Vol­un­teer ‘Greeters’ help tourists in Athens

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Dozens of vol­un­teers have been fan­ning out across the cap­i­tal this month as part of a City of Athens ini­tia­tive called “Greeters,” which is aimed at welcoming tourists and pro­vid­ing them with ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about the city, its sights and ameni­ties.

Aged be­tween 18 and 78, the 100 “Greeters” are sta­tioned at cen­tral lo­ca­tions of the cap­i­tal, equipped with maps of Athens and tip cards with use­ful in­for­ma­tion for for­eign vis­i­tors and pre­pared to an­swer queries.

“At the in­for­ma­tion point in Syn­tagma Square the ques­tions are usu­ally about the chang­ing of the guard [out­side Par­lia­ment], the best streets for shop­ping and the lo­ca­tion of the bus stop for Sounio,” 24-yearold post­grad­u­ate stu­dent at Pan­teion Univer­sity and vol­un­teer Greeter Natasa Pa­p­athana­siou told Kathimerini.

“Our aim is to wel­come more and more peo­ple ev­ery year,” said Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis.

The cap­i­tal is ex­pected to re­ceive 5 mil­lion vis­i­tors this year. Over­all, au­thor­i­ties ex­pect an­other record year, with some es­ti­mates fore­see­ing 30 mil­lion vis­i­tors in 2017.

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