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Greece at The New York Times Travel Show

January 31, 2020
Matina Demelis

NEW YORK – The 17th New York Times Travel Show was held January 24-26 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Greece participated this year with the Ministry of Tourism’s Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) booth as well as with the regions of Crete, South Aegean, Central Macedonia, and Central Greece represented. Greek travel agencies also had booths at the event. Among those in attendance was the GNTO Deputy Secretary General Barbara Avdi.

The Consul General of Greece in New York Konstantinos Koutras referred to the increasing number of people at the consulate interested in obtaining a visa for Greece.

“In this great exhibition being held in New York, the metropolis of the world with the target audience having such a great purchasing power, the presence of our homeland is important. Greece as a tourist destination all year round I think has achieved a little miracle. We are trying to expand this miracle, and I, as Consul General, must assure you that the increase in the number of people coming to the Consulate to obtain a visa to visit Greece has doubled. And I’m not referring to American citizens, but to third-country nationals living in New York who come with adoration and love to visit the Greek islands, the Greek homeland.”

The flow of tourism from United States to Greece is expected to increase this year as well, according to Koutras.

“The [numbers are up in] the category of Greek-Americans visiting their place of birth and origin, the category of third-country nationals visiting Athens and the Aegean islands, and the category of American students on study abroad programs who visit Athens and Thessaloniki and Rhodes. Our goal is to increase the numbers of American tourists in all regions of Greece.”

The Regional Adviser, Alexandros Markogiannakis representing Crete at their booth, told The National Herald, “this year we are participating in the exhibition as the region of Crete. The main pillar of the island’s economy is tourism and we represent Crete so that we can give it the brand it deserves, an international, global brand. It is an internationally recognized exhibition and Crete could not be missed. America’s market is an ever-evolving market and is constantly changing. There is a great deal of room for us, of course, and we are here. I think gradually we can reach the level that such a large market as America requires.”

The exhibition was also attended by Thessaloniki Deputy Regional Governor Voula Patoulidou, who said, “I think Greece should have participated in the New York show for years because Greece in America has a much more dynamic, much more organized presence. The Greek community has also moved to another level of professional lobbying for lawyers, doctors, and scientists in general, which means that we do not cut our roots, so we bet on the presence of Greece in this exhibition so that the roots are not lost and for all of Greece to be more attractive to visitors, and not just Mykonos and Santorini.”

In 2019, the Travel Show reached a record attendance of 35,568 an increase compared to 2018. There were 747 exhibitors from 176 countries.

The New York Times Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, Meet The Experts Pavilion, and an interactive Exhibition including more than 750 exhibitors representing travel to all seven continents, positioned within 16 pavilions (including Adventure, Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Cruise, Europe, Family, Global, Latin America, L.G.B.T.Q., Mexico, River Cruise, Travel Products, and U.S.A. Pavilions). In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals, couples, and seniors.

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