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4th Tourism Awards: Greek Industry Champions Announced for 2017

Posted On 23 Mar 2017
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The Tourism Awards 2017 that took place on Tuesday, March 21, at the Athenaeum InterContinental hotel in Athens really was “an experience worth sharing”, just as organizers Boussias Communications and Hotel & Restaurant magazine had promised.

For the fourth consecutive year, some 700 executives and Greek tourism figures attended the glitzy awards ceremony to find out which Greek companies and organizations in the sectors of travel, hospitality and leisure stood out for their best practices and initiatives that encourage innovation and the quality of Greek tourism.

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura underlined the importance of the Tourism Awards as the event highlights examples of high quality in Greek tourism and all companies and organizations distinguished for their initiatives.

Hosted this year by Greek presenters Dimitris Ougarezos and Jenny Melita, the awards covered initiatives from strategy and innovation to destination management, as well as the best practices applied to improve the hotel experience and architecture tourism projects.

According to the organizers, the nominations this year included a large number of much-talked about new hotel openings and enterprises specializing in marine tourism, luxury travel and digital tourism.

All applications were evaluated by a 25-member judging committee chaired by Greek travel journalist Maya Tsoclis. Among the members of the judging committee were academics, subject-matter experts and eminent personalities with experience in the hospitality sector.

Honorary awards

Honorary awards were given to individuals and institutions for their contribution to the promotion and development of the Greek tourism industry:

  • Former Tourism Minister Nikos Skoulas for his overall contribution to Greek tourism.

  • H. Mitsotaki from Athens International Airport (AIA) and M. Provopoulou from Doctors Without Borders for the photo exhibition “People on the Move” by renowned Greek photographer Yiannis Bechrakis.

  • French journalist Maude Vidale-Nacquet for the international promotional Greece received through her articles.

  • Athanasios Skouras for his contribution to the international promotion of Greek gastronomy.

  • The chairman of the Paraplegics Association of Drama Aglaia Katsigianni for the creation of an accessibility map of Drama.

  • The Tinos Food Paths team for highlighting the gastronomy of Tinos.

GTP’s selection of Tourism Awards 2017 winners

  • Celestyal Cruises
    Gold Tourism Award for Tourism Season Extension Initiatives (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Gold Tourism Award for Guest Service Excellence (Category: Guest Experience)
    Gold Tourism Award for Culinary Tourism (Category: Gastronomy)
    Gold Tourism Award for Branding (Category: Branding / Public Relations / People Strategy)
    Silver Tourism Award for an Integrated Communication Campaign (Category: Branding / Public Relations / People Strategy)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Celestyal Cruises

  • Caldera Yachting
    Bronze Tourism Award for Tourism Season Extension Initiatives (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Gold Tourism Award for Customer Services (Category: Travel & Transportation, sponsored by MINOAN LINES)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Caldera Yachting

  • HotelBrain
    Gold Tourism Award for Tourism Development – Agalia Luxury Suites (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Silver Tourism Award for Tourism Development – Aeolis Tinos Suites (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Gold Tourism Award for Hotel Development, Management & Consulting – HotelBrain S.A. (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Bronze Tourism Award for Hotel Residences – Naxian Utopia Luxury Villas (Category: Hotels & Resorts)
    Gold Tourism Award for Traditional GuesthouseCrossroads Inn (Category: Hotels & Resorts)
    Bronze Tourism Award for Guest Service Excellence – Mykonos Princess (Category: Guest Experience)
    Gold Tourism Award for Welcome ExperienceVaros Village Hotel & Suites (Category: Guest Experience)
    Silver Tourism Award for 360° Guest Relationship ManagementPorto Kea Suites (Category: Guest Experience)
    Silver Tourism Award for Family TourismThalatta Seaside Hotel (Category: Specialty Travel)
    Gold Tourism Award for Advertising CampaignHotelBrain S.A.  (Category: Branding / Public Relations / People Strategy)

Tourism Awards 2017 - HotelBrain

  • Siva Travel Services
    Bronze Tourism Award for Tourism Development (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Silver Tourism Award for Social Media Usage (Category: Digital Tourism)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Siva Travel Services

Tourism Awards 2017 - Aldemar Resorts

  • Dinner in the Sky Greece
    Silver Tourism Award for Innovative Concept (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Silver Tourism Award for Guest Service Excellence (Category: Guest Experience)
    Gold Tourism Award for Restaurant Concept (Category: Gastronomy)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Dinner in the sky

  • Axia Hospitality
    Silver Tourism Award for Hotel Development, Management & Consulting (Category: Strategy & Innovation)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Axia Hospitality

  • Aqua Vista Hotels
    Bronze Tourism Award for Hotel Development, Management & Consulting (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Silver Tourism Award for Luxury Villas (Category: Hotels & Resorts)
    Silver Tourism Award for Adults-only HotelArt Hotel Santorini (Category: Hotels & Resorts)
    Bronze Tourism Award for Wedding TourismAlta Vista Suites (Category: Specialty Travel)
    Gold Tourism Award for Eco-friendly Resort – Kassandra Bay Resort & Spa (Category: Hotels & Resorts)

  • Wyndham Grand Athens, managed by Zeus International
    Gold Tourism Award for Strategic Investment & Innovation (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Gold Tourism Award for City Hotel (Category: Hotels & Resorts)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Wyndham Grand Athens

  • Grace Santorini
    Silver Tourism Award for Boutique Hotel (Category: Hotels & Resorts)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Grace Hotels

  • Porto Carras Grand Resort
    Gold Tourism Award for Luxury Resort (Category: Hotels & Resorts)
    Silver Tourism Award for Spa Resort (Category: Hotels & Resorts)
    Gold Tourism Award for Golf Resort (Category: Hotels & Resorts)
    Silver Tourism Award for Gastronomy & Wine Tourism (Category: Gastronomy)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Porto Carras Grand Resort

Sani/Ikos Group

  • Sani Resort
    Bronze Tourism Award for Apps for Smartphones & Tablets (Category: Digital Tourism)
    Gold Tourism Award for Environmental Protection Initiatives 
    (Category: Sustainability / Facilities Μanagement)
  • Ikos Resorts
    Gold Tourism Award for All-inclusive Resort (Category: Hotels & Resorts)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Ikos Resorts

Tourism Awards 2017 - Hilton Athens Hotel

Tourism Awards 2017 - Aqua Vista Hotels

  • Ideales Resort
    Silver Tourism Award for Eco-friendly Resort (Category: Hotels & Resorts)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Ideales Resort

Tourism Awards 2017 - OUT OF THE BLUE, Capsis Elite Resort

Tourism Awards 2017 - IKIES Traditional Houses

Tourism Awards 2017 - Varos Village Hotel & Suites

Tourism Awards 2017 - Mideast Travel Worldwide

Tourism Awards 2017 - PORTO KEA SUITES

Tourism Awards 2017 - Navigator Travel & Tourist Services Ltd

Tourism Awards 2017 - EY ZHN Greece

  • Elite City Resort
    Bronze Tourism Award for Congress Tourism (MICE) (Category: Specialty Travel)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Elite City Resort

  • Minoan Lines
    Silver Tourism Award for Customer Services (Category: Travel & Transportation, sponsored by MINOAN LINES)
    Silver Tourism Award for Greek Cuisine (Category: Gastronomy)
    Gold Tourism Award for Online Presence & Communication (Category: Digital Tourism)
    Gold Tourism Award for Local Communities Support (Category: Branding / Public Relations / People Strategy)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Minoan Lines

  • Turkish AirlinesCommunication Effect
    Gold Tourism Award for New Destinations (Category: Travel & Transportation, sponsored by MINOAN LINES)
    Bronze Tourism Award for Storytelling Excellence (Category: Branding / Public Relations / People Strategy)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Turkish Airlines

Tourism Awards 2017 - Grand Resort Lagonissi

  • Goody’s Burger House – Blue Star Ferries – SingularLogic: Skip The Line
    Silver Tourism Award for Apps for Smartphones & Tablets (Category: Digital Tourism)

Tourism Awards 2017 - Blue Star Ferries

Tourism Awards 2017 - Poseidonion Grand Hotel

  • TEMES S.A., Costa Navarino
    Gold Tourism Award for Monitoring Environmental Indicators (Category: Sustainability / Facilities Μanagement)

Tourism Awards 2017 - TEMES S.A., Costa Navarino

To see the whole list of winners of the Tourism Awards 2017, press here.

The Tourism Awards were held under the auspices of the Greek Tourism Ministry and the GNTO.

GTP was among the main communication sponsors of the event.

Photo Source: Boussias Communications/Hotel & Restaurant magazine


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