Kos island news and views
Kos lies in the middle of the Dodecanese chain of Greek islands that follow the Turkish coastline between Rhodes, in the south, and Patmos, in the north. Kos holidays are hugely popular with the British and Kos is one of the best for a typical beach holiday. As well as the nightlife of Kos Town and a plethora of sandy beach resorts, Kos also offers some of the best archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.
UK holiday visitors to Kos are bemused at the 'hellhole' tag as few come across any refugees as they sunbathe on the island's beaches. Locals on Kos have also attacked a newspaper article's 'racist and provocative' style that they blame for discrediting the holiday island.
Each year sees a decline in the number of family-owned Greek island tavernas and bars as they have been driven out of business by cut-price all-inclusive holiday deals.
Kos Town plans to do much more promote its historic centre and create an 'Open Archaeological and Historical Park' to attract more visitors. Kos town is already famous for its heritage sites.
Seasonal holiday workers on Kos are protesting at the low wages and poor working conditions for part time holiday workers. Hotel staff and taverna waiters claim they are being exploited.
Cultural leaders on Kos are pleading for help to boost tourist holiday visitors. Top of the list is free use to stage cultural events on important archaeological and cultural sites, such as Kos Castle
Tourist trains, open-top coach companies and other may face new regulations as island authorities toughen up rules. It follows rows over the most profitable routes
Kos is to step up moves to bring even more holiday tourists to the island. It is part of a joint plan with Crete and Cyprus to promote marine tourism in the region and to promote the islands to overseas visitors.
Holiday visitors to the resort of Mastichari on Kos cannot fail to have noticed the rotting seaweed that lines the shore. The seaweed has been a problem for years both on the beach area and in the port that links the resort to neighbouring Kalymnos.
Hollywood superstars Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have arrived on the on a summer holiday tour of the Mediterranean. The most couple has chosen the Greek Islands to spend their holidays this summer.
Kos is back on the holiday map after a surge in UK visitors to Kos in April. British arrivals at Kos airport jumped nearly 19% on April last year with 3,845 holidaymakers flying in from the UK alone.
There are not enough airport police to deal with the holiday arrivals on Kos each year, the Greek government has been warned. Although Kos island has the same number of annual holiday arrivals as Corfu, it has three times fewer police officers.
The holiday island of Kos plans much closer ties with neighbouring Turkey in a move to promote more tourism between the two More than 80 holiday firms from Kos and Turkey met on the island to thrash out joint initiatives to create stronger links.
Falling ill while on a Greek holiday on Kos and other islands could prove a problem this year as medical services suffer in the recent austerity drive with a shortage of medical staff and supplies.
Kos is not only a popular holiday destination it is also the island of Hippocrates, the ancient Greek philosopher and the father of modern medicine. The Kos holiday resort of Mastichari is now home to the unique Hippocrates Garden cultural centre.
Sheep and goat breeders on the Greek islands are in despair as a deadly virus sweeps through their flocks. Greek livestock farmers have reported outbreaks of bluetongue in Kos, Rhodes and other islands.
Police on the holiday island of Kos have started a new search for the remains of British toddler Ben Needham who went missing on the island more than 20 years ago. Specialist police officers from the UK are in Kos to excavate a mound of rubble ...
The people of Kos have been urged to show restraint in dealing with visitors on holiday in Kos if the Greek island is to survive the current economic turmoil. The warning comes as holiday bookings to Kos take a tumble in the wake of austerity measures . . .
Nestled in the South Aegean Sea is Kos, a small island that offers both peace and tranquillity with a party atmosphere at night. If you're looking at last minute holidays there can be no finer choice than Kos to escape the cold winter days . . .
Greek Police are to re-open the case of the missing boy Ben Needham who disappeared 20 years ago on a Kos holiday. Ben's mother Kerry Grist has talked to top Greek detectives and prosecutors . . .
Visitors on holiday in Kos have been warned to take care when out walking at night following an attack on a British couple. The young couple were attacked by youths while returning to their Kos hotel in the Psalidi holiday resort . . .