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Certification process for Kastri/ Creta Maris beach to be certified as Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beach of the Mediterranean Sea

  • 2017 06 16

Creta Maris Beach Resort & Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches cooperation

In the context of the resort’s Sustainable operation and aiming to improve the quality of the tourism, protect the environment, increase the satisfaction of tourists, and promote the principles of sustainability, Creta Maris Beach Resort decided to begin the necessary process for the certification of the beach of Kastri / Creta Maris as a Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beach.

The new cooperation was sealed by the signing of the Cooperation Agreement by Mr. Andreas Metaxas, CEO of Creta Maris Beach Resort and Mr. Vasilis Zisimopoulos, CEO and Founder of Costa Nostrum Ltd. Both sides declared optimistic about the new cooperation, which is about to offer the greatest possible environmental upgrade and further promotion of the coastal ecosystem.

Photos: Mr. Andreas Metaxas, CEO of Metaxas Group of Companies, Mr. Nikos Vlassiadis, General Manager of Creta Maris Beach Resort and Mr. Vasilis Zisimopoulos, CEO and Founder of Costa Nostrum Ltd..

About Creta Maris Beach Resort:

Creta Maris Beach Resort belongs to Metaxas’ Group of Companies and has been operating since 1975. It has a capacity of 680 rooms, suites and bungalows, 6 restaurants, 7 bars, 7 swimming pools, gym, Hammam spa, Asterias Children’s Club, and a great space for outdoor and indoor activities.

About Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches:

The Certification Standard for Sustainable Management and Development of the Mediterranean Beaches - Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beaches is a pioneer and innovative certification protocol that can objectively guarantee the sustainable development of the Mediterranean beaches, primarily by defending the environment, greatly contributing to the financial development of the region around certified Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches and, of course by ensuring social cohesion and prosperity of the citizens of the region.

Press Release Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beaches EN - CN 

Costa Nostrum Participated at “Insularity and Blue Economy” Conference Which Organized by University of Piraeus.

  • 2017 05 27

On Saturday 27th of May, late in the evening the conference “Insularity and Blue Economy", organized by the Laboratory of International and European Policies and Development Programs - Development LAB, at University of Piraeus was finished.
Costa Nostrum was participating at this conference with Vassilis Zissimopoulos, presenting the Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches protocol, as well as the results of its implementation during summer 2016, the upcoming plans about summer 2017 and the future plans. The comments of the audience were excellent both for our work as well as for our presentation.
Moreover Costa Nostrum was participating at the conference with an “advertising stand”, with the great help and contribution of Semina Diakopoulou.
The organization of the whole conference was just excellent with very important presentations and a lot of time for networking!

Green Destinations and Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches sign Partnership Agreement

  • 2017 04 20
PRESS RELEASE 20/04/2017

Green Destinations and Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches have agreed to cooperate in promoting sustainable tourism development, in particular for sustainable beaches and destinations. In this way, they create better opportunities for sustainable destinations and beaches to generate environmental, social and economic benefits for tourists and for the local business community. To this end both parties signed a Partnership Agreement.

The two organizations are very complementary to each other: Green Destinations is looking at destinations as a whole, but has no certification for beaches, while Costa Nostrum can ensure a sustainable beach management and development, as well as improved service provided for the bathers; both of them are the focus of «Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches».

Green Destinations is a non-profit organization supporting tourism destinations to become more sustainable. A Green Destinations Certification & Awards program has been developed on the basis of the Green Destinations Standard, and 160 destinations already received the Award. This standard is the leading international set of criteria to measure, monitor and improve the sustainable management of entire destinations, islands and regions. It makes sustainable development concrete, objective and demonstrable; covering all important themes: Destination Management, Nature & Scenery, Environment & Climate, Culture & Tradition, Social Well-being, and Business & Hospitality. In 2016 the Green Destinations Standard was officially recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Costa Nostrum (= our coast) – Sustainable Beaches is an award winning innovative certification standard based on specific indicators and criteria (environmental, social and economic), through the effect of which, the sustainable management, development, evaluation and certification of any beach may be achieved in an objective manner, while a healthy competitive environment for every beach management body is created. It also constitutes a free online information portal for tourists visiting the Mediterranean Sea, in regard to the infrastructure, classification and characteristics (natural – technical) of all Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beaches, as visitors will be able to search for the certified Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beaches and choose accordingly depending on their personal requirements. Finally, it is a “tool” for the global recognition and promotion of the certified Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beaches, as well as of any affiliated business of local traditional products nearby the awarded beach.
The standard can be applied at all Mediterranean beaches, with a view to promote their sustainable development, their environmental protection and the sustainable economic development and general welfare of the society at the nearby areas.
It can be implemented by all municipalities of the countries around the Mediterranean, as well as, by hotel units that financially exploit a number of beaches with the same positive results.

The common goal of Green Destinations and Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches is the qualitative improvement of the tourist product, the environmental protection of tourism destinations, the increase of tourist satisfaction, as well as the promotion of sustainable tourism principles.

The Partnership Agreement was signed by Mr. Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations and by Mr. Vasilis Zisimopoulos, CEO and founder of Costa Nostrum Ltd.

The cooperation is limited to Green Destinations’ support to the beach certification offered by Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches.

Green Destinations is currently negotiating with two other parties who will be Green Destinations Representative Organisation in Greece, for destination certification and for the QualityCoast Awards.”

More information:
http://greendestinations.info, info@greendestinations.info
www.costanostrum.org, info@costanostrum.org

Costa Nostrum participated in the 1st GSTC European Regional Meeting

  • 2016 11 23

On 23&24 of November 2016, the 1st Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) European Regional Meeting took place in Zappeion Megaron in Athens. The theme of the meeting was “Building Sustainability in European Tourism”. Costa Nostrum and Vassilis Zissimopoulos were invited as speakers in the session “Apply Standards & Certifications to Destinations & Enterprises”, in order to present the results of the 1st year of implementation of the innovative certification standard Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches. The title of the presentation was “Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches: Case Study Outcomes from the First 5 Costa Nostrum Certified Beaches”.

Conference in Agios Nikolaos

  • 2016 11 19

On Saturday 19/11/2016 a conference with title “Application Results of Certification Standard for the Sustainable Management and Development of Mediterranean Beaches - Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beaches on the beaches of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos” took place in Agios Nikolaos.
During the conference there was a small ceremony as Kitroplateia Beach was awarded as the “Best Public Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beach – Bathers Choice for Summer 2016”.

4/10/2016 Partnership Agreement of «We do local» and «Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches»

  • 2016 10 10

Partnership Agreement have signed Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches and "Local Production & Hospitality SA" – which is managing the company of the «We do local» standard. «We do local» and «Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches» agreed on mutual cooperation with the objective of sustainable development and efficient management of the beaches of the hotel units, creating in this way the hotels promotional conditions to visitors, but also creating tourist benefits for both the hotel units and the destination Crete.
In a time of economic and general crisis, the connection and close cooperation of bodies, organizations and actors of tourism for a common purpose, such as the development of sustainable tourism with various environmental, social and economic benefits for both tourist destinations, and for the very tourist area, it is considered as a business & social necessity.

«We do local» is a reference point for a coordinated strategy highlighting the value of the tourism experience and the excellence of the tourist business in Greece. It is an essential lever civic, economic, cultural, ecological and social development in the society, which operates under specific conditions and strict standards, showing measurable results.

«Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches» from its side is a standard and innovative "tool" that can ensure in an objective way the sustainable development of the Mediterranean beaches, primarily defending the environment, contributing decisively to economic development of the wider area around sustainable Beach Costa Nostrum and ensuring social cohesion and prosperity of the citizens of the region.

Common goal both of the «We do local» standard and the «Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches» model is the qualitative improvement of our tourist product and the emergence of Greece through tourism enterprises as a leading sustainable tourism destination with special characteristic feature its hospitality. The Partnership Agreement signed on Tuesday 04 October of 2016 at the offices of the Local Production and Hospitality SA - «We do local» in Heraklion of Crete, Mr. Andreas Metaxas, CEO of Local Production & Hospitality SA - We do local and the CEO and founder of Costa Nostrum Ltd, Mr. Zisimopoulos Vasilis.

For more information, visit the websites: www.wedolocal.gr and www.costanostrum.org

Costa Nostrum Press Release

  • 2016 06 06

The municipality of Agios Nikolaos in Crete is the first municipality in the Mediterranean Sea, which will certify its beaches as Costa Nostrum.

PDF (Greek Only)

 

10th International Conference on “Circular Economy and Organic Waste”

  • 2016 05 26

Costa Nostrum was participated to 10th International Conference on “Circular Economy and Organic Waste”, ORBIT 2016

The Certification Standard for the Sustainable Management and Development of the Mediterranean Beaches - Costa Nostrum, received a lot of positive remarks from the public! You can read the abstract of the paper here.

Costa Nostrum on TUI’s maps

  • 2016 05 18

Costa Nostrum on TUI’s maps for the island of Crete. You can see them here.

Costa Nostrum on TUI’s maps

  • 2016 05 18

Costa Nostrum on TUI’s maps for the island of Crete. You can see them here and here.

Costa Nostrum on TUI’s maps

  • 2016 05 18

Costa Nostrum on TUI’s maps for the island of Crete. You can see them here and here.

Costa Nostrum was participated to SmartBlueCity - 1nd EuroMediterranean Conference-Exhibition 2016

  • 2016 04 14

Costa Nostrum was participated to SmartBlueCity - 1nd EuroMediterranean Conference- Exhibition 2016 on 14-16th of April at Limassol on Cyprus, and Costa Nostrum Certification Standard was received a lot of positive remarks from the public! You can read more here.




Costa Nostrum’s TV interview to Creta Channel

  • 2016 04 01

The TV interview of Costa Nostrum Ltd to Creta Channel in the show “Bussiness Class” with Mr. Siligardos.

 

Costa Nostrum’s article on Ecotec N115

  • 2016 03 31

Publication of Costa Nostrum’s article in Greek scientific journal for the environment Ecotec N115. You can read it here (Greek only).

Radio interview of Costa Nostrum Ltd at Radio 9,84

  • 2016 03 28

The Radio interview of Costa Nostrum Ltd. at Athens Radio 9,84 on the show “Variants”. You can listen to here (Greek only).

Radio interview of Costa Nostrum Ltd at Radio - Kriti

  • 2016 03 22

The Radio interview of Costa Nostrum Ltd at Radio - Kriti in the show “Compass” of Mr. Siligardos.

 

Costa Nostrum’s article to portal Prismanews

  • 2016 03 22

On 22/03/2016, the portal Prismanews published an article for the Innovative company Costa Nostrum! You can read it here (Greek Only)

Costa Nostrum’s interview to Crete TV Channel

  • 2016 02 25

The TV Interview of Costa Nostrum Ltd on Crete TV channel in TV Show "Crete Today" with the journalist Mr Manos Daskalakis!! here (Greek Only)

Costa Nostrum presentation to Commercial Chamber of Heraklion and support letter

  • 2016 02 24

On 24/02/2016 the innovative certification standard Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beaches was presented at the Steering Committee of the Commercial Chamber of Heraklion and the Commercial Chamber of Heraklion expressed its support to Costa Nostrum, by a recommendation letter (send on 18/03/2016) which you can read it here (Greek Only)

Costa Nostrum presentation to Cretan Association of Hotel Managers

  • 2016 02 23

On Tuesday 23/02/2016 Costa Nostrum was presented to Cretan Association of Hotel Managers at Galaxy Hotel in Heraklion. The Certification Standard for the Sustainable Management and Development of Mediterranean Beaches Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches, earned a lot of positive remarks from the Association members.

Costa Nostrum was participated to Startup Europe Week – Chania

  • 2016 02 04

Costa Nostrum was participated to Startup Europe Week – Chania 2016, on 4-5th of February at Chania, and Costa Nostrum Certification Standard was received a lot of positive remarks from the public! We would like to thank the public for its support, which had helped Costa Nostrum Ltd to take the second position in the entreprise’s ranking. Moreover, we would like to thank the organizing committee for their help and support.

Costa Nostrum’s interview to epixeiro.gr portal

  • 2016 01 27

The online interview of Costa Nostrum team at www.epixeiro.gr read it here (Greek only)

Cyprus Association of Scientists and Environmental Engineers

  • 2016 01 18

On Monday 18/01/2016 the Cyprus Association of Scientists and Environmental Engineers was expressed its support to Costa Nostrum – Certification Standard for the Sustainable Management and Development of Mediterranean Beaches, which was notified by a recommendation letter, which you can see here and here

Environment Standing Committee of the Technical Chamber of Greece – Department of Eastern Crete

  • 2016 01 15

On Friday 15/01/2016 the Environmental Standing Committee of the Technical Chamber of Greece – Department of Eastern Crete was expressed its support to Costa Nostrum – Certification Standard for the Sustainable Management and Development of Mediterranean Beaches, which was notified by a recommendation letter, which you can see here and here

Hellenic iniative award

  • 2015 12 15

On Wednesday 15/12/2015 was organized an awarding ceremony for the best 10 teams (of the total 25 teams) of the 3rd cycle of the competition egg - enter • grow • go. The award ceremony is part of the cooperation between Eurobank EFG and The Hellenic Initiative. One of the 10 winner teams was also the Costa Nostrum Ltd. You can see the award here.

Costa Nostrum was participated to Equity Investment Forum

  • 2015 12 06

Costa Nostrum was participated to Equity Investment Forum, on 7-8th of December at Athens! The Equity Forum had invited Israel as the honorary country. Moreover, the Organizations and the investors, which were participating to the event, made B2B meetings with the Greek startup businesses in order to benefit from comprehensive support, such as TANEO, PRAXI, ATHEXGROUP, Dimera Group, Libra Group, Piraeus Capital Management, etc.
A lot of executives’ persons were attended to the event; some of them were the Ambassador of Israil, Ms. Irin Ben-Abba, and the Greek Alternate Minister for Research & Innovation, Mr. Fotakis, the Minister of Economy, Development & Tourism, Mr. Stathakis and the Secretary General for Strategic and Private Investments, Ministry of Economy Development & Tourism, Mr. Labrianidis.

Hellenic Association of Environmental Engineers

  • 2015 12 04

The Hellenic Association of Environmental Engineers expressed its support to Costa Nostrum, which was notified by a recommendation letter that you can see it here and here

Participation to the Global Entrepreneurship Week

  • 2015 11 21

Participating to the Global Entrepreneurship Week, the weekend of 21 and 22 November 2015, the Athens StartUp Safari 2015 took place, on which a lot of innovative startup companies had the opportunity to present their project to the public. Costa Nostrum, one of the 26 winner teams – startup companies of the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Competition Program - THE EGG – by Eurobank, presented to the public the Certification Standard for Sustainable Management and Development of the Mediterranean Beaches - Costa Nostrum®.

The presentation of the innovative Costa Nostrum Certification Standard received a lot of positive remarks from the public and important personalities, who attended to the event such as executives from the Greek-German Chamber, as well as the Greek Alternate Minister for Research & Innovation, Mr. Fotakis. More information about Athes StaUp Safari 2015 and Costa Nostrum Certification Standard at: facebook/ COSTA NOSTRUM, LinkedIn/COSTA NOSTRUM, www.costanostrum.org, www.theegg.gr







The first online interview of Costa Nostrum

  • 2015 10 06

The first online interview of Costa Nostrum team at www.platform.gr read it here: (Greek only)

Presentation of Costa Nostrum at 18th International Symposium of MESAEP

  • 2015 09 29

The innovative project COSTA NOSTRUM was presented on the 18th International Symposium on Environmental Pollution and its Impact on Life in the Mediterranean Region, which took place at September 26 – 30/2015 in Crete, Greece and organized by Mediterranean Scientific Association of Environmental Protection – MESAEP. COSTA NOSTRUM Certification Standard was presented by Vasilis Zisimopoulos and Maria Zouridaki. More information about the symposium you can find at MESAEP website www.mesaep.org

Article at Nautemporiki newspaper about COSTA NOSTRUM project

  • 2015 07 28

You can read here the whole article in Naftemporiki newspaper, which is referred to the 25 innovative projects, including COSTA NOSTRUM, which are taking part to the EGG program by Eurobank, Greek only.

The innovative COSTA NOSTRUM project, on the website of the EGG program

  • 2015 07 20

You can see not only the innovative COSTA NOSTRUM project, but also the rest projects that are taking part to the EGG program by Eurobank, which aims to boost young innovative entrepreneurship and improve employment opportunities for young people in Greece.

Open University of Cyprus refers to the success of COSTA NOSTRUM project and Vasili Zissimopoulo

  • 2015 07 13

Open University of Cyprus issued a press release regarding the great success of COSTA NOSTRUM project and Vassili Zissimopoulo.

The first day to the EGG building

  • 2015 06 29

The first day to THE EGG building, as winners of the Eurobank business innovation competition started early in the morning, with many signatures, new interesting acquaintances, smile and of course with a great sense of responsibility for the development of our innovative project COSTA NOSTRUM.

Great Distinction for the Innovative Project Costa Nostrum

  • 2015 06 19

COSTA NOSTRUM project is one of the 25 innovative entrepreneur ideas of Greece. The Certification Standard for Sustainable Management and Development of the Mediterranean Beaches - Costa Nostrum® (=Our Coast) is an original and innovative “tool” that can objectively guarantee the sustainable development of the Mediterranean beaches, primarily by defending the environment, greatly contributing to the financial development of the region around sustainable Costa Nostrum® beaches and, of course by ensuring social cohesion and prosperity of the citizens of the region.

Every beach has its own unique characteristics, its own needs and demands, but it also has specific potential on the services that provided. In this way the Certification Standard COSTA NOSTRUM evaluates the services and characteristics of the beach and creates a ranking of four categories, while contributing to the improvement of the provided services.

The benefits that arise from the adoption of Costa Nostrum® are varied and cover all three aspects of sustainable development.

This project participated in the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Competition Program - THE EGG, which organized for the third consecutive year by EUROBANK. The «egg - enter • grow • go» is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by Eurobank  designed and implemented in cooperation with Corallia, that aims to boost young innovative entrepreneurship and improve employment opportunities for young people in Greece.

In this year's competition participated 2100 teams from all over the Greece. The ideas came from many different sectors of the economy such as tourism, the Primary Production, Biotechnology, Electronic Business, the Health services, Renewable Energy, Computer Applications and Technology, Culture, etc.

The innovative project COSTA NOSTRUM, as was well structured and documented, become one of the 25 winning teams in this year's tender procedure, proving that even in times of economic and social crisis innovative ideas relating to the environment and tourism can be generated and implemented, yielding benefits to society and the environment, both locally and nationally. 

C2 Evaluation Phase for the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Program – The EGG

  • 2015 06 10

At Friday 29-05-2015 was completed the C2 Evaluation Phase (Final Procedure) for the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Program – The EGG. The innovative project COSTA NOSTRUM competed with the rest of 39 projects, from the initial number of 2100 teams which participated for the election of the final winners’ team.

Distinction for the Innovative Project Costa Nostrum and Vasili Zisimopoulo – C1 Phase results

  • 2015 05 25

On Thursday 21-05-2015 the results from C1 Evaluation Phase were announced for the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Program - THE EGG. The innovative project COSTA NOSTRUM was successfully qualified to the finals and was included among the best 40 innovative ideas at national level. The final evaluation phase - C2 Evaluation Phase - will take place to Athens in the building of the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Program - THE EGG on Friday, 29-05-2015 and from the final evaluation will emerge the winners.

THE EGG Competition

  • 2015 05 19

At 19-05-2015 COSTA NOSTRUM project took part to semifinal evaluation phase (C1) of Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Program - THE EGG. Costa Nostrum is a Standard Certification for Sustainable Management and Development of the Mediterranean beaches. In this evaluation phase the 60 best innovative ideas at national level were involved, by an initial number of 2100 participants. This C1 phase included a 5 minutes presentation of the innovative idea, to the other groups - participants and at the program evaluation committee. The purpose of this phase was to highlight the best 40 innovative ideas at the national level.

 

Presentation of COSTA NOSTRUM to the Steering Committee of Technical Chamber of Greece, Department of Western Crete

  • 2015 04 16

At Thursday 16-04-2015, the Steering Committee of Technical Chamber of Greece Department of Western Crete took place. The Certification Standard for Sustainable Management and Development of Mediterranean beaches Costa Nostrum® were presented to the participants. The meeting took place in the building of the Technical Chamber of Greece - Department of Western Crete, Chania, and also the President of the Technical Chamber of Eastern Crete, Mr. Haronitis John, were attended.

Presentation of COSTA NOSTRUM to Steering Committee of Technical Chamber of Greece, Department of Eastern Crete

  • 2015 04 07

At Thursday 07-04-2015, the innovative project COSTA NOSTRUM was presented to the Steering Committee of Technical Chamber of Greece Department of Eastern Crete and to the Vice Mayors of Heraklion Mr. Anastasakis, Mr. Iniotakis, Mr. Mamoulakis and Mr. Rasoulis.

Presentation of COSTA NOSTRUM to Steering Committee of Technical Chamber of Greece, Department of Eastern Crete

  • 2015 03 19

At Thursday 19-03-2015, the Steering Committee of Technical Chamber of Greece, Department of Eastern Crete took place, where the Certification Standard for Sustainable Management and Development of Mediterranean beaches Costa Nostrum®, was presented. The Steering Committee of Technical Chamber of Greece, Department of Eastern Crete, expressed its support about COSTA NOSTRUM proposal, which was notified by a recommendation letter, which you can see here

Presentation of COSTA NOSTRUM to the Environment Committee of Region of Crete

  • 2015 03 12

At Thursday 12-03-2015, the Environment Committee of Region of Crete took place, where the Certification Standard for Sustainable Management and Development of Mediterranean beaches Costa Nostrum® was presented. After the end of the meeting of the Environment Committee a press release was issued stating specifically that: “In addition there was a presentation to the Environment committee by the Consultant Mechanical Engineer Mr. Zissimopoulos, of a proposed innovative certification standard for sustainable management and development of beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, Costa Nostrum®, in order to inform the committee and the Municipalities, for that standard, and to support the institutionalization effort by the competent institutions and the implementation of the standard by the interested municipalities”. The press release was published to the news portals of Crete and it can be seen here and here