March 3, 2008

Travel agents shown around New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 1:38 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Greek Culture Minister Michalis Liapis showed a conference of Travel Agents around the New Acropolis Museum, highlighting the importance that he feels the building will play in the country’s cultural tourism strategy.

Athens News Agency

Liapis at New Acropolis Museum

Culture minister Michalis Liapis on Friday gave a tour of the New Acropolis Museum to more than 350 travel agents of the “Virtuoso” travel organisation, who are in Greece for their annual conference, which is being held in Athens for the first time.

In a brief address, Liapis said that “tourism and culture go hand-in-hand, as the country’s tourism identity bears the stamp of its cultural heritage”.

Referring to Athens in particular, he said it was a city that played a leading role in all sectors in the Balkan neighborhood.

He further noted that the New Acropolis Musuem’s official inauguration would take place in the coming autumn.

New Acropolis Museum Organisation president, Professor Dimitris Pantermalis, underlined the importance of the new Museum, and also its role regarding Greece’s standing demand for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum.

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  1. Michael Daley said,

    03.03.08 at 3:39 pm

    Interesting that 350 travel agents can manage to do what this non-restitutionist has failed to achieve: gain admittance to the New Acropolis Museum. Interesting, too, to have it from the horse’s mouth that “tourism and culture go hand-in-hand, as the country’s tourism identity bears the stamp of its cultural heritage”.

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