“Explosion” Russian pre-bookings for tourism in Greece

Are expected to exceed 1 million

Increased up to 15% of the reservations in the organized trips of the Russians for Greece to 2019, so it is expected to surpass the 1 million.

In the framework of contacts of minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura in the International Tourist Exhibition MITT in Moscow were held negotiations and agreements to continue the strong tourism demand for Greece. The minister of Tourism, vice-president of the Greek national tourism organisation Angelic Χονδροματίδου and the head of the Greek national tourism organisation Russia and CIS Πολύκαρπος Efstathiou, πραγματοποιήσαν meetings with the tourist groups, who organize the bulk of the travel packages in the Russian market.

The focus of the meetings and negotiations was the promotion of new Greek destinations, and the aid of the most popular destinations in their programmes, the opening of new direct air connections from most of the Russian cities and the dynamic promotion of thematic tourist products that Greece offers. The deputy minister attended the opening ceremony of the MITT 2019, and inaugurated the Greek pavilion, in the presence of the Ambassador of Greece, Andrea Φρυγανά and the General Consul Helen Vakalis.

The minister visited the stands of the Greeks any co-exhibitors in the main pavilion of the Greek national tourism organisation, which has achieved a high traffic, demonstrating the significant interest that brings together the Greece as one of the most popular destinations for the Russian travelling public. Gave a press conference for the Russian MEDIA on the dynamic promotion of Greece in the Russian market and presented all the actions for the attraction of new tourist flow from Russia.

In the context of actions for the dynamic promotion of Greece, singled out the spectacular event, co-organized and supported by the Greek national tourism organisation, the Group Set and the Russian magazine OK! and is a huge promotion of our country in Russia. The event at the GumDemonstration Hall of the Moscow honoured with the presence of the famous Russian artists, representatives of the largest resorts SPA and hotel chains in Greece, and heads of leading travel agencies that specialize in luxury holidays.

Among the invited guests was the renowned actors of television and cinema, ΑnnaSnatkina, Igor Vernik, DaryaMoroz, Vladimir Mishukov,Elena Podkaminiskaya, IrinaBezrukova, Anatoly Beliy,Ekaterina Guseva, OlgaMedynich, Natalia Bardo,Evgeny Pronin. Also, the dancers of the ballets Bolshoi’s Denis Rodkin, Anna Tikhomirova, and Artem Ovcharenko, the singers Natalia Podolskaya, Vlad Topalov, the fashion designer Igor Chapurin, and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov put forward by Greece and the Greek national tourism organisation from space in a video with a great resonance in Russia.

The minister of Tourism has welcomed the event, and to emphasize the close friendship relations of Greece and Russia and the close cooperation of the two countries in tourism. He urged the guests to visit Greece, to discover the wide range of options in destinations and thematic tourist products, and the high level of Greek hospitality, and to become the best “ambassadors” of Greece in the Russian travelling public.

Mrs. Kountoura was honored during the event, while awarded the same honorary distinction to the Ambassador mr. Andreas Φρυγανά for their support and contribution to the promotion of tourism relations of the two countries.

In Greece the prize of the exhibition MITT for the best stand

H dynamic presence of Greece in this year’s MITT completed with one important distinction. The Greek national tourism organisation received the award for best presence in this country “Country PresentationAward” for long-term participation of Greece in the Report and the attractiveness of the Greek pavilion. The award was received by the organizers of the Exhibition MITT, the head of Greek tourism organization Russia & CIS Πολύκαρπος Efstathiou.