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Kos to host ABTA 2000 conference

London-02/08/99
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA<.>) has just announced its intention to host its annual conference on the island of Kos<.> next autumn – which will provide an enormous boost to the Greek travel industry.
The small Dodecanese island located off Rhodes beat off the global competition in a last minute tie breaker with Lisbon in Portugal. The Portugese capital will most likely host the 2001 conference.
Kos has been a favourite destination for the British since the early `80s – but has suffered with an image problem resulting from extensive charter based tourism aimed at the youth market. Things are set to change, however with the opening of the state of the art KICC centre (Kos International Conference Centre) alongside the deluxe Kipriotis Village Resort Hotel. The resort and conference centre are located on prime beachfront property, only 2km from the town centre. Facilities include an olympic sized swimming pool and sports facilities with a full range of in house entertainment.
Keith Bretton, Head of Corporate Affairs for ABTA said today We choose Kos because of its unique combination of assets for a resort and it`s priced competitively. Our reservations about flight connections have been resolved – Olympic Airways and Kosmar will be operating the flights. We also liked the fact that delegates could walk between the conference and accommodation on foot – eliminating the need for taxis. We think the Kipriotis resort will be excellent.
The negatives mentioned were the lack of golf facilities and therefore the transfers required to neighboring Rhodes.
ABTA is the second largest professional travel organisation in the world (ASTA is the largest). The Hellenic Tourist Office, London has lobbied extremely hard to bring ABTA`s conference to Greek shores, in order to promote both Kos as a destination, as well as the potential conference tourism market. Panos Argyros, Director of HTO, London said, I am extremely delighted that ABTA have selected Kos as the first venue for the new millenium. It will make a wonderful lead up to our 2004 Olympics.
This year`s conference is attracting over 2,000 delegates to Cairns, Australia.

London-02/08/99

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA<.>) has just announced its intention to host its annual conference on the island of Kos<.> next autumn – which will provide an enormous boost to the Greek travel industry.

The small Dodecanese island located off Rhodes beat off the global competition in a last minute tie breaker with Lisbon in Portugal. The Portugese capital will most likely host the 2001 conference.

Kos has been a favourite destination for the British since the early `80s – but has suffered with an image problem resulting from extensive charter based tourism aimed at the youth market. Things are set to change, however with the opening of the state of the art KICC centre (Kos International Conference Centre) alongside the deluxe Kipriotis Village Resort Hotel. The resort and conference centre are located on prime beachfront property, only 2km from the town centre. Facilities include an olympic sized swimming pool and sports facilities with a full range of in house entertainment.

Keith Bretton, Head of Corporate Affairs for ABTA said today We choose Kos because of its unique combination of assets for a resort and it`s priced competitively. Our reservations about flight connections have been resolved – Olympic Airways and Kosmar will be operating the flights. We also liked the fact that delegates could walk between the conference and accommodation on foot – eliminating the need for taxis. We think the Kipriotis resort will be excellent.

The negatives mentioned were the lack of golf facilities and therefore the transfers required to neighboring Rhodes.

ABTA is the second largest professional travel organisation in the world (ASTA is the largest). The Hellenic Tourist Office, London has lobbied extremely hard to bring ABTA`s conference to Greek shores, in order to promote both Kos as a destination, as well as the potential conference tourism market. Panos Argyros, Director of HTO, London said, I am extremely delighted that ABTA have selected Kos as the first venue for the new millenium. It will make a wonderful lead up to our 2004 Olympics.

This year`s conference is attracting over 2,000 delegates to Cairns, Australia.

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