The Greek islands won the gold award as the Most Desirable Region (short haul) at the Wanderlust Awards 2021.
Organized by UK travel magazine Wanderlust, the awards ceremony took place on the sidelines of the WTM London tourism expo earlier this week.
The area of the Greek islands was among the 10 regions that competed for the title.
The silver award went to The Azores and the bronze to Sicily.
“The Wanderlust Awards is among the most significant events of the tourism industry. I feel very proud for this gold award… I want to thank the readers of Wanderlust that voted for Greece,” Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) Secretary General Dimitris Fragakis said during the awards ceremony.
According to Fragakis, the award recognizes the excellent work carried out by Greek tourism professionals in the last two difficult years of the coronavirus pandemic.
He dedicated the award to the entrepreneurs and employees of Greek tourism that “managed to keep the sector alive through hard work”.
Greece voted 4th most desirable country (short haul)
During the Wanderlust Awards 2021, Greece was also announced fourth Most Desirable Country (Short Haul).
France won the gold award ranking first on the list and was followed by Italy and Iceland in second and third place, respectively.
The GNTO at WTM London
The GNTO participated in the WTM London 2021 with its own pavilion (Visit Greece) and hosted 44 co-exhibitors (regions, municipalities and local tourism organizations) with the aim to promote the beauty and authentic hospitality of Greece.
During the expo, the GNTO and the Tourism Ministry hosted a dinner for British tour operators that specialize in alternative forms of tourism.
Moreover a networking event for bloggers in collaboration with the Capsule T startup hospitality accelerator of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels took place at the Visit Greece pavilion.
Presentations for British tour operators with regard to the tourism offerings and products of Greece’s regions were also held at the pavilion in collaboration with UK travel trade magazine TTG.