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Official Presentation of Santorini Experience 2022 Highlights Culture & Sports

ATHENS – Santorini’s tourism is set for another boost with Santorini Experience 2022, as amateur and professional swimmers and runners, are expected to visit once again one of the world’s top tourist destinations through sports tourism. Santorini Experience will be held on September 23-25 for its 6th year and will include unique running and swimming routes with a backdrop of Santorini’s enchanting landscape.

On July 27, this year’s event official presentation took place in the Acropolis Museum, in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Tourism Sofia Zacharaki, Greek National Tourism Organization President Angela Gerekou, Thira Mayor Antonis Sigalas, Deputy Mayor of Thira and Head of Culture Sofia Kitsou, and Chief Executive Officer of ActiveMedia Group Akis Tsolis, while Deputy Minister of Culture & Sports Lefteris Avgenakis sent his greeting through a video message. The press conference was held in the presence of the Technical Director of the event’s swimming race, Nikos Gemelos, the World Open Water Swimming Champion, representative of the athletes of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, and member of its Board of Directors Kelly Araouzou, the President of the Hellenic Association of Sports Press Yannis Theodorakopoulos as well as many journalists.

Left to right: Sofia Kitsou, Sofia Zacharaki, Antonis Sigalas, and Angela Gerekou. Photo by Mike Tsolis / Santorini Experience

Thira Municipality is not simply hosting a major tourism event on the island of Santorini, but also intends to highlight the cultural wealth of a globally leading tourism destination, organizing Santorini Experience, after two years of the pandemic.

In the context of the press conference, Thira Mayor Sigalas, stated: “Santorini holds an enviable position on the world stage, and is one of the leading and most popular holiday destinations. Our goal is to further upgrade our tourist product and enrich it with new alternative forms of tourism that offer unprecedented experiences. The symbolism of the names of the two sports activities that we have announced for Santorini Experience is obvious. We want to connect the authentic experience with the history and the elements of our cultural reserve as well as to honor the founders of the Loula & Evangelos Nomikos Foundation.”

Left to right: Sofia Zacharaki and Angela Gerekou. Photo by Mike Tsolis / Santorini Experience

Accordingly, Deputy Minister of Tourism Zacharaki, said: “The sporting event of Santorini Experience, enriches the tourism product beyond the two elements of sun and sea, while it has all the elements that will make this experience special so that the visitor will return to this wonderful island and our country. At the same time, it encourages return visits for anyone who participates in this event. In Santorini, you have no shortage of reasons to return to the island, but you have many reasons to visit for the first time. We will be there both with the auspices and with the physical presence, but mainly with the message that we will convey to the whole world, that this event is happening in Greece, adding to our overall effort, for quality, sustainability, balance.”

Deputy Minister of Culture & Sports Avgenakis, via video, said: “Warm congratulations are deserved to the Municipality of Thira, to ActiveMedia Group as well as to all those who have worked for the implementation of this year’s event. What makes this event special is the perfect combination of culture, history, and the natural wealth of Santorini, with the sports tourism of the region as the main driving force.”

Greek National Tourism Organization President Gerekou highlighted that, “in recent years, Santorini has proven that it can combine the entire kaleidoscope of tourism that we work on and promote for our country. The exceptional event, Santorini Experience, that combines sports, tourism, culture will be able to give a very dynamic boost to the tourism of Santorini.”

Deputy Mayor of Thira and Head of Culture Kitsou stated: “The Daedalic Kore of Thira, is a unique archaeological finding of supernatural size made of marble, dating back to 640 BC, which was found preserved in excellent condition at the site of Sellada in Ancient Thira. This finding of 2.30 meters height and about 750 kilograms weight, is going to be exhibited to the world for the first time, in the outdoor area of the Archaeological Museum of Thira. I am especially glad that ActiveMedia Group shared this vision with us, as we jointly decided to give the name of the Daedalic Kore to the Half Marathon. This year you will have one more reason to participate in Santorini Experience to see the Daedalic Kore up close.”

Left to right: Nikos Gemelos and Kelly Araouzou. Photo by Mike Tsolis / Santorini Experience

ActiveMedia Group CEO Akis Tsolis said: “In combination with all the new trends in tourism, the tourism plan based on the destinations together with the institutional framework formed by the Ministry of Tourism, aims at creating Greek branded tourist products in the field of sports tourism. The high-quality and diversified events that are created are sporting events with a unique Greek identity, are a national treasure on which our national income directly depends and overall, contribute to the well-being of our country. Moreover, we should keep in mind that we don’t create our brand, but the audience that participates. We do not have a say οn this, but our participants are the only ones who do, because it concerns them. For this reason, we are optimistic about our new venture.”

“Travel” through the magnificent images of Santorini’s landscape and the tune composed by the renowned Greek artist Kid Moxie following an international career in Los Angeles. The music was inspired by the santouri, an ancient musical instrument, which is an integral part of the Greek tradition and is widespread all over the world both to India, China and to the west, in the Middle East, the Balkans, etc.

Watch the teaser video here: https://bit.ly/3PLXOK2.

Register now – Free registration for Thira Municipality Citizens

Participants can register and take part in the impressive Daedalic Kore of Thira Half Marathon and the 1.5 mile L & E Nomikos Open Water Swimming. The citizens of Thira Municipality can participate for free. Register here: https://bit.ly/3oyKX27.

Run in the Daedalic Kore of Thira Half Marathon. (Photo by Santorini Experience)

The Daedalic Kore of Thira Half Marathon takes place on Saturday, September 24, running across the enchanting areas of Oia, Imerovigli, and Fira. More routes and surprises will be announced.

Participating athletes will have the opportunity to swim in the unique 1.5 miles (2.4 km) L & E Nomikos open water swimming route at the Santorini Experience. The swimming event takes place Sunday, September 25, starting from the volcano with its finish line at the old port of Fira, under the impressive view of the island.

Santorini Experience is in its 6th year and is organized by the Municipality of Thira and the Sports Tourism department of ActiveMedia Group.

The event will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization.

More information on new surprises at this year’s event and special offers for access to Santorini will be announced in the coming weeks at: www.santorini-experience.com.

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