This is Athens-CVB Newsletter March 2024

March is the start of spring and another festive season. There’s lots of sunshine and happy days ahead! This month brings big festive meals and celebrations, as well as events, inspiration, and activities for everyone. Read on to catch-up with all things Athens, MICE and travel.

Athens Headlines

Athens was crowned Europe's Leading City Break Destination 2024 at the World Travel Awards. The CEO of the Athens Development & Destination Management Agency (ADDMA), Ioannis Georgizas, received the award on behalf of the City of Athens, during the WTA Europe Gala Ceremony that took place in Berlin last week. See more

Athens was chosen by the International Association of Professional Conference Organizers (IAPCO) to hold its Annual Meeting and General Assembly in 2026 after a successful bid submitted by AFEA, Convin, ERA and Erasmus in collaboration with This is Athens-Convention & Visitors Bureau. The announcement was made by IAPCO President Sarah Markey-Hamm during the 2024 annual meeting in Ljubljana. See more

What We Are Up to

The Athens Development & Destination Management Agency celebrated its annual event for the cutting of the traditional Vasilopita - the Greek New Year’s cake, in the presence of Athens Mayor Haris Doukas. See more

The City of Athens honored International Women's Day with a programme of events, addressing contemporary issues of gender equality. See more

Talk of the Town

The City of Athens is hosting a festive agenda for Apokries - Greece's version of Carnival - with free events across the city until March 18th. See more

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC), the biggest cultural hub in the Athens region, offers a rich Apokries agenda for Carnival Sunday and Clean Monday. See more

The temporary exhibition exploring the post war urban experience at the National Gallery of Greece, “Urbanography: City Life in the Decades 1950-1970,” will stay open until May 12th. See more

This is Athens-CVB Member, Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, hosted a special “immersive” exhibition as part of the celebratory agenda for their 150 year anniversary. See more

MICE Athens

The 15th Annual Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology (COPHy) 2024 is arriving in Athens from March 15-16. See more

Athens will welcome the International Plasma Protein Congress 2024 from April 16-17 2024. See more

The 21st IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging will be held in Athens, Greece, May 27-30, 2024. See more

The 8th World Conference on Research Integrity is set to take place in Athens in a hybrid form between June 2-5. See more

Fun Fact

The National Garden of Athens is a central green oasis of rare flora and fauna next door to the Greek Parliament. Formerly The Royal Garden, it was commissioned in 1838 by Queen Amalia and completed by 1840. It was originally a private area of the palace that was declared a public space in 1927. Today, the 158,000 sqm park is home to over 7,000 trees and 40,000 shrubs, along with hundreds of species of birds, fish, and turtles. The garden houses 519 plant species, of which 100 are native to Greece. An ongoing regeneration project that will make the garden more sustainable began in 2022. The wholly renovated park will be delivered in sections so that the garden remains accessible at all stages of construction.

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