The project is co-funded by European Union
and by National Funds of Greece & Albania
under the IPA Cross-Border PROGRAMME
"Greece - Albania 2007-2013"



Press release for TPNM project participation in MATKA-Helsinki Exhibition

IMG 2744The TPNM project delegation, having successfully participated in the International Tourism EXPO in Finland, MATKA, from the 16th to the 19th of January 2014, first and foremost would like to express its gratitude to all the entrepreneurs who positively responded to our invitation to promote their professional activity to the Finnish tourism market.
Indeed, the choice of traveling to Helsinki to present our project and the distinctive tourist product the partners have so efficiently created, proved to be a win win situation for both the tourists and the destinations. Our presence at the EXPO was acknowledged as unique since it was the first time a EU co-funded project participated at such an event in Finland, as well as, due to the fact that three picturesque destinations (Corfu-Epirus –Vlora) were combined and promoted as a new vacation opportunity to the public and the professionals of the tourism sector.
The Ambassador of Greece in Finland, Mr. Christos Kontovounisios visited our stand and expressed his positive surprise for this common idea and effort that was born through the EU project. He underlined the great interest the Finnish show for Greece and the frequency they visit it, as well as the potentials that Albania now has for becoming a new interesting destination with all the new infrastructures and services offered. The Ambassador of France, Mme Françoise Bourolleau, of Israel Mr. Dan Ashbel, of Italy Mr.Giorgio Visetti and Cyprus Mr. Filippos Kritiotis, also visited our stand to congratulate us for our effort and this initiative in the tourism sector. The combination of these three areas as holiday package, each offering different landscapes (coastlines, mainland, and islands) and activities that would answer to every vacation type the tourist may look for, found great response and received the interest of both the potential tourists and the professionals.
According to the official statistics presented at the EXPO, the Finnish select as their first destination, Canary Islands, with Greece being the second. Our communication with both locals and professionals showed that the profile of the Finnish tourist is mainly formed by the following characteristics: family oriented summer vacations, interested in sports and outbound activities (kayaking-cycling-hiking etc), enthusiastic about cultural monuments and history and really interested in local gastronomy and hospitality.  
All three areas can offer the idyllic destination as they offer all the above elements, and this is what the TPNM project promoted. Both the travel agencies which are already working with Greek destinations like Parga, Crete and Rodos, and those that are considering of opening business with the areas we represented, were duly informed about the opportunities and the interests of including those new destinations in their vacation packages.
The main key professionals we contacted were (READ MORE)

In view of our final participation in the EXPO in Tel Aviv on the 11th and 12th of February 2014, we invite all entrepreneurs in Corfu, Epirus and Vlora, to participate through our presence there, with information and other promotion material, achieving in this way their wider dissemination to the market of Israel and opening opportunities to new international collaborations.

TPNM Project Team

Corfu City, InnoPolis, BIC Epirus, Region of Vlora, Albanian Tourism Association

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