“Greek Hospitality Awards 2023” –  CRETE the most hospitable region in Greece.

The Region of Crete was recently awarded the most hospitable Region of Greece.

The Greek Hospitality Awards, the most renowned awarding institution for Greek hospitality, were awarded for the 9th consecutive year under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and the E.O.T. (ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟΣ ΟΡΓΑΝΙΣΜΟΣ ΤΟΥΡΙΣΜΟΥ -Greek National Tourism Organization).
 The ceremony took place on 20th October 2023 at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel in Athens.

The Region of Crete was represented by the Deputy Regional Governor for Tourism and E-Governance, Kotsoglou Kyriakos, who received the award from Christos Staikouras, Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport.

Stavros Arnaoutakis, Regional Governor of Crete: “In previous years, we highlighted the brand name “Crete”, implementing a tourism campaign that won international awards, but above all, this campaign  produced measurable results. Always in cooperation with tourism agencies, we continue to implement a regional tourism policy – alongside the national one – focusing on genuine Cretan hospitality, high quality, the promotion of new thematic forms of tourism, the opening of new dynamic foreign markets, improving infrastructure and attracting investment.”

Mr. Christos Staikouras, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, who congratulated, among others, the organizers of the event who “honor excellence, honor those who offer quality in a sector that provides wealth for the country“.

In addition, he congratulated “especially those who are awarded for the recognition of their work”. 
Reviewing the year, Mr. Staikouras said that “this year was a good year, but also a difficult year. It was good for arrivals but very challenging with regard to the disposable income of the citizen worldwide. 
Nevertheless, the country recorded – in terms of arrivals – a better performance both last year and compared to 2019”.

Profit margins may have shrunk after the rise in the cost of energy, food, contracting work, etc. for businesses which resulted in them charging more, but the bigger picture nonetheless remains positive. 

All this is the result of systematic work.
Mr. Staikouras also pointed out: “I would like to say, however, that the challenges are ahead of us (…) to provide better services.”

Regarding his own duties, the minister emphasized that “the political responsibility I have assumed is significant. We need to do more to improve infrastructure, transport, improve gateways, airports, and means of transport”.

Sources: Περιφέρεια Κρήτης / Region of Crete


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