The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
KNOWN AS AUSTRALIA’S sunniest capital city, Perth has been recognized internationally as one of the world’s top 10 most livable cities since 2004 and has undergone an extraordinary revitalization over the past few years in response to increased attention and tourism. Since 2012 2,600 new hotel rooms have been added to the city’s inventory, and another 2,600 are currently under construction. To say Perth is growing to accommodate tourism, as well as the meetings, incentives and conventions industries, is an understatement. Here we take a look at recent developments and what to expect over the next year.