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 Cretan philosopher's stone

Cretan Salad - fred_v 
The Cretans secret for a long life
Everybody has heard of the famous philosopher stone, the mysterious substance that can change any metal into gold, can cure even the most severe diseases, and can lengthen life beyond nature. And what if I told you that the Cretans obviously cannot change metal into gold, but know how to prevent many one severe diseases, especially cardio vascular ones, and so can lengthen life…
Don’t laugh, the Cretans have the longest life expectancy in the world (no, the Japanese do not) and have extremely low cancer and cardiovascular rates.
Wondering what their secret is? Their food habits… the famous Cretan diet, which intrigues always 


 On Greece's wine trail

Grapes - Nick.Allen 
The wine trail, from Mont Athos to Mont Olympus
We saw it in the first article (the Cretan philosophic stone): Greeks have a delicious, healthy and tasty cuisine. Add a good wine and these dishes can be even better.
The first hints of winemaking in Greece were discovered in Achnes, South of Heraklion. They are mysterious 1600 BC Mycenaean writings on woinos, the forerunner of today’s wine.
Greece is the place where Dionysus, God of Wine, Grapes, Revelry, and Winemaking, was born in 


 A country with dream islands

Amorgos - by GOC53 
Greek islands, dream lands for breathtaking landscapes
You can’t set up an incentive in Greece and avoid a visit to Athens with the Acropolis, the antique theaters, the new Acropolis museum (inaugurated in 2009), etc. Do not miss a visit to the cities of Delphi, Mycenae, Olympia, and Sparta (to list only a few). Greece also has numerous islands too often forgotten by project managers for the setting up of an event or an incentive.
For example, you can plan a call on the Cyclades Islands, southeast of Greece between continental Greece and Crete, 24 of which are inhabited. The most famous of them are Mykonos and Santorini but you can also visit less famous and so less crowded ones such as More

 The two facets of Greek art

Epidaurus Theater - by *clairity* 
Greece: from archaeological sites to modern art
Everybody knows some Greek myths and legends, has heard about Ancient Greece, and the Greece of the republic and democracy, in a word, everybody knows hints of Greece History (though they don’t always know they do). What we usually forget is that Greece is also the cradle of theater, and especially of tragedy. Many theaters remains can be visited and some of them even keep on hosting plays and concerts, like Epidaurus Theater, which has an amazing acoustics and can accommodate up to 14,000 spectators!


 Athens New Hotel

NEW hotel façade 
A new modern hotel in Athens: the New Hotel
The latest YES! Hotel, the NEW Hotel, opened last July in Athens. It is located in Plaka area, close to Constitution Square. It has been built in the former Palace Hotel, the façade of which, designed by Lasonas Rizos in 1958, has been preserved.
The plus point of the hotel is most certainly its modern, colorful, and innovative traits as it has been designed by the Campana brothers, both famous designers. Some walls are covered in original wooden pieces or in engraved metal characters. For the hotels walls as well as for the furniture, the designers played with colors, textures, and materials.
The hotel is located 45 minutes driving from the airport, has 79 rooms and 5 meeting rooms for up to 220 people. It is a perfect and original place to mix up a meeting or a seminar with a visit of a beautiful and surprising country.


 A pluricultural center

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center 
Athens: A new ultramodern polycultural center to open in 2015
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a polycultural center, is currently under construction in Athens and should open in 2015. The center will be made of several elements including a big park, Greece National Library, and a 1,400-seat auditorium
Architect Renzo Piano took a leaf out of Athens Acropolis and provided the center with glass walls,  


 Vision of a professional

The point of view of a professional
Nathalie Lycas, creator and director of the Greek DMC Eureka!,greek events, with an office in Paris and another one in Athens, kindly accepted to answer our questions in order to clarify the situation in Greece. 

MICEFINDER: The media are quite alarmist about the current situation in Greece, can tourists go safely?
Nathalie Lycas: Definitely! The Greeks are neither warlike nor aggressive. During the past centuries, they have shown the complete opposite: they are peaceful and peace-loving. When Greece was coveted and occupied, they fought but never attacked first! It seems that it would be contrary to the country hospitality Law. If you scrutinize the broadcast images filmed during the demonstrations, you will see that whatever the motives and determinations of the demonstrators, no citizen nor involuntary witness is ever t...


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MARCH 2012
ITB, 07 – 11 March 2012
International Travel Trade Show
Germany, Berlin
FIT Bolivia, 15 – 17 March 2012
International Tourism Show
Bolivia, Santa Cruz
8th Moscow International MICE Forum, 19 March 2012
Russia, Moscow
MITT, 21 – 24 March 2012
19th Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition
Russia, Moscow
Global Forum Europe, 24 – 30 March 2012
MICE Market Specialists
United Kingdom, London AND Spain, Barcelona
GIBTM, 26 – 28 March 2012
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United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
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