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Προβολή του ελληνικού τουρισμού στο πολωνικό περιοδικό “Przeglad”

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Το περιοδικό Przegląd (τεύχος 29/25.07) με τίτλο «Η Ελλάδα πιο κοντά στον ήλιο» και υπότιτλο «Στα μέρη όπου ξεκουράζονται οι τουρίστες, επικρατεί ηρεμία και δεν φαίνεται η κρίση», δημοσιεύει τρισέλιδο άρθρο του Bronisław Tumiłowicz, όπου η Ελλάδα προβάλλεται ως δημοφιλής και ασφαλής τουριστικός προορισμός.
Στην εισαγωγή επισημαίνεται ότι την Ελλάδα κοιτίδα της δημοκρατίας, της επιστήμης και των καλών τεχνών, επισκέπτονται ετησίως 18 εκατομμύρια τουρίστες από διάφορα μέρη του κόσμου, καθώς η χώρα προσφέρει ιδανικές συνθήκες για διάφορες μορφές τουρισμού και μεγάλη ποικιλία τουριστικών μνημείων.
Στην ενότητα «Ζεστά, ηλιόλουστα και … φθηνά», σημειώνεται ότι «το τελευταίο διάστημα, αυτή η ειδυλλιακή και άνευ προβλημάτων εικόνα της Ελλάδας επλήγη από τις αναφορές που σχετίζονταν με την οικονομική κρίση και το υψηλό χρέος της χώρας. Όταν έφθασε η τουριστική περίοδος, οι τουρίστες άρχισαν να αναρωτιούνται εάν σε αυτή την όμορφη χώρα, όπου το κλίμα εγγυάται πάνω από 300 ηλιόλουστες ημέρες τον χρόνο, θα αντιμετώπιζαν κάποια δυσάρεστα επεισόδια ή περιορισμούς, εάν πράγματι λειτουργεί άψογα η τουριστική υποδομή […] Ορισμένοι τουρίστες άρχισαν να αναζητούν άλλα μέρη για να περάσουν τις διακοπές τους.
Την στιγμή που οι γεμάτες θέλγητρα τοποθεσίες, που βρίσκονται μακριά από την Αθήνα, και τα απομονωμένα από την ηπειρωτική χώρα καταπληκτικά νησιά, ζουν με το δικό τους ρυθμό. Εξαιτίας κάποιων δυσκολιών οι τιμές αυξήθηκαν, όμως δεν επηρεάζουν τις τουριστικές υπηρεσίες που παρέχονται. Επιπρόσθετα, τα τουριστικά γραφεία έχουν συνάψει συμφωνίες για τις τιμές των ξενοδοχείων από το 2009, γεγονός που συνεπάγεται την σταθερότητα των τιμών των υπηρεσιών. Όσοι επέστρεψαν από τις φετινές διακοπές στα ελληνικά νησιά, επιβεβαιώνουν αυτές τις πληροφορίες . Ήταν υπέροχα – ζεστά, ήρεμα και … φθηνά. Ο τουριστικός τομέας αντέδρασε όπως επιβάλλει η οικονομία της αγοράς».

Naxos island-Chora

Στο δημοσίευμα προβάλλονται δηλώσεις της Γραμματέως Επικοινωνίας του ΓΤΕ Βαρσοβίας, Μαρίας Μονδέλου, όπου σημειώνεται ότι «τα ξενοδοχεία αναμένεται να μειώσουν τις τιμές κατά 10%, συμπεριλαμβανομένων και των τελευταίων αυξήσεων του Φ.Π.Α. Θα καταργηθούν τα τέλη προσγείωσης των αεροπλάνων στα αεροδρόμια, με εξαίρεση μόνο τις πτήσεις εσωτερικού στο διεθνές αεροδρόμιο της Αθήνας». «Όπως διαβεβαιώνει η κυρία Μονδέλου, η κυβέρνηση θα συνεργαστεί και με τους ξενοδόχους και με τους τοπικούς τουριστικούς φορείς για να καλύψει το επιπρόσθετο της παραμονής των τουριστών που θα πρέπει να παρατείνουν τις διακοπές τους στην Ελλάδα, για παράδειγμα λόγω διαδήλωσης ή φυσικής καταστροφής».
Στην ενότητα «Νησιά ηρεμίας», επισημαίνεται ότι τα πολωνικά τουριστικά γραφεία ή οι εκπρόσωποι μεγάλων διεθνών ταξιδιωτικών γραφείων που δραστηριοποιούνται στην Πολωνία και εξειδικεύονται στη διοργάνωση διακοπών στην Ελλάδα, διαβεβαιώνουν ότι η οικονομική κατάσταση της Ελλάδας δεν επηρεάζει άμεσα τους τουρίστες που παραθερίζουν στη χώρα. Οι διαδηλώσεις πραγματοποιούνται στην Αθήνα, ενώ οι Πολωνοί πελάτες παραθερίζουν κυρίως στην Κρήτη, την Κω, την Κέρκυρα, τη Ρόδο, τη Ζάκυνθο ή την Ολυμπιακή Ριβιέρα και επομένως, δεν νιώθουν οποιεσδήποτε ανησυχίες, ούτε διαπιστώνουν οποιεσδήποτε αλλαγές προς το χειρότερο. Εξάλλου τα τουριστικά γραφεία παρακολουθούν την κατάσταση επί τόπου και προβαίνουν στις ανάλογες ενέργειες».
Στο δημοσίευμα, αφού παρουσιάζονται προσφορές τουριστικών γραφείων, σημειώνεται ότι «οι κάτοικοι της Ελλάδας διαβεβαιώνουν ότι οι απεργίες ή οι διαδηλώσεις δεν θα απειλήσουν την ξεκούραση των τουριστών, μάλιστα δηλώνουν έκπληξη όταν πληροφορούνται ότι τα Μ.Μ.Ε. στην Πολωνία ενημερώνουν για γεγονότα που αγνοούνται ακόμη και από τις ελληνικές εφημερίδες και τους τηλεοπτικούς σταθμούς».

Magnesia region

Στην τελευταία ενότητα «Ασφαλής χώρα» υπογραμμίζεται ότι σε σύγκριση με άλλες δημοφιλείς στην Πολωνία χώρες, όπως η Τουρκία ή η Αίγυπτος,  η Ελλάδα είναι «η ασφαλέστερη χώρα που προσφέρει ύψιστο επίπεδο ξεκούρασης. Δεν σημειώθηκαν επιθέσεις ή απόπειρες κατά τουριστών. Οι εσωτερικές τριβές των πολιτικών δυνάμεων δεν έχουν καμία επίπτωση στους τουρίστες.
Διαφορετικά παρουσιάζεται η κατάσταση στην Αίγυπτο ή την Τουρκία. Πολύ σημαντική σε αυτή την περίπτωση είναι η στάση των κατοίκων της Ελλάδας – έχουν συνείδηση της δύσκολης οικονομικής κατάστασης, διότι αυτή επηρεάζει τα νοικοκυριά τους και ο κάθε Έλληνας ανησυχεί για το μέλλον του. Όμως ταυτόχρονα οι Έλληνες έχουν επίγνωση ότι από την τουριστική κίνηση στη χώρα τους εξαρτώνται πολλά. Τα έσοδα από τον τουρισμό ανταποκρίνονται στο ένα πέμπτο της εγχώριας παραγωγής».
Καταληκτικά ο Bronisław Tumiłowicz υπογραμμίζει ότι «περπατώντας στους γραφικούς δρόμους των παραθαλάσσιων τουριστικών περιοχών, μπορεί να εντυπωσιαστεί κανείς με την ηρεμία και την παράδοση που χαρακτηρίζει αυτά τα μέρη. Παρά την ελληνική κρίση, οι καφετέριες και τα εστιατόρια εξακολουθούν να είναι γεμάτα ανθρώπους που μπορούν να περνούν εκεί μερικές ώρες, διότι οι Έλληνες – όπως οι ίδιοι παραδέχονται – ξέρουν να αντλούν από τη ζωή τόσα όσο κανένας άλλος λαός. Και γι` αυτό αξίζει να τους επισκεφθεί κανείς».

Lighting the way to 2010 Youth Olympic Games

The official ceremony for the Lighting of the Olympic flame that will burn at the inaugural Youth Olympics Games in Singapore will take place today (July 23) at Ancient Olympia.
In the presence of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge and Minister of Culture Pavlos Yeroulanos, the priestess will stand in front of the 2,600 year-old Temple of Hera and by using a concave mirror will light a silver torch with the sun’s rays.
As soon as the flame is lit, the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame will begin travelling in five cities across the globe: Berlin, Dakar, Mexico City, Auckland and Seoul.
Yesterday, a successful rehearsal was conducted and hundreds of tourists, visiting the site where the Ancient Olympics were held from 776 BC to 393 AD, witnessed the event. The first ever Youth Olympic Games will be held from August 14 to 26 in Singapore.
Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism: The Archaeological site of Olympia
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

New era in Greek-Turkish relations

» High Level Cooperation

Premier George Papandreou and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan expressed their will to take important steps towards the improvement of Greek-Turkish relations, as the Turkish leader wrapped up an official visit to Athens on Saturday.
This was sealed with the opening session of the Greece-Turkey High Level Cooperation Council and the signing of 21 agreements.
George Papandreou met with the chiefs of Turkish media, while Erdogan with the chiefs of the Greek newspapers.
The Greek premier told Turkish journalists that Erdogan’s visit heralds a new era in Greek-Turkish relations, further adding that the two sides had better overcome their differences. He also touched on economic cooperation between Athens and Ankara.

» “We have an agreement”

Twenty-one cooperation agreements in fields as diverse as technology and tourism were signed during the Turkey-Greece High Level Cooperation Council.
Ministers signed agreements boosting trade, investments and shipping and the two countries will hereby extend their cooperation in projects concerning infrastructure works and transnational transport networks.
Relations between the two countries in the field of immigration will be governed by a bilateral agreement which provides for readmission of illegal immigrant flows to Turkey and cooperation in the fight against organized crime, trafficking and civil protection.
Both sides agreed to improve tourism cooperation, aiming at increasing their market share in countries with economic potential such as China, as well as raising global awareness on matters of cultural heritage protection.

Special attention was given to education and synergies concerning research. Environment protection and joint ventures in energy projects including renewable energy sources and the existing Turkey- Greece-Italy gas pipeline were also sealed with respective deals.
In terms of strengthening bilateral ties,  a Joint Political Declaration on the establishment of the High Level Cooperation Council as well as a Protocol on regular political consultations between the two countries’ foreign ministries were signed.

» Signing the Olympic Truce

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan concluded on Saturday his landmark visit to Athens by signing the Olympic Truce initiative.

At a brief ceremony in front of the imposing Panathenaic Stadium, Erdogan referred to the “great honour in signing my name in this book; to put my signature for a world of peace.”
Papandreou said that Turkey’s support for the idea sends out a clear message “by Turkey and Greece to the world,” adding that Greece will actively support Istanbul’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

The Olympic Torch Relay Lit up Enthusiasm

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The Canadian Press reports on the burst of excitement brought in Messolonghi by the 2010 Winter Olympic torch relay.

The stop in Messolonghi was the sixth of 35 and the town was chosen in part because it’s the birthplace of Kostis Palamas, co-author of the Olympic Hymn .
After the flame was lit in Olympia, the relay took off towards northern Greece for an eight-day run, organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee. Over the course of its journey in the birthplace of the Games, it travelled 2,180 kilometres. Today the flame arrives in Canada and a special welcome ceremony is to be held in the city of Victoria. City of Messolonghi: Olympic Light Enthusiastically Greeted

Olympic Flame: Goodbye Greece, Hello Vancouver

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean’s official visit to Athens has coincided with the lighting of the Olympic Flame, that was passed on yesterday to the organizers of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, in Vancouver.

The Canadian city is becoming the flame’s keeper, after the final run on Greek soil by Greek-Canadian figure skater Niki GeorgiadouPresident of the Republic Karolos Papoulias received the Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean at the Presidential Mansion in Athens, on October 29.  In his welcoming speech, President Papoulias pointed out that Haiti, the country of origin of the Governor General of Canada, supported the Greek War of Independence against the Ottomans in 1821.  He also underlined that “Canada embraced Greek immigrants,” and referred to the humanitarian aid Greece received from Canada, during WWII.  Olympic Movement: The lighting ceremony in Olympia & Greek News Agenda: Ancient Olympia in the Spotlight

Greece: “Green Development” in Olympia Region

PLANT(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Five ministers accompanied the premier during his visit to the area, along with Spanish urban planner Josep Acebillo, who will have the central role in designing the restoration of the area.  The regional plan features the establishment of a new International School of Sports, Olympism and Civilisation, and the further expansion of the International Olympic Truce Centre, so that Olympia could become the centre for peace and cooperation initiatives among nations.  A new bill will focus on green development, which could become a model for the whole country, Papandreou pointed out, during his visit to the region. The project is “an initial effort to attract international interest for offers and investment in the region,” he said.

Reviving Athens 2004 Olympic Games Ceremonies

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Culture Minister Antonis Samaras will inaugurate tomorrow (July 8) an exhibition, titled “A Greek Festival-Athens 2004,” featuring the costumes and sets used in the opening and closing ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games at the National Gallery in Goudi. The exhibition, which first appeared in Beijing as part of the Cultural Olympiad, include the painted papier-mâché costumes, the signature paper boat, the rotating cube and some 47 traditional costumes from all areas of Greece.A special honorary celebration has been scheduled for the 8,000 volunteers who took part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games. The exhibition is organised by the General Secretariat for the Olympic Utilization and it will last until December 20, 2009. You Tube: Best of Athens 2004 Opening Ceremony & Olympic Closing Ceremony Athens 2004; Volunteers’ Website: www.volathens2004.gr (in Greek)

Greek Tourism Shows Resilence

• Minister Is Optimistic

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Figures on arrivals at Greek airports during the first five months of the year show an annual drop by 8.8%, much less than had originally been anticipated, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos said during a press conference on June 16. Despite the dire economic climate globally, Markoupolos appeared optimistic that the drop in tourism for 2009 will not reach double digits and stressed that domestic tourism will also reach high levels. Kathimerini daily (17.6.2009): Tourism will not fall by over 10pct this year, gov’t says. Greek National Tourism Organisation: www.visitgreece.gr

• New Planes Take Off

Marfin Investment Group (MIG) which recently bought Olympic Airlines (OA) announced yesterday (June 17) that its subsidiary Olympic Air bought eight Q400 aircrafts from Bombardier for € 161,5 million with an option to acquire another 8. Meanwhile Aegean Airlines has announced that it is beginning daily flights to Istanbul from September 9, expanding its international routes. Kathimerini daily: MIG buys planes for Olympic Air

Olympic Airlines Seals the Deal

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

The government has announced the successful conclusion of negotiations with Marfin Investment Group (MIG) for the sale of the national carrier Olympic Airlines (OA). Under the deal, clinched late on Friday, the state is set to receive the sum of €177.2 million for all OA assets, flight operations and technical maintenance. For the ground-handling division, since talks between MIG and Swissport are still in progress, negotiations have been extended for a week, Development Minister Kostas Hatzidakis announced.

In order for the agreement between the Greek state and the Marfin Investment Group (MIG) to be finalised, it must be approved by the European Commission, following which, the inter-ministerial privatisations committee must evaluate it.

Olympic Airlines: Last Boarding Call

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  olympin-airlinesThe Greek government expects binding offers by investors interested in buying Olympic Airlines to be submitted by January 30, 2009. The privatisation procedure for the country’s national flag carrier is being continued with a total of 17 investors already participating in three tenders to sell Olympic Airlines, ground handling unit and aircraft maintenance services.  Olympic Airlines carried 6.2 million passengers in 2007 to 36 cities and islands in Greece and to 37 destinations in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. Athens News Agency: Binding offers for OA by end Jan.  Secretariat General of Information: About Brand Greece-Privatisation Policy and the Greek Economy; Ministry of Economy & Finance: Privatisations Agenda Continue reading

Greek – Chinese Relations Grow

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Chinese President Hu Jintao is scheduled to arrive in Athens on Monday, November 24, and it is expected that this visit will herald a new era in bilateral relations between Greece and China, which date back to 1972. The recent development of Sino-Greek relations has been stunning, especially in the sectors of economy and culture. After Athens hosted the Olympic Games 2004, preparations for the Olympic event in Beijing began, which required officials to meet regularly and discuss everything from know-how to security. These meetings soon expanded to include not only sports, but also trade, shipping and tourism. Discussions have helped China’s Cosco Pacific take over the cargo management services of state-controlled Piraeus port in a 35-year deal assessed to be worth €4.3 billion, and the Chinese president is expected to seal the deal officially during his trip next week. Other sectors of trade include lottery and jewellery: lottery systems supplier Intralot is a Greek company expanding into the Chinese market, and the Folli-Follie group has more than 80 points of sale in China. The population of the Chinese community in Greece – estimated at 20,000 to 30,000 – is not merely interested in commercial relations with Greece, but also in evolving into a prosperous and integrated community, on many levels, throughout the country. Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Greek- Chinese Bilateral Relations; Embassy of Greece in Beijing: www.grpressbeijing.com Mediainfo2004.gr: From Athens to Beijing; InterChina Cultural Centre in Piraeus: www.interchina.gr Secretariat General of Information: Feature Stories-The Greeks and the Chinese: Doing business for aeons (Economist, 21.08.08)

The Flame of Hope for the 2009 was lit in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    The Flame of Hope for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games was lit on November 12, at a ceremony in Zappeion Hall, Athens. In keeping with the Olympic tradition, the torch was lit by the sun’s rays before embarking on a three-month journey around the world to Idaho, USA, the site of the next World Games (www.2009worldgames.org). Almost 3,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from more than 100 countries will participate in Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held from February 7 to 13, 2009.  After Athens the first stop for the torch will be in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It will then continue around the world, making stops in Poland, Costa Rica, South Africa, India, China and three cities in the United States – Miami, New York and Los Angeles. On January 27, 2009 the flame will reach Idaho, USA, to begin the Torch Relay‘s final leg through many cities in Idaho before arriving at the Opening Ceremony for the World Winter Games on February 7. The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Athens, Greece.  Special Olympics Hellas: www.specialolympicshellas.gr (in Greek)

Olympic Carrier Relaunched

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Marking a new era for Greece’s national air carrier, Transport Minister Kostas Hatzidakis announced that the European Union has given its approval for the relaunching of Olympic Airlines. “The state-owned company will be privatised” said the minister, explaining that the company at its present status will be liquidated and some of the company’s assets will be transferred to a new private company, which will keep the name and the logo of its predecessor.  Greek News Agenda: Flying the Wings of Change; Ministry of Transport & Communications: www.yme.gr  Secretariat General of Information: About Brand Greece-Privatisation Policy and the Greek Economy

Greece: An Ancient Calculator

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The size of a shoebox, a mysterious bronze device scooped out of a Roman-era shipwreck at the dawn of the 20th century, off the island of Antikythera (www.antikythira.gr), has baffled scientists for years and proved to be a  a calculator used by the Ancient Greeks more than 2,000 years ago. Researchers yesterday announced that the Antikythera Mechanism (www.antikythera-mechanism.gr), as it is now known, could predict eclipses decades in advance and was also used to record the four-yearly cycle of the original Olympic Games.  World Media Reports – Google: Scientists unlock new secrets of Antikythera mechanism; Secretariat General of Information: World Media on Greece – Highlights

Greeks Returning Home from Beijing 2008

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The 29th Olympic Games ended on August 24 after 16 days and 17 nights of sporting celebration. Although not equivalent to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the Greek harvest of medals is considered well satisfying. Greek athletes won two silver medals, one in rowing (Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls) with Vassilis Polymeros and Dimitris Mougios and another one in taek won do with Alexandros Nikolaidis winning his second Olympic medal after Athens 2004. Another two bronze medals were won by Sofia Bekatorou, Sofia Papadopoulou and Virginia Kravarioti in sailing (Yngling class), while our 2004 gold medal winner Chrysopigi Devetzi reached the third place in triple jump. With regard to the doping incidents, the International Olympic Committee has commissioned a full investigation over the Greek athletes who were disqualified facing charges of illegal substances use. IOC will recourse to the Greek courts, while measures have been taken in order to enhance already existing legislation concerning doping,this time introducing harsher penalties.  Hellenic Olympic Committee: www.2hoc.gr

The Greek Media Experience Transfered to Beijing

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    On the occasion of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the Secretariat General of Information introduced its “mediainfo2004 – Media Services for the Olympic Games” website (www.mediainfo2004.gr). This website subscribed to the idea of a “one-stop-shop” service for media professionals, who wished to cover contemporary Greece before and during the Olympic Games 2004. The website was affiliated with the Zappeion Olympic Press Center, situated in central Athens in the grounds of the Zappeion Mansion. Secretary General of Information Panos Livadas, the Zappeion Olympic Press Center director, was in Beijing recently at the invitation of the Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG). BOCOG publicly paid tribute to his advice and contribution in setting up and operating the Beijing International Media Center (www.2008bimc.cn).

Greece @ China’s Cultural Year

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Greece relishes international attention by being the honoured country for this year’s Cultural Year in China (www.greece-china.com). Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis on Sunday inaugurated the International Olympic Truce Centre exhibition at Beijing’s Hellenic House (“From ancient Olympia to Beijing 2008 – forty Greek and forty Chinese artists discuss the Olympic Truce” ) in the presence of former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch. The “Agon” exhibition by the National Archaeological Museum, initially held in Athens during the 2004 Olympic Games, presents themes from the athletic events of the ancient Olympic Games, along with the whole context of poetry, theatre and artistic competitions held from time to time at the major temples throughout the Greek world (Beijing’s Capital Museum). Dimitris Papaioannou, director of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games opening ceremony, brought his adapted version of ancient Greek tragedy Medea to Beijing (Grand National Theatre in Beijing on August 1 and 2). Greece will be the country of honour at the 15th International Beijing Book Fair to be held early September 2008. Greece is the fourth country after France, Russia and Germany to be receiving such an honourary invitation. Within the same framework, China will be the country of honour at the Thessaloniki International Book Fair in 2010.

From Athens 2004 to Beijing 2008

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  In 2004, the Olympic Games returned to Greece, the country of their birthplace, and Athens, the city of their revival in modern times. In 2008, Beijing is hosting the Olympic Games for the first time in its pioneering history as a seat of authority and government as well as culture and learning. Greece and China have benefited from a favourable development of friendly cooperation cooperation in political, economic, and cultural affairs. On the political side, top government officials have paid many visits to China, the latest being the one of President Karolos Papoulias last June. Concerning economic prospects, Greece can constitute a potential base of operations, from where China could expand its business in the EU, the Balkans and the Mediterranean. Shipping leaves much room for economic cooperation and the latest Cosco Pacific Ltd’s deal over Piraeus port inaugurates a fruitful synergy in the broader field.   Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Greece’s relations with China; mediainfo2004.gr: From Athens 2004 to Beijing 2008; Press and Communication Office – Beijing: www.grpressbeijing.com  
                                                     Greece @ 2008 Olympics
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, Culture Minister Michalis Liapis, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis, and General Secretary of Information Panos Livadas are in Beijing for the Olympic Games. Greece will participate in the XXIX Olympic Games of Beijing with 156 athletes, 84 men and 72 women. 22-year-old gold medal winner in the 2004 Olympic Games judoka Ilias Iliadis will be the flag bearer of the Hellenic delegation during the Opening Ceremony, at the Olympic Stadium. Hellenic Olympic Committe: www.hoc.gr; SportInGreece.com: Olympics 2008