Traces of a centuries-old and important history is etched in every corner of Greek land: findings from the Prehistoric and Archaic Periods, unique works from Classical, Hellenistic, Medieval and Byzantine monuments, creations from folk art cultures, traces from the passing eons of other civilizations and different religions, that coexist with current creations, constructions and modern works of art.
Greece is a true paradise for cultural tourism, a large journey into history and art. Educational excursions, theatrical productions, festivals, pilgrimages, visits to archaeological sites, monuments and museums, excursions to study the natural environment, folk art and culture – these are just a few of the many things that Greece has to offer in the cultural tourism sector.
Whoever really wants to understand Greece, its history and its people, he will find an unrivalled cultural experience through traveling into the area and chronological period of Greek culture.
Visit the official website of GNTO: http://www.visitgreece.gr, in order to find useful information about history, archaeological sites, monuments and museums of Greece.
The world of ancient Greece was actually decked out in vibrant colour that little resembled the austere white marble figures that usually spring to mind when we think of ancient Greek sculpture and architecture, according to the latest archaeological research. The Acropolis Museum will from Tuesday and for the next 12 months launch a series of activities and studies designed to unveil this brightly coloured world of antiquity to the public.
The Acropolis Museum wants to open a very extensive discussion with the public and various experts on color, its technical issues, its detection using new technologies, its digital reconstruction, its meaning, as well as the archaic period’s aesthetic perception of color. So far, scientific research into the color found on ancient sculpture has made great progress and reached surprising conclusions that refute the stereotypical assumptions regarding ancient sculpture. It turns out that color, far from being just a simple decorative element, added to the sculpture’s aesthetic quality.
For ancient Greeks and their society, color constituted a way to display various attributes. The blond hair of the gods projected their power; the brown skin of warriors and athletes was a sign of virtue and valor, while the white skin of the young persons expressed the grace and radiance of youth.
The Μuseum’s initiative is based on very careful observation, on spectroscopic analysis, on special photography sessions, on efforts to reproduce the colors of antiquity and then to apply them on marble from the island of Paros, and naturally, on searching through written sources for valuable information.
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"Today commitments are the one discussed with our partners during meetings with the President Mr. Barroso and Troika. Obligations of our country are not only the cuts and other unpleasant measures, but also a series of reforms and structural changes necessary to restart the economy. Therefore, the commitments we are currently presenting are not just an "obligation". We treat them primarily as a challenge. As a national bet. Through these reforms we want to send a message to everyone that Greece is determined to reverse the climate, to change course and to overcome the challenge.
These policies strengthen entrepreneurship and creation of new jobs, reduce bureaucracy, improve investment climate and promote transparency and rationality in public functions. I should stress that in order to overcome the today situation of the country we need to surprise positively. We should pass from defense to attack", said the Greek Minister.
The ten priorities:
1. Motorway concessions projects – restart of the 4 stagnating big projects
2. Accelerate structural funds implementation
3. Privatization of TRAINOSE & ROSCO (railways)
4. Attract investors – New law
5. National strategy for exports
6. Improve entrepreneurship environment – simplify licensing
7. Competition – eliminating market barriers
8. Public procurement reform
9. Regional Airports exploitation
10. Opening of the "interregional passenger road transport" market
The Hellenic-Chinese Chamber (HCC) and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery & Electronics Products (CCCME) are jointly organizing the Hellenic – Chinese Business Forum 2011 with the theme “Hellenic – Chinese Business Cooperation: New Perspectives”.
This Business Forum will be held on Monday June 6, 2011 at the Athens Hilton Hotel (Terpsichore ABC Conference Room), with the support of the Commercial and Economic Counselor Office of the Embassy of P.R. China, Mr. Sun Liwei. The participants include more than 80 leaders of important Chinese groups of companies and enterprises, seeking cooperation with respective Greek groups.
The Hellenic - Chinese Business Forum 2011 is being organized under the auspices of the Ministries for Foreign Affairs, Regional Development and Competitiveness, Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Culture and Tourism, Maritime Affairs, Islands & Fisheries, as well as of INVEST IN GREECE, HEPO, Greek Tourism Organization, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (H.I.M.T.).
The objective of the Hellenic – Chinese Business Forum 2011 “Hellenic – Chinese Business Cooperation: New Perspectives” is to promote exchange of information and create awareness on new business opportunities.
The Hellenic Chinese Chamber,
The Information Office of the State Council of People's Republic of China
And the Embassy of P.R. of China in Greece
Invite you to attend
the 3rd Forum on the Development of Tibet of China on:
"Tibet: New Perspectives in Hellenic Chinese cultural and economic cooperation"
To be held on 10 & 11 November 2011
Athenaeum Intercontinental, Hotel.
P.A. at 210 3629445 and 210 6783807 until 3/11/2011
210 6783809, 210 6783826, 210 6783840
Big Chinese businesses are seeking even further involvement in Greece despite the fact that unstable economic and political conditions have forced many foreign companies to reconsider their presence in the crisis-hit country.
Greece has long been home to thousands of Chinese businesses, from small retail stores to shipping giant China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), which has invested billions in Greece's largest port.
Several large international companies have already left Greece because of the crisis, but that doesn't appear to be the case for major Chinese companies.
"For investments that have to do with ports, logistics, energy and anything affiliated with big and stable Chinese businesses, there's no evidence that these businesses want to withdraw," said Constantine Yannidis, president of Hellenic-Chinese Chamber, a non-governmental, non-profit membership association for Greek corporations and individual entrepreneurs engaged in business with China.
Asian markets rebounded on Monday as Greece’s pro-bailout party New Democracy winning enough votes to form a government has bought time to prevent a further worsening of the crisis.
The Interior Ministry of Greece announced that the right-wing New Democracy party won 29.7 percent of the votes, the left-wing Syriza was second with 26.9 percent and the center-left Pasok party was third with 12.3 percent in Sunday’s elections.
Asian markets welcomed the news, while markets in Europe sent mixed responses in early trading. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average rose 1.77 percent to 8721.02. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.4 percent to 2316.05. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index climbed 0.95 percent to 19415.93.
But major stock markets in France and the United Kingdom lost slightly in early trading, while markets in Germany climbed.
New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras will launch coalition talks after coming first in the second election within a few weeks. Though holding 129 of parliament’s 300 seats, Samaras’ party lacks enough legislators to govern alone, and it must seek allies among the smaller pro-bailout Pasok.
Local observers say the new government may possibly be formed within two or three days.
According to European media reports, eurozone countries have extended the hand of compromise to Greece after the victory of parties supporting international bailout, showing some flexibility on the painful reforms.
The head of the Eurogroup’s finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, said the eurozone “acknowledges the considerable efforts already made by the Greek citizens”.
The UK’s Sky News said Germany has been one of the most hardline eurozone nations, which insisted that Greeks have to implement the agreed deal if they want the bailout funds needed to keep the country from going bankrupt and possibly exiting the euro.
But Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Greece’s pro-bailout leader Samaras on his election victory, and told him she is now confident Athens will abide by its European pledges.
French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said the eurozone will demand that the undertakings made by the Greeks to keep it in the euro are kept, but will also pay attention to Greece’s particular social and economic situation. But Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said that there is “room for maneuver” on the time Greece needs to deliver on bailout commitments.
Greek business leaders urged the new government, after formation, to act quickly to talk with its Chinese counterparts to get investors into its massive privatization plan.
Constantine Yannidis, president of the Hellenic Chinese Chamber, said: “I believe that after the elections and the emergence of the new government, the Greek economy will gradually start to find the right path. We will regain the confidence of foreign markets and foreign investors.”
Yannidis said Chinese investors have shown great interest in investing in Greece and this week he is receiving a business delegation from Shaanxi province.
As a businessman, there are three ways to make money from China’s economic upswing. You can attract investment so as to secure capital, you can look for cheap suppliers or you can turn to the Chinese market itself.
The third option of course involves the greatest risk and thus also requires the most courage. But it will get you the highest returns. More than 1,000 Greek companies have established trade ties with China, mostly in the form of imports from the vast Asian country.
But although the number of companies that have entered the Chinese market does not exceed 100, their performance is quite striking. These include S&B Industrial Minerals SA, jewelry and fashion brand Folli Follie, plastics company Plastika Kritis SA, FHL Kyriakidis Marbles and Granites, Coco-Mat mattresses, beauty product company Apivita, Kleeman elevators, Iktinos marble industry and Vitex paint manufacturers. Dozens more, including food and wine producers Tyras, Minerva, Ktima Lazaridis, Kriton Artos and Tsantalis, have also established their presence in the Chinese market. Their record so far is very positive.
Constantinos Yannidis, manager at Vitex and president of the Hellenic-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says that opportunities are to be found in all sectors: marble, shipyards, mining and mineral processing, jewelry, winemaking, canning, beekeeping, food processing, the export of agricultural goods (particularly olive oil), tourism, education and energy management.
According to the Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs in Beijing, there is room for greater expansion in areas such as food products (olive oil, dairy, wine) and high-quality building material such as plastics.
Although there are still outstanding issues -- for example improving customs clearance and cutting red tape -- more and more Greeks are taking steps into the Chinese market, as building an outward-looking perspective is the best way to survive the crisis at home.
Recent data show a rise in Greek exports to China in 2010. Meanwhile, Chinese exports to Greece have dropped for a second consecutive year, though at a lower rate. Greece’s trade deficit with China reached 2.7 billion euros, a 7.35 percent drop compared to last year.
Yannidis and Zhang Yujing, president of China’s Chamber of Commerce, estimate that bilateral trade between Greece and China currently stands at 4.35 billion euros. The figure of course includes big investments in shipping and particularly in the construction of oceangoing vessels by Chinese shipyards, most of them with money from Chinese credit institutions.
Vitex is a good example of how looking outward can help your company. Thanks to its exports, it has managed to make up for its losses in the domestic market. Cosmos Building Materials Shanghai Co Ltd, created by the Greek FHL Group, is the only marble-processing company in Shanghai. Before that, the smaller Kavala-based company MMS had set up a marble-processing machinery and equipment unit. Folli Follie, meanwhile, plans to have 125 shops in China by the end of 2011.