Halkidiki recovered somewhat from a setback in 2011 to 2012 as this year the destination saw a 10 percent increase in overnight stays and a growth of seven percent in tourism revenue, according to the president of the Halkidiki Tourism Organization, Grigoris Tassios.
The Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition aspires to develop into a regional meeting point for the global tourism industry in Southeast Europe, attracting trade visitors from all over the world, organizer TIF–HELEXPO said.
In its 29th year, Philoxenia, Greece's meeting point for the development of strategies and business alliances among tourism professionals, will open its doors on Thursday 21 November 2013 at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center.
The recent statistics indicating a quite significant increase on arrivals, prove that our efforts are flourishing. The tourism sector in Greece has grown by 9.2 percent, while the annual forecast for 2013 is 17.000.000 visitors.
Undoubtedly this year, our country as a tourist destination, worked better, more efficiently and consistently and placed itself in a much better spot than last year, in terms of the destination’s international image and attractiveness.
Besides the remarkable growth of key indicators of tourism -arrivals and revenue- that showed the industry’s strength and potential, the overall assessment leaves us with a “legacy” of food for thought, analysis and debate for the future.
Although tourism income in general is improving considerably and becoming one more time the savior of the Greek economy, our capital city Athens and the greater area, including the Saronic islands, are still suffering.