Philoxenia 2015

The Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens participated in the 31st International Tourism Philoxenia 2015. The Deputy Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura, the Deputy Minister of Macedonia - Thrace  Maria Kollia, the General Consul of Turkey in Thessaloniki Orhan Yalman Okan, representatives of the local authorities, tourism professionals and public, visited the “Τουρκία.Home” stand in Pavillion 15.


During the exhibition  the traditional Turkish arts of Ebru and glass blowing were presented, while two lucky couples won a trip to their favorite destination in Turkey, through the “Tree of Fortune” contest.

This year, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office also received a honorary award by the TIF Helexpo administration for its successful participation to the International Tourism Exhibition.

"Glass Blowing Art"

Traditional Ebru Art

"The traditional Ebru Art"

"The Tree of Fortune"

Mrs Aslı Gündoğdu Aksungur, Attaché of the Turkish Culture and Tourist Office in Athens, gives an interview to the local radio station "Focus FM 103.6".

During the exhibition, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office through its Facebook page Τουρκία.Home ,offered tickets for the Eurocup basketball matches in Thessaloniki on the occasion of the "Turkey Home" official sponsorship of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup 2015-2016.

The Greek TV Presenter Christos Nezos announced the two lucky couples, winners of the "Tree Of Fortune" competition, talked with the stand’s visitors and and learned the "secrets" of the traditional Turkish arts of Ebru and glass blowing.



and learned the "secrets" of the traditional Turkish arts of Ebru and glass blowing.

Philoxenia 2014

Visitors of the International Tourism Exhibition "Philoxenia", which was held from 13 to 16 November, had the opportunity to enjoy flavours, images and colours from Turkey.

In the particularly welcoming environment of “Turkey Home” at kiosk 15, stand 44, the Culture and Tourism Office of the Embassy of Turkey in Athens presented the public with the Turkish traditional forms of art, ebru and tezhip, exhibiting water and gold creations, while the famous chef Maria Ekmekçioğlu, “revealed” the secrets of Turkish cuisine. In addition, the “Tree of Fortune” contest offered two lucky couples the chance to travel to their favourite destination in Turkey.  

The Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms. Olga Kefalogianni, as well as the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr. Yannis Boutaris, visited the kiosk “Turkey Home”, where they enjoyed a brief conversation with the Turkish Consul-general in Thessaloniki, Tuğrul Biltekin, and the Tourism Attaché at the Embassy of Turkey in Athens, Asli Aksungur. In addition, during a cocktail reception held at the beginning of the international exhibition, the tourism industry representatives had the opportunity to exchange views regarding the growth of the sector both in Greece and Turkey.   

Within the framework of its participation in “Philoxenia 2014”, the Culture and Tourism Office hosted the following agencies in its stand: Türsab-Association of Turkish Agencies, Turob-Turkish Hotels Association, Turkish Airlines, Trabzon Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Çanakkale Hotels, Pegasus Airlines, EMITT- East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition, Intra Latin Tours, Grand Atakum Hotel.

Traditional art ebru and tezhip

View of the kiosk

From left to right: Tuğrul Biltekin, Turkish Consul-general in Thessaloniki, Maria Ekmekçioğlu, Chef, Asli Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attaché at the Embassy of Turkey in Athens