Greek hotels from Crete, Chalkidiki and Evia promoted their services to international travel professionals and senior citizens at the 19th SENIOR, the biggest fair in Sweden for an active older audience.
This year’s SENIOR fair took place 15-17 October 2013 at the Stockholmsmassan exhibition center and attracted 12.000 visitors.
Oslo-based communication agency North Events, Greece’s sole representative at SENIOR, hosted two stands at the fair and presented hotels from Crete (Chania and Rethymno), Chalkidiki and Evia. Apollo tour operator strongly supported the Greek side with special offers to Greece ideal for all senior visitors.
Co-exhibitors included: Giannoulis Hotels & Resorts, Rethymno Mare Resort, Bio Suites Hotel, Kalyves Beach Hotel, Kiani Beach Resort, The Peninsula Hotel, Blue Gr Hotels & Resorts, Acrotel, Minoa Palace, Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel, Almyrida Beach Resort, Creta Maris, and Heaven Destinations travel agency.
Chania shows its best
This was the first time a destination from Greece was presented as a prime tourism destination for the elderly, offering several options for the educated traveler.
Also, the Greek Embassy in Sweden hosted a key PR function on the second day of the fair at the Ambassador’s residence, attended by all Greek participants as well as decision makers from the senior tourism industry and press.
“Greece further needs to establish its presence in this particular sector of the tourism industry in Sweden, as it is one of the most sought-after target markets that will be reaching a staggering number of 2.000.000 by 2015,” Leonidas Babanis general manager of North Events said.
“It is surprising how Greece has been absent from this market segment, for so long – we do need to try much harder,” Mr. Babanis added.
A study conducted by the Research Institute for Tourism (ITEP), had said that senior tourism could develop into an essential factor for the lengthening of the tourism season in Greece.
By 2030, it is estimated that senior tourists will constitute 24 percent of the international tourism market.