French daily newspaper Le Figaro recently presented a special edition titled “Eternal Athens” (Athènes Eternelle), dedicated to the Greek capital’s classical and contemporary features.
The “Athènes Eternelle” feature was recently presented during an event organized by the French newspaper and the office of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) in France, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris, in the presence of 400 guests.
“Athènes Eternelle” was published following a familiarization trip to Athens, held by GNTO in February.
Athens breaks record of tourism arrivals
During the event, GNTO Secretary General Konstantinos Tsegas referred to Athens’ potential as a city break destination and said that arrivals increased by 13.3 percent during the first three months of 2019.
Meanwhile, in 2018, the Greek capital broke all records and received 5.7 travelers, which is up by 19.4 percent compared to 2017.
“The ancient, eternal, classical Athens that co-exists with byzantine tradition, is reborn and promoted as an exciting metropolis among the capitals of the world, featuring new museums, cultural organizations and many art initiatives,” Tsegas said.
The event included a round-table discussion on Athens’ contemporary history, as well as a number of cultural events including a theatrical performance with extracts from Sophocles’ “Antigone” performed by the Démodocos theater group; rebetiko songs and Greek traditional dances.
The event was supported by the Hellenic Cultural Center in Paris.