“In hospitality, the chief thing is good will,”- Greek proverb. Hospitality was from God to the Ancient Greeks. The host was expected to make sure the needs of his guests were satisfied. In Greek society, a person’s ability to offer hospitality determined nobility and social standing. This concept has been woven into Greek culture for thousands of years. “One must offer refreshments to guests who enter one’s home,” we heard in our Greek-American community of Astoria, New York. “It is a sin and disgrace not to offer at least a glass of water. This is what makes us stand out as a people of class and hospitality. Honor, loyalty, integrity is part of hospitality. One must remember, never forget.” This concept of hospitality is the focus of the hospitality industry of 2014 America.
The hospitality industry is changing. Unique and healthy menus, increased spending by older consumers, the influence of Latino and Asian clientele, availability of online orders and coupons are just some of the challenges facing the 2014 hospitality industry. How they approach these trends is important.
“The 23rd Hermes Expo International will focus on the hospitality industry of 2014 America,” said Paul Kotrotsios (MBA), founder and president of Hermes Expo International and Hellenic News of America. “Greek hospitality is legendary. The modern Greek hospitality industry has supported Hermes Expo International through the years. We bring the premier Greek-American trade show and exhibition conference, Hermes Expo, to the greater Philadelphia area. The focus will be on deals for restaurateurs and buyers, distributors and manufacturers.”
The 2014 Hermes Expo International is set to take place at the Best Western Concordville Inn, Concordville, PA, on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1 and 2, 2014. On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the “Taste of Greece” kick off networking event will be held at the Greek Press & Information Office, 305 E. 47th Street, 2nd Floor, NY. from 5 to 8p.m. Investors Bank is the sponsor. Educational business seminars and presentations will be held on April 1st and 2nd at the Concordville Inn. Dinner award presentations and entertainment will be held in the evening on April 1st in the Grand Ballroom. Individuals and companies that have excelled and contributed to society will be honored. April 2nd will host a Wednesday morning brunch with networking and presentations.
The 7th Hermes Young Professionals Initiative conference will be held during both days. The organization was established in 2007 by Stavroula and Aphrodite Kotrotsios. “The purpose of the Hermes Young Professionals Initiative is to help young Greek-Americans who are aspiring to meet the professional demands of the 21st century,” said Kotrotsios. “It is a forum to connect, interface and learn. Seasoned Greek-American leaders from various fields including business, medicine, law and government will act as mentors.”
To learn more visit the website at www.hermesexpo.com
The 23rd Hermes Expo International is a unique networking and business development trade show and exhibition. It is specifically tailored to businesses that seek to reach American and international markets. The exhibition, held over the years in New York, Chicago and Atlantic City, attracts businesses and entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries. The all have the common goal to expand their business reach. The 23rd Hermes Expo International is the largest event in the Greek-American business world. The exhibition attracts the attention and interest of governmental agencies. The 2014 Hermes Expo International offers business solutions, strategic partnerships, along with communication and presentations promoting information to boost business productivity and sales.
“Hermes Expo International is one of the country’s largest and most renowned business-to-business networking events and we are excited to partner with the Concordville Inn,” said Paul Kotrotsios, Expo founder and president. “Hermes Expo International has become a proven venue for businesses to establish new contacts, increase sales, and expand their brand. While the Expo still includes many companies doing business with Greece, the event is national and international in scope. That is what makes this event unique. Each year, the event grows in the number of exhibitors, participants, sponsors, and attendees. Get involved, explore, discover and connect is our message. Hermes Expo, business interests and institutions will join forces to build a strong economic future. We sincerely thank the sponsors, contributors, exhibitors and visitors for their continuous support.”