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Cultural Tourism Key to Sustaining Communities, Safeguarding Heritage

A clear and strong link between tourism, culture and local community stakeholders is essential, according to the UNWTO and UNESCO.

Authorities Lay Groundwork for Protection of Rhodes’ Medieval City

A memorandum of cooperation for the protection and conservation of Rhodes' Medieval City was recently signed between ministry and local officials.

Athens Hosts Discussion on Airbnb Phenomenon in Europe

Ways to regulate the home sharing market and deal with the issue of overtourism in European cities were discussed between the mayors of Athens, Santorini and Florence.

Athens’ 47th Book Fest Kicks Off at Zappeion

The 47th Book Festival kicks off at Zappeion on Friday, August 31, as Athens continues to celebrate World Book Capital 2018.

Greece’s Ancient Philippi Set for Restoration, Upgrade Works

The Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace has allocated 2.3 million euros for restoration and upgrade works at the archaeological site of Philippi, Northern Greece.

Athens Now a Reader’s Delight as World Book Capital 2018

Athens has officially stepped in as World Book Capital 2018 and is inviting residents and visitors to grab a book and participate in a number of events across the city.

Athens Evolves into City Break Favorite, Tourist Flows Rise

Tourist flows to Athens are on the rise with the Greek capital establishing itself as one of Southeastern Europe’s favorite city break destinations, according to Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis.

Athens Steps in as World Book Capital 2018

Athens is set to become a reader’s paradise as of April 23, when it steps in as World Book Capital for 2018, during a special inauguration event at the Acropolis Museum.

Nobel Winner Herta Müller in Athens Ahead of ‘World Book Capital’ 2018

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis welcomes Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller to the Greek capital this week ahead of the city’s role as World Book Capital 2018.

Greek Culture Minister Visits Crete, Discusses Projects, Funding

Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou met with Crete governor Stavros Arnaoutakis to discuss issues related the region's archaeological sites and ways to secure funding.

Greek Foreign Ministry Condemns Hagia Sophia Muslim Prayer Incident 

Greece is up in arms over a Muslim service attended by government officials at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and broadcast on Turkish TV recently.

Greek Tourism Minister Receives UNESCO Director General Candidate

Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura recently received Moushira Khattab, Egypt’s candidate for the post of UNESCO Director General, who was on an official visit to Athens.

Kavala Marks Philippi UNESCO Inclusion with Two-day Events

The Kavala Municipality and the Kavala - Thasos Ephorate of Antiquities will mark the inclusion of the archaeological site of Philippi on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, with a series of events on April 8-9.

Calls for Minoan Civilization, Spinalonga to be Named UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Crete is calling for the inclusion of Minoan Civilization and Spinalonga island on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Athens Reveals Plans as World Book Capital 2018

Encouraging reading, ensuring access to knowledge and information for all and establishing libraries are among the priorities of the Athens municipality ahead of its role as UNESCO World Book Capital 2018, the city’s mayor, Giorgos Kaminis, said during a recent press conference.

Ancient Greek City Philippi Vies for Spot on UNESCO World Heritage List

The ancient Greek city of Philippi is vying for a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, which will be drawn up and presented during the 40th session of the Committee at the Istanbul Congress Center in Turkey on July 10-20.

Greece Still Pondering Best Way to Get Parthenon Marbles Back

The Greek government is moving ahead with a series of political and diplomatic actions towards the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles which were illegally removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin in the 1800s and have for almost two centuries resided in the British Museum.

UNESCO Names Tinos’ Marble Mastery Heritage of Humanity

The marble masters of the Cycladic island of Tinos and their craft are now part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity following a decision on Wednesday, by the UNESCO committee which met for its 10th session in Namibia this week.

UNESCO Adds 5 Greek Regions to Global Geopark Network

The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) has listed five regions in Greece, in its Global Geoparks networks program, presented recently.

Halkidiki Basks in the Glory of Aristotle, Wins UNESCO Award

Halkidiki stood out at this year’s World Tourism Expo - World Heritage Cities and Sites, held in Padova last month, clinching a special award for its prominent son, philosopher Aristotle, and being recognized for its overall contribution to World Heritage.