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Crete holiday video nets award

- by Dabs Banner

Inspired by the classic Zorba the Greek.

Holiday travel videos promoting the delights of a holiday in Chania in Crete are picking up a clutch of prestigious awards.

The latest is a 'Chania: A journey to your senses' by Crete filmmaker Thodoris Papadoulakis, known for his work on the small and big screen.

The tourist video is inspired by the classic film Zorba the Greek and tempts audiences to savour the spirit of the island of Crete with a series of clips of Crete towns and countryside.

A similar video entitled "Chania: A Journey through the Countryside" won a trio of awards at the Portugal Art & Tur Festival including best screenplay.

This promotional video on Chania also lifted an award at the Film, Art & Tourism Festival FilmAT in Poland earlier this year as well as the Silafest Festival in Serbia.

The Chania video certainly display a unique touch that places it well above the usual holiday promotion movies. The video tempts the audience to take a walk in the old town of Chania, to explore the landscape of Crete, get on a bike and discover Cretan villages and even to dance on the beach like Zorba himself.

As well as an imaginative depiction of Crete it also expresses the Greek feeling for their own country and it is a wise move by the Municipal Authority of Chania to promote tourism with such memorable videos.

The movies are mainly to be shown at international tourism events that will help encourage more holiday firms to include Crete in their brochure and increase the number of tourist visitors to the island. You can see the video on Youtube here.

Visitor numbers in Crete are well up on last year with a 10% rise over the season to October and a huge 21% for the month of June as tourists took advantage of lower priced hotels.

The Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises said many Crete hotels at the most popular resorts stopped taking bookings for the peak season of July and August as demand was so high.

The island also picked up 88 Blue Flags awards for its clean beaches in 2013, eight down on the 2012 figure but beaches were subject to much tougher standards.

The beaches of Crete were amongst the European beaches that had to meet a new 'excellent' standard required under the new EU Bathing Waters Directive.

Beaches that want to be awarded a prestigious Blue Flag must meet 32 criteria which include cleanliness, organisation, environmental education and information, safety and security of visitors as well as protection of natural resources.

Tour operator Cosmos Holidays, the UK's largest independent tour operator, also revealed Crete to be top of their poll of Greek islands that most travel bloggers wanted to visit and experience.