Greek Tourism wins
award in the
World Travel Awards 2020 competition
Greek Tourism wins prestigious award in the World Travel Awards 2020 competition.
“I dedicate this award to all the heroes and heroines of the tourism industry. I hope and wish that 2021 marks the beginning of a better future,” said the president of EOT (Hellenic Tourism Organisation).
Greece is placed at the top of the world travel elite, after the award of its Ministry of Tourism and EOT as the “Top Tourism Agency in the World” at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2020. Since 1993 the WTAs are awarded every year to organizations and institutions which excel in the tourism industry. The accomplishment of the highest distinction in this year’s competition -highlighted under this years’ special challenges- establishes Greece as a universal reference point for the tourism industry.
Claiming the award for the leading tourism organization internationally, the Greek Ministry of Tourism and EOT were put up against the best travel and tourism organizations from around the world. This year, due to health restrictions, the WTA event was held online on Friday, November 25 and was broadcasted worldwide from the Russian capital, Moscow.
Welcoming the award, the Minister of Tourism Mr Haris Theoharis said: “With great joy and pride we accept on behalf of our country the highest distinction of the WTA awards, an award that our country wins for the first time. Greece fully deserves the title of Top Tourism Agency in the World. The international community recognizes our hard and methodical effort, our efforts on healthcare as well as the safety that we managed to provide to millions of tourists who visited Greece this summer, the excellent work done by the private sector and employees and all those involved in the tourism industry. The WTA award is a great distinction, which reflects the successful opening of Greece and management of tourism during the pandemic. It shows that our country, with prudence, seriousness and a spirit of solidarity, faced in the most effective way the adventure of COVID-19, a phenomenon that is considered as the biggest challenge for world tourism, at least during the last 20 years “.
The president of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, Angela Gerekou, stated that “this award is very important. As President of EOT, I would like to thank the WTA for their support. Today, more than ever, it is our great responsibility to achieve the fastest possible and sustainable tourism recovery. I dedicate this award to all the heroes and heroines of the tourism industry. I hope and wish that 2021 marks the beginning of a better future “.
The general secretary of EOT Dimitris Fraggakis pointed out that “the WTA award is an international recognition of the work done by the Ministry of Tourism and especially by the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) under adverse conditions in the past. In an unprecedented crisis we managed to stand up, to keep Greece high and this is recognized by the international community. It is, however, at the same time a vote of confidence in Greek Tourism as a whole, as everything we have achieved this year is the product of a collective effort of all those involved in the Greek tourism industry. This award ultimately belongs to all of us. ”