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Skiathos hosts 8th World Trails Conference

World Trails Conference, SkiathosWorld Trails Conference, SkiathosThe 8th World Trails Conference took place in late September 2022 on the Greek island of Skiathos. The 5-day conference gathered 228 participants from 5 Continents and 32 countries and discussed issues such as sustainability of paths over time, technology, health, construction, promotion and certification, in particular the Green Flag Trails ecolabel. In parallel, an International Film Festival for Trails took place, while the new Skiathos Trails, a project implemented by Paths of Greece in collaboration with the Municipality of Skiathos, were also inaugurated

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New metro station in Piraeus showcases ancient heritage

New 'Municipal Theatre' Station, PiraeusNew 'Municipal Theatre' Station, Piraeus150 structures related to the City's ancient water supply system were uncovered during construction work and some of these are now part of a permanent exhibition at the new 'Municipal Theatre" underground railway station, one of three inaugurated on 10 October 2022. Piraeus has been the commercial port of Athens since ancient times and hosts important monuments that relatively few tourists visit. The new extension allows passengers to get from Athens Airport to the Port of Piraeus in approximately an hour.

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Ryanair attacks Fraport 'monopoly', pre-announces Athens base closure for winter - Η Ryanair επιτίθεται στο 'μονοπώλιο' της Fraport, προαναγγείλει κλείσιμο της βάσης της στην Αθήνα για το χειμώνα

In a new installment of its long-running antagonism with Greek airports operator Fraport, and its supposed high passenger fees (12 Euros per passenger), Ryanair announced its decision to in effect reduce winter flights to and from Athens as it failed to receive 'incentives' from the Greek government, who has yet to reply. In a press release the airline specifically called on Tourism Minister Kikilias to "finally reply in writing to Ryanair’s growth proposals that would transform Greek Tourism creating thousands of jobs in Greece during the winter period". Σε άλλο ένα επεισόδιο της διένεξης της με την Fraport, η Ryanair ανακοίνωσε ότι θα μειώσει το πτητικό της έργο από 29 Οκτωβρίου 2022 με βάση την Αθήνα επειδή δεν έλαβε κίνητρα από την Ελληνική Κυβέρνηση, η αντίδραση της οποίας αναμένεται. Στο δελτίο τύπου της η αεροπορική εταιρεία απευθύνεται συγκεκριμένα στον Υπουργό Τουρισμού τον οποίο καλεί "επιτέλους να απαντήσει γραπτώς στις αναπτυξιακές προτάσεις της Ryanair οι οποίες θα μεταμορφώσουν τον Ελληνικό Τουρισμό δημιουργώντας χιλιάδες θέσεις εργασίας κατά την χειμερινή περίοδο".

Σύγκρουση συμφερόντων οδηγεί σε παραίτηση στο ΔΣ του WWF - Conflict of interest leads to resignation from WWF Greece Board

Ο εφοπλιστής Φίλιππος Λαιμός παραιτήθηκε από μέλος του ΔΣ του WWF στις 29 Ιουλίου 2022, εξαιτίας της δικαστικής διαμάχης μεταξύ περιβαλλοντικών οργανώσεων και του αδελφού του και του ιδίου, σχετικά με την κατασκευή δύο βιλλών στο Πάπιγκο, εντός-σύμφωνα με τις οργανώσεις-του Εθνικού Πάρκου Βόρειας Πίνδου. Filippos Laimos, a shipowner, resigned from the board of directors of WWF Greece on 29 July 2022 citing conflict of interest resulting from the court case brought by leading environmental organizations against him and his brother, over the construction of two villas in Papigo, in land which - conservationists allege - is within the boundaries of the North Pindus National Park.

Διαβούλευση για Επισκέψιμα Ελαιοτριβεία - Public Consultation on Visitable Olive Presses

Τα Υπουργεία Τουρισμού και Αγροτικής Ανάπτυξης και Τροφίμων ανήρτησαν σε δημόσια διαβούλευση μέχρι 2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2022, σχέδιο Κοινής Υπουργικής Απόφασης για τη θεσμοθέτηση και τις τεχνικές-λειτουργικές προδιαγραφές των επισκέψιμων ελαιοτριβείων. The Ministries of Tourism and Agricultural Development and Food are calling for comments on a new ministerial bill that sets the technical and operational requirements of visitable olive presses, until 2 September 2022.

Μετά από τις αντιδράσεις "παγώνει" η υπουργική εγκύκλιος για 6ήμερη απασχόληση στον Τουρισμό-Επισιτισμό - Six-day week on hold after protests

Μετά από πολύωρη συνάντηση της Γ.Γ. Εργασίας και του Προεδρείου της ΠΟΕΕΤ συμφωνήθηκε η αναστολή εφαρμογής της εγκυκλίου του Υπουργείου Εργασίας που προέβλεπε τη δυνατότητα εξαήμερης εργασίας 40 ωρών ανά εβδομάδα και την έναρξη γύρου διαπραγματεύσεων με την εργοδοσία σχετικά με το καθεστώς των ημερών εργασίας. Η ισχύουσα συλλογική σύμβαση εργασίας υπεγράφη τον Ιούνιο του 2021.

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After a long meeting, the general secretary of Labour and the Board of the POEET Tourism & Food Worker Union, agreed to suspend the implementation of a circular of the Ministry of Labour that provided for the possibility of six-day work of 40 hours per week. A new round of negotiations with employers will take place regarding the status of working days. The current collective labour agreement in the Tourism and Restaurant sectors was signed in June 2021.

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Lampsa Hotels announce extra bonus for all staff

Lampsa SA, owners of the historic Athenian hotels Grande Bretagne and King George among others, are offering a Euros 1,000 bonus to all their employees in Athens, in recognition of their hard work during a season "of 100% occupancy". Hopefully other hotel companies will follow suit.

New hiking route inaugurated in Pertouli forest

A 16 km hiking route inside the "University Forest" of Pertouli, in northwestern Thessaly, was inaugurated today by government officials. The route consists of three main tour paths crossing the forest as well as old churches, fountains, gorges, WW2 monuments. A mobile app and website will also be created. The 3300 ha forest is managed by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Mega project to be developed in one of last remaining unbuilt areas of the Athenian Riviera

The Interministerial Strategic Investments Commission approved the EUR 840m "Saronida Olympos Golf Project", as a 'strategic project' to be developed in a natural unbuilt coastal, hilly area of 650 hectares, one of few remaining in Attica, between Saronida and Lagonissi. It involves the construction of a hotel complex, an 18-hole golf course, a heliport, a tourist village, shopping mall and marina in two stages within the next 8 years. The developers, Beta Real Estate Development SA promise to achieve a near zero carbon footprint by reforesting 300 hectares and by installing renewable energy infrastructure. Before the final go ahead an environmental impact assessment must be approved, and a presidential decree and a special spatial development plan must be issued. The land belonged to a building cooperative of health professionals, that apparently had been unable to gain the necessary permissions from consecutive governments. Premium public land in many coastal regions in Attica and the rest of Greece was acquired using dubious methods to be developed by building cooperatives ("oikodomikoi synetairismoi") formed by judges, policemen, doctors, lawyers, public servants and other professionals, in the era following the end of the civil war and until the end of the military dictatorship (1950-1974). 

Attica Hotel Employees to go on strike on 24 June

Hotel employees demand the signing of a collective agreement, wage increases and improvements in working conditions. The Restaurant, Tourism and Hotel Worker & Employees Syndicate argues that wage levels are at 2007 levels, staff has been halved since 2012 and visitation has quadrupled. A gathering will be held at Titania Hotel in central Athens at 9:30 am, on Friday 24 June. 

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Rodopi: Eurasian black vulture killed by wind turbine

The Evros Delta and Dadia National Park Management Unit announced the death of a Eurasian black vulture (Aegypius monachus), a near-threatened species, after a collision with a wind turbine within a Natura 2000 protected area in the Filiouri Valley. The dead vulture, had been marked in 2018 as a chick and also carried a transmitter. According to Sylvia Zakkak, a biologist working at the Unit, the incident proves the inadequacy of automated collision prevention systems of wind farms. In addition, such systems may displace bird populations. What is certain is that the installation of wind turbines close to important bird areas is a bad idea.

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