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We asked some of our Global Greeks the same 20 questions and told them to answer in any way they want! Well, we have had some really interesting responses which we are sure you will enjoy reading! Thoughtful and thought provoking indeed! Keep them coming!
In these 5 years we have tried to give something back to our homeland, to do something for Greece. Under the umbrella of Global Greek World we have set up and run initiatives dear to our hearts, initiatives which we believe in and will develop even further in the next couple of years.
Global Greek of the Year
In 2012 we held our first Global Greek of the Year Poll. Over 20 nominations of Greeks from various parts of our Global Greek World who have honoured their Hellenism came from our readers.
Even Riot-Dog Loukanikos got a nomination!
Greek beaches and tourist spots were never in crisis but the unrest, the political and financial instability driven by the omnipresent threat of bankruptcy along with the persistent strikes almost derailed Greece's major income earner.
The economic crisis and the foreign media's exaggeration of the problems brought thousands of cancellations from people who had planned to visit but were worried that they would end up stranded.
Along with other Global Greek groups and organisations we decided we had to do something to showcase the beauties of Greece and encourage people to continue to take their holidays here, especially our Global Greeks. With various posts promoting the beauties of Greece and showcasing all the positive aspects as well as the hundreds of high profile visitors such as Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, John Travolta, Russell Crowe, even the Kardashians! We try to encourage EVERYONE to do the same, to Visit Greece this Summer and not only telling them that Greece is beautiful all year round! You can check out some of our posts on the relevant section of our blog.
As part of our Visit Greece this Summer campaign, we have also run 2 very successful World Tourism Day Photo Competitions asking people to submit a photo of Greece for readers to vote for. We got over 200 magnificent photos last year and we set it to music...
Watch the video of all the entries in the sidebar of our blog or on our Global Greek World You Tube Channel!
The Buy Greek initiative started as a way of supporting and promoting Greek products and Greek jobs. It is aimed at encouraging people to support Greek products and services in the widest sense of the word and refers to all the things available in Greece, from physical products of the land or its industries to Greece's rich and unique cultural heritage, and everything in between, on land or sea.
This includes supporting industries that have a positive impact on the economy and sustain jobs in Greece because ultimately that is the only way forward... In brief, anything that's Greek owned, produced, invented or made in Greece.
As a by-product of this initiative, we have run a successful Buy GREEK for Xmas Facebook Campaign for the last three Christmases, asking people to prefer something Greek for their Christmas gifts each year. Last year we even had prizes for 5 lucky participants!
Global Greeks for Greece
Κοίτα τί μπορείς ΕΣΥ να κάνεις για ΑΥΤΗ...
We even started a Facebook Page called Enforce the Smoking Ban in Greece! Don't Back Down! hoping that we could do something to help in that respect!
Each of these initiatives will be developed extensively in the very near future, along with others as they come up! Stay tuned!
We welcome your suggestions and feedback on what you see and what you would like to see more of on GGW. We will be more than happy to follow-up.
We thank each and everyone of you for joining us on our journey and hope you will stay with us!
Special thanks must also go to all those friends who have been supportive and generous, donating prizes for our competitions and the prize draws.
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