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Blue Star Ferries now in Chania from 23rd of April 2010

BLUE_HORIZONAttica Group is pleased to announce the launch of a new service to be operated by the car-passenger ferry BLUE HORIZON as of Friday 23rd April 2010 in the route PIRAEUS - CHANIA
Ultramodern BLUE HORIZON has a speed of 23 knots per hour, capacity of 1,505 passengers, 580 of which can be accommodated in 184 cabins, and garage decks for 900 private vehicles or alternatively for 130 trucks and 70 private vehicles.
BLUE HORIZON offers A la Carte restaurant, Self-Service restaurant, Bars, shops, swimming pool, play ground, lounges, air type seats and all first class facilities and services on board for a comfortable and pleasant trip.
BLUE HORIZON departs daily from Piraeus to Chania at 14:45 and from Chania to Piraeus at 23:00.
The deployment of BLUE HORIZON doubles the daily itineraries in the route Piraeus-Chania.
Attica Group, through the launch of BLUE HORIZON in Chania and the established service of SUPERFAST XII in the route of Heraklion, strengthens its presence in Crete, by offering high standard services to the two main ports of the island and by contributing to the increase of the total traffic to Crete in a period of economic recession.
Athens, April 23, 2010


Samaria Gorge opens its "gates" on the 1st of May

samaria gorgeSamaria Gorge opens its "gates" for the entire length of the journey on the 1st of May.
The entry is permitted all along the main path (Xiloskalo - St. Roumeli).
It also announced the operation of the Information Center at Xyloskalo (Omalos) the days on Wednesdays and Sundays from 11:00a.m. to 14:00p.m.
The announcement of Division of Forestry noted, "if weather conditions change, to the extent that problems arise in the smooth passage of the visitors, the Department of Forestry Chania can decide on the prohibition the entry of visitors to the National Forest.

Agreement between CED and the island of Crete, Greece

The World Centre of Excellence for Destinations (CED) announced the signing of an important agreement with the island of Crete, in Greece, with the goal of implementing its System of Measures for Excellence in Destinations (SMED) in the largest of the Greek islands.
This agreement was officially confirmed today by Ms. Brigitta Papastavrou of ELAGRO, Mr. Schinaraki, Head of Prefecture of Heraklion and President of the Cretan Quality Agreement, and the President of the CED, Mr. Andre Vallerand, in the presence of Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Ms. Aggeliki Gerekou, Greek Minister of Tourism, Dr. Cesar Castaneda Vazquez del Mercado, Director of Operations of the CED, and Mr. Manolis Psarros, Head of Sustainable Tourism Development/ELAGRO.
This agreement aims to establish a tourism profile of the Island of Crete and assist it in gauging itself to face international competition, while facilitating the attainment of its objectives in sustainable development. The SMED also aims to improve the quality of the experience offered to tourists and to strengthen the geographical character of a tourist destination (environment, culture, heritage, well-being of the residents, etc.) while strategically identifying major issues facing tourist destinations around the world.
“Greece is the first country to identify the SMED as a national tool in several destinations. Moreover the Island of Crete is the second SMED evaluation conducted in Greece as part of this partnership relationship with ELAGRO”, noted Mr. Andre Vallerand. To date, twelve destinations around the world have been evaluated by the SMED. Several others have expressed their interest in the SMED and new agreements will be announced shortly.
Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the CED has signed partnership agreements with Canada Economic Development for the Quebec regions, the Ministere du Tourisme du Quebec and the Ministere des Affaires Municipales et des Regions du Quebec.

EasyJet flies to Chania

ejheader2easyJet, the largest UK airline announced a new route, London-Chania across its European network in 2010. Flights are 3 times per week as follows:
  • London (Gatwick) to Chania from 23 May (Tue, Wed & Sun)

Promotion of Greece continues despite crisis

Greek National Tourism Organization will participate in a total of 54 international travel fairs in the first quarter of 2010, according to Tourism Deputy Minister, Angela Gerekou.
The Minister stressed that the country would participate in alternative and special forms of tourism fairs for the first time. Selection of these fairs was based on the criterion to maximize the country’s tourist product.

Greece Among Top 10 Destinations by Gate 1 Travel

Greece was among the destinations recommended by the US-based travel company Gate 1 Travel as the best places to travel to in 2010.
The list, cited by Reuters, put Greece in third, respectively, preceded only by Italy and Egypt.
Greece, according to the list, “is a sought-after destination where beauty, culture, and history collide. With gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, and tributes to the Gods, honeymooners often retreat to the Greek Isles for a romantic getaway, while avid travelers dig deep into the history of the country.”

Ξεχωριστός προορισμός τα Χανιά

Εκδήλωση - δεξίωση με την ευκαιρία της ανάληψης καθηκόντων επιτίμου προξένου της Ομοσπονδιακής Δημοκρατίας της Γερμανίας από την κ. Αργυρώ Γαναδάκη και την αποχώρηση του προκατόχου της κ. Μιχαήλ Καϊτατζίδη πραγματοποίησε χθες στο Κέντρο Αρχιτεκτονικής της Μεσογείου η Γερμανική Πρεσβεία.
Στην εκδήλωση το "παρών" έδωσε ο πρέσβης της Ομοσπονδιακής Δημοκρατίας της Γερμανίας στην Αθήνα Δρ Βόλφγκανκ Σούλτχαϊς.
Ο κ. Σούλτχαϊς ευχαρίστησε τον κ. Καϊτατζίδη για το έργο που προσέφερε εδώ και δέκα χρόνια στο Προξενείο και παράλληλα καλωσόρισε την κ. Γαναδάκη στα νέα της καθήκοντα.
Όπως ανέφερε ο πρέσβης της Ομοσπονδιακής Δημοκρατίας της Γερμανίας "τα Χανιά είναι η πόλη που έρχομαι πιο συχνά από οποιοδήποτε άλλο μέρος της Κρήτης. Η Κάντανος, το Μάλεμε, τα Ανώγεια ανήκουν στις τουριστικές περιοχές της Κρήτης που επισκέπτομαι περισσότερο. Είναι η ομορφιά του νησιού, τα Λευκά Όρη, τα φαράγγια και η φιλοξενία της Κρήτης που κάνουν αυτόν τον τόπο να ξεχωρίζει".

Cheap flights from Newcastle to Heraklion

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EasyJet new routes for Crete in 2010

ejheader2easyJet, the largest UK airline announced it would launch a further 21 new routes in the coming year, taking the total number of routes to be launched across its European network in 2010 to 70.
In new routes, Crete is also included as follows:
  • Bristol to Heraklion from 17 July (Wed & Sat)
  • Geneva to Heraklion from 19 June (Tue & Sat)