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August 2014: Record-breaking international arrivals and laudatory articles on Greece

Predictions about this year’s high figures in the Greek tourism industry came all true in the month of August as there was a dramatic increase in international flight arrivals, reaching 13.6% compared to the very satisfactory numbers recorded in August 2013. During the eight-month period starting from the beginning of the year there was an overall 15.8% rise in Greek tourism, compared to the same period last year, and that leads to a relatively safe prediction about over 21.5 million tourists visiting the country by the end of this year.

There is a considerable flow of foreign visitors to Greek destinations, as seen in the Press across the globe in many articles during “THE summer holiday month”. Leading British travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller has published the results of a voting among its readers, where Greece ranked 5th in the list of the hottest destinations worldwide for 2013 and was voted as the most hospitable country. The Greek islands were 2nd among the best island destinations; Costa Navarino’s The Romanos Hotel reached the 7th place among the best hotels in Europe, Turkey and Russia; and Five Star is the company that ranked 10th in the category “Best company for villa rentals”.

Russian Inflight Aeroflot Magazine has included a four-page special tribute to Athens, titled Genre Classics, commending to its readers the Greek capital as a city break destination with special charm, and providing all the necessary information so that they may see all the best places in just three days. According to the writer, "Cast aside the myth that the only thing worth seeing in Athens is the Acropolis, because there’s so much more you can do, discover and taste to enjoy the modern city". Condé Nast Traveller also published a special tribute to Athens, where the Greek capital is described as a city going through a recovery period with many new breakthrough businesses set up lately such as amusement parks, art venues, small hotels and enterprises producing well-made local inexpensive products.

Monocle, a British magazine focusing on adventure and well-being, has included a two-page story on the Greek summer outdoor cinemas in Monocle Mediterraneo - its twice-yearly seasonal newspaper. The article is titled "Out in the open" and next to many pictures the writer refers to three of the country’s most beautiful open air cinemas – Cine Manto in Mykonos Island, and Cine Paris and Filothei in Athens. It includes interviews of their owners and speaks highly of the colours, the fragrant air, and the sound of cicadas resonating during film screenings. And the writer asks himself: “How could anyone ever return to the cold flow of air conditioning?”

In the Turkish website Hurriyet Daily News there is a long article on Agiasos, Lesvos Island which - according to the writer - holds many pleasant surprises for the visitor and is of great beauty. A long reference is made on the orthodox churches of the village, on the locals’ music activities, the woodcarving workshops, and the museum with the votive offerings next to the church of Panagia.

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