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Hoteliers Not Ready to Adopt Star System

Greek hoteliers are not ready to adopt the automatic star categorization system suggested by government quarters: Government wants hoteliers to declare a star system category for their units by year-end through a simple signed declaration.

Hoteliers Blame Overnights Drop on New Hotels

The recent increase in new hotels in the Attica area is responsible for the reduction in overnights by member units of the Attica Hoteliers Association, according to the Academy of Tourism Research and Studies.

Sabre Travel Network Launches Exclusive Hotels Program in Europe

Sabre Travel Network brings to Europe its Sabre Exclusives hotels program, which was launched in the U.S. last year. The company will negotiate discounted rates with participating hotels and make these available through the Sabre global distribution system to its network of...

Hoteliers Upset Over Government’s Refusal To Change Depreciation Rate

Greek hoteliers continue efforts to pressure government quarters to change depreciation rates for tax purposes from 4% to the 8% it was some two years ago. Representatives from Greek Hotel Chamber and the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises say they are very disappointed...

Banks Ease Pressure on Greek Hoteliers with Heavy Debts

Greece's national economy ministry last month urged banks to initiate a program of "good faith" concerning all rules of law that concern old loans owed to them by Greek hoteliers.

New Program Introduced for Security

An innovative pilot project, supported by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), could revolutionize travel in the U.S. by maximizing security while minimizing inconveniences imposed on travelers.

Grande Bretagne Does It with Style and Finesse

Sometimes, not often, publications receive promotional material that makes the reader sit up and take notice. Over the years Greek Travel Pages has received carloads of various Greek tourism-related brochures and publications from both home and abroad. Last month the publication...

Airotel Group Renames Riva Unit

The Athens-based Airotel group renames its Riva unit after the group's founder, Stratos Vasilikos. The Stratos Vasilikos Hotel on Mihalako-poulou, after being closed for a radical renovation program, will reopen in the early part of next year, in lots of time for the 2004 Games.

New Hotel Study Released Shows Major Drop in Hotel Profits

Hotel Study 2003, which has just been released by JBR Hellas, shows that the gross operating profit of Greek hotels last year dropped by some four points. Resort and first-class units are reportedly down even more by 5-10%.

Overnights Down 16% in Athens/Attica Region

For the first five months of this year, overnight stays in the Athens region dropped by 16% when compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released by the Attica Hoteliers' Association. The greatest loss in stays occurred at the capital's luxury...

A Gem Hidden in the Center of Athens

Dionysis Bozikis, a cardiologist by profession, has created a little lodging gem hidden in the center of downtown Athens. His "Magna Graecia Suites" hotel was created from a three-story building designed and built by the German architect Ernst Ziller in 1898. This exemplary...

Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso Complete

Greece's biggest hotel chain, Grecotel with 24 Grecotel Resorts and affiliated City hotels, placed the finishing touches on its Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso luxury resort complex recently.

Hilton Athens Official IOC Headquarters Hotel

Peter Van der Vliet, general manager of the Hilton Athens and Yianna Angelopoulou-Daskalaki, president of the Athens 2004, signed an agreement last month whereby the hotel becomes an official International Olympic Committee headquarters hotel during the 2004 Olympic Games here in...

Greek Hotel Sector Improves Financial Picture

There are a plethora of complaints coming from Greece's hotel sector regarding difficult times, desperately low room rates and a severe drop in business. Perhaps so. Figures released recently by the ICAP Data Bank, however, tell a different story. These figure show that 2001 was...

A (Royal) Family Affair

The dream of most Greek small business owners is for their children to follow in their footsteps and expand the family business. In most cases, however, their children follow their own dreams. In rare cases, all of the children's dreams follow that of the founder. One such dream...

Hoteliers Look To Domestic Travelers

Greek hoteliers are turning to domestic travelers in order to cover the loss of foreign arrivals expected this year. Many hoteliers already are working with local travel agents to create package programs with an enticing pricing policy. Travel agents and hoteliers expect to work...

Hoteliers Must Become More Competitive

Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation President Vassilis Minaides believes that the Greek hotel sector, even though it has made major improvement strides over the past couple of years, is not competitive enough.

New” Athenaeum Inter.Continenal Nears Completion

The luxury hotel unit Athenaeum Inter.Continenal has completed most of its 23.5-million-euro renovation plans designed by some of the world's leading designers. The only project left yet to complete is the full remodeling of the unit's Premiere rooftop restaurant.

Athens Hilton Reopens

After a multi-million-euro refurbishment and expansion program, the Athens Hilton reopened last month to the cheers and admiration of employees and special guests. The "new" unit takes on a complete new look inside and out with a particular emphasis on a modern style with lots of...

Poseidon Resort Joins International Groups

Loutraki's Poseidon Resort is now a member of Premier Hotels and Resorts and of The Charming Hotels of the World. The international recognition comes as a result of a major investment in upgrading both the unit's services and amenities.