Russian travel professionals that participated in the recent Greek-Russian tourism forum in Athens heard over 12 reasons on why they should develop partnerships with Greek travel agencies.
Entitled “Russia and Greece: realities and prospects of cooperation in tourism”, the forum, organized by the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) and Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism “Rostourism”, was held to establish a strong connection between the two countries in order to increase mutual tourist flow.
Among the speeches at the forum was that of the head of the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist & Travel Agencies (fedHATTA), Lysandros Tsilidis, who presented 12 and more reasons why Russian professionals should team up with Greek travel agents.
Based on the federation’s tourism action plan “Dodeka” (which translates into “twelve”), Mr Tsilidis gave a presentation which included the action’s 12 main sections — Active Tour, ARTtour, Authentic Tradition Tour, Cult Tour, DayNight Tour, Food & Wine Tour, Greece NAtour, Green Greece, Meeting Greece, Pilgrimage Tour, Plefsis Tour and Wellness Tour — and gave Russian professionals ideas for travel packages in Greece.
The Dodeka action plan is an innovative initiative of Greece’s travel agents, which aims to enrich the country’s tourist product and extend the tourism season through thematic and special interest activities, as well as through the promotion of lesser known destinations.
Travel agencies/members of fedHATTA from all over Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Pieria, Zakynthos, Cyclades, etc.) that specialize in the Russian market took part in the forum.
During the forum, fedHATTA board member, Yiorgos Paliouras, gave a presentation on the dynamic development of the Greek cruise market and invited Russian travel professionals to cooperate with Greek entrepreneurs by taking advantage of “one of the most modern and rapidly developing tourist services worldwide”.
According to fedHATTA, during the B2B meetings at the forum, Russian travel agents and tour operators expressed a strong interest both for Greece’s traditional destinations and for the new and lesser known areas and activities that are highlighted and displayed in the Dodeka action plan.
The forum was attended by over 200 institutional representatives, tour operators and tourism professionals of both countries and was particularly timely as it fell within the ongoing Greece-Russia Cross-year events.