19 October, 2005
Minister of Tourism Development Dimitris Avramopoulos received Conde Nast Traveler's "Reader's Choice Award" during a special ceremony held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday evening.
The award represents magazine readers' preference for Greece, and particularly Mykonos, as their favorite tourist destination in 2005.
"What's important is that after a delay of many years, we re-established relations with the American tourist market," Avramopoulos said after the ceremony.
"This year went well, but we expect things to improve even more over the next few years," he said.
The minister announced that the National Tourism Organization (EOT) will be opening more branches in the US, while a special seminar targeting Greek-American tour operators and travel agents, will be held in New York in 2006.
Greece will also soon be launching its new advertising campaign.
Avramopoulos also participated in a seminar organized by Conde Nast Traveler, as keynote speaker.
"The objective of these contacts is to develop a broad promotional campaign for Greece throughout the US and to encourage US tour operators to open their doors to our country," he said.
Avramopoulos was accompanied on his two-day trip to New York by EOT President Aristidis Kalogeropoulos-Stratis and Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) President Yiannis Evangelou.
Source: Athens News Agency