The Hotel Megatrends project, presented at Xenia 2018, won the gold award for “Major Tourism Event” at this year’s Tourism Awards.
The Tourism Awards 2019, that took place on Tuesday, April 9 at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center, focused on the people creating new avenues for thought and action. On the awards night, Hotel Megatrends, the innovative project at the heart of the Xenia 2018 trade show, won gold prize for “Major Tourism Event”. The award was received by the VP of the Xenia organizing company, Mr. Thanassis Gialouris and Mr. Thodoris Makridis of Makridis Associates, responsible for the architectural design of the project.
This prestigious award demonstrated emphatically that that Xenia is the most significant trade event, where all the latest and innovative trends and developments in the global Hospitality sector, are presented. At the same time, Xenia confirmed its reputation as the ideal place for Tourism professionals to discover innovations, solutions, trends, and experiences.
George Tziallas, Secretary General for Tourism Policy & Development, Ministry of Tourism, awards the Vice President of FORUM SA, Thanasis Gialouris and Thodoris Makridis from Makridis Associates.
About the Hotel Megatrends Project 2018
The Hotel Megatrends is an innovative project that took place at the Xenia 2018 trade show, covering an area of over 380 m2 and showcasing the latest trends in technology, interiors, architecture, construction, design, and sustainability –issues of direct relevance to every hotelier, tourist accommodation owner, architect, interior designer, designer, civil engineer or engineering firm– in 7 separate thematic sites. The Hotel Megatrends project was developed in four key areas with a purpose to become an innovation, education and inspiration hub for all Xenia visitors.
The main objective of the project was to generate ideas on how to renovate a conventional accommodation area, address issues such as the way design affects hotel operations as well as the way the hotel interacts with its customers and the local community, and how design can help hotels experiment and evolve together with the local community, while, at the same time, respond to the needs of the modern traveler.
The “live” experience part of the project included guided tours, speeches from major figures of the tourism industry, while providing a plethora of views that could have a significant impact on the future and the redesign of Greek tourism. It is worth mentioning that Fish Communications was responsible for the project management.
The ultimate awards for the Greek Tourism industry highlighted the best, boldest and most innovative companies
The ultimate awards for the Greek Tourism industry highlighted the initiatives of large and small Greek enterprises and operators, characterized by their excellence, innovation and determination. Key sector members were present at the awards ceremony, such as Mr. Charalampos Karimalis, Chairman of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Mr. Giorgos Tziallas, Secretary General for Tourism Policy & Development, Mr. Georgios Vassilakis, Managing Director of Velmar – Autotechnica Hellas SA, etc.
Xenia 2019: The return of the Hotel Megatrends project
Following last year’s successful launch of the innovative Hotel Megatrends project, Forum SA presents Hotel Megatrends by Xenia 2019. Focusing on the topic of “Innovation & Tradition”, the 2019 project will definitely be more sophisticated, providing solutions and inspiration to all trade show visitors.