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Why Greece?

Why Greece?

Greece is uniquely situated between three continents (Europe, Asia and Africa).

It is the most financially advantageous centre of the Southeastern Mediterranean and is a natural site for businesses which are seeking access to the approximately 240 million consumers in Southeast Europe, an area with a GDP of 2 000 000 000 000 euros.

By air, Greece is a maximum of 4 hours from the other capital cities of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa and Central Asia.

Greece has been a full member of the European Union since 1981. The EU is home to 500 million people.

It is a country which is rich in natural beauty, culture, history and the Greek people are renowned for being hospitable and friendly.

 

The ancient Greek civilisation is one of the oldest civilisations in the world and developed 8000 years ago.

Greece is home to some of the most ancient and important monuments in the world. There are many ancient theatres, sports stadiums, churches, villages, aqueducts, baths, and, of course, the world famous Acropolis.

The Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece in Olympia in 776 BC. It is here where today the Olympic flame begins its journey to the Games’ new host country.

Greece was home to the first scientists and inventors.

From an archaeological point of view, the many antiquities discovered here have led to Greece being known as “the navel of the world”.

It is generally accepted that Ancient Greece was the foundation of Western civilization.

It was the first maritime power in the world.

It has an amazing climate, with an average of 300 days’ sunshine per year.

It has the 11th longest coastline of any country in the world (16,000 km) and also has 160,000 beaches.

It has 395 beaches and 9 marinas that won the international quality award in 2014.

It has 6,000 small and large islands and islets.

It has 12,000 large and small hotels and tourist accommodation facilities.

It has 45 airports and heliports pads. Athens International Airport was recognised as the best airport in Europe for 2014.

It has 1,150 large and small ports.

It has 7,000 moorings for yachts.

It is the third most popular country in Europe for cruise ships, with 5,000,000 passengers arriving per year and 2,370 cruise approaches.

Greece is among the 10 top tourist countries in the world. Recent visitor numbers are:

18,000,000 – 2012

20,000,000 – 2013

24,000,000 – 2014

 

Health Sector

The Greek medical sector has a large number of highly medical staff. Greece has the second largest doctor to inhabitant ratio in the world (6.2 doctors per 1000 inhabitants).

There are 120 large state hospitals, health centres and dispensaries scattered throughout the country, as well as private clinics and hospitals that accept patients from abroad.

Greeks have a life expectancy of 81, one of the ten highest in the world.

Greek cuisine is one of the healthiest and most nutritious in the world, and is based on the famous Mediterranean diet.

 

Education Sector

There are 22 state universities and polytechnics.

There are 14 Technological Educational Institutes.

Higher Institute of Merchant Marine.

Military Schools.

Schools for Aircraft & Helicopter Pilots.

Schools for Tourist professions.

Many Private Universities & Colleges.

They are attended by Greek students, and students from foreign countries.

 

Greece, the land of Investment Opportunities

After 10 years of economic crisis, great investment opportunities have been created in many sectors of the Greek Economy.

Most investment in recent years has come from foreign investors.

Greece’s GDP is among the top 40 in the world.

The People’s Republic of China chose Greece as the centre for services, logistics and partial manufacturing of its products throughout Europe.

Examples of Multinational Companies that have invested in Greece during the crisis:

COSCO

ZTE

HUAWEI

HP

TOYOTA

SONY

CHINAMEX

PHILIP MORRIS

In 2014 the port of Piraeus handled 3 500 000 Containers.

In 2021 is expected to handle more than 7 000 000 Containers.

The port of Piraeus is the third biggest port in the Mediterranean and the sixth largest in Europe.

 

Medical Tourism

Medical tourism, in addition to medical treatment in the best hospitals, includes transportation, information, touring, dining and accommodation at selected hotels.

In Greece there are many private hospitals and clinics which receive thousands of patients from abroad every year. The costs of hospitalisation are covered by insurance companies.

Greece has highly qualified scientific, medical and paramedical staff. It has 6.2 doctors per 1,000 inhabitants, the second highest rate in the world.

As many as 10,000 Greek doctors with various specialties, work in various countries abroad.

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Religious Tourism

Religious tourism is not a new concept. It is the oldest and most prevalent form of travel in the history of mankind, as members of all communities have always searched for ways to communicate with God.

Greece is one of the most famous religious destinations in the world. Each chapel, monastery, temple or monument, is an exceptional architectural masterpiece.

The feast days of the Orthodox Church’s Saints, along with various local traditions which stretch back for hundreds of years, are unique. The most spectacular feast is held on August 15, to celebrate the Virgin Mary. Approximately 20,000 festivities are held by the faithful throughout the whole country.

Many monasteries, such as those on Mount Athos which is a world famous destination with 20 churches, have shelters for pilgrims.

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Conference Tourism

Greece is the home of culture, art and science. The county’s long-lasting contribution to the development of the western world, combined with its unique natural beauty and its excellent facilities, make it a unique conference venue. In recent years, Greece has welcomed more and more people from the worlds of the sciences and the arts who are participating in symposiums, conferences and exhibitions.

Greece has a total of 150,000 spaces available for conferences and events. This includes 500 conference facilities for over 100 persons.

You can combine business and leisure in luxurious conference centres, beaches and unique attractions.

An alternative form of conference tourism is to hold the conference on a cruise ship. You can charter different sizes of vessels depending on the numbers of attendees to be at the conference and then hold the conference on board, maybe making a one day trip or a round trip to one of Greece’s many beautiful ports.

Greece is a major European conference destination and is among the top 20 destinations in the world.

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Sports Tourism

Greece, the country where the Olympic Games were born, is ideal for sporting activities and holding sports events (sports tourism). In recent years, an increasing number of major sporting events have been organised here (world championships, Pan-European competitions, important international tournaments etc.), the best known of which was the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

These events led to many modern sports facilities, stadiums and training centres being built throughout the country for a variety of sports such as athletics, soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf, sailing and windsurfing.

Every year, a large number of football teams visit Greece to prepare for their matches. They choose mountain destinations due to the excellent climatic conditions.

Greece is also ideal for hiking and other mountain sports such as rafting due to the country’s unique waterways and rivers.

Greece has been visited by many top surfers and yachtsmen because of the excellent marine conditions and the ideal infrastructure which is a legacy of the 2004 Olympic Games.

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Studies

In Greece, a third country national is allowed to enter studies in: Universities, Technological Educational Institutes, Tertiary Ecclesiastical Schools and Ecclesiastical School Units, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Higher School of Tourism Education run by the Greek tourist Board and Technical Vocational Schools, if he or she has previously obtained a special visa. This also applies to postgraduate studies. Also, here “studies” also includes preparation for studies, if this is provided for by law.

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