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NEW YORK, NY, November 01, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Fresh off the biggest year of Greek tourism on record--with more than 30 million travelers and counting in 2017--Greece has established itself as not only a top destination for leisure travel, but a perfect destination for MICE: meetings, incentives, conventions, and events.
CVENT has ranked Greece in the Top 25 Destinations of Europe, Middle East and Africa for the past three years as Greece now offers more than 170 meeting hotels (15,733 sleeping rooms), direct flights from all major U.S. cities, high-tech facilities able to accommodate up to 7,000 person meetings, as well a safe and stunning environment.
Where else can business travelers enjoy incredible weather year-round and experience the world's architectural treasures, renowned gastronomy and natural beauty, along with modern accommodations and exquisite hospitality underscored by the Greek spirt of philotemo? Because of this unparalleled experience, Greece has become a top pick for corporations and trade operators looking for exceptional meeting places and most notably, Greece will host the international conference of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) in Athens in 2018.
The myriad opportunities for MICE travel include:
Athens: Foundation of Western Civilization
Greece's capital is no doubt the country's financial center, with its industrial areas, historical sites and Piraeus, the largest port in Europe. Athens boasts:
- The Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, with 18 meeting spaces, expansive exhibition areas and sweeping foyers.
- Historical meeting venues such as the Museum of Cycladic Art, which has the Stathatos Mansion for hosting gala dinners, the Cycladic Cafe, and a foyer for cocktails and buffet, as well as an auditorium and private gallery for presentations, workshops, and corporate dinners.
- Trendy meeting venues including the B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music, which has an auditorium, a lobby, a cafe, and a roof garden for hosting various events, the Helexpo, a multipurpose facility next to the Olympic Sport Center 2004 that hosts trade shows, exhibitions, and corporate events, and the Onassis Cultural Centre, which has 18,000 square meters of internal floor space.
More than just Athens
As the host to the 2004 Olympic Games, Greece undertook major infrastructure projects including the construction of a transportation network that safely and efficiently connects the country from mountain to coast, making the entire region an option when booking events.
- Thirteen conference centers and hotels are located in key destinations including Thessaloniki, Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Santorini, and Kos, and all offer excellent facilities and support services of the highest standards.
- The second largest Greek city and capital of Macedonia, Thessaloniki is a significant business hub often called the gateway to Europe as its located in the northernmost region of Greece, neighboring four countries. The city's first-rate exhibition center plays host to major trade shows and international audiences year-round.
- Crete - where summer extends through November--possesses a unique natural beauty and vast conference and tourist infrastructure, making it an ideal destination for every kind of congress, summit, business meeting, incentive, seminar and product presentation. Travel agencies based on Crete also offer extensive special programming of sightseeing trips and entertainment before, during and after the events.
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