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Closures Godsend For Athens Hoteliers

Although most of the major Athenian hotels that have closed for radical renovations had planned to do so long before the September 11 attack, the timing has turned into a godsend for the rest of the sector. And with bookings down to cover only about 35% available beds, hoteliers...
Posted On 01 Jan 2002

Major Step Forward For Tolo Hotels

Tolo Hotels at Tolon, Argolis, has expanded business with the introduction of a new luxury unit christened Tolo Holidays. The unit comes with an A-class original design swimming pool, and a new conference room for up to 120 delegates, complete with audio-visual equipment.

Conference Cancellations Continue

One after another, conferences scheduled for the fall in Athens are being canceled along with the corresponding hotel bookings that go with them. There is no indication that they are simply being postponed.

Alexander Beach Hotel Opens New Congress Center

The Alexandroupoli area in the East Macedonia and Thrace region is about to get its first professional congress center. The unit, being constructed by the Alexander Beach Hotel, opens in the spring and will host up to 1,280 delegates in four halls. The biggest of the four,...

Possidi Holidays Hotel Closes To Complete Modernization Project

Chalkidiki's Possidi Holidays Hotel announces that its hotel complex during the 2001-2002 winter period will close so as to undergo a complete refurbishing and renewal as part of a new investment plan.

AKS Adds Another Hotel To Group

AKS Hotels of Cyprus recently added the five-star Annabelle Village on Crete to its stable of hotel units. With the 264 rooms the unit offers, the hotel group now boasts 1,800 rooms in Greece.

60 Business Groups Bid for Parnitha Casino

Owners of the profitable Parnitha Casino, Hellenic Tourism Properties, have called for bids of interest from international investors interested in taking over the management of the casino on Mount Parnes. So far, some 60 company groups have expressed initial interest.

Capsis Opens New Conference Center On Rodos

With a total conference capacity of 8,000 delegates, the new "Marika Capsis 2000" convention center in the Sofitel Capsis hotel on Rodos, which opens this month, is the country's biggest.

International Advisor To Apply Greek Hotel Star System

The long awaited star system for Greek hotels may finally get off the ground later this year. The Hellenic Tourism Organization has called for an international advisor to assist in the implementation of hotel categorization through an international star system it has partially...

Rodos Palace Completes Elaborate Renovations

Elaborate renovations of Rodos Palace Resort Hotel were successfully completed recently after two years of design and intensive construction work. The project cost owners some 3.5 billion drachmas.

Rodian Beach To Begin Third Investment Phase

The Rodian Beach Resort on Rodos, the ex-Rodos Bay, late this fall begins phase three of its renovation and expansion program with new luxury rooms, another large pool, a gym and a health and beauty center. During the first two phases, the Cypriot-based Lanitis group and its...

Greek Hotels Look To International Management

With the recent agreement between the Chandris hotel group and the French hotel group Accor, whereby Accor takes over the management of the Chandris group, the Greek capital's major hotels are for the most part managed by multi-national hotel units. This is in stark difference to...

Hoteliers Agree To Bookings For 2004 Games

After promises by government quarters to hold off on any new hotels other than those already approved or being approved (4,500 rooms), the Athens Hoteliers Association agreed to book another 10% of available rooms in luxury hotel units for officials of the 2004 Olympic Games....

Athens No Longer Considered A Saturated Area For New Hotel Units

Some 20 new hotels with a total capacity of some 5.000 beds and costing an estimated 100 billion drachmas are expected to be built in Attica over the years leading up to the 2004 Olympics, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis said last month.

Thessaloniki Hotels Half Full, But More Needed

On the average, hotels in Greece's northern capital, Thessaloniki, during the first eight months of this year posted a occupancy rate of 52%. Hoteliers say they are hardly satisfied with the result, but they say at least they have managed to increase the number of foreign...

Candia Maris Presents Its Green Team

The Candia Maris on Crete, the first hotel in Greece and the third in the Mediterranean (and among only 100 units internationally) to possess the coveted ISO 14001 environmental management certification, has created a "Green Team" to help clean up Greece. All members of the team...

Porto Rio Renews Image

Patra's Porto Rio Hotel celebrated its rejuvenation last month. Owners spent some two billion drachmas to give the unit a complete new image, not just a facelift. The only thing familiar to previous hotel guests is the unique view to the sea.

Athenaeum Inter-Continental Opens Newly Designed Conference Area

The Athenaeum Inter-Continental Athens has reopened its ballroom following a 950-million drachma renovation of what is considered one of the largest conference venues in Greece.

Leptos Group Renovates Panorama Hotel On Crete

The Panorama hotel unit in Chania recently became the latest member of the Cyprus-based Leptos Hotels & Resorts group. The 167-room first-class unit immediately underwent an extensive refurbishing program.

Porto Carras’s New Owners Renovate And Expand Unit

Plans for an extensive renovation of the Porto Carras complex in Halkidiki, northern Greece, will proceed despite an outstanding legal decision concerning management of the unit's casino. One of the new owners of the complex, Greek construction company Techniki Olympiaki,...