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Dinos Astras

Dinos Astras President, Hellenic Association of Professional Congress OrganizersPresident,
Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers

Philoxenia 2009 greeting.

The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) will once again support practically and virtually Greek travel and tourism exhibitions that are aimed towards meetings among professionals and the exchange of views. For this reason, HAPCO will have, for the sixth consecutive year, a dynamic presence at this year’s 25th Philoxenia.

In times of an economic crisis, such as the one we are “admittedly” experiencing at the moment in Greece, many companies have chosen—and wrongfully so—to cut down on promotion and advertising costs such as their participation in exhibitions. However, in a few years, such decisions may prove fatal for a company’s viability.

Marketers and tourism professionals will slowly forget such a company and will ultimately question its reliability.

Therefore, HAPCO gives the utmost importance, through its own as well as its members’ participation to exhibitions such as Philoxenia, which resembles a “magnet” that attracts tourism professionals of various enterprises, products and services.

I wish every success to the organization of Philoxenia, but also to all its exhibitors, who, defying the difficult economic circumstances, have decided to attend and support their “identity” along with their ambition for new contacts and future partnerships.

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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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