Athens WTC 2023

mayor

As Mayor of Athens, I pledge my full support for Athens to host the ITA – AITES World Tunnel Congress. Athens is famous for telling stories about humanity. They are often found deep below the ground, in almost every building foundation and tunnel. Our experts work passionately and deliberately every day to create innovative methods for infrastructure development that respect our culture heritage while continuing to build a modern and beautiful city. Our resolve to face these challenges has been paying off. Athens has become a leading global destination for international meetings.

Conferences, company meetings, exhibitions and incentive travel establish the core of the local tourism industry and a strategic priority for the City of Athens. We have built world-class infrastructure and conference services that will ensure an efficient and productive experience for your members. Our spectacular conference venues and learning opportunities will inspire them to face challenges with curiosity and excitement while giving them life-long memories. In this direction, the City of Athens through This is Athens – Convention & Visitors Bureau is committed to providing assistance and full support to guarantee the success of the most demanding of events.

I believe the Congress will be a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn and share our hopes for the future. I am excited to welcome you to Athens.

Kostas Bakoyannis
Mayor of Athens

Dear All,

The Greek Tunneling Society (GTS) is proudly applying for the organization of the 49th ITA-AITES General Assembly and the 2023 World Tunnel Congress in Athens, Greece, from the 12th to the 18th May 2023.

Athens, a vibrant modern European capital situated by the Aegean Sea, is an ideal location for international conferences.

The city of myths, monuments, gods and ancient glory could offer unique experiences for the distinguished delegates of the ITA family. Contributions from all parties of the supply chain of the underground industry i.e. consultants, contractors, software producers, machine / equipment manufacturers, investors as well as operators and clients are welcome to attend since they will be able to exchange knowledge, promote their expertise / knowhow and define future needs. 

The GTS has been the national representative of Greece in ITA-AITES since its creation 25 years ago. The Greek Tunneling Society has been continuously participating in the ITA-AITES activities (General Assemblies, Working Groups etc), whereas the Greek Young Members Group has been actively involved on the initiatives for the networking of young tunneling professionals and students as well as on bridging the gap between generations of tunnellers. 

During the last 4-5 years Greece experiences an explosive recommencement of tunnel construction activities just after country’s recovery from the economic crisis. Some 65km of, total single tube length, tunnels were recently completed along the four motorway concession projects and approximately 20km long tunnels including 24 Metro Stations in total are near completion, both for the new Athens Metro line 3 and for the Thessaloniki Metro. Moreover, numerous underground projects are planned to commence shortly within the complex geological environment of the country.

The organization of WTC in Athens will greatly promote the interests of the ITA in the Balkan region where, despite the length of the coastline (Greece alone is classified as the 11th country worldwide in terms of length and 2nd country worldwide in terms of coastal length vs country’s land area ratio), the mountainous environment of the countries as well as the rapid urbanization necessitates the construction of longer – deeper – larger – safer – smart – sustainable and green underground projects. 

Greece has been for many millennia the cross road for civilizations. This has left a rich inheritance of ancient monuments and artifacts of unparalleled beauty. Having a magnificent natural environment and surrounded by the “deep blue” Mediterranean Sea, it provides perfect conditions for recreation. Mid May is an ideal season to visit Greece. While the city of Athens is not that crowded by Tourists, the climate is warm enough for enjoying outdoors and the beaches.

Being in Athens, one of the World’s safest city, you’re midway between Europe, Asia, and Africa; constituting an easily accessible destination city from all over the world. The proposed Venue of the Congress ”Megaron Athens International Conference Centre” offers a stunning environment with exceptional aesthetics, but also cutting edge technology. Moreover, it is situated in the city Centre, next to the “Megaron” Metro Station, which enables easy access from all over the city. 

Athens provides abundant modern hotel accommodation and boasting an excellent METRO system. It presents great opportunities for sightseeing, excursions and technical visits. Numerous hotels are within walking distance from the convention centre, located in central Athens, as well as from other places of interest. 

Our proposal has the full support of the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, the Minister of Tourism, the Mayor of Athens, the Rector of the National Technical University of Athens as well as of other Technical Universities around Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Democritus University of Thrace, University of Thessaly, University of Crete), leading firms involved in the construction industry and operation of underground infrastructures and many others. If the WTC2023 comes in Athens it will be held under their auspices. 

We are committed to organize a successful and memorable ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 2023 and offer what has been known as a traditional Greek hospitality. We would be grateful if you support our effort to organize the WTC2023 for the first time in Greece.

Ioannis Fikiris
Chair of the Organizing Committee bid for WTC2023 / ATHENS President of the Greek Tunnelling Society

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