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Fourth Annual HAPCO Conference Focuses on New Athens Convention Bureau

The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) recently held its fourth annual two-day conference on "The Environment, Synergy and Crisis Management in Conference Tourism" at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, where much emphasis was placed...

Tourism Minister Meets Athens Mayor

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos met Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis recently to discuss joint action and cooperation between the tourism development ministry and the City of Athens. Mr. Kaklamanis asserted, "Municipal administration considers the city's economic...

Athens Launches Summer Cultural Program

A special summer cultural program was announced last month by Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis and Athens Municipality Cultural Department chief, Nitsa Loule. The program will spread across several parts of the capital, will run until September 18, and will feature a plethora of...

Germanwings Christens New Aircraft “Athens”

On the occasion of its second year of operation in Athens, Germanwings last month honoured the city by christening its new Airbus A320 "City of Athens." Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis did the official christening.

Athens Center On Ministry’s Priority List

The Tourism Ministry and the City of Athens last month said they would join forces and soon announce measures aimed for the tourism development of the Greek capital, which sees its arrivals tumbling year by year.

Athens’ Demonstrations And Illegal Immigrants In The Spotlight

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis sparked controversy last month when he proposed draft legislation aimed to curb disruptive protest rallies and ban chemical use throughout demonstrations in Athens’ city streets, the Greek press reported. A team of constitutional lawyers and human...

Athens’ Hoteliers Call For Immediate Attention Of City Center Image

“The hotels in Athens are collapsing,” was the comment of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association in a recent announcement in regards to the city’s hotel performance for the month of November 2011. Αccording to data from the association, the average hotel occupancy in Athens-Attica...

Athens Tourism A Challenge For 2012, Minister

“In Athens we have a problem, it is the black hole of our tourism and this is where we must focus our full attention in the coming year,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said during an interview last month.

Plato’s Academy Site To Receive Upgrade

“The upgrade and unification of Plato's Academy is a project that has been delayed greatly… Plato’s Academy is a source of wealth for Athens and it must be promoted as such,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said recently.

Greek Tourism Museum Planned

An association made up of Greek women in the tourism profession recently decided to create a Greek tourism museum somewhere within the central Athens area.

Efforts For Athens’ Tourism Promotion Announced

The Tourism Ministry and the City of Athens in early September announced a twofold effort that will address the tourism disincentives of the city center and see to the creation of new infrastructure to attract visitors.

ACB Meets With Korean Delegation

The Athens Convention Bureau (ACB) on Friday, 7 September, held a meeting with a 12-member delegation from the Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security, within the framework of Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis’ strategy to establish Athens as an ideal conference and...

Athens To Host Annual Tourism Workshops

A series of annual B2B workshops that will bring Greek tourism professionals and local businesses of Athens together with tour operators and conference organizers from abroad will kick off in the Greek capital as of next year.

Athens’ Hotels Not Suitable For Special Olympic Athletes

The exclusion of Athens city center hotels from suggested athlete accommodation would be a tombstone for Athens tourism, the Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association stressed last month in a letter to Joanna Despotopoulou, president of the Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens...

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Athens’ Hotels See Low Revenue In 2010

Athenian hoteliers saw a 6.7 percent drop in hotel occupancy this past September, along with a 9.2 percent decrease in the revenue per available room in five-, four- and three-star hotels, President of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association Yiannis Retsos said last month during his...

Pilot Program May Help City Center Hotels Bounce Back

Athens Mayor George Kaminis held a meeting last month with Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos at City Hall and discussed opportunities for the development of tourism in the Greek capital, according to a press release issued by the ministry.

Athens City Center Decline Hurts Tourism

The Research Institute for Tourism (ITEP) recently presented its latest study on the ghettoization of part of the historic center of Athens and its consequences on the economic life of the city during an event organized by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Measures Announced To Revive Athens Center

Prime Minister George Papandreou chaired a Cabinet meeting last month after a week of street violence occurred in an Athens city district and announced a series of measures aimed to revamp the Greek capital’s historic center.

Athens Every Week Events In City Summer Program

The Mayor of Athens has embraced the Athens Every Week program and contributes to the tourism policy of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, part of which is the development of urban centers to city break destinations, according to the Greek National Tourism Organization’s secretary...