Greece is getting ready to exhibit its tourism offerings at the ITB Berlin, as the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry marks 50 years. ITB Berlin 2016 will take place March 9 to 13. From Wednesday to Friday, ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only.
More than 10,000 exhibitors and organizations from some 180 countries will be presenting their innovative products and services in the 26 display halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Over 100,000 trade visitors are expected to attend the world’s largest travel trade show in order find out about all the tourism industry’s products and services at this year’s event.
Greece @ ITB Berlin 2016
Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura will visit Berlin on the occasion of ITB and attend meetings with major tour operators and journalists of the German media.
According to the Tourism Ministry’s recently announced tourism action plan, Ms Kountoura during ITB will give special promotion to the islands — Kos, Samos, Lesvos, Chios — that are under pressure due to refugee flows.
The Greek National tourism Organization (GNTO) and its co-exhibitors — Greek regions, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, etc. — invite all to visit the Greek stand in Hall 2.2/101 and get acquainted with the country’s holiday destinations and tourism products.
Also, on Friday, March 11, representatives from the GNTO and the City of Athens will take part in the documenta 14 press conference “From Athens to Kassel – and back again”. Documenta is the art event that has been based in the German city of Kassel since 1955. In 2017 it will be held for the first time in two places: its original venue and Athens.
Cooking shows, prize draws
Visitors to the Greek stand will have the opportunity to sample the country’s gastronomy and regional products. Cooking shows at the Greek stand will be held every day, from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon until 1pm and 3pm to 4pm, by top Greek chefs.
Over the weekend, prize draws will take place at the stand and lucky participants will win prizes offered by Greek exhibitors. Saturday’s prize draw will take place 4-4:30 pm and Sundays is scheduled for 1pm-3pm.
Also, a special music performance by “EPONIMI” will take place at the Greek stand on Saturday at 1pm-3pm.
Greek exhibitors @ ITB Berlin 2016
Greek companies participating in ITB Berlin 2015 include:
A La Carte Travel, Acrotel Hotels & Resorts, Aegean Airlines, Aegean Star Hotels, Agora Travel, Aldemar Resorts, ANEK Lines, Apollonia Resort – Santa Marina Beach – Sitia Beach, Aqua Vista Hotels, Aquila Hotels & Resorts, Argo Travel Group, Athens – Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association, Atrium Hotels Luxury Resorts Collection – Rhodes, Greece, AUTOCANDIA – Rent a Car Greece, Avra Travel, Beleon Group, Benletoni Tours, Best Western Hotels & Resorts Greece, Blue Lagoon Group, bluegr Hotels & Resorts, Cactus Hotels, Capsis Elite Resort – Out of the blue, Celestyal Cruises, Chandris Hotels & Resorts, CHC Hotels, City of Thessaloniki, Coco-Mat, Cretan Holidays, Destination Mykonos, by LifeThink, Destination Services Greece, Eagles Palace, Electra Palace Resort, Esperia Hotel Group, Filos Holidays & Travel, Fodele Beach & Water Park Holiday Resort, General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET), Grace Hotels Group, Greco Deltanet Services, Grecotel, Grecotel Cape Sounio, Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), Greek Travel Pages & GTP Headlines, Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), H Hotels Collection, Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA), Halkidiki Tourism Organisation, Helden DMC, Helios Hotels & Resorts, Hellas Vacances, Hellenic Island Services, Hilton Athens, Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki, Inova Hospitality, Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa, Kos Island, Lindian Village Hotel, Lindos Imperial Hotel, Marbella Corfu, Meli Tours, Minoan Lines, Minos Beach Art Hotel, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort , Mitsis Hotels, MTS City Breaks, MTS – Mega Travel Selection, MTS/OTS Group Greece, MyGreekFriend, Neptune Hotels – Resort, Convention Centre & Spa, P. Sapounakis Hotels & Resorts (Ikaros Beach, Lyttos Beach, Star Beach, Star Beach Water Park), Pelion Voucher, Pilot Beach Resort, Porto Carras Grand Resort, Region of Attica, Region of Central Macedonia, Region of Crete, Region of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace, Region of Epirus, Region of North Aegean, Region of Peloponnese, Region of South Aegean, Region of Thessaly, Rodos Tourism Promotion Organization, Sailing Blue, Sani Resort, Santikos Collection, Sbokos Hotel Group, Siva Travel Services, Skiathos Island, Skopelos Village Hotel, Smartline Kyknos Beach, Sysco Greece, Taxiwind, Thessaloniki Hotels Association, TOP CountryLine Alexander Beach Hotel &Village, Tourist Guide of Greece, Travel Exchange, Traveltales, Trend Touristic Services, Tresor Hotels & Resorts, Undiscovered Epirus, V-Tours, Variety Cruises, Versus Travel, VITA Hotels and Volos Municipality.
Furthermore, it has been announced that the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest at Sigri will have its own stand at the World Geoparks Network in Hall 4.1 224. Visitors at ITB will have the chance to discover the exciting history of the petrified forest of Lesvos Geopark.
Also, the island of Mykonos, one of the top gay island destinations worldwide, will be represented at the LGBT Pavilion in Hall 3.1b once again.
Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016.
In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors.
GTP will be at ITB Berlin 2016 to keep you updated!