The official language of the HBP Summit is English. Greek is the official language of Greece. The majority of people in Greece also speak English. In addition, those in the hospitality industry are likely to speak French and German. Signs and menus are often written in both Greek and English.
In Athens, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild, moderately rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. The city is located near the 38th parallel, but in winter, from December to mid-March, it's sometimes subject to outbreaks of cold air from the Balkan Peninsula, which can bring cold. Winter temperatures ranging, on average, from 4° to 14°C (39° to 57°F)
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Private sector office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with a one hour lunch).
Manufacturing establishments operate from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Banking hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. Several of the larger banks (mainly located at Syntagma Square), are open on Saturday mornings.
Government hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Many businesses, especially small and medium-sized stores, keep more traditional Greek office hours and are generally open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday through Saturday and again, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Many shops and supermarkets keep late shopping hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
In Athens and other large towns, tap water is drinkable. However, in most islands and in few mainland towns, bottled water is recommended in order avoid health issues during your trip in Greece. Most Greek islands do not have their own water, but water is brought by water tanks from the mainland, therefore it is used only for showering and house cleaning, not for drinking.
In Greece the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Click here to view the supported types of power plugs and sockets in Greece.
International Calls to Greece The country code for Greece is “30.” When dialing Greece from the United States, Canada, or Australia, first dial “011” to get an international line, then the country code “30,” before entering the area code and local number. If you are in continental Europe, the United Kingdom, or New Zealand, start with “00” and then “30.” International Calls From Greece To place an international call from Greece, dial “00” to connect to an international network, then dial the country code (for the United States and Canada, it’s “1”), and then the area code and number.
Visa regulations vary based on nationality and country of origin. Visa requirements are determined by the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please view individual requirements by clicking here.
Liability and Insurance
Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables. The Conference Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.