ABTA abandons plan to convene in Athens

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has scrapped plans to hold its convention in Athens. The event, scheduled for 23-25 November, will now be held in Marbella after a series of personnel changes in Athens, including the departure of the convention bureau’s director. The convention brings approximately 1,500 buyers to a destination for three nights. ABTA head of corporate communications Keith Betton said: “The team that we had worked with is no longer there. We felt that the resulting period of stagnation combined with a new team which wasn’t involved in the brief made it hard to feel confident.”
  • Panos Argyros has announced his retirement from the Greek National Tourist Office after 35 years. Argyros stepped down at the end of June following 12 years as director of the London office. He is replaced by Makis Peppas.

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