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Zoning Law Causes Friction

The planned zoning law for tourism was one of the key topics for discussion at Prodexpo 2008, the ninth conference-exhibition on the utilization of real estate in Greece and Southeast Europe.

Greek Blue Flag Beaches Announced

Greece this year was awarded blue flags for 425 beaches and eight marinas, according to a recent announcement by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. Last year 430 Greek beaches were awarded blue flags.

Steady Increase in Greek Blue Flag Beaches

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature—Blue Flag coordinators for Greece—announced a steady increase in Greek Blue Flag beaches with 430 in 2008 compared with 428 in 2007 and 411 in 2006.

Another Record Year for Blue Flags on Greek Beaches

Greece's tourism industry received another welcome boost last month when the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature announced that 383 of the country's beaches - five more than last year - received the coveted European Union's "Blue Flag" for clean, well-organized beaches....

Yet Another Record Blue Flag Year for Greece

If the country's beach environment was part of this year's Olympic Games, Greece would pick up the Silver medal this year. Beach properties in the country were awarded a record 378 Blue Flags, against 373 last year, and seven of its marinas now fly the coveted award (five last...

Another Record Year for Blue Flag Awards

Two recent very notable announcements allow Greece to boast as perhaps being the country with the world's best and cleanest swimming waters in the world. It began last month when the country was awarded a record 373 Blue Flags this year for its clean beaches and safe swimming...

Hunting Ban Dropped To Support Small Hotels

The government's excuse for lifting the hunting ban in favor of protecting small hotels and related businesses is worthy of mockery, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature recently said in an announcement.

Greek “Green” Hotels To Tour Europe This Fall

Greek hotels, accredited by the “Green Key” program for 2012, will be presented to seven European countries this fall via a promotional campaign scheduled to run October 2012-April 2013.

Greek Beaches Get Blue Flag Status For 2012

Greece once again ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 48 countries with seven beaches more compared to 2011, according to information provided recently by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature.

Nana Beach Honered With Blue Flag & Green Key

Nana Beach all inclusive resort, located at Limenas Chersonissou on Crete, was honored recently for the 16th time with the eco-label blue flag distinction for its Drapanos Beach by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature.

Blue Flags Removed From Eight Beaches

Eight Greek coasts that had been honored with the quality “Blue Flag” award in June were dropped last month from the 2011 list, according to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. Inspections revealed that coastal managers had failed to maintain the required...

Environment Takes Front Seat At Tourism Meet

The Hellenic Tourism Organization's secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, called the country's environment and animal protection organizations and associations to a meeting recently. He wanted their thoughts on how they and the tourism sector could best cooperate within the...

Greece Welcomed Summer 2011 With Less Blue Flags

Greece ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 41 countries but with 34 beaches short compared to 2010, according to information recently provided by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature.

Blue Flag Status Revoked From 19 Greek Beaches

Nineteen Greek coasts that were honored with the quality “Blue Flag” award in June were recently dropped from the 2012 list, according to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. The “Blue Flag” is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches across the world.

Chalkidiki To Tour Europe Via Green Tourism Campaign

Chalkidiki will take part in the Greece Getting Greener (3G) promotional campaign designed for Greek hotels, accredited by the Green Key eco label program for 2012, and tour seven European countries to promote its “green” profile.

Greece Again Earns 327 “European Blue Flag” Awards

Greece proves once again that its beaches and bathing waters are among the best in Europe. Like last year, the country was awarded 327 “European Blue Flags” for its clean, environmentally rich beaches from the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe.

Blue Flags For 421 Greek Beaches

Greece once again ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 41 countries, according to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. Spain is in first place.

Some Greek Beaches Lose Prized Blue Flag Designation

After summer inspections of a good portion of the 351 Greek beach properties awarded the prestigious 2001 Blue Flag designation, 23 beaches were stripped of their award. The inspectors came from the head organization, the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe, and the...

Blue Flag Program Gets Private Sponsor

Two major developments this year places Greece's Blue Flag program on a much higher level than ever before.
Green Tourism at the Gallerian mall, Stockholm, Sweden.
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Greek Green Tourism Campaign Goes To Stockholm

Thousands of Swedes were informed last week on Greek green tourism practices at a special booth set up in the main entrance of the Gallerian shopping mall in Stockholm, Sweden.