COTTM 2016: Chinese language Market Reveals Curiosity in Greece at B2B Expo

GNTO stand at COTTM 2016. Photograph supply: Argo Journey.

Following the opening of latest Greek visa software facilities in China lately, the Chinese language journey market is now specializing in rising bookings to Greece, the Basic Panhellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) mentioned following its participation in COTTM, China’s main b2b 100% outbound journey and tourism exhibition, held in Beijing on April 12-14.

By opening extra visa software facilities, Greece responded to the coverage introduced in October that requires Chinese language residents to submit biometric information to get a Schengen visa. At present, 12 Greek visa facilities are working within the cities Xi’an, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Wuhan, Changsha, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Jinan, Nanjing, Fuzhou and Kunming. By the top of April one other two facilities are anticipated to open. Greece already has visa software facilities in Beijing, Shanghai and Guanghzou.



Argo Journey was one of many Greek corporations to take part within the GNTO stand at COTTM 2016.

Nonetheless, in response to GEPOET, regardless of the curiosity in the direction of the Greek market, Chinese language tour operators at COTTM did specific issues concerning Greece’s financial scenario and attainable safety points regarding the refugee disaster within the nation. Chinese language tour operators are additionally frightened about terrorism in Turkey and Europe.

GEPOET took half in COTTM as a coexhibitor within the stand of the Greek Nationwide Tourism Group (GNTO), which made its debut in collaborating in an solely b2b expo in China.

Throughout the COTTM expo, the GNTO workplace in China printed and distributed two prime quality brochures that highlighted each the Dodecanese and the Ionian islands, aiming to introduce further locations to the Chinese language journey professionals.

At COTTM, GEPOET was represented by its secretary common Alexandros Gasparatos and the president and managing director of Kentavros Journey Community, Marios-Antonios Trivizas.

South Korean TV sequence “Descendants of the Solar”.

Throughout the B2B expo, Zakynthos was one of the vital requested about locations by Chinese language tour operators. The island this yr is anticipated to draw many Chinese language vacationers because it has obtained a lot promotion within the South Korean TV sequence “Descendants of the Solar”, which has been taking part in in China since February.

In line with GEPOET, Greece ought to go for attracting extra TV and movie productions from Asia, as this will likely show among the finest means to method the particular market.

In 2014, the “Beijing Love Story” manufacturing contributed considerably to the rise of Chinese language vacationers on Santorini.

“GEPOET strongly helps the adoption of a nationwide technique on this space, which is able to instantly convey constructive outcomes for Greek tourism”, the federation mentioned in an announcement.