be more enjoyable as a new birdwatching App has been developed by the Society for the Protection of Prespa. By looking and listening carefully, and using the PrespaWings app, visitors may identify species and learn all about their characteristics and habits. The PrespaWings app is available for both Android and iOS.
Android: https://bit.ly/2XPVKHh 
iOS: https://apple.co/36PyHQV 

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The Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) and other environmentalists are celebrating a decision by the General Director of Environmental Policy of the Ministry of Environment and Energy that has halted plans to turn protected islets of the South Aegean Sea, dubbed 'Mediterranean Galapagos", homes to Eleonora's Falcon and many seabirds, into platforms for the erection of hundreds of wind turbines, right at the “heart” of one of the last refuges of biodiversity in Europe. HOS emphasizes that Greece must harmonize its national law with EU legislation and make a pre-screening of the suitability projects in terms of their location mandatory at the very start of the licensing process rather than wait for the Environmental Impact Assessment, prepared by consultants hired by the investors, at a late stage.

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A recent decision by the Supreme Labour Council (Anotato Symvoulio Ergasias) means that all Greek Hoteliers have to pay employees a minimum monthly wage of 792 to 863 Euros, according to their occupation, or 740 if they are hired for the first time. The decision extends and makes mandatory the Sectoral Agreement of Hotel Employees to all Hoteliers even if they are not members of the Hellenic Hoteliers Federation. 

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The Association of Licensed Tourist Guides in Greece held a protest rally outside the Ministry of Labour on 12 May 2021 to protest about the meager state support since the start of the pandemic. According to the Association, each Guide has received EUR 2,936 in total since early 2020. The Guides point out that it is far less than the monthly amount received by employees in all other sectors (EUR 534) even though Tourism is the hardest hit sector.

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The developers have leased the old Ottoman-era station of Alykes Kitrous, in Pieria, on the old Athens to Thessaloniki line from GAIAOSE, the public company that manages railway property and rolling stock. The EU-funded project involves the conversion of the station's main building into common areas while seven old wagons will be used as accommodation units. There will be facilities to host events and mosaic and ceramic workshops as well as a plot to grow organic vegetables. A bird observatory will be constructed on the roof of the main building as the station is just 300 metres from the Alykes wetland, part of the Axios Delta National Park, that hosts flamingos year-round. 

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Within the next four years the municipality of Athens plans to revamp four squares (Agias Eirinis, Agiou Georgiou Karytsi, Agion Theodoron, Ierou Lochou) and pedestrianize many streets in the so called "commercial triangle" in the centre of Athens near the tourist area, roughly between Omonoia and Syntagma squares. The project will cover around 48 acres.

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The "Cultural H.ID.RA.N.T." , EU-funded project, undertaken by the Municipality of Chalandri, aims to reveal and preserve this hidden, extensive, largely subterannean Roman-era infrastructure monument (built between 125-140 CE) which brought fresh water to the ancient city of Athens from nearby mountains Parnitha and Penteli. The monument will be as developed as a cultural heritage asset but also reused for irrigation purposes! The project hopes to regenerate 8,500 sq.m. of quality green, public space and create a stronger heritage branding for the periphery of the Athens Metropolitan Area.

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Πραγματοποιήθηκε την Παρασκευή 29/1 μέσω τηλεδιάσκεψης η επίσημη έναρξη του προγράμματος UIA CULTURAL HIDRANT. Την εκδήλωση άνοιξε ο δήμαρχος Χαλανδρίου Σίμος Ρούσσος Σίμος ενώ η υπεύθυνη του προγράμματος Αλεξάνδρα Αλεξανδροπούλου παρουσίασε τις κύριες δραστηριότητες και στόχους του προγράμματος: τη διαχείριση και ανάδειξη των «κοινών» της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς του Αδριάνειου Υδραγωγείου, την ανάπλαση του δημόσιου χώρου, και το σχέδιο άρδευσης κήπων και δημόσιων χώρων είτε με υδροφόρες είτε με αρδευτικό δίκτυο, το πρώτο του είδους σε αστική περιοχή.

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