Athens is preparing to host the ASTA Destination Expo 2018, the annual international conference of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), which is expected to attract the interest of hundreds of U.S. tour operators.
ASTA vice president Robert Duglin recently visited the Greek capital, where he held a series of meetings with tourism officials and professionals.
Athens was selected as a host city for the ASTA Destination Expo 2018, following a recent meeting between Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and Robert Duglin in New York. The event is expected to contribute greatly to the promotion of Greek tourism in the U.S., which is among the Ministry’s main objectives for the current year and 2018.
Furthermore, the recent establishment of a direct route, linking Athens and New York daily is expected to increase tourism flows from the U.S. to Greece.
While in Athens Duglin met with Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and representatives of the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist and Travel Agencies (FedHATTA).
The American Society of Travel Agents is among the world’s largest associations of travel professionals. About 70 percent of its members are American travel agencies, tour operators and companies, while the remaining 30 percent are spread all over the world.