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An open invitation to world travellers

Greek Hospitality is nominated for a Nobel prize

 

I am writing this editorial while Europe is going through overwhelming historical moments, trying to manage the largest migration waves since World War II.

As a Greek and a European, I am obviously observing how my fellow citizens behave towards a problem no one can hide from. Through their actions,
they show the profound democratic awareness and heightened sense of hospitality that is innate in Greeks since antiquity. That’s why Greek islanders
have been nominated for a Nobel peace award. That’s why I urge all world travellers to make Greece their destination this year, for the safety and
hospitality which have struck a chord with the entire humankind.

From antiquity to today, Greeks have placed great importance on good manners when receiving foreigners. Their customs required so. No other people
had established Hospitality by subjecting it to the supervision of not just any god, but of the most significant one, Zeus, king of the gods of Mount Olympus,
who was actually called Zeus Xenios, Philoxenon, or Hospites, as the patron of hospitality (“xenia” in Greek) and guests, avenger of wrongs done to strangers.

A safe and hospitable country, Greece calls on you to acquaint yourselves with its civilisation and culture, to experience the greek light – a light like no other,
which fuelled groundbreaking advances that have become points of reference the world over – and to travel your senses savouring greek products and gastronomy.

In terms of experiences, you will find that choosing Greece as your destination is one of the most precious gifts you can offer yourself.

I wish you all a wonderful spring and a life full of colours and fragrances.

 

Adriani Orphanou Zounali

Editor in Chief