Giorgos Ntalaras festival, Moscow 2018

Shortly before the start of the summer season 2018 when 1 million Russians flood the unique destinations of Greece, the famous singer George Dalaras, excited 1,600 Muscovites who attended the historic concert in the Synod Hall of the Moscow Cathedral, next to the Kremlin, on March 13.

The big celebration of Greek-Russian friendship was organized by the Ministry of Tourism and GNTO in the framework of the Moscow International Tourism Exhibition MITT 2018 and was the inaugural artistic event of the Year of Tourism Greece-Russia.

The Year of Tourism Greece-Russia is an initiative of the Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Elena Kountoura, who, in collaboration with the Russian counterpart Mrs. Alla Manilova, proceeded to the restoration of the historical relations of the two peoples through tourism and also the general recovery of the tourist flow from Russia, which had been hit by the Ukrainian crisis and the European embargo on Russia.

Accompanied by a multi-member orchestra and a total of 17 performers, George Dalaras advertised Greek music in the best way possible and excited the audience. It is characteristic that by the end of the concert the audience was dancing in front of the stage and around the square, a rare occurrence for similar concerts in Russia.

Among the guests were hundreds of Russian and Greek tourism agents, executives, directors and owners of travel agencies and companies specialising in tourism to Greece, numerous foreign ambassadors, Russian citizens and expatriates, who are also Greek nationals and the best ambassadors of the country.

Mr. Pavel Ofsyanikov, Russia’s top conductor and head of the Kremlin’s Symphony Orchestra for many years, praised Tourism Minister Mrs. Elena Kountoura for her initiative to introduce Greek music to the Russian public, as the event highlighted. “A top cultural event, a legacy for similar concerts”, he proclaimed.

 

The reaction of the popular Russian music critic Mr. Vadim Ponomariov through social media was similar; he praised not only the professionalism and the “improvised fountain” of Greek musicians, who turned the audience into a choir, but also described the concert as “the emergence of a great meter, an act of high art”, expressing the hope that new Greek concerts will soon emerge in Russia.

George Dalaras gave a concert in Moscow and went viral (vid)

More than 1,500 spectators attended George Dalaras’ concert in Moscow, including hundreds of Russian and Greek tourism officials, executives, directors and owners of travel agencies and organisations, numerous foreign ambassadors, Russian government and government officials, and Russian officials.

The concert for Greece – in the Synod Hall of the Moscow Cathedral, next to the Kremlin, was organised by the Ministry of Tourism of Greece and GNTO; it was the solemn celebration of the Year of Tourism Greece-Russia.

Russian media and social networks were “flooded” with references to the concert, Greek culture and Greek-Russian friendship, at the ideal time, shortly before the start of the tourist season. There were more than 70 reports in the Russian press. The music figures of the Russian capital continues to discuss the unique and now historic concert of the leading Greek singer.

The event, on the occasion of Greek tourism, turned into a “top cultural event, a legacy of similar concerts sought by the Russian public,” according to a statement from Mr. Pavel Ofsyanikov, Russia’s top conductor for many years. The Kremlin Symphony Orchestra, which has repeatedly collaborated with G. Dalaras in the past.

The praise for the top event of the Greek-Russian tourism year was numerous on Russian media and social networks. Among them, the opinion of the greatest Russian music critic Mr. Vadim Ponomariov, who praised the professionalism and the “improvisation fountain” of Greek musicians, who turned the audience of the hall into a choir. She described the concert as “the appearance of a great metro, a high art act”, expressing hope that new collaborations between G. Dalaras and her symphony orchestras would soon emerge in Russia, as well as more concerts by Greek performers in front of the Russian public, thirsty for Greek music.

Among the guests, who finally got up and started dancing in front of the stage and around the theater square, a fact unprecedented for the musical history of the Russian capital, were also Russian government officials, governors, representatives of the Greek Church and Foreign Ministry correspondents, while the event was welcomed by the Minister of Tourism Mrs. Elena Kountoura and the Ambassador of Greece to Moscow Mr. Andreas Phryganas.

The reappearance of George Dalaras with a multi-member format in a highly symbolic music scene in Moscow and even after eighteen whole years, organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the Hellenic Tourism Organization, was made possible thanks to the sponsorships of Aegean Airlines, Travel Group Mouzidis , the Rhodes Hoteliers Association and the Rodos Palace.

1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop – Poland

AVIAREPS, in a strategic partnership with Tourism Media & Events, is organising the 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop in Warsaw, Poland on October 29, 2019. The Workshop will take place at the emblematic FortecaKregliccy – Fortress of the Legions.

With an aim to highlight the full range of Alternative Tourism Forms in Greece, the 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Warsaw 2019 follows the state plans for:

  • All year round tourism
  • Development of alternative forms of tourism
  • Support for destinations with sustainable development
  • Connection of the sector with the agri-food sector

The 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop in Warsaw, Poland, takes place in collaboration with the Hellenic Tourism Organization (GNTO), under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, the Greek Embassy in Poland, the Hellenic-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Investment and the Hellenic Cultural and Educational Group for UNESCO.

Already, a large number of Polish travel agents and Tour Operators have shown interest in participating in the event, while Polish tourism organizations want to know and include in their program the alternative tourism products of our country for the period 2019-2020.

Who we are

AVIAREPS and the specialised staff of Tourism Media & Events have many years of experience in events and workshops for the promotion of Greek tourism in foreign markets, organising events from 2004 to the present in various international destinations, both in the European and Arab market.

Tourism Media & Events has successfully worked with Enterprise Greece, with GNTO and many Regions of the country in several events, as well as dozens of companies that remain regular customers in its portfolio.

Last April, the company successfully organised the 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Hague 2019 for the markets of the Netherlands.

The 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Hague 2019 hosted B2B meetingswith a total of 93 travel agents and Tour Operators, as well as 19 journalists and bloggers.

The Workshop

During the 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Warsaw 2019, B2B meetings will be held for 3-4 hours.

A specialized PR company has selected and invited tourist organizations and travel agencies that deal specifically with alternative forms of tourism, Polish market distributors and representatives of Polish Media.

The screens will be showing the GNTO spots of the participating Regions in a loop. Coffee and snacks will also be offered.

There will be dinneroffered at FortecaKregliccy and on a specially designed podium, there will be presentations of the Greek destinations and the alternative tourism activities they offere.

The Polish market

The choice of the Polish market as the second step in the promotion of Greece in foreign markets is not accidental.

The specific dynamics of the country in terms of interest of the Polish people for the alternative Greek tourist product was taken into account along with the expressed desire of a significant number of Greek companies to penetrate this market.

Now the Polish market is among the top markets for tourists visiting Greece and the Poles are looking for a complete experience of travel, authenticity, connection with nature and action.

Outdoor activities at sea, mountains and rivers, culture, gastronomy, wine tourism, spa and wellness, seaside resorts, small facilities and family-friendly accommodation are on the top of the Polish travel list.

Polish tourists are known to be lovers of alternative tourism, especially winter sports. They travel all year round, with their average annual income exceeding ours.

Greece is ranked first in the travel preferences of Poles in 2019, following a large increase of 40% in the arrivals of Polish tourists in our country in 2018.

Last year, Polish visitors in our country exceeded 1 million for the first time and reached 1.049.500.

The 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Warsaw 2019 takes place as the Polish State Tour Operators start their sales for 2020.

1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Warsaw 2019

With the participation of 97 Polish tourist agents and tour operators and 12 journalists, the 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Warsaw 2019 was organised by Tourism Media & Events in collaboration with the Hellenic Tourism Organisation, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Greek Embassy in Poland, the Hellenic-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Investment, as well as the Hellenic Cultural and Educational Group for UNESCO.

The event took place in Warsaw’s iconic Forteca Kregliccy on October 29, 2019, with the participation of 18 leading companies, organisations and destinations which have activities in the field of alternative tourism in Greece.

during the 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Warsaw 2019, the Greek Ambassador to Warsaw, Mr. Michalis Daratzikis, addressed the crowd with a speech, while the B2B meetings were initiated by the GNTO Director in Poland and the Czech Republic, Mrs Nikoleta Nikolopoulou.

The Greek ambassador, among other things, underlined the strong ties between the two countries.

At the same time, Mr. Daratzikis welcomed the increase of tourist flow from Poland to Greece, adding that tens of thousands of Greeks are now visiting Poland for tourism as well.

The director of GNTO noted that Greece is a good choice for holidays all year round, since in addition to the good climate and unparalleled beauty, with possibilities of dozens of alternative activities, the country stands out for its unique gastronomy as well.

Greek destinations such as Volos and Halkidiki as well as Aegean Airlines had their own presentations during the event.

As captured in the 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Warsaw 2019, Greece is one of the world’s paradises of alternative Tourism with high quality Geoparks, ski resorts, hundreds of international hiking routes, dozens of rivers and streams.

At the same time, Greece has various diving tourism units, perhaps the world’s top climbing tracks and top Golf Courses, with Costa Navarino in the Peloponnese.

Now, Greece is developing wine tourism, as well as gastronomy, with unique routes that are easily accessible; routes which stimulate the feeling of authentic experience that the tourist is looking for 365 days a year, elements that were strongly highlighted during the event.

Sponsors of the event, apart from the GNTO were also: Aegean Airlines, the Municipality of Volos, the Tourist Organization of Halkidiki, Sitia Geopark, Lesvos Geopark, Psiloritis Geopark and Costa Navarino. Also: Anthidon Estate, Arapakis Historic Castle – Pandora, Axia Hospitality, Cosmorama, Giannoulis Hotels & Resorts, Grecotel Hotels & Resorts – Agrecofarms, Hotelbrain Group, Potos Car Rentals, Swot Hospitality Management Company, Scouras the Ranch.

All the attendees and individuals renewed their appointment for 2020, for the next events of Tourism Media & Events.

1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Hague 2019

Greece’s alternative tourism is promoted in the Netherlands. On April 16, 2019, Hague hosts for the first time the alternative side of Greece, at the Workshop “Greek Alternative Tourism 2019” in the emblematic space of Madurodam.

The way has been opened for the faster development of alternative tourism in Greece. The completion of the recent 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop 2019, held on April 16 at the Dutch administrative center, Hague, marks and contributes to the beginning of a new era for the Greek tourism, aimed at extending the country’s tourist season but also promoting its alternative tourism product.

The 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Hague 2019 took place in the emblematic Madurodam.

Greek businessmen promoting alternative tourism have joined forces with public institutions to effectively promote Greece as an ideal tourist destination all year round to Dutch tourism professionals from Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

In particular, the B2B event, where B2B meetings were held, was attended by 93 travel agents and tour operators, as well as 19 Dutch journalists and bloggers who focus on alternative tourism. From the Greek side, their services presented the Regions of Peloponnese, Western Greece and Crete, the municipalities of Rethymno and Chios, the Tourism Organization of Halkidiki, and among others, Aegean Airlines, Celestyal Cruises, Costa Navarino, Creta Maris, or AXIA Hospitality, Aldemar Group’s Abeliona Retreat, Trekking Hellas, The Ranch, Bike Friendly Hotel, etc.

The Ambassador of Greece to the Netherlands, Mr. Dimitris Chronopoulos, addressed the event, pointing out the dynamic of Greece as a tourist destination, mentioning the prospects that are opening up in regards to the relations between the two countries in this area as well. Afterwards, the head of the EOT office Benelux Mrs. Eleni Skarveli analysed the aspects of the country’s alternative product, emphasising the possibilities for holidays in Greece 365 days/year.

The event was completed with a lottery for 27 prizes to the Dutch Travel Agents, Tour Operators and journalists.

It is noted that the B2B meetings was preceded by a tasting of Greek wines by Dutch journalists, while on the sidelines of the event a tasting of olive oil was held. It is worth noting that the 1st Greek Alternative Tourism Workshop Hague 2019 was organised by AVIAREPS in collaboration with Tourism Media & Events, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and the Hellenic-Dutch Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HeDA) and with the support of the Hellenic Tourism Organisation (GNTO), while the Peloponnese Region the honorary Region of the event.

Why in the Netherlands

Greece is one of the most popular destinations for outings from the Netherlands.

2018: record decade of arrivals from the Netherlands to Greece (924.434 visitors, an increase of 18.9%
compared to 2017).

The charateristics of Dutch tourists 

  • Value for money options preferred.
  • Love for nature and adventure.
  • Repeaters 1/3 of Dutch tourists visiting Greece.
  • Direct flights to destinations in Greece throughout the year.
  • In 2017, 82% of the population travelled on vacation (2.82 trips per person on average).
  • 50% of trips are made abroad and 1/3 of them to Mediterranean destinations.
  • Twice a year the Dutch choose alternative forms of tourism.

2nd MedTravel Expo 2018

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2nd MedTravel Expo 2018

From 2nd to 5th December 2018, the 2nd International Exhibition MedTravel Expo on Medical Services, Health Services, Health Improvement and Treatments was held in Moscow, focusing on medical tourism, as part of the Russian Health Care Week.

Combining large trade fairs and supporting events dedicated to all areas of healthcare, Healthcare Week creates an effective display platform for networking for government officials, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals and scientists.

The week brings together major international trade fairs such as Zdravookhraneniye 2018, Healthy Lifestyle 2018 and MedTravelExpo 2018.

The 2nd MedTravel Expo 2018 was held at the Expocentre in Moscow.

The exhibition and conference, one of the largest in Russia, was organised by the State Duma of the Russian Federal Assembly, the Russian Ministry of Health and Expocentre AO, and was supported by the Federal Council of the Russian Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organisation.

The Forum operates under the auspice of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For more than three decades, this event remaines the main event in the field of healthcare for specialists from Russia, Belarus and foreign countries.

Participation in the exhibition is an important part of the development process of any business, paying close attention to personal communication.

In this context, Greece participated for the promotion of the country as an excellent medical destination, with B2B meetings/wokshops and presentation of the medical centers and services it offers, entitled “Hippocrates invites you”.

3rd MedTravel Expo 2019

3rd MedTravel Expo 2019

From 2nd to 5th December 2019, the 3rd International Exhibition MedTravel Expo on Medical Services, Wellness Services, Health Improvement and Treatments was held in Moscow, as part of the Russian Health Care Week.

  • The week is the largest series of healthcare and medical events in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, uniting major international trade fairs such as Zdravookhraneniye 2018, Healthy Lifestyle 2018 and MedTravelExpo 2018.

The Med Travel Expo is an exhibition on medical and healthcare services and healthcare technologies in Russia and abroad. The trade fair aims to showcase the opportunities and achievements of spa facilities and medical clinics.

This powerful platform for the development of medical and health-related services aims to bring together industry experts, cross-sectoral cooperation, advanced training of doctors and exchange of experiences.

The various medical tourism options in Greece, thermal springs and wellness facilities were presented during the Hellenic Health Tourism Forum, during the Med Travel Expo.

The Med Travel Expo hosted more than 140 companies and organisations from 19 countries from all over the world, while the Russian Health Week included more than 1.000 exhibitors from 37 countries. The exhibition was attended by more than 30.000 visitors.

The Hellenic Health Tourism Forum hosted representatives of medical and wellness centers, leading hotel units and water therapy and spa centers in Greece.

The GNTO presented the thermal springs and the possibilities of the spa resorts and thermal complexes of Greece and stressed the options offered for the restoration of the Russian cosmonauts,.

During the event, the Ambassador of Greece in Moscow, Mrs. Catherine Nasika informed Russian travelers planning to visit Greece for medical reasons that wherever they choose to visit, “the sea is always close”, ready to welcome them.

“We organise our holidays to have a good time and to be healthy. This does not always require medical intervention. Sometimes, a special treatment, a beautiful landscape, a clean atmosphere and a healthy diet are enough.”

Participating in MedTravelExpo allows a business/organisation to:

  • present the latest and unique technologies and methods of treatment and rehabilitation in the broad medical community of Russia
  • develop collaborations between health professionals, resorts, medical centers, travel agencies, insurance companies, etc.
  • attract investments in health and spa
  • find new forms of promotion
  • settle cross-sectoral issues and
  • find new partners and increase its activity domestically and internationally
 

Exhibition sections:

  • Health resorts and spas
  • General and specialised clinics and medical centers
  • Beauty clinics
  • Medical travel agencies
  • Reproductive Medicine Centers
  • Alternative medicine clinics
  • Dental clinics