Some 170 Italian tourism operators visited Crete with the aim of increasing visitors from their country to the popular island. The Italian tour operators represent more than 3,500 travel agencies and arrived in Heraklion to make their travel plan for the season of 2014.
They were welcomed at the airport Nikos Kazantzakis by the local Governor of Crete Stavros Arnaoutakis, their representative on the island, Tasos Patelaros and the President of the Regional Council, George Pitsoulis.
According to the Greek news agency AMNA, academic assistants of the Institute of Technology and Research guided the tour operators in the interactive projection systems of the island which are funded by the Region of Crete.
“The Region of Crete, along with the Chamber, the tourism organizations and airport master, welcome the delegation of the Italian tour operators, who represent 3,500 travel agencies and are great ambassadors of our island internationally” said Arnaoutakis, who expressed his joy for the tourism increase and and thanked for all the bodies and organizations for their cooperation.
Finally, the representative of the Italian tour operators Davide Pavarina expressed his happiness at being on Crete, which, as he said, is a beautiful and popular tourist destination for Italians. He also added that ” the contacts and preparation to be done these days in Crete will lead to the increase of foreign tourists in our country for the next summer season.”