AMORGOS, the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades is a stunner,
with whitewashed houses, trestled alleyways and fiery rust sunsets ...
Kevin Raub in New York Post, 2010




13th International Convention on Sustainable Tourist Development YPERIA 2015

The Cultural Association of Tholaria – Amorgos and Aegialis Hotel & Spa are pleased to announce

YPERIA 2015, the 13th International Convention on Culture & Tourism,

which will take place from the 21st to the 26th of October, on the Greek island of Amorgos.
This International Meeting aims to promote Amorgos as an island rich in traditions, customs and culture.
Journalists, tourism professionals, producers and distinguished people from around the world are invited to participate and contribute to the promotion of the event through newspaper & magazine articles, films or documentaries, as well as through advertisements of the island and the works presented during the Convention.

The event is organized around three axes:
– Day visits and walks around the Island – as a press trip
– Conferences in the evening on culture and sustainable tourism
– Screening of The International Short Tourism Film Festival of Amorgos

During YPERIA Convention, participants will discover the island, walk the ancient hiking paths, visit the historical monuments, collect aromatic herbs from the mountains, visit the essential oil distillery laboratory, enjoy local products, attend traditional festivities and get introduced to the work of different artists through exhibitions (ceramic, photography, handicraft).

The 6th International Short Tourism Film Festival of Amorgos will also take place in the context of YPERIA 2015.

The main scope of discussion of YPERIA 2015 will be: “AMORGOS: TRAILS FROM THE PAST TO THE FUTURE. Socio-economic, cultural and environmental prospects” with the following topics:

Dance group TholariaFolk culture and development in small islands
Dr. Aikaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki, PHd, Former Director, academic associate, Hellenic Folklore Research Centre – Academy of Athens

Terraces for farming: an indispensable element of the Aegean island landscape
Dr. Theodora Petanidou, Professor of Biogeography and Ecology, University of the Aegean

Natura network areas: Legislative framework
Dimitra Kavvada, State Legal Council, Ministry of Environment

Moussaka Ingiedients

Moussaka Ingiedients

Local products: the cultural dimension
Dr. Evangelos Karamanes, Senior Researcher, Acting Director, Hellenic Folklore Research Centre – Academy of Athens

Hiking the Amorgian Trail Network: benefits of the most inexpensive investment in tourism
Fivos Tsaravopoulos, MSc Environment and Resource Management Paths of Greece

Velanidia Foundation. Learn from the past to create prospects for the future to foster the ecosystem of the island
Lonaïs Jaillais, European Mountain Leader, Watersports & Nature Guide

Monastery night view

Chozoviotissa Monastery of Amorgos, in process of inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List
Dr Giovanni Perotti, Architect – Eleni Methodiou, Archaeologist, Expert of the European Union

Accessible Tourism for all
Ivor Ambrose, Co-founder & Managing Director for the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT)
Katerina Papamichail, Architect, Expert in Universal Design and Accessibility, founding member of the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT)

Medical tourism: marketing and prospects of an internationally developing special form of tourism
Georgia Zouni, Lecturer of Tourism Marketing, University of Piraeus

Aegean Cuisine

Conferences will take place every evening from 19.30 in Aegialis Hotel & SPA, after one hour screening of the 6th International Short Tourism Film Festival of Amorgos.
All evening screenings and conferences are open to the public so that people of Amorgos and visitors can participate and acquire information about what is going on in other areas in the fields of culture and tourism.

The Convention will be held in English.

Departure from Piraeus port, Athens by Blue Star Ferry to Aegiali port, Amorgos: Wed., October 21st at 17:30.
Departure by Blue Star Ferry from Katapola port, Amorgos to Piraeus port: Mon., October 26th at 06:00.

For further details, call for papers and registration please visit the new homepage of Yperia 2015

or contact us:
Tel.          +30 22850 73393

Irene Giannakopoulos

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