Turkish Airlines recently transferred 22 top travel agents and tourism professionals from the US and Asia to Greece, as part of a four-day familiarization trip organized by Argo Travel Group, a leading Greek tourism company.
“This mega fam trip was just one more initiative to establish Greece as an all year round destination,” said Argo Travel’s destination manager for Santorini, Christos Apostolou. Established in Athens in 1952, Argo Travel Group is a specialized DMC (Destination Management Company), supporting travel services in the whole of Greece with a large range of both B2C and B2B products.
The travel agents came from some of Greece’s main tourism markets such as the US, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan and arrived in the Greek capital through Istanbul.
During their stay in Athens, they held B2B meetings with representatives of leading Greek tourism organizations and enterprises at the 6th Business Travel Professionals Forum (BTPF), held by SWOT | Simple Way of Tourism.
While on Santorini, Turkish Airlines General Director Alp Yavuzeser met with Thira Mayor Nikolaos Zorzos and discussed the potential of further strengthening ties between the Turkish carrier and the island.
During their stay in Greece, the travel agents were hosted by Wyndham Grand Athens, Grand Hyatt Athens and Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens in Athens and Daedalus Hotel in Santorini.
“We are always seeking for destinations to offer a combination of choices for travelers from Asia and the US, who wish to visit more than one area when traveling to Europe. A combination of Greek and Turkish destinations could further develop tourism in Greece and Turkey and lead to the extension of the tourism season for both countries,” Yavuzeser said.
Turkish Airlines is currently flying to 304 destinations in 122 countries around the world, and continues to support the tourism industry by expanding its network and fleet.