Greece honoured at New York Times Travel Show



Greece is increasingly becoming a preferred destination for American tourists as the latest double-digit increase suggests for the period 2015-2016, a point emphasised by Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura during her recent visit at the New York Times Travel Show.

Greece was honoured at a special event in the European section of the travel show, where Greece’s Tourism Minister also made a speech and presented Greece as a global attractive destination for tourism 365 days of the year- all year round- and invited American travellers to experience the country.

New York Times Travel Show is considered one of the top travel fairs with more than 500 exhibitors from 150 countries and an average of 29,000 visitors. The 2017 show took place January 27-29 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in New York.


Kountoura’s schedule while in New York included meetings with leading US tour operators and travel agencies. Accompanied by the secretary general of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, Dimitris Tryfonopoulos, Kountoura’s discussions with American travel professionals focused on boosting travel packages to Greece for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The tourism minister also attended a meeting with the president of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater NY, Petros Galatoulas, at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria. Kountoura informed Galatoulas on the ministry’s strategy for opening to the US travel market with targeted actions and highlighted the significant increase in American visitors to Greece over the last two years, as a result of coordinated efforts and the strengthening of direct flights between Greece and the US. Moreover, while in New York, the minister gave interviews to the National Herald and to the Greek radio stations for the Diaspora, Hellas and Cosmos.

Her trip to the US is included within the ministry’s strategy to boost the promotion of Greece across America.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.