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Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

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Manolis Psarros
Destination Development & Marketing Consultant
About ATEDCo

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

• City of Athens Development Agency

• Official City Tourist Board

• Established in 2007 as a Destination


Marketing Organization.

• Board of Directors includes representatives


from the Travel Agents Associations, The
Athens Hotel Association and the Local
Chamber of Commerce & Industry

• Member of:
Our Strategy

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

• What Have We Got?


(Understanding tourism resources)

• Who Do We Want?
(Selecting the Tourist)

• How Do We Get Them?


(Developing a Marketing Plan)

• Keeping the Tourist


(Destination Welcome & Customer Care)
What Have We
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Got?
Types of Resources
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Tourist Resource Audit Resource Evaluation

•Natural Resources • Resource Quality

• Cultural Resources • Resource Uniqueness

• Activities • Resource Appeal

• Services
Unique Cultural Identity
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
The Cradle of Western Civilization

Birthplace of Democracy, Drama & Philosophy


City by the Sea
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Numerous Organized Short Distance from the


Beaches City Centre

European Capital with Most


Blue Flags
Natural & Cultural Diversity
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Traditional: Plaka Olympic District


Natural & Cultural Diversity
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Rural: Mesogeia Coastal: Glyfada


Natural & Cultural Diversity
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Cosmopolitan: Flisvos Post-Modern: Gazi


Mega Events Destination
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

• The 2004 Summer Olympics


• Euroleague Basketball Final Four -2007
• Champions League Final -2007
• PanEuropean Beach Soccer
Championship 6-2007
• IAAF World Cup 2006
• World Canoe Kayak Slalom
Championships
• Beach Soccer Championships -- 2007
• SWATCH – FIVB Beach Volley
Championships 2006
• David Copperfield Show
• St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet
• Handball World Championships
• SportAccord
• UNDP Global Summit against Poverty
• International Children’s Games 2009
• Special Olympics 2011
Major Events & Facilities
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Tourism Facts & Statistics
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Tourist
TouristSupply
Supply Athens
AthensMICE
MICEID
ID
• •Meeting
••Total
TotalNumber
NumberofofHotels
Hotels(Greater City Area): 493
(Greater City Area): 493 MeetingCapacity
CapacityininConference
ConferenceCentres:
Centres:25.000
25.000
seats
seats
• •5*
5*==29
29(6.350
(6.350Rooms
Rooms––11.967
11.967Beds)
Beds)
• •Meeting
MeetingCapacity
Capacityininhotels:
hotels:20.000
20.000seats
seats
• •4*
4*==64
64(6.915
(6.915Rooms
Rooms––12.942
12.942Beds)
Beds)
• •Meeting
MeetingCapacity
CapacityininOther
OtherVenues
Venues(inc.
(inc.Olympic
Olympic
• •3* Venues):
Venues):30.000
30.000seats
3*==87
87(5.851
(5.851Rooms
Rooms––10.808
10.808Beds)
Beds) seats

••Total • •Overall
OverallMeeting
MeetingCapacity:
Capacity:75.000+
75.000+seats
TotalNumber
NumberofofRooms
Rooms(Greater City Area): 29.050
(Greater City Area): 29.050 seats

••Total • Capacity of the biggest meeting hall: 2.500 seats


TotalNumber
NumberofofBeds
Beds(Greater City Area): 53.958
(Greater City Area): 53.958 • Capacity of the biggest meeting hall: 2.500 seats
• Capacity of the biggest venue: 10.000 seats
• Capacity of the biggest venue: 10.000 seats
• Maximum Exhibition space of the biggest
• Maximum Exhibition space of the biggest
conference facility [m2]: 12.250 m2
conference facility [m2]: 12.250 m2
• •ICCA th
ICCAGlobal
GlobalRanking:
Ranking:15
15th
Source: ICCA Snapshot 2008
Source: ICCA Snapshot 2008
Accommodation
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Number
Numberof
ofHotels
Beds
Olympics
Year
& Tourism: If you do them
Number of Hotels (City Centre)
well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Number of Hotels (Greater City Area)
5* 4* 3* 2* 1* Total 5* 4* 3* 2* 1* Total

2000 11 22 39 105 81 258 20 52 84 218 121 495

2001 11 23 39 103 77 253 19 52 82 213 113 479

2002 11 24 39 103 75 252 19 55 81 216 111 482

2004 12 24 40 104 72 252 19 55 86 225 113 498

2005 14 33 43 102 64 256 26 64 89 231 96 506

2006 15 33 43 100 61 252 28 64 90 223 90 495

2007 15 32 42 98 62 249 29 64 87 223 90 493


Number of Hotels
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

City Greater
centre City Area
Athens Tourism
Facts & Stats Tourist Arrivals in all types of accommodation
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

City Centre
Greater City Area
Metropolitan area
Athens Tourism
Facts & Stats Bednights in Hotels Establishments
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

City of Athens
Greater City Area
Transportation
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Transportation
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Gastronomy
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Fine Dining

Home of Healthy
Unique Gastronomic Experiences Mediterranean Diet
Shopping
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Flea Markets

Designers’ Brands New Shopping Malls


Future Urban Development
Athens Today - Success Factors: Future Urban Development

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Future Urban Development
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

The Votanikos Project Metropolitan Park (Ellinikon)

Pedion Areos
Key Success Factors: Athens International Airport
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Athens International Airport is


considered one of Europe’s best
in its category
Key Success Factors: Coastal Development
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

New Marinas & Cultural Parks


Athens
Key Today - Success
Success Factors:
Factors: The The Metro
Metro
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

New Metro stations act as mini-


museums.

Athens’ urban planning Incorporates art, culture


and technology
Key Success Factors: Utilization of Olympic Venues

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

2004: Tae Kwon Do Stadium


Today: Faliron Pavillion
Housing trade, and cultural events and shows such as City Break Expo in June 2007
Key Success Factors: Unification of Archaeological Sites

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Beautified the area surrounding the


Acropolis into Europe’s largest
archaeological park (4.7 km /3 miles wide).
Destination Mix
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Shopping, Gastronomy Fully Renovated hotels & new
& Nightlife class of accommodations

Major Future Unique Cultural


Urban Identity
Development
Projects

City By the Sea Mega-Event


Destination

Upgraded Public Urban, Natural & Cultural


Transportation Network Diversity
Who Do We Want?
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Who Do We Want? The Decision Process
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

1. Identify Many Different Groups of 2. Build Complete


Tourists relevant to the Destination Visitors Profiles

4. Monitor & Evaluate 3. Select Groups of Tourists


Results & Trends Best Suited to the Destination
Who Do We Want?
Types of Selecting
Resources the Tourists
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
• City Breaks +
• Families with Kids + Meetings
Young Couples + Seniors Destination
+ Youth/Backpackers +
Cruise Travelers

•End and/or Hub


Destination

• Domestic
(Winter/Autumn) Vs
•Traditional
Foreign Tourists
(US/UK/Germany/France/Italy/Cyprus) +
(Spring/Summer)
Upcoming Markets
(Russia/Balkans/Middle East)
How Do We Get
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Them?
Types
3 KeyofQuestions
Resources
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Where are We Now?


Situation Analysis & SWOT

Where Do We Want to Be?


Marketing Objectives

How Do We Get There?


Strategies & Tactics
Where are We Now? Major Markets
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Greece
Greece US
US Italy
Italy France
France GB
GB Germany
Germany Cyprus
Cyprus Others
Others
Athens Today
Where are We Now? Occupancy Rates
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

City Centre Greater City Area Metropolitan area


Where are We Now? Average Length of Stay
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Paris

Belgrade

Barcelona

Madrid

Athens
Olympics & Tourism:
The Case of Athens
Where are We Now? Tour Operators’ Survey
Tour Operators’ Survey
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
From your point of view, what impact did the 2004 Olympic Games have on the image of Athens as a
tourist destination?

Very negative impact No impact at all Very positive impact

Since
Since the
the 2004
2004 Athens
Athens Olympic
Olympic Games,
Games, the trend
trend for
thegreater for How
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you expect
expect that
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demand for
for trips
trips to
to Athens
Athens will
will
greater
trips to Athens among your customers has been:
trips to Athens among your customers has been: evolve?
evolve?
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decrease
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lower increase
increase
lower
lower decrease
greater
greater increase

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Types
3 KeyofQuestions
Resources
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Where are We Now?


Situation Analysis & SWOT

Where Do We Want to Be?


Marketing Objectives

How Do We Get There?


Strategies & Tactics
Strategic Objective
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Implement Effective Marketing Programs that communicate the Breathtaking
Athens experience and destination attributes with clearly defined Targets,
Tactics, and measurable results in the areas of:

• Consumer, MICE and Travel Trade Marketing

• Website, Internet & Social Networks Marketing

• Media and Public Relations


• Visitor Services / Tourist Information Centre Operations

• Merchandising
• Collateral/Publications

• Research & Market Intelligence & Destination Monitoring


Types
3 KeyofQuestions
Resources
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Where are We Now?


Situation Analysis & SWOT

Where Do We Want to Be?


Marketing Objectives

How Do We Get There?


Strategies & Tactics
How Do We Get There? Global Networking

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
How Do We Get There? Promotional Campaigns

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
How Do We Get There? Events Organization

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

International Children Games

City Break 2007

Euroleague Basketball Final Four 2007


How Do We Get There? Digital Marketing

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

www.breathtakingathens.com Social networks Digital Media Partnerships


How Do We Get There? B2B

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

Fam Trips & B2B events

Publications for Tourist Pros


B2B expos
How
HowDo
DoWe
We Tourist
Get
Get Information
There?
There?Tourist
Tourist Network&
Services
Services &Information
Information
Tourist Information Network

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
How Do We Get There? Merchandising

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
How
HowDoDo
WeWe
GetGet
There? Media
There? Communication
Media Relations

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
How Do We Get There? Media Communication

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
How Do We Get There? Athens Convention Bureau

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

• to promote Athens as a destination for


conventions

• to attract international conventions,


company meetings and all other types
of events to Athens;

• to serve the needs of meeting


planners (RFPs) meticulously, quickly
and responsibly;

• to show the particular importance of


conventions on the city's economy.
How Do We Get There? Athens Convention Bureau

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

• We are:
• investing in partnerships with
the private sector and with the
State
• promoting a membership
programme to strengthen ACB’s
activities
in order to achieve the joint goal of
promoting Athens to international
tourism markets.
How Do WeConvention
Athens Get There? Athens
Bureau Convention
official magazine Bureau

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

www.athensconventionbureau.gr

acb mag
How Do We Get There? Athens Convention Bureau

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens

• Strategic Partnerships

• Strategic & Operations


Consulting Support

• Knowledge Exchange
& Market Intelligence
Keeping the Tourist
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Destination Welcome & Customer Care

Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens
Olympics & Tourism:
The Case of Athens
Thank You
Olympics & Tourism: If you do them well, they will come: The Case of Athens