Greece is getting ready for three busy and productive days at World Travel Market (WTM) London, which will open its doors on Monday, November 7, at ExCeL and run until Wednesday, November 9.
Greece is attending WTM London having maintained its strong momentum in 2016 and continued its course to growth. International arrivals are expected to exceed the record-breaking number of 26 million that had been achieved in 2015.
As every year, the Visit Greece (Greek National Tourism Organization-GNTO) stand at EU 1200 will host a number of exhibitors including representatives of hotels, regions and travel companies from across the country and its islands who will network, negotiate and conduct deals.
Events @ Visit Greece stand
On the opening day of WTM on Monday, the GNTO will hold a press conference at the WTM London Press Centre ME850 for media and professionals.
Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura will give the latest updates from Greece with a re-cap of 2016 and a projection towards 2017. Moreover, the latest developments in Greece’s gastronomic and cultural scenes will be revealed by guest speakers Konstantinos Demenagas, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre Chief Operating Officer and Miltiadis Karoubas, Hellenic Chefs Federation President. The press conference will be followed by a networking event with Greek wines and canapés. The event is open to all media.
On Tuesday, the Visit Greece stand (EU1200 & EU1270) will host a Q & A event at 3-4pm with historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes to discuss her love of Chios island. The event will be followed by a reception with Chios local liqueurs and sweets. The event is open to all media.
Between Monday and Wednesday the Greece stand will be open to media and tourism professionals for a Greek breakfast between 10am and 11am. The event offers media and professionals the opportunity to do some networking with Greek exhibitors (hotels, regions and travel companies) while sampling some of Greece’s best traditional flavours.
For all three days of the WTM, the Visit Greece team will also serve a Greek lunch to media and travel professionals between 12 noon and 1 pm. Each day will be a tribute to the local gastronomy of a different region of Greece. Day one will feature delicacies from the island of Crete, day two from the islands of the North Aegean and day three from Northern Greece, Halkidiki and Thasos.
Tip: Three lucky winners attending the Greek lunch will be chosen daily, with an opportunity to win a holiday prize, a Kindle and a copy of Victoria Hislop’s new book ‘Cartes Postales of Greece’.
Media and travel professionals will also not want to miss the Greek happy hour between Monday and Wednesday at 5pm to 7pm. The Visit Greece team invites all for evening drinks including Greek wines, beers and liqueurs. Monday’s event will include live music and Tuesday’s event a DJ set after 6pm.
Tip: The first 10 attendees who visit the Greece stand (EU1200) and tweet about the events on Monday and Tuesday will also take away a goody bag of gourmet Greek products!
WTM Exhibitor List 2015 – Greek exhibitors
Greek companies participating in WTM London 2016 include:
Acrotel Hotels & Resorts, Aegean Airlines, Aldemar Resorts, Amalthia Beach Resort, Anatolia Hotels & Villas, Aqua Vista Hotels, Aquila Hotels & Resorts, Argo Travel Group, Athens – Attica & Argosaronikos Hotel Association, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), Atrium Hotels Luxury Resorts Collection, AVRA, Blue Lagoon Group, Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Chnaris Hotel Management, Development & Consulting, Cretan Holidays, Destination Services – Greece, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, Domotel Hotels & Resorts, Dot Travel, Elounda Bay Palace Hotel, Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, Exclusivi, Filos Holidays & Travel, General Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET), Grace Hotels, Grand Resort Lagonissi, Grecotel Hotels & Resorts, Hellas Vacances, Hetco Tours, GTP – Greek Travel Pages, Halkidiki Tourism Organization, Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA), Hersonissos Municipality, Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens, Ikos Resorts, Inova Hospitality, Kensho Boutique Hotel, King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens, Kipriotis Hotels, Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa, Manessis Travel, Meli Tours, m-hospitality, Mitsis Hotels, MTS – Mega Travel Selection, MTS Globe – Greece, Mystique, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Nelios, Nikki Beach Resort & SPA Porto Heli, Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort, People of the World Travel, Porto Carras Grand Resort, Region of Attica, Region of Central Greece, Region of Central Macedonia, Region of Crete, Region of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace, Region of Ionian Islands, Region of North Aegean, Region of Peloponnese, Region of South Aegean, Region of Thessaly, Region of Western Greece, Sani Resort, Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Siva Travel Services, Skiathos Island, Skiathos Princess Hotel, The A Hotels, The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, Thessaloniki Hotels Association, Travelgems, Variety Cruises, Vasia Hotels, Vedema, A Luxury Collection Resort, Vita Hotels, Volos-Pelion – Municipality of Volos, Welcome Congress & Travel tailor made services
Some 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL – London every November. More than £2.5 billion in deals poised to be agreed at WTM London 2016. This year, WTM London has been revamped as a three-day event from Monday 7 – Wednesday 9 November, with opening hours extended from 10am – 7pm for all three days.
The Greek Travel Pages (GTP), as the official WTM media partner for Greece, will be there to support the event, destination Greece and all travel professionals attending. Follow our WTM London 2016 Special for news and updates. GTP can be found at stand EU 1200, EU 1270.