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Olympic Flame to Ignite Spirit for Brazil 2016 Games

True to tradition, the Olympic Flame to look over the 2016 Rio Games from the Maracanã cauldron in Brazil this summer will be lit at a special ceremony in Ancient Olympia, Greece, on Thursday, April 21.

Rio 2016: From Ancient Olympia to Maracanã… Here Comes the Olympic Torch

The time has come for Greece to share the light of the Olympics as the Olympic Torch begins its journey on April 21 from the home of the Games in Ancient Olympia to Athens' Panathenian Stadium on April 27 and from there to Brazil, the host of the world’s largest sporting event.

Ancient Olympia Highlighted as Major Tourist Attraction in Greece

The importance of Ancient Olympia as a major tourist attraction in Greece was among the main topics discussed in a meeting between Greek interim Alternate Tourism Minister Alkistis Protopsalti and Western Greece Regional Governor Apostolos Katsifaras.

Ancient Olympia Meet to Explore Intercultural Dialogue

Achieving intercultural dialogue will be the subject of an international conference to be held at Ancient Olympia on September 1-6 under the title: “The Need for a Constructive Dialogue Between Peoples and Cultures and the Olympic Idea”, e-typos reports.

Archaeological Site of Olympia

Olympia, the sanctuary of Zeus and birthplace of the Olympic Games, lies in a verdant valley of the western Peloponnese at the confluence of the rivers Alpheios and Kladeos. A landscape of great natural beauty, the whole valley was in ancient times thickly wooded and full of wild...
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Greek Museums, Sites To Operate On Extended Hours This Season

Thirty-three of Greece’s most popular museums and archaeological sites will extend their hours from this April and remain open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, according to the Greek Culture Ministry.
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Greek Tourism Minister Briefs President On Berlin Talks

“The first messages we have received are extremely encouraging. The effort is mainly to restore the image of the country,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni told President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, today, 13 February.

Stolen Antiquities from Olympia Recovered

The artefacts that had been stolen last year from the Olympia Museum of Ancient Olympic Games were recovered on November 24. The valuable antiquities are now safely kept in the Ancient Olympic Games Museum of Olympia and will be put back on display next week, along with the...

Visitors Ignore Museums and Archaeological Sites

Museum visits in Greece dropped during the first four months of the year, according to recent figures released by the General Secretariat for the National Statistical Service of Greece.

Olympic Flame Arrives in China

Greece handed the Olympic flame to China, the host of the 2008 Games, on March 30 at Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens. Beijing Games Organizing Chief and Beijing Communist Party Secretary Liu Qi received the flame and said: "In 130 days the 2008 Beijing Olympics begin and we and...

Memorandum of Cooperation for Ancient Olympia Signed

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with Mayor of Ancient Olympia Giorgos Aidonis and National Metsovian Polytechnic University Rector Konstantinos Moutzouris to launch a pan-Hellenic student competition for the design of a...

Ancient Olympia to Beijing via the Silk Road

Danae Tezapsidou and Vassilis Mesitidis are the two young Greeks in the team of cyclists that will attempt the bike ride from Ancient Olympia to Beijing via the Silk Road in order to mark the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The ride began from ancient Olympia last month and...

Star Alliance Plants Olive Trees in Ancient Olympia

Star Alliance recently took an initiative to plant some 3,000 Greek olive trees in the prefecture of Ancient Olympia. Representatives of nine of the 17 members of the Star Alliance network - Austrian Airlines, Air New Zealand, ANA-All Nippon Airways, bmi (British Midland...

Chinese Magazine Honors Greek Olive Oil

Chinese magazine "You Are What You Eat" recently published a six-page article on Greek food and beverages, with emphasis on Greek olive oil, in its September issue. The article followed a road trip of the magazine's journalist around Greece where he visited Athens, Peloponissos...

International Concern for Impact of Fires on Greek Tourism

The recent fires in Greece have destroyed over 1,900,000 hectares of land, claimed over 60 lives and destroyed dozens of villages. The loss of value of a number of tourism-related companies stocks on the days of the fires show how, according to the international press, the fires...

Amalia Group Revamps Image and Tourism Strategy

With refurbishment at Amalia hotel now completed and refurbishment of Amalia hotels around Greece well under way, the group looks to the future. It considers its role and strategy in the tourism sector through the eyes of an organization that has been in the industry since the...

Panorama Welcomed Consumers

Although this year's Panorama welcomed a barrage of new visitors, the number of tourism professionals to the fair appeared minimal when compared with past years. Most said the venue, Expo Athens, Anthoussa, was too far away for them.

Pausanias Route Created for Peloponissos

Agrotouristiki SA, the state corporation for alternative tourism development, is setting up a network of municipalities in the central Peloponnese that follow the route of ancient geographer Pausanias, and thus promote the region as a model "ecoagritourism" zone.

Sports Tourism Moves to the Forefront

Sports tourism agreements appear plentiful of late with major companies like TUI Hellas taking more interest in the sector, and with the government ready to create a World Athletics Museum.

City Cycling Tours Now Available

For locals or visitors to really get in touch with a country, its culture and landscapes, then there is no better way than by bicycle. Cycling vacations come in many shapes and sizes. They range from relaxing city and country tours to biting mountain tours. Greece now has them...