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Evangelos Stavropoulos

Evangelos Stavropoulos President, Greek Union of Air Travel AgenciesPresident,
Greek Union of Air Travel Agencies

Philoxenia 2008 greeting.

Philoxenia consists of a very important tool for professionals in tourism just as are all of the world’s tourism exhibitions and shows.

This exhibition creates an ideal environment for the creation of new partnerships as it allows trade professionals from all over the world to meet, discuss and to get to know each other.

The emphasis that Philoxenia creates for trade professionals is especially important as the fair ensures a serene environment idyllically orientated toward professional meetings and discussions.

For the country itself that hosts this major international tourism exhibition the benefits are more than evident as tourism agents from all over the world get hands-on experience of the country and thus can promote it more positively to their clients. The rich, and for many cases unexploited, cultural and environmental wealth that our country possesses, which is a comparative advantage that makes us powerful competitors on the world tourism scene, is a resource that we must learn to respect and manage with a large sense of responsibility, notably as citizens but also as a state.

Philoxenia has embraced this philosophy and I hope it will continue to do so as it develops and takes the place it deserves among the most important of our trade exhibitions worldwide.

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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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