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Key Tourism Figures 2016: Irene Tolis, President Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers

Irene TolisOfficial Tourism Message

Greece, the country of the pre-Socratic philosophers, of the great poets, of Pheidias the sculptor and Asclepius the physician, extends its hospitality and its warmest welcome, honoring people of intellect and creativity, commerce and scientific progress.

Situated at the heart of the Mediterranean, in close proximity to many countries, Greece has always been at the crossroads of civilizations. This has left not only a rich inheritance of monuments and artifacts of unparalleled beauty, but also the capacity to understand and appreciate the value of this country.

Having a unique natural environment, surrounded by the “deep blue” Aegean Sea, it presents perfect conditions for recreation in the Meeting Industry. Greece is indeed “the 4 seasons’ destination” with unique dynamic and great potential for undertaking international congresses.

The important strategic position, the climate, the rich archaeological inheritance, the variety of tourist choices for the pre and post congress period, the highly experienced and motivated professional PCOs and its historical relationship with art, culture, sciences and a variety of professions, are the hot points answering the question “Why Greece?”.

The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers – HAPCO, since its foundation in 1996, has been “The Voice of the Meetings Industry in Greece” aiming at representing professional congress organizers as well as companies, offering a broad range of services and products, relevant to the congress market and promoting the conference facilities of the country with the belief that “Greece is the ideal conference destination”.

On behalf of HAPCO’s Board and members, I would like to express my best wishes to all the exhibitors and buyers participating in WTM London 2016 and Philoxenia 2016 and to invite you to bring your conference or event to Greece, a country that knows how to guarantee a great success and an unforgettable stay.

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