The official partner country at the International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin from 8 to 12 March 2006 is to be Greece. The decision was announced by Dr. Martin Buck, director of travel and logistics at Messe Berlin’s Competence Center, and Panagiotis Skordas, director of the Hellenic Tourism Organization.
Dr.Buck said that “Greece very successfully organized the 2004 Summer Olympics and is also hosting next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, so we are especially glad for this country to be our partner at the International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin 2006.
“Greece is well known to many Germans as a tourism destination. Well over 2 million German tourists travel to Greece each year. We are already looking forward to very special opening ceremonies at the ITB Berlin 2006, with our partner country Greece as the main theme.”
Panagiotis Skordas said that he too is looking forward to this collaboration: “Among our worldwide activities promoting Greece as a tourism destination the ITB Berlin is an annual highlight. This collaboration as the official partner country at the ITB Berlin 2006 gives us an opportunity to be at the forefront of presentations for tourism experts from around the world.”
As the official partner country at the ITB Greece will be organizing a significant part of the opening ceremonies on 8 March 2006 in the International Congress Center ICC Berlin, which will be attended by over 3,000 guests.