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    THE OFFICIAL CITY OF ATHENS MAGAZINE FOR TOURISM IN ATHENSwww.breathtakingathens.com

    SUMMER-AUTUMN2009 / iSSUE04

  • 3EDITORIAL

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    BUSINESS NEWS

    8

    INTERVIEW WITH

    SOPHIA PANAGIOTAKI

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    SUMMER AND AUTUMN

    IN ATHENS

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    2ND ATHENS BIENNALE 2009

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    ATHENS WITH KIDS

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    ATHENS - EPIDAURUS

    FESTIVAL 2009

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    ROOFTOPS WITH

    BREATHTAKING VIEWS

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    THE COAST ROAD:

    THE DOWNTOWN OF

    ATHENIAN SUMMER

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    THE NEW DIGITAL

    PLANETARIUM ATHENS

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    ENDLESS BLUE

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    SUMMER - AUTUMN

    CULTURAL HIGHLIGTS

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    FOOD: GOING TO THE BEACH

    FOR SOME FRESH FISH AND OUZO

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    YELLOW PAGES

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    The Breathtaking mag is a quarterly publication of the Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company

    Contact:

    7 Xenofontos Street, Syntagma105 57 Athens, Greece

    T. +30 210 32 53 123F. +30 210 32 16 653 E. info@atedco.grwww.breathtakingathens.com

    Production

    LIVANIS PUBLISHING ORGANIZATION 98, Solonos Street, 106 80 Athens. T. 210 36 61 200, F. 210 36 17 791

    www.livanis.gr

    Editor-in-Chief

    Giorgos Salamas

    Editor

    Nikolaos Dervenoulas

    Art Director

    Angie Paragoulia

    Design Director

    Charalambos Andreanidis

    Editorial Team

    Sakis DimitrakopoulosStavros Dioskouridis

    Cover illustration

    Evangelos Kaimakis

    Photography

    Gerasimos Domenikos Dimitris KoilalousMarianna Vergaki

    Translation Proofreading

    Yorgos AvgoustisDanae Seemann

    Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company

    President

    Aikaterini Katsampe

    CEO

    Panagiotis Arkoumaneas

    Director, Athens Convention Bureau

    George N. Angelis

    Business Development

    Manager

    Natasha Kefala

    Public Relations Director

    Kalliopi Andriopoulou

    Breathtaking mag. All rights reserved. Neither this publication nor any part of it may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the Ath-ens Tourism and Economic Development Company.

    Where opinion is expressed it is that of the authors and does not necessarily coincide with the editorial views of the publisher of the Breathtaking mag. All information in this magazine is verified to the best of the authors and the pub-lishers ability. However, the Breathtaking mag does not accept responsibility for any loss arising from reliance on it.

    THE NEW FACE OF ATHENS ON THE WEB

    www.athensconventionbureau.gr

    www.breathtakingathens.com

    Enjoy the best of Athens with us

    All you need to know about your business trip in Athens

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    THE NEW DIGITAL PLANETARIUM

    48SUMMER - AUTUMN CULTURALHIGHLIGHTS

    40

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    2ND ATHENS BIENNALE 2009

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    24

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    BUSINESSNEWS

    SUMMER - AUTUMN IN ATHENS

    SUMMER INATHENS

    ATHENS - EPIDAURUSFESTIVAL 2009

    ROOFTOPS WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS

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  • CAN A MAGAZINE FIT THE SOUL AND HEART OF A CITY?

    When the first issue of Breathtaking mag was released, the only thing we

    knew is the love we have for Athens. We wanted a magazine that we would

    enjoy reading and that would also be a useful guide for its readers. This is

    what ATEDCo.s philosophy consisted of, as a company that is gradually

    developing while offering the highest performance in every area of tour-

    ism development in Athens. With the aim of meeting our readers demands,

    we closely monitor market trends and constantly renew our approach, the

    material and the image of our publications.

    In our autumn issue, you will read all the latest business news concerning

    Athenian tourism and much more. You will have the opportunity to read

    an interview with the director of the Greek National Tourism Organisation

    in the United Kingdom. We also offer you some excellent suggestions con-

    cerning Athens, exhibitions, festivals, Athens with kids and rooftops with

    breathtaking views.

    Last but not least, a presentation of the New Digital Planetarium in Athens

    will take your breath away.

    Dont miss the helpful yellow pages that will guide you through the city.

    We hope you enjoy your read and look forward to seeing you in Athens

    soon!

    For more information on Athens, you can visit our brand-new

    website www.breathtakingathens.com

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    EDITORIAL Panagiotis Arkoumaneas

    CEO / Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company

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    Business News

    OlyMPiC AiRliNES OFFiCiAlly PASSES iNTO MiGS HANDS

    The purchase agreement between

    Olympic Airlines S.A. and Marfin

    Investment Group was signed at

    the Zappeion Exhibition Hall in

    March. The total amount paid by

    MIG is 177.1 million and includes

    the acquisition of all Olympic Air-

    lines assets, the share capital of

    Pantheon Airways, ground han-

    dling services and Olympics tech-

    nical base. The new Olympic will

    be flying under MIG control as of 1

    October.

    The signing took place during a

    special ceremony at Zappeion with

    the ministers of Economy and Fi-

    nance, Development and Trans-

    portation, as well as MIG Vice-pres-

    ident Andreas Vgenopoulos. The

    latter stressed that the companys

    objective is to develop a highly

    competitive Olympic Airways. He

    committed the company to creat-

    ing a new, healthy and strong Ol-

    ympic whose growth would benefit

    MIG shareholders, company em-

    ployees, tourism and the national

    economy of Greece in general.

    Olympic, which was sold to the

    Greek state by Aristotle Onassis in

    1974, returns to private hands after

    35 years of state ownership.

    ATHENS HilTON lAUNCHES NEW jUNiOR SUiTES

    The Athens Hilton has recently add-

    ed 16 new junior suites, thus further

    increasing guest choice in luxury

    accommodation. The suites were

    designed by Alexandros Tombazis

    with comfort, luxury and elegance

    in mind. The comfort of 80 square

    metres of space is enhanced by de-

    tails of Italian design, such as Flos

    lighting fixtures, B&B Italia sofas

    and FIAM tables. The carpets were

    handmade in Pakistan.

    Each junior suite consists of two

    separate areas: a sitting room and

    dining area and a large bedroom

    with a double king size bed and

    spacious wardrobe. The couch in

    the sitting room folds out to pro-

    vide a comfortable bed to accom-

    modate an additional guest. Each

    suite is equipped with two Philips

    LCD televisions (32 and 20), two

    balconies with a stunning view of

    the Acropolis and two bathrooms,

    one with a shower and one with a

    steam bath.

    EiGHT RAilWAy AxES TO BRiNG ATHENS ClOSER TO CENTRAl EUROPE

    The EU Transport Ministers Coun-

    cil recently decided to develop

    eight railway lines which will bring

    Athens closer to Central Europe.

    This decision calls for the develop-

    ment of eight railway axes, one of

    which will be the Prague-Bratisla-

    va/Vienna-Budapest-Vidin-Sofia-

    Thessaloniki-Athens axis.

    In addition, the council asked for

    a Regulation Proposal to establish

    the rights of passengers who trav-

    el by bus or coach on internation-

    al and domestic long-distance

    routes. The regulation will focus on

    three main issues:

    -The rights of persons with limited

    mobility;

    -Issues related to the liability of

    transport operators;

    -Compensation and passenger as-

    sistance in the event of journey

    interruption.

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    liByAN AiRliNES RESUME FliGHTS TO GREECE

    After 17 years, Libyan Airlines will

    resume scheduled service to Greece,

    connecting Athens with Tripoli and

    Benghazi with two weekly flights

    (Monday and Thursday). The flights

    will take place using the airlines new,

    state-of-the-art and environmentally

    friendly CRJ900 Bombardier aircraft.

    Libyan Airlines and its Greek agents

    hope to contribute to the development

    of trade, tourism and cultural relations

    between the two countries, while at

    the same time opening new horizons

    for investment and a variety of coop-

    erative efforts.

    Athens International Airport wel-

    comed the Libyan Airlines aircraft with

    the traditional water arch salute and

    greeted official guests and passen-

    gers at Gate A1 with the Athens Airport

    ribbon tradition symbolising the air

    travel connection between the two

    countries. Present on the flight were

    Libyan Airlines CEO Captain Mohamed

    Ibsem; His Excellency, the Ambassa-

    dor of Greece in Tripoli, Petros Steph-

    anou; Michael Psomas, owner of

    Michael Psomas Enterprises S.A., Lib-

    yan Airlines agent in Greece; and oth-

    er officials and Libyan business fig-

    ures. On hand to welcome the

    inaugural flight at Athens Internation-

    al Airport were officials from the Min-

    istries of Transport and Communica-

    tions and Tourism development, as

    well as representatives of the Libyan

    Embassy in Greece, airport manage-

    ment, state organisations based at the

    airpor