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