Thessaloniki is losing out on hosting major international conferences and events due to the absence of a conference and exhibition center in the city, the president of the Thessaloniki Hotels Association, Aristotelis Thomopoulos, informed Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni during the recent 29th Philoxenia exhibition.
Mr. Thomopoulos said this was giving neighboring countries such as Belgrade, Sofia and Istanbul, an advantage in the conference tourism area.
He said Thessaloniki’s “conference and exhibition potential” began to decline further once the city’s convention and visitors bureau closed. He requested its immediate reactivation.
Philoxenia 2013: Thessaloniki promoted as city break destination
During the exhibition, the association held a series of meetings with hosted buyers and aimed to make important agreements to support tourism and attract more travelers from traditional and new target markets.
The association discussed partnerships with selected representatives of travel agencies and tour operators from Malta, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Turkey, India, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Canada, UK, Austria, Russia, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria and , Hungary.