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Greece celebrates World Tourism Day September 26, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Tourism.

Entrance to the ancient Acropolis, major archaeological sites and museums will be free Wednesday to mark World Tourism Day, the Culture Ministry announced.

The Ministry will also open a 15-meter (50-foot) high spherical video display, the tourism planetarium, at the ancient marble Panathenian stadium, in Athens, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

World Tourism Day has been celebrated every September 27 since 1980. It was established by the World Tourism Organization, now a specialized agency of the United Nations.

Greece has prioritized the tourism sector, a vital industry which accounts for around 18 percent of gross domestic product, since the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Officials expect an increase of 8-9 percent this year, to more than 14 million visitors.

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