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Halkidiki to Welcome Ireland as New Tourism Market in 2019

Halkidiki Tourism Organization President Grigoris Tasios.

Halkidiki Tourism Organization President Grigoris Tasios.

Halkidiki, northern Greece, is getting ready to welcome the market of Ireland next summer and is already scheduling extra promotional actions to introduce itself to Irish tourists.

Photo source: Visit Greece

Photo source: Visit Greece

“A major interest for Halkidiki has been expressed here at the WTM expo from the Irish travel market, due to the Dublin-Thessaloniki flight announced recently by Ryanair,” Halkidiki Tourism Organization President Grigoris Tasios told GTP Headlines on the sidelines of the World Travel Market (WTM) trade show, taking place in London until Wednesday.

Ryanair will operate direct Dublin-Thessaloniki flights twice a week, giving a significant boost to northern Greece from the Irish travel market. The route will launch in April and run until late October.

“We have already made our first contacts to have the first major press trip from Dublin in April and then also a fam trip with travel agents in early May,” he said, underlining the significance of attracting new markets to Halkidiki.

UK market

Regarding interest from the UK market, Tasios said that this year Halkidiki is among the preferences of British travelers, following a slow but steady increase in arrivals from the market over the past three years.

Photo source: Visit Greece

Photo source: Visit Greece

During WTM London 2018, the Halkidiki Tourism Organization held meetings with leading travel and tourism market figures, including Jet2.com and TUI, and discussed deals for the coming season.

According to Tasios, Thomas Cook is showing an interest and is expected – sometime in the future – to add Halkidiki among the destinations it sells.

About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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