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Welcome Party for 8,200 Tourists at Katakolo Port

4560769159_ecf36f56c3_zFour cruise ships carrying around 8,200 tourists docked on July 17 at  the port of Katakolo, which is a popular stop for cruise ships, offering an opportunity for passengers to visit the site of Ancient Olympia. Katakolo is a seaside town in the municipality of Pyrgos in western Elis, Greece.
The Group of Residents of Elis for Culture and Development that goes under the name, State of Ilida and Olympia, in cooperation with local organizations organized a welcome party, full of taste and scents that impressed the visitors who did not deny the treat and left Katakolo in a cheerful mood.
The numerous tourists had the chance during their short visit to taste a big variety of local products. They left with leaflets in their hands containing information about Elis and a small olive tree in a pot as an excellent souvenir from Elis.
Volunteers from all around Elis went to the port to welcome the cruise ships Seabourn Spirit, Norwegian Jade, Horizon and Costa Magica. Cultural associations from the region of Elis and local enterprises, such as the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Ilia Olympia, the Mercouri Estate and the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) along with citizens from Elis participated in the welcome party.
Sofia Hintziou-Kontogiannis, president of the Group State of Ilida and Olympia stressed that, “Every year we have this welcome party for our visitors. The women from the local associations have cooked, the associations have brought their products, the enterprises from the Region of Elis have offered olive oil, cheese, ouzo, tsipouro, bread, pork. There is very good Greek hospitality and this is what we wanted to offer to our tourists.”

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