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Best of Greece Honored at ‘Tourism Awards 2015’

Tourism_Awards_2015_DSC_4527Tourism_Awards_1Greek tourism’s best practices and the most innovative initiatives launched by the country’s enterprises were rewarded on Thursday, March 12, at the Tourism Awards 2015 ceremony in Athens.

In its second year, the Tourism Awards aimed to promote excellence and innovation in the fields of travel, hospitality and leisure in Greece.

The event took place in the banquet hall of the Megaron Athens Concert Hall and was attended by hundreds of executives of leading Greek tourism enterprises, agencies and organizations.

Tourism award categories

The president of the Tourism Awards 2015 judging committee was Former Tourism Minister Nikos Skoulas.

The president of the Tourism Awards 2015 judging committee was Former Tourism Minister Nikos Skoulas.

The 10 main award categories were: Strategy and Innovation, Customer Experience, Specialty Offering, Gastronomy, Facilities & Architecture, Digital & Social Marketing, Travel & Transportation, Branding – Public Relations & People Strategy, Technology and Sustainability & Operations.

Nominations were evaluated by a 16-member judging committee chaired by Former Tourism Minister Nikos Skoulas and consisted of eminent Greek and European university professors and representatives of professional bodies and associations.

The judging committee evaluated projects and practices known throughout the industry for their excellence, innovation, quality, return on investment and strategic importance.

A selection of Tourism Awards 2015 winners

  • New Hotel
    Gold Tourism Award for Room Design & Functionalities (Category: Facilities & Architecture)

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  • Minoan Lines
    Bronze Tourism Award for Customer Loyalty Program “Bonus Club” (Category: Customer Experience)

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  • Manessis Travel
    Silver Tourism Award for Family Tourism (Category: Specialty Offering)

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  • Macedonian Hotels
    The Excelsior: Gold Tourism Award for Renovation (Category: Facilities & Architecture)
    The Eagles Palace: Silver Tourism Award for Family Tourism (Category: Specialty Offering) & Silver Tourism Award for Environment Protection Initiatives (Category: Sustainability & Operations)

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  • Mideast Travel
    Silver Tourism Award for Congress Tourism (Category: Specialty Offering)

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  • Sani Resort
    Gold Tourism Award for Environment Protection Initiatives (Category: Sustainability & Operations)
    Silver Tourism Award for Innovative Restaurant Concept for “Domata Restaurant” (Category: Gastronomy)

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  • GLOBO – TUI Hellas
    Bronze Tourism Award for Smartphone and Tablet Apps (Category: Digital & Social Marketing)

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  • Louis Hotels
    Gold Tourism Award for best Advertising Campaign through Google Adwords in partnership with Panadvert (Category: Branding, Public Relations & People Strategy)
    Bronze Tourism Award for Promoting Local Cuisine (Category: Gastronomy)

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  • Hilton Athens
    Silver Tourism Award for Environment Protection Initiatives (Category: Sustainability & Operations)

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  • Peoplecert for Accessibility Pass
    Gold Tourism Award for Accessible Tourism (Category: Specialty Offering)

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  • Active Media for Navarino Challenge event
    Gold Tourism Award for Strategic Partnership (Category: Strategy & Innovation)
    Gold Tourism Award for Environment Health & Wellness Tourism (Category: Specialty Offering)
    Silver Tourism Award for Promotion in the Media (Category: Branding, Public Relations & People Strategy)

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  • Communication Lab for Spetses mini Marathon
    Gold Tourism Award for Sports Tourism (Category: Specialty Offering)
    Silver Tourism Award for Promotion in the Media (Category: Branding, Public Relations & People Strategy)

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  • Municipality of Athens for the promotion of the Greek capital
    Gold Tourism Award for Congress Tourism (Category: Specialty Offering) for the launch of the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Silver Tourism Award for Sales Development (Category: Strategy & Innovation) for the Travel Trade Athens event

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  • Trip2Taste
    Silver Tourism Award for Gastronomy Tourism (Category: Gastronomy)

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  • Idisti – Greece with a twist
    Silver Tourism Award for Innovative Product (Category: Branding, Public Relations & People Strategy)

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  • FORTH-CRS for E-ticket service in coastal shipping
    Gold Tourism Award for Innovative Service Model (Category: Strategy & Innovation)

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  • Nelios.com in Digital & Social Marketing category
    Nelios.com – Keytours: Silver Tourism Award for Search Engine Technique
    Nelios.com – Kinsterna Hotel: Gold Tourism Award for Electronic Presence & Communication
    Nelios.com – Thermae Sylla Wellness Spa Hotel: Silver Tourism Award for Electronic Presence & Communication
    Nelios.com – Elounda Gulf Villas: Bronze Tourism Award for Electronic Presence & Communication

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  • Heraklion Port Authority
    Gold Tourism Award for Recycling/Wastewater and Solid Waste (Category: Sustainability & Operations)
    Silver Tourism Award for Strategic Investment (Category: Strategy & Innovation)

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  • Municipality of Rethymno for the Rethymno Carnival
    Silver Tourism Award for Initiative to Expand Tourism Season (Category: Strategy & Innovation)

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  • Thalatta Seaside Hotel – Concierge Communication
    Silver Tourism Award for Experience Innovation (Category: Customer Experience)

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  • Achaia Chamber of Commerce – Culture & Shopping
    Bronze Tourism Award for Strategic collaboration (Category:  Strategy & Innovation)

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  • PATURN Branding Firm
    Silver Tourism Award in the “Branding, Public Relations & People Strategy” category

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Honorary Tourism Awards

Honorary awards were given to deserving individuals and institutions for their contribution to the promotion and development of the Greek tourism industry.

  • Hellenic Society for Environment and Culture for “Culture Paths” project

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  • Aegean Airlines for the successful handling of the crisis that sparked by the domino effect of a large number of tour operators going bankrupt.

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Honorary Tourism Awards were also received by:

Konstantinos Dekavallas was honored for his contribution to the architecture of Greek Tourism
– Travel writer Rachel Howard was honored for promoting Greece abroad
Anastasia Psalti and Maya Tsokli were honored for promoting Tinos through TAMA magazine

The Tourism Awards were organized by Boussias Communications and Hotel & Restaurant magazine and held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).

GTP was among the main communication sponsors of the event.

Photo Source: Boussias Communications/Hotel & Restaurant magazine 

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