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Dinos Astras

Dinos Astras, President, Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers.President,
Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizer

Philoxenia 2008 greeting.

Exhibitions such as Philoxenia that have proved their value over the years are particularly important for the tourism industry professionals since they give the opportunity to both participants and visitors to gain information about the market’s latest developments and also to become acquainted with products and services of Greek and foreign tourism enterprises.

Particularly for conference and business tourism professionals, exhibitions such as Philoxenia have added value and should be certainly included within their annual plans.

Given the high recognition of this exhibition throughout the Greek and international community, together with the effective Hosted Buyers Program that has been implemented during recent years, conference tourism professionals gain significant benefits through their participation.

HAPCO is participating in the exhibition for the fifth consecutive year and appreciates the fact that Philoxenia is an effective ‘platform’ not only for the projection of Hapco’s identity but also for its members as well.

During the exhibition, the association, together with its members, come into contact with foreign market professionals and in this way gain a network of contacts that lead to future collaborations. At the same time, they effectively promote their services to new and emerging markets whose participation increases every year.

I am convinced that the 24th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia 2008 endorsed by Helexpo, already a member of HAPCO, will exceed last year’s record number of participants and move a step higher within the international exhibitions and events market, providing in this way an effective boost to the Greek tourism industry profile.

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About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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