City of Athens

Message from the Mayor of Athens
Mr Yorgos Kaminis


In a period of difficult circumstances for world tourism, the promotion

of specialized knowledge and the discovery of expertise in issues regarding

tourism development and destination marketing represent a necessary



I am certain that the 8th IMIC 2012 Conference will once again become the

center of interest for tourism industry, as this kind of events allow us to

view the future of convention tourism in Athens with optimism.


Greek gastronomy is indisputably a powerful development tool for Greek

tourism. Gastronomy is a unique element and fundamental tourism

incentive, and therefore we must make the most of it.


Our task is to transform Athens into an all year-round competitive

destination, thus strengthening the entire local economy. The City of Athens

and I personally will support events like IMIC 2012 that reinforce tourism

development and contribute to the marketing and promotion of Athens.


I would like to wish every success in the works of the conference, with

productive and creative thinking that will offer specialized knowledge and

effective action for the future of tourism.


Yorgos Kaminis
Mayor of Athens

City of Athens

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