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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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ΙΟΥΝΙΟΣ 2018

Ναυτιλία και τουρισμός πρωταγωνιστές της Εθνικής οικονομικής ανάπτυξης

 

Η πρόσφατη απόφαση του Eurogroup για το Ελληνικό χρέος χαρακτηρίστηκε ‘σταθμός’ για την έξοδο της χώρας στις αγορές και την βιωσιμότητα του. Η χώρα πρέπει να βιώσει υψηλή ανάπτυξη την επόμενη 5ετία για να διασφαλίσει την ευημερία της.

Η ναυτιλία και ο τουρισμός είναι οι κλάδοι που γνωρίζουν την μεγαλύτερη άνθηση διατηρώντας εκπληκτικούς ρυθμούς ανάπτυξης τα τελευταία χρόνια. Η Ελληνική ναυτιλία αναδείχθηκε η μεγαλύτερη δύναμη στην υφήλιο αφήνοντας πίσω της υπερδυνάμεις όπως η Κίνα και οι Η.Π.Α. Μέχρι σήμερα, οι Έλληνες εφοπλιστές έχουν δαπανήσει περισσότερα από 17,5 δισεκατομμύρια δολλάρια σε παραγγελίες νέων και μεταχειρισμένων πλοίων. Στα φετινά Ποσειδώνια, που ήταν τα λαμπρότερα στην 50ετή ιστορία τους, πραγματοποιήθηκαν συμφωνίες και ανακοινώσεις για τον περαιτέρω εκσυχρονισμό του Ελληνικού στόλου με την προσθήκη νέων υπερσύγχρονων πλοίων. Στην τουριστική βιομηχανία, το ενδιαφέρον έχει μαγνητίσει η Χαλκιδική που μετατρέπεται σε world-class luxury προορισμό. Το ύψος των επενδυτικών κινήσεων που υλοποιήθηκαν την τελευταία 6ετία για την ανέργεση υπερπολυτελών ξενοδοχειακών συγκροτημάτων εκτιμάται σε 350 εκατομμύρια Ευρώ. Πέντε νέα επιχειρηματικά σχήματα, η πλειοψηφία των οποίων προέρχοντε από το εξωτερικό, πρόκειται να δαπανήσουν 250 εκατομμύρια Ευρώ για την κατασκευή νέων 5στερων μονάδων που με την σειρά τους, θα προσελκύσουν την διεθνή τουριστική αφρόκρεμα.

Συνοψίζοντας, η ναυτιλία και η τουριστική βιομηχανία δείχνουν τον δρόμο που πρέπει να χαράξει η χώρα μας για να απεγκλωβιστεί μία για πάντα από το οικονομικό αδιέξοδο.

Shipping and tourism – The protagonists of Greek Economic Development

 

The recent Eurogroup decision on Greek debt has been marked as a "milestone" for the country's exit to markets and its economic viability. The country must experience high growth over the next 5 years to ensure its prosperity.

Shipping and tourism are the two industries which are known to have the biggest boom and have kept incredible growth rates during the last years. Greek shipping has emerged as the world's largest power leaving behind superpowers such as China and the United States. To date, Greek shipowners have spent more than 17.5 billion Dollars on orders for new and used ships. At Posidonia 2018, the brightest in their 50-year history, agreements and announcements were made to further modernize the Greek fleet with the addition of new state-of-the-art vessels. Furthermore, in the tourist industry, Halkidiki has become a world-class luxury destination. The amount of investments being made over the last 6 years for new luxury hotel complexes is estimated at 350 million Euros. Five new business ventures, the majority of which are foreign, are going to spend 250 million Euros for the construction of 5star hotels which in turn, will attract the international jet-set.

The shipping and tourism industries show the way that our country must follow to exit once and for all from the economic stalemate.

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