ABTA has announced that the 2006 ABTA Travel Convention will be held in Athens from 23-26 November 2006.
The Athens Convention Bureau worked closely with ABTA to secure the Megaron Concert Halls and Convention Centre for the business sessions and a range of four and five star accommodation offering around 1600 rooms nearby. Scheduled flights will be available from both Olympic Airways and British Airways, and at least two dedicated charter flights are being planned to bring delegates from Manchester and Gatwick. The event will be under the auspices of The Greek Ministry of Tourism who are also supporting it financially.
Martin Wellings, ABTA’s President said: “We are delighted to be able to visit Greece again. The upsurge in tourism in the Eastern Mediterranean over the last three years has put more focus onto the region and I feel it is right that we reflect this in our choice of destination. The facilities in Athens are particularly impressive and I am sure the event will be a great success.”
Yiannis Evangelou, Chairman of the Athens Convention Bureau said: “This is great news for Greece and Athens in particular. So much has happened to the city in recent years that unless you attended the Olympics last year you will be amazed by the new developments. It is a cleaner and livelier city with a renewed confidence - and the decision by ABTA to hold its 2006 Travel Convention in Athens will help to keep that momentum going.”