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2014: “Year of Culture” For South Aegean Islands

The Region of South Aegean has declared 2014 as the "Year of Culture" and will focus on promoting the culture and tradition of the 48 Greek islands it represents.

Thessaloniki Serves “Greek Breakfast” At Philoxenia

Hotels in Thessaloniki have joined the "Greek Breakfast" program and have agreed to include Greek products and dishes on their breakfast menus.

HATTA Honors Best Websites, Travel Agency Brochures

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) honored the best travel agency brochures and websites on 21 November during the 29th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia.

Philoxenia 2013 Opens With High Hopes For Greek Tourism

This year's edition of the 29th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia was labeled a "tourism forum with an international radiance" by Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni.

Russia Comes To Philoxenia 2013

Russia is participating in this year's Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition in Thessaloniki, Greece, after several years of absence.

Philoxenia 2013: Chios-A Four Season Destination

Chios, one of the biggest islands in the North-eastern Aegean Sea, is a destination to visit all year around as every month and every season something different can be showed to holidymakers.

Philoxenia 2013: Halkidiki Welcomed More Visitors This Year

Halkidiki recovered somewhat from a setback in 2011 to 2012 as this year the destination saw a 10 percent increase in overnight stays and a growth of seven percent in tourism revenue, according to the president of the Halkidiki Tourism Organization, Grigoris Tassios.

Philoxenia To Open To New Markets, Trade Visitors

The Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition aspires to develop into a regional meeting point for the global tourism industry in Southeast Europe, attracting trade visitors from all over the world, organizer TIF–HELEXPO said.

Thessaloniki To Get More Tourism Promotion Next Year

Thessaloniki will participate in over 19 international tourism exhibitions next year, according to the president of the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization, Yiorgos Tsamaslis.

Philoxenia 2013 Set To Open In Thessaloniki

In its 29th year, Philoxenia, Greece's meeting point for the development of strategies and business alliances among tourism professionals, will open its doors on Thursday 21 November 2013 at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center.

Olga Kefalogianni, Tourism Minister

The target for 2014 is sustainable long-term growth securing the domestic tourism product. For tourism to become a modern profitable industry of the Greek economy with strong foundations.

Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

For the Municipality of Thessaloniki, tourism today is a priority and strengthening the international recognition of Thessaloniki is a strategic choice.

Dr. Christos Pallis, President Greek National Tourism Organization

For many years, Philoxenia has been opening the way for important business meetings and workshops between all relevant parties that focus on the development and progress of Greek tourism.

Panos Livadas, Secretary General Greek National Tourism Organization

The recent statistics indicating a quite significant increase on arrivals, prove that our efforts are flourishing. The tourism sector in Greece has grown by 9.2 percent, while the annual forecast for 2013 is 17.000.000 visitors.

Andreas Andreadis, President Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises

The country's image abroad is improving dramatically. The 2013 season will apparently break all the records reaching 17.5 million international visitors and € 11.5 billion international receipts.

Georgios A. Tsakiris, President Hellenic Chamber of Hotels

Undoubtedly this year, our country as a tourist destination, worked better, more efficiently and consistently and placed itself in a much better spot than last year, in terms of the destination’s international image and attractiveness.

Yiannis Retsos, President Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers

Besides the remarkable growth of key indicators of tourism -arrivals and revenue- that showed the industry’s strength and potential, the overall assessment leaves us with a “legacy” of food for thought, analysis and debate for the future.

Giorgos Telonis, President Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies

This year tourism arrivals will exceed the target of 17 million tourists and travel receipts are expected surpass some 15 percent.

Michalis Sakellis, President Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies

Overall, in the aftermath of summer we observe a slight increase of the Adriatic Sea passenger traffic, whilst on domestic lines, passenger volumes remained at 2012 levels.

Dinos Frantzeskakis, President Hellenic Association of Airline Representatives

Although tourism income in general is improving considerably and becoming one more time the savior of the Greek economy, our capital city Athens and the greater area, including the Saronic islands, are still suffering.