Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Impact Of Social Media On Travel And Tourism [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social media has made a huge impact on essentially every major industry across the world, and the business of travel and hospitality has reaped the rewards perhaps as well as any other commercial venture. Travel and tourism depends heavily on the use of word-of-mouth to spread opinions and recommendations, and social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow customers to easily share tips and suggestions, which can be enormously valuable when positive. Some 92 percent of consumers said that they trusted earned media, which includes recommendations from friends and family members, more than any other form of advertising.
Moreover, a recent study showed that more than half (52 percent) of respondents changed their travel plans after researching their trip using social media. A heady 85 percent of travelers use their smartphones whilst abroad, and 52 percent of Facebook users said that their friends’ holiday photos had inspired their vacation choice.
This infographic from Four Pillars takes a closer look at the impact of social media on the travel and hospitality industry.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ios island ... church @ daylight

a superb #photo from #Ios #Cyclades #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece
PHOTO via: Christos Loufopoulos

Ios (GreekΊος, locally Νιός - Nios) is a Greek island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Ios is a hilly island with cliffs down to the sea on most sides, situated halfway betweenNaxos and Santorini. It is about 18 km (11 mi) long and 10 km (6 mi) wide, with an area of about 109 km² (42 mi²). Population was 1,838 in 2001 (down from 3,500 in the 19th century). Ios is part of the Thira regional unit. Ios was the setting for the movie Ginger and Cinnamon (Dillo con parole mie). Also, scenes from the film Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu) were shot in Manganari.

The Port of Ios is at the head of the Ormos harbor in the northwest. From there the bus or a 15-minute walk up the steep donkey path takes you to the village, known as Chora. Chora is a white and very picturesque cycladic village, full of stairs and narrow paths, that makes it inaccessible for cars of any kind. Today, the main path through this village is completely taken over by tourism in terms of restaurants, boutiques, bars and discothèques. Apart from the port and the village of Chora, Ios has only a few small settlements, just a group of spread out houses in the background of major beaches (Theodoti, Kalamos, Maganari). Since the 1990s, the island mayor Pousseos has worked on Ios' development towards attracting different types of tourists. With the help of European Community funds some roads have been built, all of them paved, and a scenic amphitheater has been created by the German architect Peter Haupt (who died in 2003) at the top of the village hill. Unfortunately, cultural events rarely take place up there.

Excavations on Skarkos hill unearthed a prehistoric settlement, proving that Ios has been inhabited since the early Cycladic period. The architecture at Skarkos is preserved in places up to a height of almost three meters, with most of the buildings evidently having two storeys, stone-paved floors and a sewage system. Numerous well-preserved pottery, tools and utensils made of metal, stone and bone were also discovered. Unfortunately, the Skarkos site remains largely unpublished. In 2008, Ios was among six European locations (out of 109 candidates) awarded the European Union Cultural Heritage prize for its exceptional conservation efforts at the archaeological site of Skarkos.
During later times, Ios made rather few marks in history. According to ancient tradition, Homer's mother was from Ios, and he himself was buried there - and indeed the locals will show visitors the site of the ancient town of Plakotos at the northernmost end of the island, where the rocky entrance to a tomb may be seen. There is no physical evidence connecting this with Homer however. There are signs of Mycenaean settlement. The north end of Ios has a ruined Venetian castle from the 15th century. The island is said to have 365 churches and chapels, like the days of the year.
Ios attracts a large number of young tourists, many of whom used to sleep on their sleeping bags during the 1970s on the popular beach of Mylopotas after partying through the night. Today Mylopotas beach has been developed to an equivalent mass package tourism resort like Platys Gialos and Paradise Beach of Mykonos.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lalaria beach Skiathos

Lalareality by vainas
Lalareality, a photo by vainas on Flickr.
Lalaria Beach #Skiathos island #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece
PHOTO via: Konstantinos Vainas

Skiathos (GreekΣκιάθοςpronounced [sciˈaθos]; Latin forms: Sciathos and Sciathus) is a small Greek island in the northwest Aegean Sea. Skiathos is the westernmost island in the Northern Sporades group, east of the Pelion peninsula in Magnesia on the mainland, and west of the island of Skopelos.

In Ancient times, the island played a minor role during the Persian Wars. In 480 BC, the fleet of the Persian King Xerxes was hit by a storm and was badly damaged on the rocks of the Skiathos coast. Following this the Greek fleet blockaded the adjacent seas to prevent naval invasion and provisions for the enemy of 300 Spartans who stood heroically at Thermopylaepass. The Persian fleet was defeated there at Artemisium and finally destroyed at the Battle of Salamis a year later. Skiathos remained in the Delian League until it lost its independence. The city was destroyed by Philip V of Macedon in 200 BC.
In 1207 the Gyzi brothers captured the island and built the Bourtzi, a small Venetian-styled fortress similar to the Bourtzi in Nafplio, on an islet just out of Skiathos Town, to protect the capital from the pirates. But the Bourtzi was ineffective in protecting the population and in the mid-14th century the inhabitants moved the capital from the ancient site that lay where modern Skiathos Town is to Kastro (the Greek word for castle), located on a high rock, overlooking a steep cliff above the sea at the northernmost part of the island.
In 1704 monks from Athos built the Evangelistria monastery which played a part on the Greek War of Independence as a hide-out for Greek rebels. The first flag of Greece was created and hoisted in the Evangelistria monastery in Skiathos in 1807. Several prominent military leaders (including Theodoros Kolokotronis and Andreas Miaoulis) had gathered there for consultation concerning an uprising, and they were sworn to this flag by the local bishop.
The film Mamma Mia was partially filmed on Skiathos and nearby island Skopelos. This has increased its popularity as a tourist destination since the release of the successful movie.After the War of Independence and demise of piracy in the Aegean, Kastro became less important as a strategic location. In 1830s, the island's capital was moved to the original site — where it still remains. Today, ruins of Kastro are one of tourist attractions. During the 19th century Skiathos became an important shipbuilding centre in the Aegean due to the abundance of pine forests on the island. The pine woods of the island were then almost obliterated. This was brought to a halt though, due to the emergence of steamboats. A small shipwright remains north of Skiathos Town, which still builds traditional Greek caiques.
Hollywood actor Richard Romanus moved to the island in 2001 with his wife. He has written a book about his move to the island called "Act III".

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Greek Beauties ...

Χρόνια Πολλά σ' όλες τις μανάδες του κόσμου !

#Greek Beauties ... #Chalki , #Greece
PHOTO via: Anna

Friday, May 11, 2012

Traditional wedding bread, Thermo Nafpaktias, Greece.

Traditional #wedding bread, #gastronomy #Thermo #Aetolia-Acarnania #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece
PHOTO via: Kakia Chatsiou

Thermo (GreekΘέρμο, before 1915: Κεφαλόβρυσον - Kefalovryson) is a town and a municipality in Aetolia-AcarnaniaGreece. It is located in the southeastern part of the regional unit, largely between Lake Trichonida (the largest natural lake in Greece) and the southern border of Evrytania. It has a land area of 333.701 km² and a 2001 census population of 9,299 inhabitants. Its municipal seat is the town of Thérmo (pop. 1,898). Its largest other towns are Análipsis (pop. 669), Petrochóri (527), Sitarálona (390), Palaiómylos (373), Myrtéa (355), and Amvrakía (349). Thermo took its name from the ancient city Thermos, that was located near the present town.

Castle of Platamonas

Castle of Platamonas by maksid
Castle of Platamonas, a photo by maksid on Flickr.
Castle of Platamonas #Pieria #Macedonia #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece
PHOTO via: maksid

Platamonas is a town and sea-side resort in south Pieria prefecture, Central Macedonia, Greece, near to the tallest mountain in Greece, the famous Mount Olympus.
Platamonas has a population of about 1,500 permanent inhabitants and it’s regarded as one of the most significant tourist destinations in Pieria. According to tradition its name originates either from the platan trees or from the broad sandy beaches, both of which can be found in the areas surrounding the town. Its most famous landmark is the venetian Castle of Platamon. The town is 54 km from the city of Larisa and 38 from the city of Katerini.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Supernatural @ Methana

Methana by 9eorge
Methana, a photo by 9eorge on Flickr.
Supernatural @ #Methana #Peloponnese peninsula, #Greece #travel #ttot #travelling2GR #visitGReece
PHOTO via: George Agathos

The peninsula is entirely of volcanic origin and contains over 30 volcanic eruption centers. The last volcanic eruption occurred near present-dayKameni Chora in 230 BC and a submarine volcano erupted in 1700. Famous writers such as OvidStrabo and Pausanias reported the last volcanic eruption in Methana. The peninsula is the northwesternmost of the arc of the Aegean islands of which the active volcanic areas are Methana, MilosSantorini and Nisyros. In the future, Methana (and the area of the Saronic gulf) may expect other volcanic eruptions.
The earliest known settlement (near the village of Vathy) dates from 1500–1300 BC. Many ancient sites were identified through the archaeological survey conducted in the 1980s by the University of Liverpool in association with the British School at Athens. The Acropolis Palaiokastro is located near the village of Vathy. The fortress is in Kypseli at the coast Akropolis Oga at the principal pace of Nisaki (Νησάκι, meaning little island). A Mycenaean settlement was excavated by Helene Konstolakis-Jiannopoulou in 1990 along with the chapel of Agios Konstantinos and Elenis. Selected artifacts can be visited in the museums of Poros island and in Piraeus. This site dates between 1500 and 1300 BC. In his History of the Peloponnesian WarThucydides tells of an Athenian expeditionary force under Nicias that after defeating Corinth (in 425 BC) built a wall across the isthmus to cut the Methana peninsula off from the mainland. In the Hellenistic period, the peninsula became one of the Ptolemaic bases in the Aegean when it was renamed Arsinoe. Traditionally, the population of Methana were Arvanites.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Travelling 2 Greece (T2G), we start!

We start, with the certainty that you would like and appreciate our exclusively “Greek” (travel, tourism, cultural and culinary) posts and that you will follow us for a long time.

You can check also our social media travel pages, rich in quality travel and tourism information, feature stories, special reports and many more... amongst other.!/travelling2GR our twitter account our photo choices on pinterest our microblogging website on posterous space our Facebook profile’s wall  our pictures/photos in flickr

Our website will be online soon.

It is a fresh effort to promote Greece’s unbelievable beauty.

On the above mentioned, you will find abundant destination management information, as well as themes, special reports and feature stories dedicated to urban, diving, medical, hiking, culinary/gastronomy and speleological tourism among other types of  thematic travelling.

We thank you in advance for your support and for your participation and involvement in our competitions, our photo library and our “tribute” posts.

Since Greece is its people...

We wish you amazing, travels and a good day

Demetrios Georgalas & Giorgos Andreou

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Earth hour 2012

In an era of deep financial crisis, where should we find a shelter?
Where can we find the valuable antidote to pessimism?
We suggest it can be found where the source of life originates.

For us this land is no other place, than Greece with its fabulous landscapes, and its fauna and flora.
It is our history, our cultural inheritance, the Greek local cuisine and its local products. 
In other words that might be the place, where one can find quality of life, sustainable development and quality tourism.

Today many might regard environmental protection as a luxury. 

We stand opposite to that view.

Protecting the environment for us is not a luxury it is rather a necessity.

We can save the environment and everything that it provides us for.

We can protect all of them honey, wine, olive oil, pride, the shade which trees provide us.

With this rationale we attribute a special meaning to Greek participation in Earth Hour urging Greek citizens to participate massively in Earth Hour sending their personal message of how.

On Saturday 31st March at 20:30 we all unite both our messages and our power and turn off the lights for one hour!

This action will signal that the next day is going to be the time for engagement and positive activism.

adaptation by D. K. Georgalas & G. Bekatoros

Thursday, March 29, 2012

η Ώρα της Γης 31 Μαρτίου 2012 ώρα 20:30

Σε μια εποχή βαθιάς κρίσης, πού πρέπει να οχυρωθούμε; Πού να ψάξουμε για το πολύτιμο αντίδοτο στην απαισιοδοξία; Θα λέγαμε, εκεί που βρίσκονται οι πηγές της ζωής. 

Για εμάς αυτός ο τόπος είναι η ελληνική φύση, με τις αμέτρητες εναλλαγές της. Δεν είναι μόνο τα μαγευτικά τοπία, τα ζώα και τα φυτά – είναι η ιστορία, η πολιτιστική μας κληρονομιά, τα τοπικά προϊόντα. Με άλλα λόγια, εκεί μπορεί να βρίσκεται το μυστικό για ποιότητα ζωής, βιώσιμη ανάπτυξη, ποιοτικό τουρισμό.

Σήμερα πολλοί μπορεί να θεωρούν την προστασία του περιβάλλοντος «πολυτέλεια». Είμαστε από την απέναντι πλευρά. Η προστασία του περιβάλλοντος δεν είναι πολυτέλεια, είναι ανάγκη. Μπορούμε να σώσουμε το περιβάλλον και ό,τι μας δίνει αυτό. Μπορούμε να σώσουμε «τη σκιά», «το μέλι», «την εκδρομή», «το λάδι», «την υπερηφάνεια».

Με αυτό το σκεπτικό δίνουμε ειδικό χαρακτήρα φέτος στην ελληνική συμμετοχή στην Ώρα της Γης καλώντας τους πολίτες να πάρουν μέρος με το δικό τους μήνυμα. Το μήνυμά τους για αυτά που οι ίδιοι πιστεύουν ότι μπορούμε να σώσουμε στον αγώνα μας για την προστασία του περιβάλλοντος.

Το Σάββατο 31 Μαρτίου, στις 20:30, ενώνουμε τα μηνύματα και τις δυνάμεις μας και σβήνουμε τα φώτα για μια ώρα! Αυτό θα είναι το συνθηματικό μας, για την επόμενη μέρα που θα είναι μέρα συμμετοχής και δράσης.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Πασχαλινή προσφορά στο Kelyfos Hotel Bungalows and Suites στον Νέο Μαρμαρά Χαλκιδικής

τώρα ΝΕΑ υπερπροσφορά μονό 75€ κατ' άτομο

Το Kelyfos Hotel Bungalows and Suites βρίσκεται στην χερσόνησο της Σιθωνίας, στο γραφικό χωριό του Νέου Μαρμαρά. 
Απέχει από την Θεσσαλονίκη 100 χλμ. Είναι κτισμένο στην πλαγιά του λόφου των θεών (σύμφωνα με τις μαρτυρίες των κατοίκων). 

Διαθέτει δίκλινα δωμάτια, στούντιο και σουίτες με τζάκι τελευταίας τεχνολογίας, υψηλής αισθητικής και καταπληκτική θέα (το καταπράσινο Golf του Πόρτο Καρράς, τους πανέμορφους κολπίσκους και ένα αλησμόνητο ηλιοβασίλεμα). 

Όλα τα δωμάτια έχουν θέα στην θάλασσα . 

Το εστιατόριο με ελληνική και ευρωπαϊκή κουζίνα σας περιμένει όλη την ημέρα εως τις 12 το βράδυ. 

Το Hotel Kelyfos Bungalows and Suites προχωράει σε μια σούπερ προσφορά για την περίοδο των εορτών του Πάσχα 2012. 

Συγκεκριμένα η προσφορά περιλαμβάνει: 

  • 75 90 € ανά άτομο συνολικό κόστος για 5 διανυκτερεύσεις 
  • Πρωϊνό αμερικάνικος μπουφές 
  • Δωρεάν διαμονή για άτομα κάτω των 10 ετών 
  • Η προσφορά ισχύει για τις ημέρες από Δευτέρα 9 έως και Τρίτη 17 Απριλίου 2012.

Στοιχεία Επικοινωνίας και Κρατήσεων

Σταύρος Κοσμίδης και Άγλα Διαμαντίδου
Νέος Μαρμαράς, Σιθωνία ΧαλκιδικήςΤ
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Travelling 2 Greece

Ξεκινάμε και είμαστε σίγουροι, ότι οι αποκλειστικά Ελληνικού (ταξιδιωτικού, τουριστικού, πολιτισμικού, γαστριμαργικού) περιεχομένου αναρτήσεις μας, θα σας αρέσουν και θα μας ακολουθήσετε για πολύ καιρό.
Δείτε επίσης και αν σας αρέσει κάντε like και τις ταξιδοσελίδες μας (στα διάφορα social media), με πλούσια και επιλεγμένη αρθρογραφία, ειδικά αφιερώματα και πολλά άλλα...

και σύντομα η ιστοσελίδα μας  www.travelling-greece.euμια νέα φρέσκια προσπάθεια, για την προώθηση της απίστευτης ομορφιάς της πατρίδας μας. 
Στην ιστοσελίδα μας θα βρείτε πλούσια θεματογραφία τουριστικής διαχειρισης αλλά και θεματικές ενότητες, αφιερώματα - για καταδύσεις - σπηλαιοτουρισμό - αστικό τουρισμό - γαστριμαργικό τουρισμό και πολλά ακόμη.
Ευχαριστούμε εκ των προτερων για την υποστήριξη σας και αν σας αρέσει, γιατί όχι και για την συμμετοχή σας στις δράσεις μας, στους διαγωνισμούς στην φωτογραφική βιβλιοθήκη, η και στην διαφήμιση της τουριστικής σας επιχείρισης... 
γιατί η Ελλάδα είναι οι άνθρωποι της ...

καλά ταξίδια και καλό βράδυ!...
Δημήτρης Γεωργαλάς & Γιώργος Ανδρέου