Press Release 2016

PRESS RELEASE: 14th International Convention on Tourism and Culture YPERIA 2016

The Women’s Cultural Association of Tholaria, Amorgos, and Aegialis Hotel & Spa are pleased to organize, for the 14th consecutive year, the YPERIA International Convention for Sustainable Tourism, the Preservation and Protection of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Amorgos.

The Convention will be held from October 12th to October 17th 2016 in Aegiali, Amorgos Island, Greece.

The Convention is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Amorgos and FedHATTA and is sponsored by the Greek National Tourism Organization (EOT) and the General Secretariat of the Aegean and Island Policy.

For the 14th consecutive year, journalists, travel professionals, academics and film producers from around the world will meet on the beautiful island of Amorgos, in order to discover its treasures and explore prospects for sustainable touristic development on a local but also a wider level.

YPERIA 2016 aims to promote the natural beauty and culture of Amorgos, to inspire an exchange of ideas on cultural heritage management and to showcase projects that take place on the island.

The main scope of discussion of YPERIA 2016 is: “ECOLOGY AND TRADITION: Prospects for the future and the speeches included in its program are related to the following topics:

  • “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe. How a trail certification can contribute to the valorization of the cultural heritage and shape islands like Amorgos as a hiking destination” – Liane Jordan (Germany), Quality Management of “Hiker Friendly Germany” and “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”
  • “Natural protection and development in areas of Natura 2000 network with reference to tourism” – Christina Kontaxi (Greece), Paths of Greece
  • “Local products: the cultural dimension” – Evangelos Karamanes (Greece), Senior researcher, acting director of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre (Academy of Athens)
  • “UNESCO’s World Heritage List: an analysis of how to draft an SOUV (Statement of Outstanding Universal Values)” – Margarita Thoma and Alexandros Eleftheriades Tamoglou (Greece), historians, heritage management
  • “Amorgos – Underwater and land-based sculpture park: ecotourism, education and ecology through art” – Ute Kohlmann (Netherlands), director of the open-air film, music and photography festival West’ival
  • “Cinema: A tool of development and tourism promotion” – Antonis Kioukas (Greece), film director, producer and organizer of events
  • “Film tourism in Greece: Development and results” – representative of the Greek Film Centre (Greece)

Within the frame of YPERIA 2016, the 7th International Short Tourism Film Festival of Amorgos is organized. This year, the Festival is especially dedicated to the challenge of tourism for the social economy, exploring the opportunities but also the dangers that touristic development presents for the economy, particularly of smaller communities. It takes a look at successful approaches to sustainable economic development of smaller or marginal communities, as a response to increasing touristic flows in their region.

The special tribute “The challenge of tourism for social economy” is implemented through the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek national funds.

During the Convention YPERIA, participants will discover the island of Amorgos, walk the ancient trails, collect aromatic herbs from the mountains, visit the distillery of essential oils, taste local products, attend traditional celebrations and see the work of various artists through exhibitions.

All evening screenings and lectures are open to the public so that the inhabitants of Amorgos as well as visitors have the chance to participate and draw information on current developments in the areas of culture and tourism.

The Convention is held in English.

For participation or any additional information, please visit our official website www.amorgosfilmfestival.com or contact us by calling at (+30) 22850 73393 or sending an e-mail to [email protected].


Kind regards,

Irene Giannakopoulos

President of the Women’s Cultural Association of Tholaria – Amorgos