GTP has launched a weekly column that introduces the young professionals of the Greek hospitality industry. Every week, a young Greek professional will refer to issues related to their profession, the travel & tourism sector and Greece as a destination.
“The international hospitality industry should respect Greek tourism companies and use them as case studies of success.”
Nikos S. Morantis, aged 29 and born in Thessaloniki, Greece, is one of the two founders of the innovative online platform Destsetters, which focuses on new Travel Trends, specializing in dynamic Niche Markets.
Destsetters was founded in 2012 and in just three years succeeded to become a leading and influential travel channel for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Market, covering more than 150 destinations in 30 countries.
Nikos, along with the co-founder of Destsetters, Zenios Zeniou, and their team, work closely with approximately 300 hoteliers, developing day by day the www.destsetters.com platform, which is considered to be among the most promising upcoming international travel projects.
Nikos is the Strategy Director of Destsetters, and tells us that this is one of the most exciting and challenging jobs for a young professional who dreams to achieve an international career.
- What are the things you like best about your job and how would you describe your hospitality and tourism management philosophy?
The most exciting thing about my job is that offers a significant opportunity for an international career. The tourism sector is extremely competitive and with a very rapid evolution pace, something that makes it interesting and exciting at the same time. Also, my job gives me the opportunity to travel around the world and meet inspiring professionals that help me improve myself and my job.
- Have you had to face any challenges in your career to get to where you are today?
What I always use to say is that every day, all the time, there are serious challenges that you have to face — but all of them just make you better and bring you closer to your goal. The most important challenge for me is to show consistency towards the people who show trust in my team and myself and deliver the results they expect.
- In regards to hospitality, where do you think Greece needs to improve the most?
I have to admit that I am proud of Greek Tourism Professionals, as I consider them to be among the best in the world. In my opinion, what must be improved is our mentality, which will allow us to become more collaborative and respective towards other Greek professionals — even our competitors.
- What is Greece’s best kept “secret”? (In other words, what shouldn’t be a secret in your opinion and should be promoted more abroad?)
Gastronomy! Greek people believe that our culinary tradition is well known and famous, something that, if you travel a lot, you understand is wrong. A much greater effort is needed to promote Greek products, recipes and food habits, which are among the healthiest and most tasteful in the world.
- If you could pass on a message to the global hospitality and tourism industry about Greece, what would it be?
The fact that Greece is one of the ideal destinations in the world is well known, so I prefer to pass on a more “business” oriented message: The international hospitality industry should respect Greek Tourism Companies and use them as case studies of success, since many of them (and despite the very difficult situation on all levels) have managed to build really high quality and successful tourism products.
- What are your plans for the future?
Destsetters is an unstoppable source of inspiration! The next steps include the high speed global development in the hotelier market and the continuous enhancement of the platform. Also, very soon, Destsetters will work with local DMC’s (Destination Management Companies) and Tourism Services that will have the possibility to use the platform for promoting their travel packages and products.
- If you didn’t work in the hospitality industry where would you be?
That’s a hard question! I would have most probably kept the Strategy orientation in my work and focused on the fields of New Technologies and Innovation, always with an eye open to the International level.
Connect with Nikos Morantis on LinkedIn