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In 1979, Aristotle Onassis and his close partner Vassilis Lefakinis (Bill) decided to bring yachting charter to Greece; Bill was considered as one of the ‘top guns’ in maritime tourism globally. For the realization of this project, Aristotle and Bill invited many famous Americans and celebrities from around the world and yachted them in the Greek islands by using the yacht 'Christina' and other leading Greek and non-Greek owned yachts of the time. Personalities such as J. F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Bo Derek and Hugh Hefner along with his ‘bunnies’ enjoyed the Greek islands. The goal had been achieved, as the media’s spotlight started falling onto our beautiful islands while the most recognized journalists around the world were making tributes for them.

yachting 1One year later, 'Yachting' magazine was founded, to satisfy the lifestyle needs of all those celebrities. The magazine’s context was dedicated to yachting chartering and to celebrities from all over the world, with special emphasis given to the beauty and the potential of the Greek seas and islands. ‘Yachting’ was the platform for many Greek star-journalists of the most popular TV channels and newspapers to start their career. Undoubtedly, the magazine holds a unique place in the Modern Greek-Press era.

yachting 2In 1995, the magazine’s reins changed hands and a new name, 'Sea and Yachting', was given to it. The success kept growing. With the sole aim of promoting Greece, the Editorial Team along with the former King Constantine made the first moves to bring the Olympic Games back to Greece. During that time, the Team never hid our deep love for sailing which was a relatively unknown sport in our country and, hence, the athletes had insufficient financial support. Through ‘Yachting’ pages and a series of actions, both offshore and racing sailing were promoted. The Team also stood by Nikos Kaklamanakis, the well-known Greek champion, supporting him actively.

In 2002, feeling its readers’ needs and holding on its self-evolving character, the magazine was renamed to 'Yachting Capital'. Shortly afterwards, yachting was adopted by the elite Greek businessmen and became their passion, lifestyle and the place of their business meetings. ‘Yachting Capital’ has since been established as the only magazine that businessmen carry from their office to their yacht and from there to their home. It is the media which provides on a monthly basis comprehensive information on the luxury lifestyle, the top-class galas and the expensive gadgets while, at the same time, gives a detailed presentation of the leading-edge mega yachts sailing the seas or being under construction in shipyards around the world.

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ΔΕΚΕΜΒΡΙΟΣ 2017

ΔΕΚΕΜΒΡΙΟΣ 2017

Οι υπερπολυτελείς διακοπές έχουν άρωμα Ελλάδας

Διανύουμε τις τελευταίες ημέρες του 2017, ενός έτους που κρίθηκε «άκρως πετυχημένος» από τον τουριστικό κλάδο. Νέο ρεκόρ καταγράφτηκε φέτος τόσο από απόψη τουριστικών εισροών όσο και από εσόδων. Είναι γεγονός πως η Ελλάδα δεσπόζει στην κορυφη της παγκόσμιας κατάταξης ως luxury καλοκαιρινός προορισμός προσελκύοντας εκατομμύρια τουρίστες που με την σειρά τους, συμβάλουν στην εγχώρια οικονομική ανακάμψη και σταθεροποίηση. Το ενθαρρυντικό στοιχείο είναι πως ιδιαιτέρα αυξημένη κινητικότητα καταγράφεται τους μήνες πριν και μετά την καλοκαιρινή σεζόν που μεταφράζεται σε διψήφια ποσοστιαία νούμερα.

Πιο συγκεκριμένα, οι ενέργειες και οι διακρατικές συμφωνίες στις οποίες προχώρησε το Υπουργείο Τουρισμού και η κυρία Έλενα Κουντουρά έχουν αποδώσει καρπούς. Χρόνο με τον χρόνο, η Ελλάδα παγιώνεται σταθερά ως luxury all year round προορισμός. Η φετινή χειμερινή περίοδος έχει πρωτοφανή αύξηση σε σύγκριση με παλαιότερα έτη. Η μεγαλή ποικιλία προορισμών σε συνδυασμό με την εξαιρετική παρθένα φυσική ομορφιά, τις υπερσύγχρονες και πολυτελείς ξενοδοχειακές υποδομές και τα εγχώρια γαστρονομικα «επίγεια θαύματα» συνθέτουν ένα πακέτο που όμοιο του δεν συναντάται πουθενά αλλού στον πλανήτη. Οι χειμερινοί προορισμοί εκτείνονται πέρα από την ηπειρωτική χώρα καλύπτοντας πρωτοκλασάτα νησιά όπως για παράδειγμα είναι η Κρήτη και η Κέρκυρα.

Σε αυτό το τεύχος επιλέξαμε να ταξιδέψουμε στο Πάπιγκο, έναν προορισμό που ξεχωρίζει λόγω της απαστράπτουσας ομορφιάς και των φυσικών αντιθέσεων. Συνοδηπόροι στο οδοιπορικό που κατέκτησε μοναδική θέση στην καρδιά μας είναι ήταν η ΕΚΟ και η Volvo – 2 brand name που έχουν ταυτιστοί με την ανώτατη ποιότητα και την ανυπέρβλητη αξιοπιστία.

Το Yachting Capital και η συγγραφική του ομάδα σας εύχεται Καλά Χριστούγεννα και Ευτιχισμένο το Νέο Έτος.

The luxurious vacations have a Greek scent

We are in the last days of 2017, a year which was characterized as "highly successful" by the tourism industry. A new record was recorded both in terms of tourist income and revenue. It is a fact that Greece is listed among the most luxurious summer destinations globally attracting millions of tourists who in turn, contribute to domestic economic recovery and stabilization. This year’s encouraging feature is that the tourist income during the months before and after the summer season has been significantly increased.

More specifically, the actions and transnational agreements made by the Ministry of Tourism and Mrs. Elena Kountoura have paid off. Year after year, Greece is firmly established as a luxury all-year round destination. This winter season has an unprecedented increase compared to earlier years. The wide variety of destinations combined with exceptional natural beauty, state-of-the-art and luxurious hotel infrastructure and gastronomic " miracles" make up a package which is unique on the planet. Winter destinations extend beyond the mainland covering prominent islands such as Crete and Corfu.

In this issue, we chose to visit Papigo, a destination which stands out because of the glamorous beauty and natural contrasts. Fellow travellers in this outstanding travel were EKO and Volvo; 2 brand names which are synonymous with first-class quality and insurmountable reliability.

Yachting Capital and its writing team wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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