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AHI Forum Examines Greece’s Tourism Industry
April 9, 2015—No. 16 (202) 785-8430

AHI Forum Examines Greece’s Tourism Industry

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted a noon forum titled, “The Myths and Realities of Greece as a Tourism and Conference Destination,” featuring Tim Ananiades, area manager, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Greece/Cyprus/Balkans and managing director, Hotels Grande Bretagne and King George, April 1, 2015, at AHI’s Hellenic House.  

“As the tourism season is upon us, the importance of the industry to Greece cannot be underscored enough, especially as Greece battles through an economic crisis,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.  “According to the UN World Tourism Organization, an estimated 18 million international tourists visited Greece in 2013, and according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism contributed 28.3 billion euros to the Greek economy in 2013, or 16.3 percent of gross domestic product, which contributes to job growth.”

As part of his presentation, Ananiades touched upon Greece’s affordability as a tourist destination, the myths of the impact of the civil disobedience upon tourism, and he examined Greece’s appeal as a business conference destination, including its ability to accommodate large numbers of delegates.  He also discussed ways in which the Greek American community and Greek American organizations can help to increase tourism to Greece.

Following Ananiades’ presentation, President Larigakis offered closing remarks, and he moderated a Q&A session with the audience.

  • To view a video of Ananaides’ presentation, please click here.

The American Hellenic Institute is an independent non-profit Greek American public policy center and think tank that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.


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