The Santorini Experience in Greece has received the highest distinction in the country’s Ermis Awards. The event received the Gold Award, in the Events Production section of the Sports Events category
Last year’s event was recognised as the best sporting event production in Greece. The 2018 event saw participants from more than 40 countries and a participation share of 55% men and 45% women.
Featuring trail running and open water swimming events, this year’s Santorini Experience will be held for the 5th consecutive year, on 4-6 October 2019, in Santorini, Greece.
Commenting on Santorini Experience’s new award, the Mayor of Santorini, Nikos Zorzos said “For the second time in the last three years we have the pleasure of winning the golden distinction with Santorini Experience at the Ermis Awards as the best sports event production. Since the beginning of the term of this municipal authority, sports and consequently sports tourism, is a top priority and Santorini Experience is the flagship of the sporting events held under our aegis.
“By offering residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in a sporting event that combines sport with knowledge and information, but also approaching all ages and the whole family, we have established an event that, as an institution, is increasingly attracting more people from abroad. This gives Santorini the opportunity to show its comparative advantages and to participants the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the island, as well as to try out their personal stamina.
“I think we have achieved a great deal of our goals and we are now looking even higher, hoping to be able to organize a half marathon and even bigger open water swimming routes in the near future.”
On behalf of DAPPOS, President, Lefteris Tzouros said “Once again I feel restrained pride, while witnessing hard work, team spirit and a fully featured plan, all together coming to fruition. This gold distinction belongs even more to the people of Santorini, who embrace Santorini Experience with great passion, realizing the benefits of an international sports event, in which foreign participants are more than the Greeks.
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we hope that each year, Santorini Experience will become even better, a sports event in which people from all over the world participate, combining tourism activities with athletic recreation and participation – attendance in such a unique sports organization.”
There are a few days left for participants to take advantage of the early bird 50% discount on registration, up until 31 March 2019. During the second wave of registrations, beginning from 1 April, the discount will be 25%. The third and final wave of registrations will begin from 1 June and lasts until the event, with the final registration cost being applied.
This year’s event is supported by: Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Athina Luxury Suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Canaves Oia, Vedema a Luxury Collection Resort, Mystique a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santo Houses, West East Suites, Desiterra Luxury Suites & Villas, 270 Oia’s View, Fanouris Condo, Monolithia, Casa Iphigenia, Sienna Resort, Esperas Santorini and Loizos Stylish Residencies.
Official sponsors of the event are Ford Motor Hellas, Athina Luxury Suites, Natural Mineral Water Vikos and Alafouzos Sport. For one more year, Luanvi is the official sports supplier of the event.
Official supporters of the event are: Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Boatmen Union Santorini and Avance Rent A Car.
Santorini Experience is also assisted by Lifeguard Patrol, Voluntary Lifeguards of Santorini, Mediterranean Dive Club, Atlantis Dive Center and Santorini Nautical Club. The event is a co-organization of Municipality of Santorini, Municipal Sports Cultural Environmental Organization of Santorini (DAPPOS) and Active Media Group.