Athens MTLG
Athens MTLG
Meetologue 2015

A historic city with excellent connectivity to the rest of the world and where you will find infrastructure befitting a major European capital, but with better weather and in a more interesting location. The Athens allure includes 300 days of sunshine a year, more than 30,000 hotel rooms in 439 hotels, 95,000 sq.m of conference space, 1,000+ restaurants and 200,000 flights per year. All major hotels in the city underwent a refurbishment for the 2004 Olympics.

Athens is also famous for its vibrant nightlife. There are plenty of options that will appeal to all tastes and lifestyles. The city offers a combination of quality services and facilities at very competitive prices. Accessibility is improving; Aegean Airlines, which acquired the state carrier Olympic, has introduced many new European flights to its overall route map.

A damaged image of Athens in the midst of the crisis has been improved by the active marketing of the destination, which has seen the return of quite a few reliable clients. However, despite becoming very good value, Athens did not become a fire-sale, with the city sticking to the normal European hotel and service prices. The Athens congress industry definitely has a clear vision and enough reserves of energy for a second break into the premier congress league, but for the moment it has been a little bit compromised by the crisis. Once this ends, Athens will be able to hit the heights once again.

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A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.