There are many distinctions for Greek tourism this year
Greece and Greek destinations were distinguished in this year’s tourism awards in the important markets of the USA, the United Kingdom and other countries, while there were also distinctions for the EOT itself as an Organization.
The awards in the USA
In the GT Tested Reader Survey Awards 2022 given by the readers of Global Traveler, the most important American magazine for business tourism and luxury tourism, Greece was distinguished as the Best Tourism Destination.
In the “Oscars of the tourism industry”, the famous Travvy Awards where tourism professionals in the USA vote, Greece took 1st place (Gold) in the categories: Best Destination Europe, Best Destination in the Mediterranean Mediterranean) and Best European Cruise Destination (Best Cruise Destination – Europe). At the same awards, EOT was honored with the 2nd prize (Silver) for Best Tourism Board – Europe.
Greece also stood out as the Millenials’ Favorite Country in the travel awards “The Trazees” awarded by the popular website TrazeeTravel, which is mainly aimed at travelers between the ages of 24 and 40.
In the destination awards, three well-known Greek islands were distinguished this year by the Leisure Lifestyle Awards voted by the readers of the magazine “Global Traveler’s & Leisure Lifestyle”, tourism and luxury tourism professionals.
Santorini was named “Best Island in Europe” for the 9th consecutive year, Mykonos won 3rd place in the same category and 7th place in the world in the “Best Beaches” category, while Crete was ranked 8th in the “Best Island in Europe” category. Greece as a destination was honored with the “Best Historical Attractions International” award.
For Americans, Greece also stands out as an ideal vacation destination for the whole family, having won the Best Family-Friendly Multigenerational Destination of the Year award at the Wherever Awards organized by the authoritative travel website Whereverfamily.com.
The Awards in the United Kingdom
This year, Greece also received important distinctions in the British tourism awards, which are considered among the most prestigious in the world and concern global tourism activity. In the context of the World Travel Market in London, the international Wanderlust Travel Awards were presented, which is organized by the UK’s longest-running travel magazine and aims to highlight the best destinations in two main categories: in Europe and in the rest of the world.
That evening Greece had its honor, as the General Secretary of the EOT Dimitris Fragakis received the gold award for Most Desirable Country-Europe on behalf of Greece. At the same ceremony, the Greek islands were honored with the bronze award as Most Desirable Region in Europe (Most Desirable Region -Europe) and Crete with the bronze award for Most Desirable Island in Europe (Most Desirable Island -Europe).
A few days later, Greece was distinguished in the international marine tourism Wave Awards as the Best Cruise Destination – for the second year in a row. It is worth noting that Greece remains firmly in the top places of preference of the British public for summer holidays by plane (short-haul), according to research into international tourism trends in 2023, conducted by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).
The EOT awards abroad
For its part, the Hellenic Tourism Organization, in addition to the American award for the Best Tourism Organization in Europe mentioned above, had the pleasure of seeing distinctions for its Offices and actions abroad.
More specifically, the Office of the EOT China was honored with the Marco Polo award of the Top National and Regional Tourism Organization, while the Office of the EOT Scandinavia & Baltic countries won the award of the Best Foreign Tourist Office in Norway (Best Foreign Tourist Office) at the Grand Travel Awards , the most important annual meeting of the travel industry in Scandinavia.
Finally, we cannot fail to mention the nominations of Greece and EOT in the World Travel Awards, the most prestigious tourism awards in the world. Greece as a destination was nominated for the World’s Leading Destination 2022 award, while EOT together with the Ministry of Tourism were nominated for the World’s Leading Tourist Board 2022 award. These are two important nominations that show the upward trend and dynamics of Greek tourism. For the record, the awards were won by the Maldives and its tourism body.
“Greece is a very strong brand name and occupies a special place in the international tourism scene. This fact is reflected not only in the exceptional performance of our tourism this year or through dozens of laudatory articles and tributes in the most valid media on the planet, but also in the important international awards we won in 2022” notes the General Secretary of the EOT Dimitris Fragakis.
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