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European Capital of Innovation 2018 and UNESCO’s World Book Capital City, Athens, birthplace of democracy and homeland of ancient civilisation, is today a contemporary metropolis. Iconic buildings, state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent conference facilities & designer hotels, establish Athens as an ideal congress destination. The making of a new economy has created new opportunities for investment on markets like energy, IT, medical sciences, tourism, agriculture and logistics.
Athens offers 300 days a year, sunny skies. The Athens Riviera and the Port of Piraeus are just 20 mins from the city centre. Beyond the Acropolis and awe-inspiring antiquities, visitors can walk from neighbourhood squares to outdoor cinemas and from open-air markets to rooftop bars. Life is lived outside in this vibrant, ancient, intriguing European Capital. Athens is world famous for its cuisine and its legendary nightlife.

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Mrs Eliza Tsolakou

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Location

Hemisphere: Northern
Continent: Europe
Country: Greece
City: Athens

Components

International Airports: 1
Currency: Euro
Number of Hotels: 649
Number of Rooms: 3225

City Overview

European Capital of Innovation 2018 and UNESCO’s World Book Capital City, Athens, birthplace of democracy and homeland of ancient civilisation, is today a contemporary metropolis. Iconic buildings, state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent conference facilities & designer hotels, establish Athens as an ideal congress destination. The making of a new economy has created new opportunities for investment on markets like energy, IT, medical sciences, tourism, agriculture and logistics. Athens offers 300 days a year, sunny skies. The Athens Riviera and the Port of Piraeus are just 20 mins from the city centre. Beyond the Acropolis and awe-inspiring antiquities, visitors can walk from neighbourhood squares to outdoor cinemas and from open-air markets to rooftop bars. Life is lived outside in this vibrant, ancient, intriguing European Capital. Athens is world famous for its cuisine and its legendary nightlife.

CVB Overview

Named as Europe’s Leading City Tourism Board in the 2018 World Travel Awards Europe, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) was established in 2008 and operates within the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA). The role of ADDMA is to establish Athens as an attractive destination for its residents, visitors, investors and entrepreneurs. ACVB highlights Athens as a top MICE, city-break and leisure destination, by investing in actions and forging alliances that support business tourism professionals - both in the local and the international market.

Knowledge Hub Overview

Recent efforts on local economy allowed the creation of an attractive framework for investments. This is giving an advantage to emerging markets like IT, Life and Pharmaceutical Sciences to mark Athens as a city for new investments. Traditional sectors like agriculture remain powerful exporters. The sector of tourism is also an established industry for Athens, offering an explicit combination of MICE and leisure tourism.

Significant Convention Centres

• Megaron Athens International Conference Center: Total Size: 143,000m2; Meeting rooms: 18; Max. plenary capacity: 1,960. • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center: 4,000, the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera (GNO). • Metropolitan Expo: Total Size: 160,000m2; Halls: 4; Max. plenary capacity: 15,000; Exhibition space: 43,750m2. • Helexpo: Total size: 9,950m2; Meeting Halls 4; Max. plenary capacity: 820. • Eugenides Foundation: Meeting rooms: 5; Max. plenary capacity: 400. www.athenscvb.gr/en/Our+Services/Plan+a+meeting/Convention+and+Exhibition+Centers

Protocol

Greece, a member of the European Union and Schengen area, is a Visa free country for visitors from 82 countries, including Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. For more info, visit www.mfa.gr/en/visas

Access

At the crossroads of three continents the multi-awarded Athens International Airport was inaugurated in March 2001. 60 airlines operate 2,500 flights weekly, connecting Athens with 162 destinations (121 international) in 51 countries. The airport is connected with metro, suburban rail and bus service (24/7), with routes to central Athens and the Port of Piraeus. In Athens a modern mass transit system (metro, bus, tram & trolleybus) serves the needs of residents and visitors.

Accommodation

Athens offers a wide range of accommodation from luxury to conventional, to suit all budgets. The hotel sector in Athens is significantly developing, with new hotels, renovations and new international chains investing in Athens.

Attractions

Athens, one of the very few European capitals with a Riviera, is full of world-famous museums like The Acropolis Museum and UNESCO sights, has a blooming gastronomic scene and is famous for its lively nightlife.

DMC's/PCO's

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conventions

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference

Venue: Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center

Numbers: 350
Event Date: 2018

Heart Failure – European Society of Cardiology

Venue: Megaron Athens International Conference Center

Numbers: 3500
Event Date: 2019

Athens WCSG 2020 – World Company Sports Games

Venue: O.A.K.A. Olympic Athletic Center of Athens 'Spyros Louis'

Numbers: 6000
Event Date: 2020