Don’t miss Kongres Magazine’s extensive reportage from the city of a thousand faces

With the congress season peaking in Athens, our team was invited by Athens Convention Bureau to visit the Greek capital and prepare a comprehensive reportage. The city, rising like a phoenix from the recession has a special flare and attracts guests with a unique combination of old and new.

Our visit started in that spirit, and the first stop was the architectural masterpiece that is Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre, which soon after its opening became a magnet for meeting planners. You will be able to read the story behind its popularity in a “Behind the scenes” article coming soon.

Our eye also caught some amazing special venues, which will be presented in a special segment. A multimillionaire and shipbuilder by profession, Aristotel Onassis didn’t just leave us with spicy stories from his personal life but also a respectable foundation, enriching Athens with the Onassis Cultural Centre. Benaki Museum, Panathenaic Stadium, Zappeion Megaron, Acropolis Museum and other amazing venues will also be part of this interesting coverage.

Our stay at Athens concluded with a visit to the wonderful Vorres Museum. We sat down in the heavenly Mediterranean garden and admired the unconventional juncture between the past and present of Greek art in the modern gallery. You will be able to read more in an “Off the beaten MICE” track article.

You can’t ingest the entire picture of the city without talking to some of the key players in its congress industry scene. Our series of interviews featured:

  • Mr. Alexis Galinos, Managing Director, Athens CVB
  • Mrs. Zenia Kerasodiu, Director of Sales, Megaron Athens Convention Centre
  • Mr Alexandros Vassilikos, President, Athens-Attica Hotel Association
  • Mr. George Tziallas, General Secretary for Tourism, Infrastructure, and Investment
  • Mrs. Sissy Lignou, General Secretary, HAPCO

The talks will be published on our portal in the upcoming days and the entire synthesis in the June issue of Kongres Magazine.

What we found especially interesting was Athens’ urban scene in the district of Gazi, which closely resembles the one in Berlin and is not so crowded with tourists like some other places in the Greek capital. We took a walk around the new Technopolis and got familiar with the creative scene encircling it. This part of town will be presented in the “Lifestyle” segment.

A city named after the Greek goddess of wisdom left an impression on us and we believe that its momentum is returning, bringing a fresh breeze to the International Congress scene.

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