dot Travel Domains: What does your company do?
George Kourelis: Visit Meteora is a group of travel professionals and local destination experts who have combined their talents, knowledge, resources and travel passion to become the pioneers of Destination Management Company in Meteora Greece.
In 2016 and 2017 Visit Meteora was awarded the golden prize of the Greek Tourism Awards, for its excellence in destination marketing/branding and management of Meteora. Our company offers the most exclusive mixture of enjoyable and memorable travel experiences both in the Meteora region and also around it, ranging from soft adventures and sight-seeing tours to day trips and transfers in one of the most breathtaking places of Greece! We take great pride that all of our tours are highly rated by our customers, proofing our long lasting commitment to excellence in everything we do. Above all, our main goal for the past years is to bring our visitors in touch with the essence of what a Meteora visit is all about: a deeply transformative experience in a natural wonder.
dot Travel: What is the target audience?
G. Kourelis: Our target audience is every single traveler who is visiting Greece and is seeking memorable and unique experiences. Meteora is one of the highlights not just of Greece but of Europe. Target groups like the millennials and generation x till the Baby boomers. Families, couples, solo travelers group of friends from all over the world, We have clients from the US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, Europe Asia.
dot Travel: What is the business model?
G. Kourelis: The initial plan was to create a private DMO company and a local tour operator company simultaneously. We knew that the lack of tourism infrastructure in Meteora meant that as a tour company, we had to promote the whole destination, including hotels, tourist attractions restaurants and outdoor activities – pretty much acting like a DMO. It was very challenging that we had to be a local tour operator and at the same time do things like a public tourist information office – (be located at a) central tourist spot, create and offer free maps everywhere, work on media trips and familiarization trips, produce audiovisual quality content and create new products. As we told you before, we want to make visiting Meteora a unique experience for all and we never pull the stop.
Apart from being committed to our customers, we are also committed to Meteora and its environment. Thus, we offer sustainable and responsible tourism services through monitoring our carbon footprint and controlling CO2 emissions.
dot Travel: What is your main identity? What are the services most demanded by your customers?
G. Kourelis: Our tours are all designed and operated by locals with a pristine knowledge of the area exposing to visitors not only the well-known monuments but also the hidden gems of our place. We also offer multiday tours in mainland Greece We have created a close-knit group with local partners to make the visit to Meteora an enriching experience. Our close ties with the local people and experts have helped us to craft tours and trips to Meteora that reveal its soul and help every visitor to touch its beauty. Our tours are innovative and ensure that the traveler will get the essence of the place.
Take for example, the sunset tour in Meteora. It’s amazing. It’s an experience that would forever remain etched in mind and soul. Similarly, the hikes through the majestic rock forest of Meteora are challenging and make you push the envelope and in the process rediscover your strengths and also the captivating views of the place.
dot Travel: Why choose visitmeteora.travel? How and when you met .travel and decided to work with us? What has been your evolution?
G. Kourelis: It was 7 years ago and we were still working the business plan. When we decided to book the Visit Meteora domain name for our website we found out that the name was not available and we started to think alternative solutions. This is how we came across with .travel and we have been working with .travel domain since then. We were so happy when we realize how many more benefits we could have with .travel solution. It shows the world that you are a travel and tourism related business and recognized as part of that community. It allow us to incorporate the domain to the brand and is by far the best solution for the travel industry.
dot Travel: Companies and businesses have realized the importance of inclusion in the digital world to maintain competitiveness. How has .travel helped you to achieve and maintain this competitiveness?
G. Kourelis: We believe that the domain name visitmeteora.travel helped us to set the foundation of what we are today and we think the domain .travel will help us even more in the next stages of development of the site. Our domain is our brand identity and we are satisfied from our experience with .travel so far.
dot Travel: How .travel has helped your page as a solid tool to locate your message or product to your audience?
G. Kourelis: Not only we where able to book the desirable domain that was not available at the very beginning but also search engines assign a value to the .travel extension because it has meaning through its direct connection to travel and tourism.
dot Travel: What would remain of your experience using .travel ?
G. Kourelis: Excellent experience and we can recommend to anyone to try and use it to their travel business web site without any doubts.
dot Travel: Would you recommend .travel as a trusted site?
G. Kourelis: YES.