Tourism day proves a hard sell
Archimedes: September 2013
Tourism day proves a hard sell.
Museums and tourist sites across Greece are supposed to be celebrating a double heritage weekend with a series of events. World Tourism Day takes place each year on September 27 and a weekend of celebrations coincide with European Heritage Days on the following Saturday and Sunday. Despite the heavyweight backing it's hard to find out what events are happening in Greece and the Greek Islands.
The Acropolis Museum in Athens has gallery talks about the museum's masterpieces and the colours of the archaic statues by top archaeologists and Crete has announced a host of free concerts and exhibitions but, other than that, publicity on events is hard to come by.
Admission to many museums and archaeological sites will be free for all visitors while events that appeal to young and old, including tours of historical monuments, talks and screenings are all promised but it appears you will have to live locally to fins out about any of them as information is so scarce.
Rather strange given that the European Heritage Days are held under the auspices of the Council of Europe and the European Commission with the aim of raising public awareness "as to the maintenance and promotion of cultural memory."
World Tourism Day is organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and has been an annual event since 1980. The theme this year is Tourism and Water but again, getting details of events is very difficult.