Workshop in Athens

Α workshop, entitled “Turkish Tourism Destinations and Turkish &Greek Alliance in Tourism”, in which more than 70 representatives by the Greek and Turkish tourism industry participated, was held with great success at the Grand Bretagne hotel. The event was organized by The Office of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy in Athens, with the support of: TÜRSAB Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Conventions &Visitors Bureau, as well as the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies-HATTA.

The topics discussed during the event’s proceedings focused on the possibilities of expanding the cooperation between the two countries in the tourism sector. In addition, the presentations of tourist destinations in Turkey, such as Istanbul and the congress tourism, the “howtoInstabul” project on cultural and gastronomic destinations in southeastern Turkey within the framework of the Eastern Turkey, Izmir and Cappadocia development program, were highly interesting.

A different tone was conveyed by the journalist and TV presenter, Chr. Nezos, in his presentation of Cappadocia as a tourist destination. He spoke with genuine enthusiasm about the diverse and interesting images he captured during his recent visit to the region as part of his TV show “Traveling”.

“Greece and Turkey are two neighbouring countries with common cultural features, which enjoy particularly good relations in terms of cooperation in the tourism sector,” stated Asli Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens, during her keynote speech. “The two countries operate as ‘communicating vessels’, given that the arrival of visitors from Greece to Turkey and vice versa has been constantly increasing the past few years. The number of Greek visitors increased by 18% in 2014 reaching eight hundred and thirty one thousands (830.841), thus ranking Greece 10th among the top countries visiting Turkey. At the same time, visits from Turkey to Greece are growing at a fast pace in recent years. This year, the number of Turkish visitors is expected to amount to almost one million.”

Asli Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens

On the Greek part, Lys. Tsilidis, President of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies-HATTA, highlighted the significance of the cooperation between the two countries in the tourism sector, stressing also the need for strengthening Greek tourism by optimizing the country’s advantages to attracting visitors from around the world.

Lyssandros Tsilidis, President of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies-HATTA

In his speech, Ertuğrul Karaoğlu, BoD member of TÜRSAB, also referred to the mutual benefits as well as to the possibilities of further cooperation between the two countries in the tourism sector, while a representative of the Greek office of Turkish Airlines pointed out the importance of air travel in enhancing tourism and attracting new visitors from all over the world.

Upon the completion of the event’s proceedings, various meetings were held in which representatives from 50 tourist and travel agencies participated. They had the opportunity to discuss and exchange proposals on boosting tourist attraction from the two countries.