“During these difficult times Greece and the Greek people are going through, tourism can contribute significantly to overturn the climate and restore growth. Tourism could be the greatest comparative advantage for Greece,” Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said during the opening ceremony of the 28th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition held on 22 November at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center.
The tourism minister noted that the Tourism Ministry would rely on four basic principles to lead tourism to a new level in 2013: strengthening entrepreneurship through investment facilitation; developing a modern institutional framework for tourism and its special forms; ensuring the quality of infrastructure and tourism services; and investing in the country’s human resources.
According to Mrs Kefalogianni, the ministry plans to promote a tourism model beyond the classic “sun and sea” model, one that would highlight Greece’s many features and alternative forms of tourism such as religious tourism, agritoursim and gastronomy tourism.
“Our goal in 2013 is to bring tourism back on the world stage… We have the opportunity to support our national production, our own forces, and develop those areas that can offer us autonomy and promote the products that will make the country enviable abroad,” she said.
Some 150 exhibitors participated in the 28th Philoxenia. The exhibition welcomed 100 foreign hosted buyers, representatives of major tour operators and travel agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Russia, Jordan, China, USA, Britain, Brazil, South Africa etc.
According to Helexpo, some 1,800 business meetings took place between the hosted buyers and Greek Philoxenia exhibitors.
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Philoxenia 2012 Photo Report