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Greece @ WTM 2014 – Photo Report by GTP

The 35th World Travel Market (WTM), held 3-6 November on the fairgrounds of ExCeL–London, sent out positive messages for another good year for Greek tourism.

Ancient Human Remains Found at Amphipolis Tomb

Human remains were discovered under the floor of the third chamber of the large burial mound in Amphipolis, northern Greece.

British Airways to Fly Direct to Rhodes and Heraklion in Greece

British Airways has officially announced that it will add direct flights to Rhodes and Heraklion in Greece to its 2015 Gatwick summer schedule.

Next Phase for Hellenikon Upgrade Project

An 8-billion-euro project to develop Hellenikon, Athens’ former airport complex, into a metropolitan park has moved to the next phase after getting approval from the overseeing auditors, Lamda Development said on Tuesday.

National Geographic Crete Show Charms London

Cretan culture, cuisine and natural beauty make up the Region of Crete’s new tourism promotion strategy presented in London on the sidelines of the World Travel Market (WTM) earlier this month.

Greece Celebrates European Wine Tourism Day With Open Cellars

The Wine Producers of Northern Greece celebrated European Day of Wine Tourism recently by opening their cellars and vineyards to visitors and connoisseurs wishing to sample the latest production.

The 1st Tweed Run in Greece Strolls Through Spetses

Some 200 folks dressed in tweed hopped on their vintage bicycles to join the first Tweed Run that took place on the Saronic island of Spetses earlier this month.

Travelport and BCD Travel Sign New Multi-Year Global Agreement

Travelport recently recently entered into a long-term global agreement with travel management company BCD Travel, which operates in more than 100 countries globally and services about 30 percent of the top 100 largest companies in the world ranked by total annual airline volume.

“Girls in Tuxedos” Arrive at Athens Airport

On Friday 14 November, Athens International Airport’s “Musicport” will welcome Girls in Tuxedos who will arrive with a suitcase full of songs by beloved male artists.

All Eyes on Thessaloniki: Philoxenia 2014 Expo to Open on 13 November

In its 30th year, Philoxenia, Greece's annual meeting point for the development of strategies and business alliances among tourism professionals will run from 13 to 16 November 2014 at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center.

Olga Kefalogianni, Tourism Minister

With a set of institutional interventions, we have broadened the field of offered services, improved quality and enhanced the competitiveness of our tourism product.

Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

The Municipality of Thessaloniki will continue to work on increasing tourism culture, investing in synergies with the city's stakeholders and active citizens.

Anastasios Liaskos, Secretary General Ministry of Tourism

We are forming the new tourism identity of our country, strengthening the tourism product in terms of competitiveness, simplifying procedures and promoting the brand name GREECE in key destinations.

Dr. Christos Pallis, President Greek National Tourism Organization

Our highest priority for 2015 is to specify the objectives and actions to implement the national strategic development plan for tourism.

Panos Livadas, Secretary General Greek National Tourism Organization

The Greek National Tourism Organization, following the current global trends, strives to promote this authentic brand, in the ever-changing global environment, by all suitable means.

Dr. Andreas A. Andreadis, President Greek Tourism Confederation

SETE is working towards the implementation of a thorough plan aimed at improving the standards of products and services offered, while investing in education and training, both for those working in the industry and Greek society as a whole.

Georgios A. Tsakiris, President Hellenic Chamber of Hotels

It is essential to perceive that the careful management of a successful tourism year is the foundation and condition to have equally successful years in the future.

Yiannis A. Retsos, President Hellenic Hotel Federation

The completion of the financial adjustment reforms and the establishment of targeted development policies by the state, are the basic conditions for the support and preservation of this strength.

Lysandros Tsilidis, President Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies

The primary goal for Greek tourism should include: the expansion of our tourism period through actions that will differentiate and enrich our offers; and the entrance in international tourism markets.

Michalis Sakellis, President Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies

Despite the problems, we have to point out that the Greek passenger shipping companies have offered excellent services during 2014