BUSINESS

Costa Navarino to host big events

By Stathis Kousounis

The Costa Navarino luxury resort is stretching its 2014 season up to December 15, as it will be hosting one of the biggest international corporate events ever seen in Greece in the next couple of months.

Volkswagen has booked Costa Navarino’s entire Westin Resort unit for the promotion of the German automaker’s new Passat model, starting on Friday and ending on December 3. Preparations have been under way since mid-September, while the last departures are anticipated in mid-December, when the complex in the southwestern Peloponnese will shut down for the winter.

The event organizers are expecting the arrival of as many as 22,000 people, while a special course covering 22,000 square meters is being set up to allow for the testing of the new cars.

Such events are a blessing for units such as Costa Navarino, which has also been booked for one of next year’s biggest tourism events, the annual conference of the Association of British Travel Agents on October 12-14. The ABTA conference will be returning to Greece after 15 years, having been hosted by Kos in 2000. The Peloponnese region secured the hosting of the 2015 event after beating rivals from Portugal and Indonesia.

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