Greece excelled at the Finnish travel Gala 2023 held last Friday in Helsinki, winning the International Travel Destination of the Year 2023 award for the first time. In the final five that qualified after voting to claim the award in question, the following countries also participated – apart from Greece – Iceland, Norway, Italy and New Zealand.
The Finnish Travel Gala is an annual event organized by the Finnish Tourism Association (SMAL) for the 5th year. About 180 travel agencies and tour operators participate in SMAL, representing 95% of all sales of travel services in Finland.
Over 400 tourism professionals along with their guests attended the event to reward the tourism achievements of the year. The vote was held last July-August with the participation of tourism professionals and the public, in which a total of 17,000 people voted.
The award for Greece was received by the head of the EOT Scandinavia Service, Pavlos Mourmas, and the chargé d’affaires of the Greek embassy in Finland, Dimitrios Karakonstantis, who expressed his warm thanks to the organizers of the event and to all those who voted in favor of our country.
Mr. Karakostantis referred to the large number of Finnish citizens who visit Greece over time and underlined the quality and variety of the Greek tourist product, which make it an attractive destination throughout the year.
For his part, Mr. Murmas thanked the organizers and professionals, who voted in favor of Greece, as well as all the Tour Operators who include our country in their tourist programs. At the same time, he invited all those involved to cooperate in the promotion of Greece, as an ideal holiday destination throughout the year, while referring to the unique Greek hospitality and the contribution of tourism to maintaining peace and solidarity between peoples.