NEWS

UNWTO appoints First Lady of Iceland as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals

UNWTO appoints First Lady of Iceland as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals

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H.E. Ms. Eliza Jean Reid, First Lady of Iceland has been nominated as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The appointment took place at the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, being held in Muscat, Sultanate […]

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Paul Flackett memorial arrangements

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IMEX has confirmed memorial arrangements for Paul Flackett, IMEX Group Managing Director. A memorial, open to industry colleagues, will take place on Monday, 15 January 2018 at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London.

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Just a Drop announces its third annual lecture at the Royal Geographical Society will feature award-winning authors and historians 

Just a Drop announces its third annual lecture at the Royal Geographical Society will feature award-winning authors and historians 

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International water charity Just a Drop has announced that its third annual lecture at the Royal Geographical Society will feature award-winning authors and historians, and will take place on 1 March 2018. All proceeds from the evening will support Just a Drop’s safe water and sanitation projects.

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Bedsonline publishes highlights for fiscal year ´16/´17

Bedsonline publishes highlights for fiscal year ´16/´17

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–  Spain remains as the main source market for Bedsonline globally –  Bedsonline consolidates in North America, registering 51% growth in Canada and 30% in the United States – Spain is the preferred destination for British bookings made via the Bedsonline platform

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Hotelbeds Group announces Turkey recovery during current financial year

Hotelbeds Group announces Turkey recovery during current financial year

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Turkey rises in rankings from 11th to 9th most booked destination for the Group in EMEA region – with 40% increase in sales. The UK, German and Saudi Arabian markets are the three biggest sources of reservations made via the Group´s platform for the country. Group responds to increased demand by adding Turkish hotels to its inventory. […]

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25th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: Steady growth for Asian outbound travel in 2017

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5 percent growth in Asian outbound trips – More beach holidays and city trips – Recovery in travel to Europe – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest results from IPK’s World Travel Monitor®

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EVENTS AND MEETINGS

IMEX America brings a positive outlook and more business opportunities than ever

IMEX America brings a positive outlook and more business opportunities than ever

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As 12,000 plus exhibitors, hosted buyers and attendees at this year’s IMEX America said “Farewell,” IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom reflected upon the achievements of the show and a positive, unifying week for the meetings industry.

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ICAO- SECOND SYMPOSIUM ON TECHNICAL COOPERATION (GACS II) IN ATHENS

ICAO- SECOND SYMPOSIUM ON TECHNICAL COOPERATION (GACS II) IN ATHENS

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Athens International Airport (AIA) in close collaboration with the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are convening the Second Global Aviation Cooperation Symposium (GACS) from 11-13 October 2017 in Athens, Greece.

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IMEX USA: Purpose, Customization and Hands-On Experiences at the Heart of Smart Monday

IMEX USA: Purpose, Customization and Hands-On Experiences at the Heart of Smart Monday

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This year’s installment another Powerful Meeting of Minds 1,000 meeting pros jumped right into the IMEX week today with a stronger-than ever Smart Monday line-up.

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Four Seasons and Astir Palace Vouliagmeni Announce Plans to Transform Legendary Astir Palace into First Four Seasons Hotel in Greece

Four Seasons and Astir Palace Vouliagmeni Announce Plans to Transform Legendary Astir Palace into First Four Seasons Hotel in Greece

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Located along the crystal clear waters of the Athenian Riviera, Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens to open following extensive renovations to existing property

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Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Porto Heli to host WTA Europe Gala Ceremony 2018

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Porto Heli to host WTA Europe Gala Ceremony 2018

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World Travel Awards has confirmed Nikki Beach Resort & Spa in the beautiful region of Porto Heli, Greece, will host the Europe Gala Ceremony 2018.

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CARLA BRUNI ‘French Touch’ concert in Athens

CARLA BRUNI ‘French Touch’ concert in Athens

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Where: Athens Pallas Theatre When: 23 & 24 October 2017

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TECH

Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities website isango! confirms growth success story 

Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities website isango! confirms growth success story 

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Sales increase of 87% over last four years Over 7,500 experiences and activities in more than 300 destinations are now connected to the isango! platform Significant expansion of in-destination bookings, with 215% bookings increase during last year Palma, 24 of November 2017. Hotelbeds Group, the business-to-business provider of services to the travel industry globally, has announced […]

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How to connect with affluent millennials

How to connect with affluent millennials

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If you think you know how Millennials think, you can think again, as a session at WTM London 2017, the leading global event for the travel industry, will unveil some surprising BBC research about the generation.

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New tool for tour ops

New tool for tour ops

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Tour operators wanting to engage with clients during and after their trip will find a visit to the stand of Open Destinations beneficial.

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Roiback improves its booking engine achieving a 10% improvement in the average conversion rate 

Roiback improves its booking engine achieving a 10% improvement in the average conversion rate 

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After a thorough process of testing, Backhotel 4.5 adds new features and improvements in terms of design and usability for hotels to increase its conversion and maximize its direct sales channel.  With a portfolio of over 1,500 hotels in 29 different countries, Roiback positions itself as a leader in powering direct sales for hotels. 

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ACTE Begins Using Cisco Collaboration Technology to Transform Operations, Training and Event Management

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Alexandria, Va.  — The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) today announced that Cisco has become a President’s Circle Sponsor. The new sponsorship will bring Cisco’s collaboration technology to ACTE and will allow the organization to transform how it operates, how it trains and how it runs events.

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HERE Technologies is new VOK DAMS client

HERE Technologies is new VOK DAMS client

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HERE Technologies have contracted the international event specialists of VOK DAMS, agency for events and live-marketing to accelerate and streamline their events and exhibitions around the globe.

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CONFERENCES

European Geoscientists remain loyal to Vienna

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Although its existing five-year contract is yet to expire, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) has already confirmed its commitment to Vienna and the Austria Center Vienna for the years 2020-2024. 

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Estonia Picked To Host JCI World, Country’s Largest-Ever Conference

Estonia Picked To Host JCI World, Country’s Largest-Ever Conference

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 Junior Chamber International (JCI) has selected the Estonian capital, Tallinn, as the host site for the group’s 2019 World Congress. With more than 5,000 delegates expected, the event will easily set a new record as the largest conference the nation has ever hosted.

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Prague Welcomed a Record Number of Experts from the Meeting Industry

Prague Welcomed a Record Number of Experts from the Meeting Industry

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Prague:  A total of 1,264 meeting industry experts from 79 countries met in Prague at the 56th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association – ICCA, from 12 to 15 November. The event was organized by the Prague Convention Bureau with the support of more than 40 local partners. The aim of the congress […]

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Athens selected as the venue for the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2018

Athens selected as the venue for the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2018

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Conference in Athens in May 2018 will bring together key opinion leaders and senior executives to debate the challenges faced by the developing medical tourism sector

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Argentina hosts the 2nd UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism

Argentina hosts the 2nd UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism

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To highlight the relevance of wine and gastronomy as key components of tourism development, the 22nd UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism was held in Mendoza, Argentina on 29-30 September. The Conference was co-organized by UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina, in collaboration with the Region of Mendoza and the Chamber of Tourism of […]

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Historical decision: approval of the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics

Historical decision: approval of the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics

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The member States of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) approved today an historical document – the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. The Convention, approved at the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly transforms the Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention, the first in the life of the Organization.

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TRENDS

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

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Greece 21.8% ahead, Indonesia 17.4% ahead, Russia 16.7% ahead and Portugal 14.8% ahead

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Mapped: The World’s Dependency on the Travel Industry

Mapped: The World’s Dependency on the Travel Industry

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Globalization and the growing trend of traveling have increased the number of people traveling to foreign countries each year. This growing trend has brought with it increased GDP growth due to tourism spending. While some countries receive more visitors than others, not all countries rely on their tourism industries to the same extent. Take a […]

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Middle East experiential travel is now ‘The Real Deal’

Middle East experiential travel is now ‘The Real Deal’

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Dubai Government outlines plans to combine Dubai’s rich cultural and latest attractions to build on Q1 2017 visitor numbers of 4.57 million – travel technology to play major role

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ForwardKeys shared damaging travel data with the White House prior to the second travel ban

ForwardKeys shared damaging travel data with the White House prior to the second travel ban

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ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 16 million flight reservation transactions each day shared its latest analysis of the negative impacts of the travel ban on the US travel industry with the White House prior to the new ban coming in to force.

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Year of the Rooster is a wake-up call for tourism to Europe

Year of the Rooster is a wake-up call for tourism to Europe

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More visitors – despite security concerns

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Christmas travel forecast from ForwardKeys

Christmas travel forecast from ForwardKeys

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US will be the top destination, Dubai the busiest airport

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DESTINATIONS

Christmas & New Year in Athens!

Christmas & New Year in Athens!

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The City of Athens welcomes Christmas and 2016 with a rich program of events which start from first days of December.

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Ανοίγει η αυλαία του “Santorini Experience”

Ανοίγει η αυλαία του “Santorini Experience”

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Η καρδιά του αθλητικού τουρισμού χτυπάει στις Κυκλάδες  Στην τελική της ευθεία μπαίνει η κορυφαία διοργάνωση αθλητικού τουρισμού “Santorini Experience”, καθώς απομένουν λίγες μόνο ημέρες για να ανοίξει η αυλαία της. Στο διάστημα από 6 έως 8 Οκτωβρίου 2017, θα πραγματοποιηθούν για 3η συνεχόμενη χρονιά στο μαγευτικό νησί των Κυκλάδων, αγώνες τρεξίματος και κολύμβησης. To […]

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15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism – “YPERIA 2017”

15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism – “YPERIA 2017”

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The Cultural Association of Tholaria – Amorgos and Aegialis Hotel & Spa are pleased to invite you to the 15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism – “YPERIA 2017” and 8th Amorgos Film Festival which will be held on the Greek island of Amorgos from the 25th to the 30th of October 2017. 

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Greece A La Carte 2017, by Cosmorama

Greece A La Carte 2017, by Cosmorama

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I Visit Greece …is a brand name incorporated by COSMORAMA to operate it’s incoming sector as it perfectly matches with the essential features of this activity. COSMORAMA is a well established Tour Operator based in downtown Athens, Greece that operates Outbound tours for Groups, FIT’s & Corporate clients for both Leisure and/or Business in all […]

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Mazi Travel & Events – City Breaks and Holidays

Mazi Travel & Events – City Breaks and Holidays

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Μazi Τravel & Εvents is a receptive agency, specializing in Greece and Cyprus. Inviting and rich experience of 27 years, combined with a perfect knowledge of the tastes and specifics of customers, allow Mazi Travel & Events to consider themselves an essential travel partner to Greece. Mazi have learned to respect the traveler, consider traveling with another look, and continually improve all destinations following the current […]

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Season Begins in Costa Navarino

Season Begins in Costa Navarino

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The Westin Resort Costa Navarino welcomes the new season on 19 February 2017 with an exciting array of sports, cultural, fun and creative activities for guests to enjoy as they explore the pristine natural surroundings.

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More News

The UK and Ireland Pipeline Continues to Boom

The UK and Ireland Pipeline Continues to Boom

| November 28, 2017
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The United Kingdom and Ireland are neighboring markets that would seem to have much in common, but are really two very distinct countries. In fact, insinuating that these two countries are virtually the same to the natives of either place is a social faux pas one would do well to avoid. However, the fact remains […]

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Future-oriented topics at the ITB Berlin Convention 2018

Future-oriented topics at the ITB Berlin Convention 2018

| November 28, 2017
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Revolutionary forms of transport, overtourism and digitalization in the tourism industry are the key topics of the Leading Travel Industry Think Tank – Admission is free for exhibitors and visitors to ITB Berlin

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Continuing innovation at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 as several new initiatives are confirmed

Continuing innovation at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 as several new initiatives are confirmed

| November 25, 2017
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“Innovation is at the heart of IMEX exhibitions and for 2018 we are again creating a series of new initiatives that will meet the needs of buyers and exhibitors and substantially enhance their business experience,” says Carina Bauer, before adding “Several engaging new initiatives, new exhibitors and new hosted buyer groups are already confirmed for […]

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Δυναμική επέκταση της TUS Airways στην Ελλάδα με νέα απευθείας πτήση από Ιωάννινα για Λάρνακα

Δυναμική επέκταση της TUS Airways στην Ελλάδα με νέα απευθείας πτήση από Ιωάννινα για Λάρνακα

| November 25, 2017
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Ακόμη ένα ελκυστικός προορισμός εντάσσεται στα δρομολόγια της TUS Airways. Από τις 16 Φεβρουαρίου 2018, η κυπριακή αεροπορική εταιρεία θα συνδέει απευθείας τη Λάρνακα με τη πρωτεύουσα της Ηπείρου, τα Ιωάννινα. 

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25th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: Strong year for European outbound travel

25th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: Strong year for European outbound travel

| November 22, 2017
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Strong growth in European outbound trips so far this year – good figures for most European destinations – solid growth outlook for 2018 – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest results from the World Travel Monitor®

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Hotelbeds Group platform reaches 170,000 unique hotels following integrations

Hotelbeds Group platform reaches 170,000 unique hotels following integrations

| November 20, 2017
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  Hotelbeds Group provides update on latest stage of integration of Tourico Holidays and GTA during World Travel Market fair in London Over 7,000 clients in the wholesaler channel now using the Group´s platforms Group´s enlarged IT platforms now supporting around 1 billion searches daily – with peaks of up to 1.5 billion Palma: Hotelbeds […]

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International water charity Just a Drop to launch Clean Water for Uganda fundraising campaign at World Travel Market 2017

International water charity Just a Drop to launch Clean Water for Uganda fundraising campaign at World Travel Market 2017

| October 23, 2017
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At World Travel Market 2017 international water development charity Just a Drop will launch a campaign to bring clean safe water to Ugandan schoolchildren.

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Ενδιαφέρον απο την Ρωσική Ομοσπονδία Κλασικού Αθλητισμού για τα αθλητικά και προπονητικά κέντρα της Ελλάδας

Ενδιαφέρον απο την Ρωσική Ομοσπονδία Κλασικού Αθλητισμού για τα αθλητικά και προπονητικά κέντρα της Ελλάδας

| October 22, 2017
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Η Υπουργός Τουρισμού Έλενα Κουντουρά και ο Υφυπουργός Αθλητισμού Γ. Βασιλειάδης συναντήθηκαν με την Ρωσική Ομοσπονδία Κλασικού Αθλητισμού για την ανάπτυξη του αθλητικού και προπονητικού τουρισμού

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Apply now to speak at the eTravel World of ITB Berlin!

Apply now to speak at the eTravel World of ITB Berlin!

| October 18, 2017
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ITB Berlin is searching best practices and case studies on mobile solutions, travel technology, social media and digital marketing, as well as inspirations for the new Special Hospitality Tech Forum – the application deadline is 31 October 2017

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5ο «Navarino Challenge»: Η πρόκληση που έγινε θεσμός!

5ο «Navarino Challenge»: Η πρόκληση που έγινε θεσμός!

| October 18, 2017
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Η δημοφιλέστερη γιορτή του αθλητικού τουρισμού συγκέντρωσε περισσότερες από 2.000 συμμετοχές, σε 16 αθλητικές δραστηριότητες

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SEGITTUR and FITUR: The Apptourism Awards 2018

SEGITTUR and FITUR: The Apptourism Awards 2018

| October 18, 2017
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Any interested apps have until 30 November to enter their candidatures  More than 450 apps were entered in the four previous stagings 

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