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Cooperation Agreement Between Assonautica Italiana, the Chamber of Ilia and Costa Nostrum Ltd

  • 2018 10 14

On Sunday 14th of October 2018, a Cooperation Agreement between Assonautica Italiana, the Ilia Chamber and Costa Nostrum was signed in the Ilia Chamber, with the participation of the Aitolokarnania Chamber.

The Co-operation Agreement was signed by the President of Assonautica Italiana Dr. Alfredo Malcarne, the President of the Ilia Chamber, Dr. Konstantinos Nikolouchos and the CEO of Costa Nostrum Ltd. Mr. Vassilis Zissimopoulos.

The main purpose of the Partnership Agreement is to promote, exploit and promote: the Maritime and Sustainable Tourism, certificated Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches, Sustainable Beaches, Maritime Economy and Local Masterpieces in Art, Culture, Museums, Wine-Gastronomy, Crafts and Tourism and for the implementation of an innovative joint strategy and cooperation for the development of shipping in the field of leisure and coastal tourism and through the dissemination of the "made in Italy" system to support and development of cross-cultural, technical and scientific exchanges to protect the natural, cultural, tourist and archaeological heritage of coastal cities and coastal areas, coasts, coastal zones and beaches of Italy, Greece, the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.

During the event, the rationale for cooperation and prospects in the tourist sector between Greece and Italy was developed.

The President of the Union of Italian Chambers, Assonautica Italiana and President of the Brindisi Chamber stated that the aim is to bring together the ideas and actions between the Greek and Italian chambers to certify and thus to strengthen the Greek beaches as a “brand name” by acquiring a larger share in the tourist market.

While, the President of the Ilia Chamber Kostas Nikoloutsos, underlined the need for the quality of the Ilia’s tourism to be improved, with the best possible scientific documentation. "Our beaches need to be certified and through this we can show the hidden treasures. There is no more automation in tourism and in beaches anymore, we all know very well that the tourists spends the winter in their countries dreaming where to go and for this destination we cannot have only the photos and some information, we want the best documentation why to visit this place. This helps us all to become better. It is not enough to say between us, that we have good beaches, but, we have to see how they can become better-known in the tourist sector. Ilia claim a big increase in the tourist sector. We are not happy with the numbers of tourists at this time. We have great space for growth. Ilia could accommodate much more tourists, which will be modern and quality. "

  • Assonautica Italiana, assonautica.it with its central and regional organization, enjoys the privilege of being the "speaker of the Italian Chamber of Commerce" which represents the common interests of all economic categories for the effective implementation of the policy of promoting shipping in the field of recreation, nautical tourism, tourism, the maritime economy, as well as the various interrelated activities of this category.
  • The Ilia Chamber, a historical associate of Assonautica Italiana, with the collaboration of the Chamber of Aitoloakarnania and the Italian Chambers, is interested in promoting and coordinating activities and initiatives aiming at intercultural exchange and development of resources for the development and improvement of vessel tourism leisure tourism, maritime tourism, sustainable tourism and the maritime economy in the coastal areas of Greece, with particular reference to coasts, beaches and water ecosystems of the prefecture of Ilia.

Βράβευση της Δημοτικής Παραλίας Καρτερού – ΑΚΤΗ του Δήμου Ηρακλείου ως Αειφόρα Παραλία Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beach 3 Ιππόκαμπων

  • 2018 09 27

Δελτίο Τύπου 27/09/2018

Με τον καλύτερο τρόπο επισφραγίστηκε η συνεργασία μεταξύ της Costa Nostrum με τον Δήμο Ηρακλείου και την Δημοτική επιχείρηση ΔΕΠΤΑΗ, αναφορικά με την πιστοποίηση της δημοτικής παραλίας του Καρτερού – ΑΚΤΗ ως αειφόρα παραλία Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beach. Η συγκεκριμένη παραλία βραβεύτηκε ως αειφόρα παραλία τριών ιππόκαμπων σύμφωνα με τα κριτήρια και τις διαδικασίες του βραβευμένου πρωτοκόλλου πιστοποίησης «Πρωτόκολλο Πιστοποίησης για την Αειφόρο Διαχείριση και Ανάπτυξη των Παραλιών της Μεσογείου Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beaches», συγκεντρώνοντας μια από τις υψηλότερες βαθμολογίες για δημόσια παραλίας, 75 από 100 βαθμούς.

Με τον τρόπο αυτό αποδεικνύεται για άλλη μια φορά η δέσμευση του Δήμου Ηρακλείου στην παροχή υψηλών υπηρεσιών προς τους κατοίκους και τους επισκέπτες του, αλλά και η προάσπιση ενός βιώσιμου μοντέλου τουριστικής ανάπτυξης με βασικό κριτήριο την προστασία του περιβάλλοντος και την ευμάρεια του ευρύτερου κοινωνικού συνόλου.

Στην τελετή παράδοσης παραλαβής της σημαίας, της ενημερωτικής πινακίδας για τους λουόμενους και του πιστοποιητικού της Costa Nostrum παραβρεθήκαν ο Αντιδήμαρχος Ηρακλείου κ. Πέτρος Ινιωτάκης, ο Πρόεδρος της ΔΕΠΤΑΗ κ. Μηνάς Καπετανάκης, ο Προϊστάμενος του Τμήματος Περιβάλλοντος του Δήμου Ηρακλείου  κ. Φωτάκης Μανώλης και ο Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος της Costa Nostrum κ. Βασίλης Ζησιμόπουλος.

Κοινή επιθυμία όλων των παρευρισκομένων είναι η συνέχιση του προγράμματος και την νέα τουριστική περίοδο του καλοκαιριού 2019 καθώς και η αύξηση της συνολικής βαθμολογίας της παραλίας.

Press release: For third year the Cooperation Between The Municipality of Agios Nikolaos and Costa Nostrum is Continueing

  • 2018 08 27
For third year the Cooperation Between The Municipality of Agios Nikolaos and Costa Nostrum is Continueing

A cooperation agreement signed between Costa Nostrum Ltd and DAEAN for the recertification of four municipal beaches of the municipality of Agios Nikolaos Crete as Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches. On the same day, these four beaches were re-audited. The four beaches of the Agios Nikolaos Municipality that are part of the certified sustainable beaches of Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches are: Almiros Beach, Voulisma Beach, Kitroplatia Beach and Schisma Beach.

It is reminded that the Municipality of Aghios Nikolaos pioneered once again, during 2016; it was the first Municipality nationwide that decided to certify its beautiful beaches as Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches, warmly supporting innovative ideas while at the same time the main motivation was to upgrade its tourist product and spread the sustainable tourist model. In this way acquired a highly competitive advantage over the competition.

Both the top DAEAN executives (Mr. Michalis Farsaris, DAEAN President and Mr. Michalis Garefalakis, CEO of DAEAN) and Costa Nostrum founder and general manager Mr. Vassilis Zisimopoulos expressed their absolute satisfaction with the continuation of their cooperation, for second consecutive year and their desire to extend this certification to other beaches of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos. At the same time, they expressed their desire to further upgrade the services provided in order to achieve the highest possible rating of all certified beaches, but also to increase the satisfaction of the bathers, a goal that can only be achieved through the excellent cooperation and contribution of all the parties involved - DAEAN, the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos and Costa Nostrum.

About DAEAN:

DAEAN is a Municipal SA of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos, which manages the beaches and the marina of Agios Nikolaos.

About Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches:

The certification standard for sustainable management and development of the beaches of the Mediterranean, Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches, is a standard model and innovative certification protocol that can ensure in an objective manner the sustainable development of Mediterranean beaches, contributing decisively to the economic development of the region along the perimeter of certified sustainable beaches and, of course, ensuring the social cohesion and prosperity of the local people.

Costa Nostrum at the Event for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship of the Technical University of Crete

  • 2018 03 28

On 28-3-2018, Costa Nostrum presented the innovative Certification Protocol for the Sustainable Development and Management of Mediterranean Beaches Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches in the framework of the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship event organized by the Technical University of Crete.

The Innovation House of the Technical University of Crete organized an event on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. Invited to the event were the egg - enter • grow • go program, the ALBA Graduate Business School - the American College of Greece and startup companies operating in Crete. The event was attended by students as well as other members of the Polytechnic community. For more information about the event here.

Excerpts from the TV interviews given by Costa nostrum's Founder and Managing Director, Vasilis Zisimopoulos, can be seen here (Crete TV from 1:04:10 to 1:04:34) and here (NEW Television - 18 : 00-18: 38

Costa Nostrum presented her project to the Tourism Committee of the Municipality of Rethymnon

  • 2018 03 27

On Tuesday, 27 March 2018, a presentation of the innovative Certification Protocol for the Sustainable Development and Management of Mediterranean Beaches, Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches, in the Tourism Committee of the Municipality of Rethymnon, was held.

During the meeting a detailed presentation of both the protocol and its results on the certified beaches of 2016 & 2017, was presented, receiving very positive comments from all the attendees for our work.

Costa Nostrum is co-organizing the 8st International Sandy Beach Symposium; 1st time on Mediterranean shores; Crete, 25 - 29 of May 2018.

  • 2017 12 11

On the behalf of the organizers I am pleased to invite you to the forthcoming International Sandy Beaches Symposium (ISBS), which will be hosted by Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (IMBBC-HCMR), Gournes – Hersonissos (Crete), Greece, 25-29 May 2018. The event is co-organized by Costa Nostrum along with the scientific board, establishing a much needed connection between science and beach stakeholders.

For the first time the symposium will take place directly on the Mediterranean Sea, of which the island of Crete is a paradigmatic case in terms of biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Historically, the Ecology of Sandy Shores was established as discipline in the 80s by Dr. Anton McLachlan in occasion of the first ISBS and afterwards it had its main development mainly on oceanic beaches. This is mirrored by the series of previous venues of the Symposia: among others, Chile (Valdivia -1996), Spain (Vigo - 2006), South Africa (Port Elizabeth -2012) and Brazil (Ilhabela -2015).

The symposium takes place every 3 years. Each symposium includes practical workshops, where ideas are shared and next lines for research and beach management are drawn. With time however it became more and more clear that beaches can only be studied as single social-ecological systems. This means high complexity. Therefore, an integration of disciplines on one hand, and an integration of science with management and beach stakeholders are needed.

Contributions from all disciplines around the topic of sandy beaches are welcome, from biogeochemistry to animal behavior, to biogeography and numerical modelling. Scientists, researchers and beach managers at all levels are invited to participate and share their research, making this symposium a platform to interact, establish links and identify synergies across disciplines.

Further information at www.isbs2018.wordpress.com  .

The call of papers is now open until the 15th of December. Should you have problems to meet this deadline, please contact with Dr. Lucia Fanini at isbs2018@hcmr.gr . The official language of the Symposium is English.

Costa Nostrum is awarded at the Event of Excellence for Greek Tourist Enterprises "Treasures of Greek Tourism 2017"

  • 2017 12 08

With great success held on December 7, 2017, the "Tourism Trends of Greek Tourism 2017".

In the hall of King George Hotel, Syntagma Square, all the tourist world was present and participated actively in this festive event of recognition and reward for the major tourist businesses. These are the enterprises that, during the crisis that has exhausted Greek society over the years, are producing and contributing significantly to Greece. They promote the positive image of our country abroad, strengthen the economy and all co-partners working with the tourism industry and offer a large number of jobs.

The event was "open" with greetings by the General Secretary. Mr. Yiorgos Tziallas on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Manos N. Konsolas, the Tourism Director of Nea Demokratia, Mr. Charalampos Karimalis, President of EOT, Mrs. Agapi Smpokou, on behalf of SETE, Mrs. Christina Tetradis, Deputy Chairman of Hellenic Chamber of Hotels and Mr. Lyssandros Tsilidis, President of FEDHATTA.

The award for Costa Nostrum was received by Founder and CEO of Vassilis Zisimopoulos, who also had the honor to present to the participants the award-winning  innovative "Certification Protocol for Sustainable Development and Management for Mediterranean Beaches Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches" and especially its very positive results from its application to the public beaches of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos and the Municipality of Hersonissos, as well as, to the privately operated beaches of the Candia Maris Resort & Spa hotel complexes and Creta Maris Beach Resort.

Public Information Workshops for the Municipality of Hersonissos

  • 2017 12 01

Costa Nostrum, in cooperation with the Municipality of Hersonissos, organized 3 workshops to inform the general public about the certification of 4 municipal – public beaches of the Municipality as Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches.

Costa Nostrum Participated in the 7th Pan-Hellenic Coastal Zone Management & Improvement Conference

  • 2017 11 23

Between 20 & 22 November 2017 the 7th National Conference on Management and Improvement of Coastal Zones of the National Technical University of Athens was organized at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens.

The subject of the conference was the presentation of the latest developments in the field of sciences and technologies related to the coastal zones in Greece and Cyprus, research, design, protection, study, construction and management of coastal projects, as well as, assessing the environmental impact of coastal zones.

The conference was aimed at informing, exchanging views and promoting know-how in the sensitive area of ​​the coastal zone.

The founder and CEO of Costa Nostrum has the honor of presenting to a wide audience of scholars of various disciplines the implementation of the Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches certification on 10 beaches and the very positive results of this application, receiving extremely positive feedback from all the attendees for our work until today.

The program of the conference can be found here.

Costa Nostrum participates in the Prototype by TEE. Α Program by the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE)

  • 2017 11 20

Following a highly successful presentation made to the members of the Prototype by TEE Committee on 20 November 2017 by Costa Nostrum's founder and CEO Vasilis Zisimopoulos, Costa Nostrum, has chosen to be one of the groups - companies which will participate at it specific program of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Prototype by TEE is an initiative of the Technical Chamber of Greece and is a technology (digital) accelerator of innovative ideas, which it supports them at the level of know-how, organization, administration, management and promotion so that they can be implemented as efficiently and in the best interests of the Greek economy and society.

The dominant vision of the TEE, through Prototype, is to empower young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to make a decisive contribution to the productive reconstruction of the country.

The project is aimed at aspiring re-initiators of the engineers and is implemented in principle with the cooperation of the Athens University of Economics and Business and with the participation of specialized individual scientific, technological, research institutions and foundations.

For more information about the program, please visit https://prototype.tee.gr/

Costa Nostrum was participated in the 2nd International Conference Smart Blue City

  • 2017 10 30

On October 28 & 29, the 2nd Smart Blue City International Conference was held in Heraklion. Τhe founder of Costa Nostrum, Vasilis Zisimopoulos, was participated in the conference with a presentation and the conference program can be found here.

The Euro-Mediterranean conference and exhibition “smart and blue city” is organized with the help of many partners and supporters, to bring together city and regional authorities with industry, SME’s, academics and professionals to present information and ideas for smartness and growth.

The Conference consists of two interrelated parts, namely:

  • - the “Scientific” part, in which recent developments and supportive technologies relevant to challenges faced by small and medium-sized Mediterranean cities and communities will be presented; and
  • - the “Exhibition” part, aiming at giving the opportunity to industry and SMEs to present products that can solve current and forthcoming problems of these communities.

The above distinction reflects an effort to bring together scientific knowledge and industry developments for increasing knowledge stock on potential solutions and providing options on technological products and solutions that can support cities and communities in the Mediterranean to cope with current challenges and needs.

For more information about the conference please visit http://www.smartbluecity.com/

Participation of Costa Nostrum at the NOSTOS EXPO 2017 International Alternative Tourism Exhibition

  • 2017 10 17

Between 13 and 16 October 2017, the exhibition for the alternative tourism - Nostos 2017 was successfully organized and held in Nafpaktos Greece.

Costa Nostrum was the only company - organization from Crete that participated with its own kiosk at the specific exhibition.

Numerous exhibitors took part in the exhibition, of which 6 Regions and 17 Municipalities from all over Greece, while the number of visitors from various parts of Greece was high.

During the exhibition, Costa Nostrum has managed to make several and very important meetings with stakeholders and municipalities and present them the innovative and award-winning protocol Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches, as well as its extremely positive results from its 2-year implementation.

Also on Sunday, October 15th during the Nostos Conference, we made a fully detailed presentation of the protocol to the general public with very positive comments from all the attendees.

We would like to thank the organizing committee of the exhibition, as well as, the beautiful Municipality of Nafpaktos for the excellent organization and hospitality and we are confident that the exhibition of 2018 (NOSTOS EXPO 2018) will be even better, making this exhibition significant exhibition in the development and promotion of Greek alternative tourism sector and more general the sustainable tourism sector.

Decrease in the overall rating of Certified Sustainable Beach Voulisma (Municipality of Agios Nikolaos) with code GRCR201603

  • 2017 09 14

Costa Nostrum as the certification body for the innovative Certification Protocol for the Sustainable Development and Management of Mediterranean Beaches Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches, after the latest developments regarding the withdrawal of the Voulisma beach (Municipality of Agios Nikolaos) from the Blue Flag program and in accordance with the procedures of the Protocol, is obliged to reduce by three points the total score of the certified Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beach, Voulisma and with code GRCR201603.

The award from the Blue Flag program is one of the criteria for the Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches certification, which is scored 3 points according to the rating list.

So the total score of Voulisma beach of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos becomes 71 points.

This beach continues to meet most of the criteria (39 of the total) required for its certification as a Costa Nostrum Sustainable Beach of three horses and has one of the highest total ratings for a public beach. Also, according to a survey (in the form of questionnaires) made in the summer 2016, the rating given by the bathers to the particular beach in terms of sustainability was 8,495 (the second highest score among the public beaches certified according to the Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches protocol. The results of this year's survey will be announced after the end of the summer-tourist season of 2017.

The beach will be re-evaluated at the beginning of the summer season of 2018 and if Voulisma Beach again wins the Blue Flag Award, it will be returned to the beach the 3 points by the Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches certification protocol.

Press release 10/08/2017: The Municipality of Hersonissos signed a cooperation agreement with Costa Nostrum to certify 4 municipal beaches as Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches

  • 2017 08 10

The Municipality of Hersonissos, acting within the framework of the sustainable policy which applies to all its actions, as an active member of the Covenant of Mayors, as well as, under the Sustainable Tourism Development Plan, signed a cooperation agreement with Costa Nostrum Ltd for the certification of four (4) municipal beaches, which meet the requirements of the award-winning, innovative "Costa Nostrum-Sustainable Beaches" certification protocol in order to gain a significant and internationally recognized proof of sustainable development.

The current municipal authority, the Mayor of Hersonissos Mr. Mastorakis G., in cooperation with the President of Damal SA, Mr. Vasilakis K., recognizing the ever increasing need for sustainable beach management, based on the requirements of international standards, signed the specific cooperation agreement in order to create an additional strong incentive for strengthening the sustainable tourism model through the "sustainable management of the beaches", but also to increase the level of services provided without creating environmental or social pressures in the region.

This action is part of a comprehensive (Integrated) Management Plan and Sustainable Development of the coastal areas of the Hersonissos Municipality and will be implemented initially for the certification of the beaches of Estrayromenos, Potamos, Sarandari and west of Sarantari.

Both, the Mayor Mr. Mastorakis G., the President of DAMAL SA Mr. Vassilakis K. and the Founder and General Manager of Costa Nostrum Mr. Zisimopoulos V. expressed their absolute satisfaction for the achievement of the specific cooperation and promised to make their best for the environmental upgrading and protection of the beaches of the Hersonissos.

The Municipality of Hersonissos:

The Municipality of Hersonissos extends to the eastern part of Crete, between its two main urban centers, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos. Its area amounts to 271.6 km2, with a coastline exceeding 58 km.

The northern part of Hersonissos belongs to the developed tourist coastal areas of northern Crete and is a pole of attraction for thousands of visitors each year. This makes the Municipality of Hersonissos one of the largest tourist destinations in Greece, with more than one million (1,000,000) visitors a year, registering more than eight million (8,000,000) nights, at about seventy five thousand (75,000) beds, of all categories.

The tourist infrastructures developed in the area includes high-quality hotels and accommodations, as well as blue-flagged beaches. Due to the significant tourist activity that develops in the area, the Hersonissos Municipality claims a significant part of the national annual tourist allocation. Equally important and rich are the ecological reserve of the Municipality and the uniqueness of its biodiversity.

The permanent population of the Hersonissos Municipality, based on the latest census (2011), is 26.717 inhabitants; with the actual inhabitants exceeding 50.000 due to the developed tourist sector that creates increased employment opportunities.

For the second consecutive year the municipality of Agios Nikolaos Certifies 4 Municipal Beaches as Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches

  • 2017 07 31

A cooperation agreement signed between Costa Nostrum Ltd and DAEAN for the recertification of four municipal beaches of the municipality of Agios Nikolaos Crete as Costa Nostrum – Sustainable Beaches. On the same day, these four beaches were re-audited. The four beaches of the Agios Nikolaos Municipality that are part of the certified sustainable beaches of Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches are: Almiros Beach, Voulisma Beach, Kitroplatia Beach and Schisma Beach.

It is reminded that the Municipality of Aghios Nikolaos pioneered once again, during 2016; it was the first Municipality nationwide that decided to certify its beautiful beaches as Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches, warmly supporting innovative ideas while at the same time the main motivation was to upgrade its tourist product and spread the sustainable tourist model. In this way acquired a highly competitive advantage over the competition.

The first year of adoption and implementation of certification Protocol Nostrum Costa – Sustainable Beaches deemed as extremely positive after following a survey conducted through questionnaires at certified beaches and in approximately 1000 completed questionnaires, the response of people were extremely positive in more than 80%. At the same time, at the end of last tourist season, from the analysis of the survey results, the municipality had a complete "radiography" of what the bathers “want” in each certified beach and in total. Taking into account the requirements of the bathers and by leveraging the upgrade of services at all levels, and in line with modern requirements, the municipality of Agios Nikolaos and DAEAN (as the managing authority of the specific beaches) proceeded to the "placement" of free Wi-Fi network at the certified sustainable beaches.

With this particular upgrade, the services provided within the certified beaches and having covered the largest and most important part (cleanliness, services provided to people with special needs, environmental protection, public information, etc.) of the Costa Nostrum - Sustainable Beaches certification standards, Municipality of Agios Nikolaos managed to increase the overall rating of its certified beaches.

Both the top DAEAN executives (Mr. Michalis Farsaris, DAEAN President and Mr. Michalis Garefalakis, CEO of DAEAN) and Costa Nostrum founder and general manager Mr. Vassilis Zisimopoulos expressed their absolute satisfaction with the continuation of their cooperation, for second consecutive year and their desire to extend this certification to other beaches of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos. At the same time, they expressed their desire to further upgrade the services provided in order to achieve the highest possible rating of all certified beaches, but also to increase the satisfaction of the bathers, a goal that can only be achieved through the excellent cooperation and contribution of all the parties involved - DAEAN, the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos and Costa Nostrum.

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