The Contribution of TEI of Peloponnese to the Development of Kalamata

    • Europe Inside-Out Nice 2016
    • Presentation speakers
      • Eleni Athanasopoulou, Department of Structural Design and Construction, Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese, Kalamata, Greece
      • Pavlos Dragoumanos, University of Peloponnese, Sparta, Greece


    Congress tourism is a major subcategory of business tourism and it looks like it’s importance is rising. It is considered a factor that can contribute significantly to the economic development of the city and the region. Kalamata is a medium sized city (~50.000 inhabitants) in southern Greece. It is located by the sea and also has an international airport. As far as the Institutions of Higher Education are concerned, the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Peloponnese and a faculty of the University of Peloponnese are situated in Kalamata. As part of its strategy for extraversion, of the TEI of Peloponnese is getting active in the fields of scientific co-operations with other institutes and partners and has recently started organizing (as organizer or as co-organizer) national and international conferences in Kalamata. Data from a recent international conference held in Kalamata show that the vast majority of the conference participants (a) would come back to Kalamata to attend another conference and (b) would recommend Kalamata as a destination for conference tourism to friends/ colleagues. Of course, this information is not enough, but it is a good starting point for further investigation. This paper examines the possible contribution of TEI of Peloponnese to the development of Kalamata as destination for congress tourism.