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"E-Tourism & Travel Distribution for Southern Europe & Mediterranean Conference & Expo"
Jan 31st - Febr. 1st, 2011

A cooperation of Travel Media Applications with EyeforTravel.

A most significant conference for tourism in South Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, was organised by T.M.A. along with the Eye for Travel company which is specialised in such events.The purpose of the conference was to inform and analyse to the tourism destinations and enterprises, the possibilities and ways of using the web distribution channels, social media and mobile technologies, in order to approach, inspire and attract the traveller and sell more with reduced costs.

EyeforTravel was established in 1997 and is specialised in analysis, surveys and studies focusing on the use of technology in
travel and tourism. They organise some 30 events annually around the world, presenting their findings and having important
speakers from top technology companies as well as executives from the tourism sector presenting case studies for the use
of technology from their side.

The list of speakers in the event is indicative of its importance:

George Drakopoulos, Director General, Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises
Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, CEO of Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company (ATEDCo)
Xavier Vallee, Head of Direct Marketing and E-Commerce, Avis Europe
Natasa Christodoulidou, Professor, California State University
Justin Reid, Head of Digital and Social Media, Britain Marketing
Chris Amenichi, Continental Airlines
Norbert Stiekmqa, Vice President - Sales & Distribution, Tangam Gaming Inc.
Shafeeq Hamza, IT Specialist, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing
Hair Nair Vice President Lodging EMEA, Expedia
Tim Gunstone, Managing Director, Eye for Travel
Aris Ikkos, Managing Director, GBR Consulting
Stefanos Loukakos, Country Manager Greece, Google
Alex Bainbridge, Tours Crs
Jared Salter, Co-Founder, Joobili
Wasim Juned, Managing Director, Kenjun
David Slocombe, Innovation Product Manager,
George Fassas, Sales & Reservation Department, Ledra Hotels
Alexander Rayner, e-Business Adviser, Office of Strategy Management, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Andrew Ace, Development Director, OFF EXPLORING
Keshav Baljee, President of Royal Orchid Hotels
Tinkara Pavlovcic, Director of E-Business and Strategic Projects, Slovenian Tourism Board
Koen Bavink, Vice President, Travel Solutions, Sound of Data
Marianna Sigala, Department of Business Administration - University of the Aegean
Andrea Kostner, Team Leader, Online Marketing, Vienna Tourism board

Τhe conference was a success with more than 150 participants from 26 countries, who  gave a very positive feedback - some

Diana Ticheva-Pavlova, Albena Tour, Bulgaria
“all topics were useful and interesting”

Claudia Brusamolino, Preferred Hotels Group, Italy
“conference was well organized and presentations were of high value and interesting”

Hara,Georgiadou, Trivago, Germany
“interesting speakers and informative content”

Maria Lougari, Castelli Hotel, Greece
“very interesting agenda – inspiring ideas!”

Popi Prokopaki, Elounda Palm Hotel, Greece
“great event! A lot of food for thought – look forward for next year!”

Georgia Fotopoulou, Aldemar Hotels, Greece
“this event has brought to us a lot of information and future trends that we will see and work on”

More info, on the event's website here.