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“Spyrou Philoxenia” hosts FAM Trip in Skopelos for the largest Serbian Tour Operator – Kon Tiki Travel – Big Blue

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

“Spyrou Philoxenia” hosts FAM Trip in Skopelos for the largest Serbian Tour Operator – Kon Tiki Travel – Big Blue

Representatives from the largest Serbian Tour Operator Kon Tiki – Big Blue visited the island of Skopelos for a familiarization trip Sept. 18, 2017. With tourism from Serbia increasing year-after-year, Kon Tiki – Big Blue has established itself as the outbound leader to Greece – especially in the Sporades.  

 Kontiki Big Blue FAM TRIP Skopelos with Spyrou Philoxenia

The trip was hosted by “Spyrou Philoxenia” with hotel accommodations at Elios Holidays Hotel in Elios – Neo Klima. The trip included visits to the main sites of the island including the chapel of Aghios Ioannis of Kastri, made popular internationally from the hit Hollywood film “Mamma Mia!” In addition, the picturesque towns and villages of Skopelos were visited as well as some of the idyllic beaches Skopelos has become known for. As the beaches are one of the main attractions for visitors from Serbia, the group was taken to “Ammos Paralia” in Elios – Neo Klima, an organized sandy beach managed by Spyrou Philoxenia, in addition to the beaches of Chovolo and Panormos.

While on Skopelos, the representatives visited Spyrou Hotel properties including Rigas Hotel in Skopelos Town and Skopelos Holidays Hotel & Spa where they also enjoyed lunch, Blue Green Bay on Blue-Flag awarded Panormos Beach where they also enjoyed dinner at Ormos Restaurant.

Travel Operator Gats organized the fam trip which also included a visit to the island of Skiathos.

Feedback from the participants was very encouraging as Skopelos is an ideal holiday destination, offering beautiful green forests and crystal blue waters and a relaxing experience, great for romantic get-aways, honeymoons, and weddings, in addition to family holidays.

“Travellers from Serbia have been increasing in recent years as the destination is easily accessible via motorway, making it easy for family travel”, mentioned John Grigoras, Deputy Manager Sales & Marketing, Spyrou Philoxenia. “We were very happy to cooperate in this trip as we place great priority in familiarization trips which help sales representatives get a better understanding of the island and what it offers, in turn, informing their clients with great detail.

Currently operating 5 properties on the island of Skopelos in addition to managing reservations and sales for additional properties there, the company is expanding its roster with new partnerships being announced throughout Greece. Current Spyrou Philoxenia Affiliate Member hotels include Kaimak Inn in Kaimaktsalan, Central Macedonia – Greece, Chania Hotel, Chania Palace, Aglaida Hotel & Apartments, and Iris Guesthouse in Pelion, Archontiko Kaltezioti and Nymfasia Arcadia Resort in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Hotel Agnanti in Alonnisos, Panorama Studios in Skopelos, Ionian Beach Villas in Kyllini, Peloponnese, Hotel Dovra in Zagorochoria, North Western Greece, The Marble Resort in Chalkida, Lavanda e Pietra in Ancient Epidaurus and Ta Spitakia Tis Ifigenias in Mountainous Nafpaktia.


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Gastronomy of Pelion and Volos to be televised in the U.S. on “The Cooking Odyssey” by Media Trip arranged by “Spyrou Philoxenia”

Friday, 02 June 2017

Gastronomy of Pelion and Volos to be televised in the U.S. on “The Cooking Odyssey” by Media Trip arranged by “Spyrou Philoxenia”

The gastronomy and cuisine of Pelion and Volos will take the leading role on U.S. television this year.

The areas will be featured on “The Cooking Odyssey” a cooking show focusing on the Mediterranean and broadcast on the public tv networks of PBS and Create TV, reaching millions of viewers throughout the U.S.

Filming for the episode dedicated to Pelion and Volos took place in April, 2017 at various locations throughout the area, arranged by the hotel management company, “Spyrou Philoxenia”. The live shows took place at restaurants, hotels, and private villas including Kritsa Gastronomy Hotel in Portaria, for Iris Guesthouse in Tsagarada, Aleka’s House in Tsagarada, Villa Alkistis Myth & Magic  in Aghios Georgios Nileias, and Lepi in Volos. In addition to cooking, the episode also featured the numerous outdoor activities the area is known for such as hiking and horseback riding and cultural highlights visiting churches and museums.

“I am very happy to have assisted in helping to bring awareness to the exquisite gastronomy of Volos and Pelion to the U.S. market”, stated John Grigoras – Deputy Manager – Sales & Marketing – Spyrou Philoxenia. “I believe the region has one of the top cuisines in the Mediterranean. In addition to traditional dishes made from the freshest local ingredients, visitors and locals spend hours enjoying mouth-watering “mezedes” (Greek version of tapas) and traditional pomace brandy found in the numerous “Tsipouradika” taverns found throughout the area, rivaling the tapas culture famous throughout Spain” he added. With many of our affiliate hotel members in the area, potential visitors need to know that they can expect a lot more than the natural beauty, forest-covered mountains, hiking paths, outdoor activities, and crystal blue beaches the area is currently known for, they can expect only the best in Greek food and drink” he ended.

The particular episode of “The Cooking Odyssey” highlighting Pelion and Volos will be aired with multiple repeats in the 2017 season in addition to rebroadcasts over the next three years. The public broadcast networks of PBS and Create TV reach millions of American households and garner one of the highest primetime audience percentages.

Currently operating 5 properties on the island of Skopelos in addition to managing reservations and sales for additional properties there, the company is expanding its roster with new partnerships being announced throughout Greece. Spyrou Philoxenia Affiliate Member hotels currently include Kaimak Inn in Kaimaktsalan, Central Macedonia – Greece, Chania Hotel, Chania Palace, Aglaida Hotel & Apartments, and Iris Guesthouse in Pelion, Archontiko Kaltezioti and Nymfasia Arcadia Resort in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Hotel Agnanti in Alonnisos, Panorama Studios in Skopelos, Ionian Island Villas in Kyllini, Peloponnese, and Hotel Dovra in Zagorochoria, North Western Greece.

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“Spyrou Philoxenia” Adds New Affiliate Members in Skopelos, the Peloponnese, Mainland, and Northern Greece

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

“Spyrou Philoxenia” Adds New Affiliate Members in Skopelos, the Peloponnese, Mainland, and Northern Greece

Hotel management company “Spyrou Philoxenia” announces the addition of its latest Affiliate Member Hotels throughout Greece including properties in Skopelos, the Peloponnese, Mainland and Northern Greece.

The new members include Panorama Studios in Skopelos, Ionian Beach Villas in Kyllini, Ta Spitakia Tis Ifigeneias (Ifigenias Houses) in Mountainous Nafpaktia, and Hotel Dovra in the Zagori Villages (Zagorochoria).

“Each of our new members have something unique and exciting to offer prospective guests”, stated John Grigoras – Deputy Manager – Sales & Marketing Sales & Marketing for Spyrou Philoxenia. “These hotels underline our company’s goal in offering holidays options throughout the year for the international and domestic markets” he added. You can get lost in the view over the Aegean offered at Panorama Studios in Skopelos, spend endless days enjoying the never-ending beach in Kyllini, become one with the natural rugged surroundings in Mountainous Nafpaktia, and enjoy the other face of Greece during the Fall and Winter months in the traditional Zagori Villages” he ended.

“We are extremely pleased to work with our new Affiliate Member Hotels, assisting with increasing their sales”, stated Dimitris Schistohilis – Project Manager for Spyrou Philoxenia. “Our partnerships with international tour operators, digital and offline marketing initiatives, and destination marketing initiatives work to not only increasing relative market share, but increase overall new visitor traffic to the areas where we have presence” he added.

Greece Around The Year

Skopelos is one of the Greenest islands in the Mediterranean. It is a preferred destination among families, romantic get-aways, and nature lovers. Recent efforts have been made to receive European level certification for its beautiful and historic stone pathways, chosen by travelers around the world for hiking holidays. “Panorama Studios” sits above Skopelos Town in Agios Konstantinos.

Kyllini provides a great location to explore nearby sites such as Ancient Olympia in addition to being the port for the islands of the Ionian including Zakynthos and Kefalonia. As such, it has traditionally been a holiday destination for visitors from Italy, Germany, Austria, and France in addition to the Greek market as well. “Ionian Beach Villas” is located on the beach in Kyllini, a short drive from the port.

Mountainous Nafpaktia in Western Greece offers a great destination for nature lovers as well. The area lends itself for hiking and trekking, rafting on the Evinos River, rides on 4x4s, and enjoying the many activities on Lake Trychonida. Many visitors come to the area for revitalization and therapy. Operating year-round, “Ifigenia’s Houses” are located in the village of Platanos, 45 minutes from the Archeological site at Thermos.

Zagorochoria is made up of 48 traditional villages in the area of Epirus in Northern Greece. The capital of the area is the historic city of Ioannina, founded by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and later the seat of Ali Pasha during Ottoman rule. Dovra Hotel is a half hour from Ioannina in the village of Aspraggeli, former known in Slavic as Dovra. Visitors to the area can enjoy the numerous outdoor activities available in the region including hiking and trekking, mountain biking, and canyoning, all offered by Spyrou Philoxenia outdoor activity partners, Trekking Hellas.       

Currently operating 5 properties on the island of Skopelos in addition to managing reservations and sales for additional properties there, the company is expanding its roster with new partnerships being announced throughout Greece. Spyrou Philoxenia Affiliate Member hotels currently include Kaimak Inn in Kaimaktsalan, Central Macedonia – Greece, Chania Hotel, Chania Palace, Aglaida Hotel & Apartments, and Iris Guesthouse in Pelion, Archontiko Kaltezioti and Nymfasia Arcadia Resort in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Hotel Agnanti in Alonnisos, Panorama Studios in Skopelos, Ionian Beach Villas in Kyllini, Peloponnese, Ifigenia’s Houses in Mountainous Nafpaktia and Hotel Dovra in Zagorochoria, North Western Greece.

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“Spyrou Philoxenia” at Greek Travel Show 2017 – Athens Greece

Thursday, 25 May 2017

“Spyrou Philoxenia” at Greek Travel Show 2017 – Athens Greece

Holiday seekers looking for inspiration and deals for their summer holidays had a chance to meet with representatives from “Spyrou Philoxenia” at the Greek Travel Show 2017 which took place May 19 – 21, 2017 at the Helexpo Exhibition Center in Marousi, Athens.

The exhibition was under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), and the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist and Travel Agencies.

This new initiative will comprise the B2C (Business to Consumer) version of the International Tourism Exhibition “Philoxenia”, which has been taking place for the last 32 years in Thessaloniki. Exhibitors were made up of Peripheries, Municipalities, Travel Agencies and Tour operators, and hotels and activities providers. The goal of the exhibition was to inform visitors of the various destinations in addition to offer last-minute deals as the summer season in Greece has just begun.

The event also hosted a series of info sessions, food tastings, traditional dancing, and live musicians. The Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Elena Kountoura was present, visiting the exhibitors in addition to delivering a speech on the projected increase in tourism to Greece.

Representatives from “Spyrou Philoxenia” were hosted at the Periphery of Thessaly booth and informed visitors of their numerous summer offers for hotel stays in their destinations including their affiliate hotels located in the Sporades Island group - Skopelos and Alonissos, Kyllini, and Pelion. Visitors were also informed on Spyrou Philoxenia’s summer contest for a free hotel stay.

Currently operating 5 properties on the island of Skopelos in addition to managing reservations and sales for additional properties there, the company is expanding its roster with new partnerships being announced throughout Greece. Spyrou Philoxenia Affiliate Member hotels currently include Kaimak Inn in Kaimaktsalan, Central Macedonia – Greece, Chania Hotel, Chania Palace, Aglaida Hotel & Apartments, and Iris Guesthouse in Pelion, Archontiko Kaltezioti and Nymfasia Arcadia Resort in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Hotel Agnanti in Alonnisos, Panorama Studios in Skopelos, Ionian Beach Villas in Kyllini, Peloponnese, Ifigenia’s Houses in Mountainous Nafpaktia and Hotel Dovra in Zagorochoria, North Western Greece.

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“Spyrou Philoxenia” hosts FAM and Press Trip in Skopelos for 50 Prominent Serbian Travel Agents and Journalists

Saturday, 13 May 2017

“Spyrou Philoxenia” hosts FAM and Press Trip in Skopelos for 50 Prominent Serbian Travel Agents and Journalists

50 prominent Serbian Travel Agents and Journalists visited the island of Skopelos for a familiarization and media trip May 5 – 7, 2017.

The major Tour Operator Sabra Travel organized the fam trip for a network of travel agencies across Serbia as interest in Greece from the Serbian market has been increasing year after year with a record amount of travellers projected for 2017.

The trip was hosted by “Spyrou Philoxenia” with hotel accommodations at Rigas Hotel in Skopelos Town. The trip included visits to the main sites of the island including the chapel of Aghios Ioannis of Kastri, made popular internationally from the hit Hollywood film “Mamma Mia!” In addition, the picturesque towns and villages of Skopelos were visited as well as beaches, highlights the natural beauties of the island. Travel operator “Dolphin of Skopelos” participated in the transportation during the trip while meals were offered graciously by the traditional tavern “Kymata” in Skopelos Town and “Louki” and “Paradosiaki Gonia” in Glossa – Loutraki which was arranged by the Municipality of Skopelos. The trip also included a visit to the Women’s Cooperative in the town of Glossa for an intro and sampling of traditional hand-made sweets.

Feedback from the participants was very encouraging as Skopelos is an ideal holiday destination, offering beautiful green forests and crystal blue waters and a relaxing experience, great for romantic get-aways, honeymoons, and weddings, in addition to family holidays. Travellers from Serbia have been increasing in recent years as the destination is easily accessible via motorway, making it easy for family travel as well.

“An increase in tourism from Serbia to Skopelos is seen for the touristic period which is upon us” stated Mr. George Michalis, General Director of “Spyrou Philoxenia”. This is in continuation of the great feedback and interest in Greece we reaffirmed during our participation in the international travel exhibition “Sajam Turizma 2017” which was held in February in Belgrade, Serbia.

Currently operating 5 properties on the island of Skopelos in addition to managing reservations and sales for additional properties there, the company is expanding its roster with new partnerships being announced throughout Greece. Current Spyrou Philoxenia Affiliate Member hotels include Kaimak Inn in Kaimaktsalan, Central Macedonia – Greece, Chania Hotel, Chania Palace, Aglaida Hotel & Apartments, and Iris Guesthouse in Pelion, Archontiko Kaltezioti and Nymfasia Arcadia Resort in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Hotel Agnanti in Alonnisos, Panorama Studios in Skopelos, Ionian Island Villas in Kyllini, Peloponnese, and Hotel Dovra in Zagorochoria, North Western Greece.

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“Spyrou Hotels” Participates in “Let’s do it Greece” Cleanup Initiative in Skopelos, Greece

Thursday, 06 April 2017

“Spyrou Hotels” Participates in “Let’s do it Greece” Cleanup Initiative in Skopelos, Greece

As part of the company’s Corporate Responsibility, “Spyrou Hotels”, members of “Spyrou Philoxenia”, participated with lots of joy in “Let’s do it Greece” voluntary cleanup efforts on the island of Skopelos April 2, 2017

A special task force of volunteers from “Spyrou Hotels” worked on cleaning up the area of Panagitsa Tou Pirgou in Skopelos Town which has been honored as a Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty.

“Let’s do it! World” is a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united together to clean up the entire country in just five hours. Since then, Let’s Do It! has spread this model—one country in one day—around the world. In 2011, volunteers from the Environmental Organization of Attica, “Ora gia Drasi” and the Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association came into contact with the group in Estonia and discussed how they can do a similar activity in Greece. This is how “Let’s do it Greece” was formed. To date, 113 countries and over 16 million people have joined us to clean up illegal waste.

“Spyrou Hotels” has enacted various initiatives to promote a higher level of awareness regarding environmental sensitivity in addition to taking direct actions to actively protect the environment. A recent initiative was the cooperation with AFIS for the recycling of batteries, placing battery recycling bins on its properties throughout Skopelos.

“Nature is our legacy and is what we will leave behind for our children and their children”, stated Mr. George Michalis, General Director of Spyrou Hotels and Spyrou Philoxenia. “It is our responsibility to make sure we protect the environment to the best of our individual and collective abilities”, he added. “As the largest company on Skopelos, our Corporate Responsibility is greatly focused in this direction and on doing our share to help protect the environment” he ended.

Currently operating 5 properties on the island of Skopelos in addition to managing reservations and sales for additional properties there, the company is expanding its roster with new partnerships being announced throughout Greece. Current Spyrou Philoxenia Affiliate Member hotels include Kaimak Inn in Kaimaktsalan, Central Macedonia – Greece, Chania Hotel, Chania Palace, Aglaida Hotel & Apartments, and Iris Guesthouse in Pelion, Archontiko Kaltezioti and Nymfasia Arcadia Resort in Arcadia, Peloponnese, and Hotel Agnanti in Alonnisos.

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