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The opening of the “Tourism Museum – The Inception”

The newly established Tourism Museum, created by the Association of Greek Women in Tourism, showcases information about the history of Greek tourism. Its aim is to: present 60 years of archives that have shaped tourism as it is today; promote Athens as a new tourism destination; make it a researcher and students’ hub where information will be available about tourism as an activity that dates back to antiquity, how it has evolved, and how it has had an impact on Greek culture and economy.

The exhibits are divided into the following sections: Travelers and Touring; Architecture and Tourism (Xenia Hotels); Tourism and Art; Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO); Travel Agencies; Athens and Epidaurus Festival; Olympic Airlines; Hotels; Sea Tourism and publications concerning tourism.

©Skoulas Yannis

©Skoulas Yannis


The items that are showcased are posters, brochures and travel guides; rare books and other publications concerning tourism, such as newspapers and magazines; items from hotels that are no longer in operation (dinnerware, cutlery, utensils, etc.); archival material from travel agencies, hotels and other businesses involved in tourism (documents, customer lists, correspondence, etc.); personal travel items such as the suitcase of the Nobel laureate, poet-diplomat, George Seferis (1900-1971), as well as the personal briefcase of the former Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou (1888-1968); memorabilia, sculptures, photographic material etc. Moreover, promotional material for Greek Tourism, produced by the GNTO, is displayed on screens. Most of the exhibits come from personal collections, tour operators, the GNTO, artists and University professors.

©Skoulas Yannis

©Skoulas Yannis

The idea of creating a Tourism Museum first came up in 2000 during an event of the Greek Women in Tourism Association at the National Historical Museum of Athens and has since been supported by the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, embassies, as well as intellectual and artistic personas. The museum’s logo is a creation of Alekos Fasianos, a famous Greek painter. The General Secretary of the Association, Ms Georgia Bartzou pointed out that besides desiring to relocate the museum in a more spacious building they also aim to further develop tourism research and awareness as well as enriching the museum’s exhibits.

©Skoulas Yannis

©Skoulas Yannis

The Association of Greek Women in Tourism was established in 1997 by a group of women that worked in the tourism industry, and has up to date participated in exhibitions and international conferences, organised training seminars and awarded scholarships to the children of the workers in the tourism sector. Moreover, the annual conference of the International Federation of Women Travel Organizations was hosted in Athens in 2006, in which 300 women members attended from all over the world as well as journalists from the international tourism press.

Initially the museum will be open to the public once a week, however tours for groups can also be arranged.


Info
Tourism Museum – The Inception
1-3 Deinokratous str., Kolonaki, Athens
Tel. 6989 651 594
Email: info@womenitourism.gr

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