The 31st Philoxenia, Greece’s international tourism exhibition, which opened on Thursday, November 12, at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center, is seeing a rise in visitors, according to an announcement by organizers TIF-Helexpo on Friday.
The Philoxenia expo this year is being held together with the Hotelia international hotel equipment expo and both are experiencing an increase in trade visitors. By Friday, organizers said visitor numbers were already exceeding 30 percent compared to last year.
The Philoxenia-Hotelia duo exhibition aims to present the country’s leading tourist destinations, new technologies as well as tourism-related products and services.
“Tourism is an important pillar, which we must build upon”, said TIF-Helexpo’s president, Tasos Tzikas, during the opening ceremony held for the duo exhibition.
The 31st Philoxenia has welcomed 351 exhibitors — against 232 in 2014 — from Serbia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Egypt, Albania, the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Armenia, FYROM, Indonesia, Cyprus, Czech Republic and Slovakia). The Hotelia exhibition has welcomed 157 exhibitors compared to 141 last year.
Throughout the days of the exhibition, Philoxenia will welcome 107 international hosted buyers from 32 countries who will attend over 3,000 pre-scheduled appointments.
While inaugurating the Philoxenia-Hotelia duo exhibition, Greek Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, citing data of early bookings, said 2016 is expected to be another very good year for Greek tourism.
Greece’s tourism industry expects 2015 to be another record year with arrivals reaching 26 million and revenue of 14.5 billion euros.
The Polis exhibition, which brings together local government representatives from all over Greece, also opened at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre on the same day. Polis was inaugurated by Deputy Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction (Macedonia and Thrace) Maria Kollias-Tsarouha.
The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) is a communication sponsor for Philoxenia.