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PHILOXENIA 2012 – 28th International Tourism Exhibition of Greece

With eyes focusing on new international markets in the Tourism sector, the 28th PHILOXENIA for the first time in its long history evolves and sets new targets.

WTM 2012 – “Greece, All Time Classic” Introduced To The UK

Greece’s new communication strategy for Greek tourism was presented yesterday, 5 November, to Greek and foreign journalists attending the 33rd World Travel Market (WTM) in London, UK, during the traditional press conference given by the Greek delegation.

WTM 2012 – Heraklion Port Attracts Interest Of Royal Caribbean Cruises

“We have regained our credibility and companies are now listening to us. We are on track,” Ioannis Bras, the chairman and managing director of the Heraklion Port Authority, recently said following talks with US cruise giant Royal Caribbean at the 33rd World Travel Market (WTM) in...

UNWTO Launches Online Campaign For Tourists

The UNWTO has launched the "One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities" online campaign and is asking the public to vote for the travel tip they believe would have the greatest benefit for the people and places they visit, from using public transport to buying locally, and...

GTP At WTM 2012 – Photo Report

Greece made its presence apparent to the international travel trade sector at the 33rd World Travel Market, held 5-8 November 2012 on the fairgrounds of ExCeL–London.

Int’l Media On Greece’s Tourist Trade Revival

CNN And BBC Show Interest In Greek Tourism During Recent WTM 2012 "The feedback from the market is very positive," Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni says.
Celebrity Reflection
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Celebrity Reflection Docks In Piraeus For First Time

Piraeus Port was the stop-over port of the Celebrity Reflection on Saturday, 10 November, during the ship’s itinerary in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Celebrity Reflection is the fifth in Celebrity Cruises five-ship Solstice Class series.
Greek tourism professionals came back from London's WTM 2012 with positive feedback and are optimistic for next year's tourism season.
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UK Market Warms Up To Greece

International public opinion has shifted and is now in favor of Greece due to the efforts of the Greek coalition government and this year’s 16 million international arrivals, Andreas Andreadis, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), said after his...
WTM 2012
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WTM 2012 Reports

Find out exactly what is going on in the travel industry and what is expected for the future through the reports published from WTM 2012 (5-8 November) on leading and emerging trends, exhibitor news stories and strategic developments.
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Athens Showed Its Best At WTM 2012

“Strategic alliances and the joining of forces significantly enhance the effort to reposition Athens on the international tourism map,” the president of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association, Alexandros Vasilikos, said recently after his return from the World Travel Market (WTM)...
Flags at ΙΤΒ
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ITB Study On Eurozone Crisis Consequences For Destinations In Southern Europe

To what degree does negative reporting on countries in crisis impact on their tourism statistics? This was the question which ITB Berlin and the market research institute IPK International examined as part of a travel trend assessment by the World Travel Monitor.
Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) Secretary General Nikos Karachalios
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GNTO Presents “Rethinking Greece” Strategy

The strategy plan for Greek tourism was focused on and the support of the private sector requested at the “Rethinking Greece” event, organized by the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) and held at the Acropolis Museum on Thursday, 15 November. The event focused on the...
From right: Aristos Doxiadis, project manager of the study; Yiannis Tountas, Professor of Social Medicine, University of Athens; Yiorgos Tsakiris, president of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels; and Aggeliki Katsapi, director of TEMOS AEGEAN.
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Hotel Chamber Presents Study On Medical Tourism

The development and promotion of an integrated network of medical services for foreign visitors at a local level through the launch of pilot programs in Lasithi, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, Thessaloniki and Thessaly was suggested yesterday, 19 November, by the Hellenic Chamber of...
Festival of Nature
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Nature Festival Focuses On Crisis

The secretary general of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), George Vernicos, was among the speakers at the open discussion held on the necessity of environmental action during a period of crisis on 4 November at Moraitis School.
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Tourism Minister Optimistic At Philoxenia 2012

“During these difficult times Greece and the Greek people are going through, tourism can contribute significantly to overturn the climate and restore growth. Tourism could be the greatest comparative advantage for Greece,” Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said during the...
Philoxenia 2012
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Philoxenia 2012 Highlights

Parallel events on the occasion of the 28th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia.
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SETE Calls For Sponsors To Promote Greek Gastronomy

Since 2009, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) has undertaken the initiative of promoting gastronomy as a pillar of Greek Tourism. For its newest project, “Gastronomy in the marketing menu of Greek tourism,” to get off the ground in the next three years, the...
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Greek Tourism Sector Applauds Eurogroup Agreement

Greek tourism professionals today, 27 November, applauded the agreement Eurozone finance ministers reached with the International Monetary Fund on how to make Greece’s debt sustainable.
Qatar Airways
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Qatar Airways To Launch Athens-New York Direct Flight

Qatar Airways will launch daily direct flights between Athens and New York next year, the airline’s chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, announced yesterday, Wednesday, 28 November, at a media briefing in Athens.
Greek director Costa Gavras provided footage to artistically enhance the “Amazing Athens” application.
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Athens’ Best To Be Showcased Via New Smartphone App

An innovative smartphone application, under the name “Amazing Athens,” geared to promote the Greek capital as a destination was presented yesterday, Wednesday, 28 November, by Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni at the Acropolis Museum.