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“Spyrou Philoxenia” at ITB Berlin 2017 – Berlin Germany

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

“Spyrou Philoxenia” at ITB Berlin 2017 – Berlin Germany

The international travel exhibition “ITB Berlin 2017”was held in Berlin, Germany from March 8 – 12, 2017.

“ITB Berlin”, held at Messe Berlin is the premier international travel trade exhibition, drawing thousands of visitors and providing a meeting platform for business professionals in the travel industry in addition to direct sales of holiday packages.

ITB Berlin in terms of numbers: 5 Continents, 187 Countries, > 10,000 Exhibitors, > 120,000 Trade Visitors. The vast exhibition is divided into different sections including the various international destinations, travel technology services, and market segments.

ITB Spyrou Philoxenia3“The indications from the German travel market are very positive for Greece this year, especially in the regions where “Spyrou Philoxenia” is active”, stated Dimitris Schistohilis, Project Manager, Spyrou Philoxenia. “We had the opportunity to discuss initiatives for sustainable tourism with the Hellenic Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Elena Kountoura. Following the global trends in tourism, we look forward to additional meetings to present our suggestions and current practices, we, as “Spyrou Philoxenia” are carrying out” he ended.

“One of the main topics of concern for visitors and exhibitors has been safety”, said John Grigoras, Deputy Sales & Marketing Manager, Spyrou Philoxenia. “Though we have been through uneasy times, Greece has proven extremely safe with holiday makers choosing it as their destination of choice time and time again. In terms of holiday makers from Germany, we have seen a year-over-year increase for our properties and especially noteworthy has been the new flights of Condor Airlines from Munich to the airport in Volos which provides great service for our guests to our Member Affiliate Hotels in the Pelion Mountain region and the Sporades Islands” 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.

For more information on Spyrou Philoxenia, please visit www.spyrouphiloxenia.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call at +30 210 691 9111.

In the photos: Hellenic Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Elena Kountoura and Mr. Dimitris Schistohilis – Project Manager, “Spyrou Philoxenia”. Spyrou Philoxenia at Periphery of Thessaly Stand – Mr. Dimitris Schistohilis – Project Manager and Mr. John Grigoras – Deputy Sales & Marketing Manager. 

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“Spyrou Philoxenia” at Sajam Turizma 2017 – Belgrade Serbia

Monday, 06 March 2017

“Spyrou Philoxenia” at Sajam Turizma 2017 – Belgrade Serbia

The international travel exhibition “Sajam Turizma 2017” was held in Belgrade, Serbia from February 23 – 26, 2017.

“Sajam Turizma” is the premier travel exhibition in Serbia, drawing thousands of visitors and providing a meeting platform for business professionals in the travel industry in addition to direct sales of holiday packages.

The indications from the Serbian travel market are especially positive for the Northern Sporades region as the number of flights have increased compared to 2016. It is especially important to note that the largest Serbian tourist organization has planned for an aircraft of 139 seats specifically for Skopelos. “Following the successful initiative by “Spyrou Hotels” to create strategic partnerships and offer accommodations on a commitment basis, the Serbian travel market has matured, opening the path for further development of the Serbian market”, stated Mr. George Michalis, General Director, Spyrou Philoxenia. “This of course has resulted in important benefits and positive impact on the local economy of the island” he ended.

In addition to the island of Skopelos, there was noteworthy interest in the other regions of Greece “Spyrou Philoxenia” has Affiliate Member Hotels including the region of Pelion. The region attracts new and repeat holiday makers due to its proximity and accessibility through land transportation, making it an ideal destination for travel by car and by organized tours by bus.

“From “Sajam Turizma”, we reconfirmed that high on the Serbian holiday preference list are beautiful sandy beaches, traditional cuisine, warm hospitality, and authentic experiences”, stated Mrs. Ioanna Blaki, Deputy Manager - Sales and PA to General Director, Spyrou Philoxenia. “Destinations such as the Sporades and Pelion are perfect choices as they match all of their desired criteria. We were very well received and look forward to welcoming an increased number of Serbian holiday makers this year”, she 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.

For more information on Spyrou Philoxenia, please visit www.spyrouphiloxenia.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call at +30 210 691 9111.

In the photo: Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), Periphery of Thessaly, Mrs. Athina Daki - Deputy Mayor of Skopelos and Head of Municipal Tourism Office, Mrs. Ioanna Blaki - Reservations & Sales Manager, “Spyrou Philoxenia”, Mr. George Michalis - General Director, “Spyrou Philoxenia” and Mrs. Jelena – Representative for the Periphery of Thessaly stand. 

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“Trekking Hellas” looks to expand to Pelion with Annual Meeting at Aglaida Hotel & Apartments in Tsagarada

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

“Trekking Hellas” looks to expand to Pelion with Annual Meeting at Aglaida Hotel & Apartments in Tsagarada

The premier Greek outdoor activity provider, “Trekking Hellas”, is actively looking to expand its operations to the region of Pelion.

The region offers a rich diversity of outdoor activities for travellers including hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and water sports and Trekking Hellas already offers tailor-made trips in Pelion upon request.

The company held its annual meeting Jan. 20 – 22, 2017 at Aglaida Hotel & Apartments in Tsagarada, Pelion, Magnesia, an Affiliate Member Hotel of “Spyrou Philoxenia”. During the annual meeting, the team hiked on the “Kalderimi” or stone paved donkey paths from the hotel to the beach at Damouchari. This is one of the many trails that exist in the region which were created in the 18th century as the main transportation network at that time.

The services and expertise of “Trekking Hellas” were called in again on Jan. 27 -29 for the 2nd Anniversary Press Trip of “Travel Bloggers Greece” to Pelion, organized by “Spyrou Philoxenia”. Representatives from “Trekking Hellas” offered an informative briefing followed by a hike on the stone paths. The press trip helped to highlight the activities available as well as to showcase the region as a destination for holidays throughout the year.

“As a hotel management company, we are actively working on destination marketing by highlighting the points of special interests and activities available in the regions of our Affiliate Member Hotels”, stated John Grigoras, Deputy Manager Sales & Marketing, Spyrou Philoxenia. “We are excited to work with “Trekking Hellas” which is a leader in outdoor activities covering 12 regions throughout Greece and growing”, he added. “It is a professional organization offering outstanding services which helps provide unforgettable holiday experiences”, he ended.

“Trekking Hellas is always searching for new, interesting areas for outdoor activities, in order to grow and expand. We currently consist of 12 members, 12 local companies in 12 of the most amazing areas for outdoor experiences in the country” says Stefanos Sidiropoulos, Deputy CEO of Trekking Hellas. “Specifically in Pelion area, we are looking for a new, local, outdoor activities professional with an exciting plan, who will bring out the area, just like everyone else in our active family.”

Trekking Hellas Group of Companies, in its 31 years of existence, consists of 12 companies and employs more than 70 people all over Greece including Evritania, Trikala, Arcadia, Ioannina, Tzoumerka, Athens, Larissa, Lefkada, Parnitha, Santorini, Evia & Delphi. The company organizes programs for about 20,000 individual Greek and 1,800 international clients every year. More information can be found on their website www.trekking.gr and social media properties (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).   

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Region of Pelion goes Viral from “Travel Bloggers Greece” Press Trip arranged by Hotel Management Company, “Spyrou Philoxenia”

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Region of Pelion goes Viral from “Travel Bloggers Greece” Press Trip arranged by Hotel Management Company, “Spyrou Philoxenia”

The region of Pelion received “Viral” exposure from “Travel Bloggers Greece” following their Press Trip Jan. 27 – 29, 2017, arranged by Hotel Management Company “Spyrou Philoxenia.”

The trip’s mission was to showcase Pelion’s richness in natural beauty, cultural heritage, local traditions, outdoor activities, cuisine, and warm hospitality and reveal why it is Greece’s “hidden gem”. Spyrou Philoxenia created the hashtag #DestinationPelion where viewers can follow the journey on social media networks including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

“Spyrou Philoxenia is keen on working with travel bloggers as we understand their impact on travelers’ holiday decision making” stated John Grigoras, Deputy Manager, Sales & Marketing, Spyrou Philoxenia. “Our company’s goal is to create life-long memories for our guests through authentic experiences coupled with professional services and select accommodations at our Affiliate Member hotels. After meeting the founders of Travel Bloggers Greece at the World Travel Market in London and learning about their upcoming Anniversary, I suggested Pelion without hesitation as the ideal destination. We were able to arrange a wonderful collaboration between private business such as Trekking Hellas and Les Hirondelles, institutions such as the Hotel Owners Association of Magnesia, and the public sector in the form of the Prefectural Units of Magnesia and Sporades Islands, in what resulted to be a very memorable experience. Travel Bloggers Greece is made of very professional bloggers and interest in Pelion has already started showing from the trip on social media”, he ended.

"As travel bloggers we love promoting amazing destinations, like Pelion, with authenticity and local insight. Working with Spyrou Philoxenia made that possible," said Elena Sergeeva, co-founder of TBG. “Our members look forward to blogging about their first hand experiences exploring this special region of Greece. “Traveling to Pelion as part of our two-year anniversary was a special experience,” said Marissa Tejada, co-founder of TBG. "By working closely with experienced hotel management company Spyrou Philoxenia, we have a wonderful opportunity to share the unique beauty, hospitality and gastronomy of Pelion through quality digital content and social media channels.”

As this winter brought a good amount of snow fall, the bloggers were able to experience what the region has to offer visitors all throughout the year. Hosted at Aglaida Hotel & Apartments in Tsagarada during their stay in Pelion, the first day began with an unforgettable hike to the beach in the village of Damouchari by representatives from Trekking Hellas. The bloggers were then taken by bus through the village of Agios Ioannis to the historic village of Zagora where they had the opportunity to photograph the picturesque square and enjoy mouth-watering local delicacies at a traditional local restaurant. The trip continued to the ski resort in the village of Chania which produced photos of the snow-covered mountain overlooking the Aegean Sea. The group then headed to Manthos Hotel Resort & Spa to warm up with a coffee break and an opportunity for the traditional cutting of their Vasilopita (Saint Basil's Cake).

The second day focused on the south side of Pelion starting off with a visit to the village of Vizitsa where the bloggers enjoyed traditional hand-made spoon sweets at the Women's Cooperative followed by a stop at the historic and unique Church of Archangels in Milies. En-route to Volos, the trip passed through the seaside villages of Kala Nera and Afisso including a stop at the Ano Lechonia train station for pictures with the famous “Moutzouris” train of Pelion. After enjoying Tsipouro and mezedes in Volos, the trip continued to the village of Makrinitsa and ended with dinner at Kritsa in the village of Portaria.

Additional photos and videos from the trip can be found on Spyrou Philoxenia’s Facebook and Instagram page, Travel Bloggers Greece’s Facebook page and on the bloggers’ individual blogs.      

Spyrou Philoxenia’s presence in Pelion currently includes 4 hotels with more being announced shortly. Currently operating 7 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. Affiliate Member hotels include Kaimak Inn, Chania Hotel, Chania Palace, Aglaida Hotel and Apartments, Iris Traditional Guesthouse and Suites, Archontiko Kaltezioti, and Nymfasia Arcadia Resort. Hotels interested in cooperation can visit the company’s website at www.spyrouphiloxenia.com.

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“Aglaida Hotel & Apartments” in Tsagarada

Friday, 30 December 2016

“Aglaida Hotel & Apartments” in Tsagarada

“Spyrou Philoxenia” adds new location in Pelion with latest Affiliate Member “Aglaida Hotel & Apartments” in Tsagarada

Spyrou Philoxenia” continues its expansion of Affiliate Member hotels with the addition of “Aglaida Hotel & Apartments” located in Tsagarada, Pelion, Magnesia, Greece. The hotel joins Spyrou Philoxenia after the recent addition of “Nymfasia Arcadia Resort” located in Vytina, Arcadia, in the Peloponnese. “Aglaida Hotel & Apartments” is the 3rd Affiliate Member hotel of Spyrou Philoxenia in Pelion, together with “Chania Palace” and “Chania Hotel” which are located in Chania, Pelion.

“Pelion as a destination is of strategic importance for Spyrou Philoxenia”, stated Dimitrios Schistohilis, Project Manager, Spyrou Philoxenia. “Visitors can enjoy both the mountain and the sea making it truly a year-round destination. Strengthening year-round tourism in Greece is something we are committed to as a company as this will spearhead the country’s economic recovery. We are keen to further promote the region to international markets who are traditional visitors to the area such as Germany and Austria, to increase the amount of visitors from the U.K., and to spur growth from Asia and the Balkans” he ended.

“The area is also served during the summer months with the airport in Volos which offers an additional advantage”, stated George Michalis, General Director for Spyrou Hotels and Spyrou Philoxenia. “Pelion has great potential as a holiday destination throughout the year. Being able to fly into Volos makes accessing the area that much more convenient for visitors from Europe. Off season connections to the region include flights into Athens or Thessaloniki followed by land transportation to Pelion” he ended.

“Agalaida Hotel & Apartments” is located 3 km from the center of Tsagarada, Pelion and just 4 km from the Blue Flag Awarded Beach of Mylopotamos. The hotel is made up of a complex of buildings of traditional architectural style of Pelion offering a breath-taking view of the Aegean Sea. The hotel offers 33 spacious apartments and suites all with en-suite fireplaces, individual air-conditioning units, free Wi-Fi, kitchenettes, and come with either balconies or terraces. During the summer months, guests can enjoy the large outdoor pool and pool bar and young guests can spend their time carefree enjoying the children’s pool. The hotel’s restaurant offers delicacies and Greek cuisine with only the freshest local ingredients. Special meal arrangements can also be made for vegetarian options and children’s menus. The building which houses the restaurant also has a modern multipurpose room ideal for functions such as weddings, events, and conferences.  Besides the numerous outdoor activities available in the area such as hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and sea kayaking, visitors can also enjoy the area’s serene setting ideal for alternative activities such as yoga with retreats for yoga becoming very popular in recent years.

Currently operating 7 properties on the island of Skopelos in addition to managing reservations and sales for additional properties there, “Spyrou Philoxenia” is expanding its roster with new partnerships being announced throughout Greece. Hotels interested in cooperation can visit the company’s website at www.spyrouphiloxenia.com.

Visitors interested in booking accommodations at “Aglaida Hotel & Apartments” can do so by visiting www.spyrouphiloxenia.com or by calling Spyrou Hotel’s reservation department at +30 210 691 9111.

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“Nymfasia Arcadia Resort”

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

“Nymfasia Arcadia Resort”

“Spyrou Philoxenia” adds newest member affiliate “Nymfasia Arcadia Resort” in Vytina - Peloponnese

“Spyrou Philoxenia” adds newest member affiliate “Nymfasia Arcadia Resort” in Vytina - Peloponnese

Spyrou Philoxenia continues its expansion of member affiliate hotels with the addition of Nymfasia Arcadia Resort located in Vytina, Arcadia, Greece. The resort joins Spyrou Philoxenia after the recent addition of “Kalteziotis Mansion” located in Kapsia also in Arcadia.

“We have shown great interest in the Peloponnese with the recent addition of Kalteziotis Mansion, and now with Nymfasia Arcadia Resort”, stated Dimitrios Schistohilis, Project Manager, Spyrou Philoxenia. “The region has a lot to offer guests visiting from other places within Greece as well as internationally. The natural surroundings lends itself to outdoor activities such as hiking and rafting on Lousio River, exploring the beautiful caves in the vicinity, and skiing at the Mainalon Ski Center. Visitors looking for a cultural experience can thoroughly enjoy the traditional villages and historic monasteries in the area. Working with destinations on the Greek mainland, we are helping to introduce the different types of alternate experiences vs. the traditional “Sea and Sun”. From a recent survey by the Greek National Tourism Organization, visitor satisfaction in the Fall was very high reconfirming the strong tourism product that Greece offers year-round” he ended.

“We have been impressed by the significant response from hotel business owners for our services in Marketing, eMarketing, Sales, Reputation Management, Web Developing, etc. Fifteen new hotels will have been added to our Portfolio by Easter 2017”, stated George Michalis, General Director for Spyrou Hotels and Spyrou Philoxenia.

The Nymfasia Arcadia Resort is located on the edge of the fir tree covered Mainalon mountain range. Its unique architecture with stone exterior and modern interior areas is fully in harmony with the lush green surroundings. The hotel is made up of 10 tastefully designed Deluxe Rooms in addition to an Executive, Luxury, and Junior Suite. The hotel offers a gourmet experience giving guests the option to enjoy dining either indoor or outdoor while being able to also enjoy a drink or cocktail at the hotel’s indoor or outdoor bars. All of the hotel’s common areas can facilitate disabled guests.  For complete revitalization, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s health spa with sauna, hamam, and gym in addition to enjoying the beautiful outdoor pool and patio area when the weather warms. The hotel’s impressive outdoor pool is 240 sq meters while the patio is over 800 sq meters making this area ideal for weddings, events, and other celebrations.

The hotel additionally offers services to meet the needs of business and company events with a conference hall accommodating 96 attendees in theater arrangement and a meeting room accommodating 16 attendees.

Currently operating 7 properties on the island of Skopelos in addition to managing reservations and sales for additional properties there, “Spyrou Philoxenia” is expanding its roster with new partnerships being announced throughout Greece. Hotels interested in cooperation can visit the company’s website at www.spyrouphiloxenia.com.

Visitors interested in booking accommodations at “Nymfasia Arcardia Resort” can do so by visiting www.spyrouphiloxenia.com or by calling Spyrou Hotel’s reservation department at +30 210 691 9111.

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