Q & A With Sion Rapson of the World Travel Awards

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Recently I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Sion Rapson (at left), and industry expert of merit who has helped the world recognize excellence in the travel industry immeasurably. Rapson, Director of Global Business for the distinguished World Travel Awards, spoke candidly before and after a Q & A for Eye for Travel. The full interview and some added takeaways are cited below, followed by a brief summary.

Hellenic Initiative to Honor George D. Behrakis & Others

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The Hellenic Initiative (THI) will hold a second annual banquet, “Investing in the Future of Greece” to honor George D. Behrakis, John Pappajohn, and Peter G. Peterson. The nonprofit’s mission, mobilizing investment for Greece, has scheduled the event for October 2nd in New York.

Six Unforgettable Crete Restaurants

Akrogiali Fish Tavern

Crete offers a diverse culinary trip for travelers, even though the island’s traditional cuisine is the marque attraction for foodies. While the Mediterranean diet is well known and as healthy as advertised, the Cretan take on healthy eating is actually the oldest and most time honored. Ancient as this cooking tradition is though, fine eateries around the island offer unique twists on age old recipes. Here’s a sampling of superb restaurants of a kind.

Majestic Pics of Crete: Summer 2014

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We love images, and especially those of places we love to visit most. To share a bit of photographic love of Crete, Greece with you, here’s a selection of images from Flickr users we love. Enjoy the Island famous for Filoxenia.

Greece PM Certifies €500 Million Yearly for Tourism Growth

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Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras has announced Greece will invest €500 million euru in tourism infrastructure per year over the next six years. Last month, at the 22nd annual general assembly of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Samaras outlined the funds from the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), as well as private sector investment.

Picture of the Week: Falasarna

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Falasarna (Φαλάσαρνα), an ancient harbor dating from circa 333 BC, is today an agricultural area, known for its olive groves and greenhouses cultivating tomatoes, but also for its secluded, peaceful beaches. Falasarna is interesting from an archaeological standpoint as well: there are several areas where excavations are currently ongoing, revealing important structures from the Hellenistic […]

Tours Spotlight: Topdeck’s Athens to Perdika to Athens [updated]

Poros - Courtesy © sborisov - Fotolia.com

Scanning the web for tours in Eastern Europe this month and next, we found Topdeck’s 7 day sailing excursion from Athens, to Perdika, to Athens a relaxing seafarer’s dream. For all those who’ve ever dreamed of sailing the Greek isles, this small group tour lets you get hour hands on sailing experience in, and even taking part in local yacht regattas.

Next Month: The 73rd Anniversary of the Battle of Crete

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Coming next month, one of the most momentous and notorious events in Crete history is celebrated. May 20th, 1941, the skies over this ancient island darkened with the parachutes of thousands of Nazi paratroopers in what was one of the largest airborne invasions in history. The Battle of Crete saw the Third Reich victorious, but not without massive resistance from Cretans and British soldiers stationed there.