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Marking Greece’s participation in major tourism exhibitions in November, Greek Travel Pages – GTP has provided a podium for the country’s key tourism figures, regional governors and travel professionals to share their vision. Key tourism figures of Greece share their vision

GTP November Trade Fairs Key Figures

Messages by Key tourism figures

Elena Kountoura, Alternate Minister of Tourism

The fact that our country is listed among the 10 most visited destinations worldwide creates a great responsibility.

Yorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens

Athens is making an impressive comeback to the international tourism and travel market, experiencing an average 26% increase in the number of foreign visitors in...

Yannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

Nearly 1 million hotel room nights were purchased in Thessaloniki in 2009 and more than 2 million last year. We have finally begun to put Thessaloniki on the map as...

Gerasimos Zacharatos, Dep. Secretary General Tourism Ministry

The ministry is here to develop and facilitate entrepreneurship. We are available to assist all tourism-related fields and occupations so that the final product will...

Panos Livadas, Secretary General Greek National Tourism Organization

GNTO’s strategic shift in the communication policy towards the web, the online providers and the social media are playing a crucial role, while at the same time we...

Dr. Andreas A. Andreadis, President Greek Tourism Confederation

Now, that Greece is at a crucial crossroad, it is important to create and implement a framework of activities to tackle over-taxation, tax evasion and support the...

Georgios A. Tsakiris, President Hellenic Chamber of Hotels

It is imperative to make every effort to upgrade our infrastructure, to raise our services to higher standards, whether we work in the public or private sector and...

Yiannis A. Retsos, President Hellenic Hoteliers Federation

The pricing policy of Greek hotels once again strengthened, to a great extent, the coordinated effort to keep demand going, as most hotels responded to the capital...

Lysandros Tsilidis, President HATTA & FedHATTA

Travel agencies, on an international level, are the producers and distributors of the tourism product and are principally engaged in composing individual tourist...

Michalis Sakellis, President Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies

If we wish to build for the future, passenger shipping should be integrated in the long-term national development strategy.

Konstantinos Palaskonis, President Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises

Greece, despite its problems, is starting to establish its brand as a top tourist destination.

Konstantinos Brentanos, President Confederation of Greek Entrepreneurs for Tourism Lodges

The objective is to upgrade infrastructures and boost the local economy within the margins of a balanced development.

Dinos Frantzeskakis, President Hellenic Association of Airline Representatives

Greece has a tremendous advantage against competing destinations, due to the diversity of its tourist product offering, not only between the mainland and the...

George Maroutsos, President Greek Union of Air Travel Agencies

Recent decisions of major carriers to redesign their relationship with GDSs as well as to switch costs in other parts of the distribution chain — in particular to...

Antonis Stelliatos, President Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association

Even though today Greece faces economic woes, the Greek yacht charter market is maintaining a steady flow of business thanks to the natural beauty of our country...

Dinos Astras, President Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers

Tourism always was, is and will remain the lighthouse in Greece not only for hope, but also for salvation in every difficult period.

Alexandros Vassilikos, President Athens – Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association

Athens re-gained the interest of international visitors and at the same time remained one of the most affordable capitals in Europe and one of the most “value for...

Yiannis Paraschis, CEO Athens International Airport

Passenger traffic and foreign residents’ arrivals are experiencing double-digit increases, indicating an impressive and dynamic recovery of Athens as a tourist...

Aristotelis Thomopoulos, President of the Thessaloniki Hotels Association

Thessaloniki Hotels Association is planning new initiatives and is continuing its already successful presence in leading International Tourism Exhibitions, taking...

Vyron Theologis, President Macedonia-Thrace Travel Agencies Association

Participation in larger exhibitions abroad, that have worldwide promotion and a larger visitor range, is just as important as taking part in domestic exhibitions.

Alex Gallinos, Managing Director Athens Development & Destination Management Agency (ADDMA)

Following two excellent tourism years, Athens is stepping up efforts to further enrich its tourism product and services, as a year-round leisure and business travel...

Messages by Regional Governors

Rena Dourou, Governor of Attica Region

The Region of Attica, being entirely aware of the current economic situation and committed to a serious development perspective, emphasizes henceforth the...

Stavros Arnaoutakis, Governor of Crete Region

Crete focuses on actions that support the reinforcement of high quality tourism and its alternative aspects, aiming at the extension of the tourism season.

Christiana Kalogirou, Governor of North Aegean Region

North Aegean islands have the potentials to follow the contemporary approach of tourism development, which is based on financial, social and environmental sustainability.

Theodoros Karypidis, Governor of Western Macedonia Region

For the Region of Western Macedonia, the tourist product is recognized as an important development tool, a tool which will help to form a new identity.

Messages by Travel Professionals

Alexandros Aggelopoulos, Vice President Aldemar Resorts

Committed to offering nothing less than the finest experience to the guest, we have proceeded with revamps and upgrades to our portfolio of high standard hotels.

Konstantinos Alexopoulos, CEO Domotel S.A.

The Greek people of Tourism, businesses and all of those working in this sector, have shown once again composure and maturity creating a stable environment.

Michael Flerianos, General Director Gold Star Aviation

Despite the crisis, the consequences of the austerity, the capital controls and the refugee waves, the Greek people do not lose their optimism, their smile and the...

George Grafakos, CEO Aqua Vista Hotels

In the last three years, Greek tourism has achieved the impossible: to break record after record year by year, continuously raising the bar alone and serving as the...

Polychronis Griveas, CEO Astir Palace Vouliagmenis S.A.

We need to continue to reinvent ourselves to stay abreast of the developments ongoing throughout the world, and to continue being competitive in the markets.

Kallinikos Kallinikos, Executive Vice President Goldair Group

The long-standing efforts of the tourism community to give prominence to the tourism industry as a key pillar of Greece’s growth, has been successful and has...

Apostolos Moussamas, Managing Director Moussamas Bros S.A.

Great efforts have been made from the hospitality sector in order to ensure the best possible satisfaction of our visitors, although hotels are operating under a...

Diamantis Pithis, Director Argo Travel Group

All involved in the Greek Tourist Industry should converge to London and each company should promote from its perspective Greece, its beauties and the “Myth” it...

Marilena Stathopoulou, Manager Tourhotel

It is important to understand that this experience starts from the guests’ dreaming - planning process, extends to the actual experience in Greece and follows the...

Theodore Vokos, Executive Director Posidonia Exhibitions S.A.

Tourism has always been the driving force of the Greek economy and it must be acknowledged that recent efforts by all stakeholders to boost this sector have paid off.

Claire Zerzivili, President Aktina Travel Group

We are in great need of serious investments in infrastructure (e.g. regional airports, marinas) as well a sour services, in order to be able provide a state-of-the...

Leonidas Zotos, Country Manager Travelport

Travel and tourism industry is a pillar of the economy and life of our country and we have the responsibility to drive the upturn.