By Nikos Krinis
Greece is getting ready to attend the World Travel Market (WTM) 2014, the leading global event for the travel industry, with quite a few events planned. WTM 2014 will open its doors on Monday 3 November and run until Thursday 6 November at ExCeL, London exhibition center.
World Travel Market is celebrating its 35th event this year. WTM 2013 saw more than 50,000 senior industry executives attend signing business deals worth more than £2.2 billion.
Greece @ WTM 2014
On the opening day of WTM, the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) will hold its annual press conference highlighting new tourism plans and initiatives planned for 2015. Next year is expected to be another record year for Greek tourism, according to recent statements by tourism officials.
On 4 November, the GNTO will hold a workshop with the Civil Aviation Authority and travel website Expedia. The workshop will cover crisis management and ATOL – the consumer protection policy provided by the CAA. Expedia will also provide an overview of successful campaigns, online market trends in the UK, media solutions and statistics on how Greece is standing up to its competitors.
An event will also be held especially for the UK media at the Greek stand, which will include a cooking demonstration from the chef of the Aldemar hotel chain and a lunch.
In addition, various cookery competitions with prize draws will be held at the Greek stand. The GNTO is holding competitions with TTG DIGITAL, Aspire and OTT Travel Training with great prizes. The competitions are open exclusively for travel agents.
Throughout the days of the exhibition, visitors and exhibitors can enjoy Greek Breakfast selections at the GNTO stand between 10-10:30am.
Events by regions of Crete & South Aegean
The Region of Crete will host an exclusive event on 5 November for travel agents and the media, celebrating the hidden wonders, picture-perfect beauty and tantalizing flavors of the island. A stunning photo exhibition will take place at the National Geographic Store on Brompton Road in London. The exhibition will reveal the “must-sees” of Crete and visitors will have the opportunity to embrace the Cretan spirit, hospitality and gastronomy.
On 3 November, the Region of the South Aegean has scheduled a press conference to shed light on the vibrant history of the popular Greek island of Rhodes, in celebration of the Rhodian archaeological exhibition opening next month at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Previously home of the Colossus (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), Rhodes is famed for its rich archaeological and cultural treasures. The exhibition at the Louvre will run 14 November 2014 – 10 February 2015 and bring together artifacts that have previously been scattered in museums across the world includes pieces from the Late Bronze Age to the Archaic Period.
WTM Exhibitor List 2014 – Greek exhibitors
Greek companies participating in WTM 2014 include: A La Carte Travel, Aegean Airlines, Aegean Islands, Aldemar Resorts, Aquila Hotels & Resorts, Athens – Attica & Argosaronikos Hotel Association, Atrium Hotels Luxury Resorts Collection – Rhodes, Greece, Beleon Tours Ltd., Blue Lagoon Group, Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Capsis Elite Resort – Out of the blue, Chandris Hotels & Resorts, Charts Project Interreg IVC EU South Pelion, Chnaris Hotel Management, Development & Consulting S.A., Church of Greece, Creta Maris Beach Resort, Development Company S.A. – Peloponnese, Dot Travel, Eagles Palace, EESSTY SA, Filos Holidays & Travel, General Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET), Grace Hotels, Greek National Tourism Organization – United Kingdom & Ireland (GNTO), Greek Travel Pages & GTP Headlines, Helios Hotels & Resorts, Hellas Vacances, Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA), Hetco Tours, Hydra Island, Ikos Resorts, Inova Hospitality, Kipriotis Hotels, Kos Island, Lindian Village Hotel, Louis Hellenic Cruises Ltd., Manessis Travel S.A., MarBella Corfu, Meli Tours, Mitsis Hotels, MTS/OTS Group Greece, Pelonnese, Region of Attica, Region of Crete, Region of Ionian Islands, Region of Thessaly, Region of Western Greece, Rodos Tourism Promotion Organization, Sani Resort, Santikos Collection, Santorini – Year of Gastronomy, Skiathos Island, Stathokostopoulos Group of Companies, Thessaloniki Hotels Association, Tourist Guide of Greece, Trésor Hotels & Resorts, Vedema Resort & Mystique – The Luxury Collection, Santorini
This year’s WTM will showcase 183 countries and regions through its more than 5,000 exhibitors. Tourist boards, luxury operators, emerging destinations and technology specialists from a wide range of sectors and countries are among the 213 new exhibitors confirmed for WTM 2014.
GTP will be at WTM 2014 to keep you updated!