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ATHENS IS EUROPE'S BEST CITY BREAK DESTINATION

By THIS IS ATHENS TEAM at 02.Jul



The World Travel Awards, known as 'the Oscars of tourism', crowned Athens as Europe’s Leading City Break Destination for 2018. At the awards ceremony held in the Greek capital on Saturday June 30, Athens bumped out major tourist attractions such as London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome and Paris to win the top spot.

The Acropolis couldn’t be far behind and followed suit as the winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction. 

There was a third win for Athens, which also won Europe’s Best City Tourism Board, in recognition of recent efforts to promote the Greek capital as a city break destination. Those efforts have clearly paid off in real terms: as Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis noted as he accepted the award, visitor numbers increased by 648% between 2013 and 2018, with a record 5 million travellers to Athens last year. 

“This triple distinction is the best way to inaugurate a season that is already looking particularly promising in terms of arrivals in Athens,” Kaminis told the ANA-MPA news agency.

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