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Philoxenia 2014: Minister Hopes Breakthrough in Thessaloniki’s Tourism Next Year

"2015 may be the year for tourism in Thessaloniki," Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said Thursday, 13 November, following a meeting she had with the city's mayor, Yiannis Boutaris, on the sidelines of the 30th Philoxenia expo.

All Eyes on Thessaloniki: Philoxenia 2014 Expo to Open on 13 November

In its 30th year, Philoxenia, Greece's annual meeting point for the development of strategies and business alliances among tourism professionals will run from 13 to 16 November 2014 at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center.

Olga Kefalogianni, Tourism Minister

With a set of institutional interventions, we have broadened the field of offered services, improved quality and enhanced the competitiveness of our tourism product.

Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

The Municipality of Thessaloniki will continue to work on increasing tourism culture, investing in synergies with the city's stakeholders and active citizens.

Anastasios Liaskos, Secretary General Ministry of Tourism

We are forming the new tourism identity of our country, strengthening the tourism product in terms of competitiveness, simplifying procedures and promoting the brand name GREECE in key destinations.

Dr. Christos Pallis, President Greek National Tourism Organization

Our highest priority for 2015 is to specify the objectives and actions to implement the national strategic development plan for tourism.

Panos Livadas, Secretary General Greek National Tourism Organization

The Greek National Tourism Organization, following the current global trends, strives to promote this authentic brand, in the ever-changing global environment, by all suitable means.

Dr. Andreas A. Andreadis, President Greek Tourism Confederation

SETE is working towards the implementation of a thorough plan aimed at improving the standards of products and services offered, while investing in education and training, both for those working in the industry and Greek society as a whole.

Georgios A. Tsakiris, President Hellenic Chamber of Hotels

It is essential to perceive that the careful management of a successful tourism year is the foundation and condition to have equally successful years in the future.

Yiannis A. Retsos, President Hellenic Hotel Federation

The completion of the financial adjustment reforms and the establishment of targeted development policies by the state, are the basic conditions for the support and preservation of this strength.

Lysandros Tsilidis, President Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies

The primary goal for Greek tourism should include: the expansion of our tourism period through actions that will differentiate and enrich our offers; and the entrance in international tourism markets.

Michalis Sakellis, President Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies

Despite the problems, we have to point out that the Greek passenger shipping companies have offered excellent services during 2014

Dinos Frantzeskakis, President Hellenic Association of Airline Representatives

It should be clear to the government that tourism is directly dependant on aviation, as much as it is on facilities on the ground such as hotels, passenger shipping, museums etc.

Konstantinos Palaskonis, President General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises

It is a fact that 2014 was the year of turnaround for domestic tourism and yet remains to be seen how the market is going to react.

Konstantinos Brentanos, President Confederation of Greek Enterprises for Rented Villas & Apartments

Tourism is the only industry in the country, along with Shipping, that can become a pillar for the recovery of the Greek economy.

Antonis Stelliatos, President Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association

Since the crisis broke out and until 2012 the years have been catastrophic. In 2013 and this year, a small recovery has been recorded but not for all types of professional boats

Dinos Astras, President Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers

The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers – HAPCO and its members, strongly believing in cooperation and collaborations, support and will always support any activity that aims to reinforce Greek tourism either through exhibitions or through congresses and events

Alexandros Vassilikos, President Athens-Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association

Sectoral meetings and exhibitions should be the ground of new ideas targeting the future of our sector, not short term solutions.

Aristotelis Thomopoulos, President Thessaloniki Hotels Association

The Thessaloniki Hotels Association pays close attention to both the public and private sectors and states its views, based on an experience counting over 100 years, aiming to walk side by side in order to accomplish its ambitious goals.

Vyron Theologis, President Macedonia-Thrace Travel Agencies Association

The sun and the sea are beautiful but tourists return mainly for the Greek hospitality that is not limited to the summer season and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.