Conference on Corfu Tourism: The programme

The Corfu Tourism Conference – Corfu Tourism αειForum is an initiative organized by the Ionian University, Corfu Chamber of Commerce, Greek Chamber of Commerce, Corfu Scientific Tourism Company, the NGO Ionian Inspires and ‘Enimerosi’ Publications.

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The conference is being held under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, the Region of Ionian Islands and the Municipality of Corfu and has been organized with the collaboration of the following:

§  Technical Chamber of Greece – Corfu branch  
§  Department of Antiquities
§  Corfu Port Authority
§  Hoteliers’ Association
§  Federation of Tourist Accommodation Owners
§  Association of Tourism Agents
§  Association of Shipping Agents
§  Association of Hotel Managers
§  Association of Qualified Tour Guides, Ionian Islands & Western Greece
§  Trade Association
§  Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants
§  Union of Restaurant & Catering Professionals
§  Chefs’ Club
§  Corfu Gymnastics Society
§  Nautical Club of Corfu (NAOK)


The Forum will be the first opportunity in recent years to hold an open discussion and dialogue, leading to conclusions about the development and future of tourism in Corfu as well as the rest of the world. It aims to be the beginning of a continuous open discussion - to develop into the ‘church of the (tourism) Municipality’ for the economy and future of the island. The organization of the Forum is coordinated by an organizing committee, made up of all the organizations involved.

The conference will take place in Corfu, 18-19 November - on Saturday 18th at the Chamber of Commerce and on Sunday 19th at the Ionian Academy.
 
CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Saturday 18 November
Corfu Chamber of Commerce

10.00 – 12.00
Opening Address and Welcome – Kostas Nikolouzos, Mayor of Corfu

1st Session: Corfu Destination Management
Marketing & Destination Management – the case of Corfu
Speaker: Dr Dimitris Koutoulas, Tourism development & marketing consultant

Combining local food products with the tourism sector: Initiatives and proposals
Speaker: Yiannis Zirinis, Expert in Development and European Resources.

Case Study: TUI Care Foundation and the ‘we do local’ programme.
Speaker: Vaggelis Georgiou, TUI Manager Newsdesk/Media Relations International Markets/Group Corporate & External Affairs.

 12.00 – 13.30
Address from Corfu SYRIZA MP, Fotini Vaki

2nd Session: CULTURE IN TOURISM
The creation of specialist cultural tourism products. Our experience with the Friezes.
 Speaker: Betty Hatzinikolaou, Tourism expert and former Promotion Manager and President of National Tourism Organization (EOT).

Exploiting the myth of Ulysses
Speaker: Thanassis Efstathiou, Director of the Ancient World Study Workshop, Ionian University.
 
13.30 – 16.00
Coffee Break – Light Lunch

16.00 – 17.00
3rd Session: LAND USE AND PLANNING IN TOURISM
Land planning in tourism, the case of Corfu
Speaker: Nikiforos Balatsinos, Land Planner, Managing Director – Theorima SA

Infrastructure and Prospects for Corfu Tourism
Speaker: Nikos Triantos, President Technical Chamber (TEE) – Corfu branch

17.00 – 18.00
Address from Corfu SYRIZA MP, Kostas Pavlidis

4th Session: NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN TOURISM
Harnessing new technologies to strengthen the destination’s image.
Speaker: Kostas Economou, Dean of Ionian University

Introducing new ethics to the economy, mass communication and society.
Speaker: Nikos Gouraros, General Manager of the web magazine ‘Pemptousia’, former president of the European Society of Web Publishers.

18.00 – 19.00
Address from the Governor, Region of Ionian Islands, Theodoros Galiatsatos.

5th Session: TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM
Past and present educational activities in the field of tourism at the Ionian University.
Speaker: Andreas Floros, Dean of Ionian University

Contemporary employment issues in the tourism economy.
Speaker: St. Pelais, President of Hotel Employees Union, member of PAME Secretariat and GSEE Administration.
 
Sunday 19 November
IONIAN ACADEMY

10.00 – 11.00
6th Session: ECONOMY IN TOURISM
The Greek economy and its prospects. The end of one experiment and the beginning of another.
Speaker: Dr. Dionysos Chionis, Professor of Economics, Demokritio University, Thrace.

The present and the future of very small and small businesses.
Speaker: Vassilis Korkidis, President, Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE)
Speaker: Giorgos Kavathas, President Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE)

11.00 – 12.00
Tourist economy for the benefit of the local economy and small businesses.
Speaker: G. Hondroyiannis, President, Chamber of Commerce.

The role of the Chamber in the scientific documentation of the economic and cultural environment.
Speaker: Dr. Alekos Stoyiannos, Representative, Open Chamber.

12.00 – 13.00
Report on the economic development of the Ionian Islands for 2016 by the Economic Chamber.
Speaker: Theodoros Pagratis, President, Economic Chamber of Ionian Islands.

Cruises: Trends and prospects.
Speaker: Aris Batsoulis, 1st Vice-President, Mediterranean Cruise Ports.

13.00 – 14.00
Conclusions