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Athens to Light Christmas Tree, Host 220 Festive Events

The holiday season in Athens will officially begin with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Syntagma Square on Tuesday, December 12.

Hotels In Athens, Greece, See Slight Recovery

Average room rates in hotels in Athens, Greece, were 2.7 percent higher in the first five months of the year and reached 77 euros from 74.97 euros in 2013, according to the president of the Athens-Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association, Alexandros Vassilikos.

Hotels May Reopen In Athens City Center

The tourism comeback of Athens-Attica in 2013, after six years of shrinking occupancy rates and revenues, have entrepreneurs considering opportunities for hotel investments in the Greek capital's city center.
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“Re-think Athens” Winner Announced

Okra, a Dutch architectural firm, has won the “Re-think Athens” European architectural competition with a plan to radically transform the Greek capital by pedestrianising Panepistimiou Street in central Athens.
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Winner Of “Re-think Athens” Competition To Be Announced

On 27 February 2013, the winner of the European architectural competition “Rethink Athens” will be announced. The competition launched 21 May 21 2012.

“Re-think Athens” Project Launched

The exclusion of cars from a redesigned Panepistimiou Street, the extension of the tram line to Patisia, the refurbishment of Omonia square and the upgrading of the Neoclassical Trilogy of Athens (Academy of Athens, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and National...

Former Hotel In City Center To Become Student Dorm

The former La Mirage hotel that overlooks Omonia Square is to be converted into a student hall of residence, according to a recently announced joint initiative by the Environment Ministry, the City of Athens and the Hellenic Air Force pension fund that owns the premises.

Athens City Center Decline Hurts Tourism

The Research Institute for Tourism (ITEP) recently presented its latest study on the ghettoization of part of the historic center of Athens and its consequences on the economic life of the city during an event organized by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Pilot Program May Help City Center Hotels Bounce Back

Athens Mayor George Kaminis held a meeting last month with Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos at City Hall and discussed opportunities for the development of tourism in the Greek capital, according to a press release issued by the ministry.

Grecotel Shuts Classical Acropol In Athens Center

Centrally located hotel Classical Acropol on Omonia Square was recently closed down due to Greece’s economic crisis, according to an announcement of the Daskalantonakis Group in late January. The group controls the Grecotel chain of hotels.

Athens’ Hotels Close Due To High Crime And Rent

Crime in Athens’ city center continues to give the Greek capital the image of an unattractive destination although Athens has the potential to be featured among the most popular metropolitan destinations in Europe, the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Yiorgos...

Athens’ Hotels Not Suitable For Special Olympic Athletes

The exclusion of Athens city center hotels from suggested athlete accommodation would be a tombstone for Athens tourism, the Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association stressed last month in a letter to Joanna Despotopoulou, president of the Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens...

Tourists Have Second Thoughts On Visiting Athens

The revenue of Athens-Attica hotels (3-, 4-, and 5-star) fell by 3.6 percent from last year’s January-June period as a result of a 1.2 percent drop in the average hotel occupancy rate and 2.4 percent drop in the average price per room, according to the latest study of GBR...

Athens Center Ghetto Hits Hotel Bookings

Drug dealing, public drug use, trafficking, muggings and clashes that involve illegal immigrants have degraded one end of the historic center of Athens-the Omonia Square area-to the extent that local hotel reservations in the area have been affected up to 40 percent, Athenian...

A Hotel With an Attitude

Classical 2FashionHouseHotel, located on 2 Pireos street on Omonia Square, recently had its grand opening in the presence of celebrities and representatives of the Greek fashion industry.
Aktina's headquarters are based in its own building complex in Piraeus.
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Aktina Leads The Way

Just a few years after it was first founded in 1975, Piraeus-based Aktina has lead the way for other Greek travel agencies. The office became an IATA member in 1977 and in 1981 the company foresaw new market developments and was one of the few to convert the personal company into...

Grecotel Opens Omonia Grand Hotel

Greece's biggest hotel chain, Grecotel, last month officially opened its new city-center hotel, the Omonia Grand. This second city hotel of the group stands proudly in front of the capital's second most popular square, Omonia. Its first city unit, the 5-star Athens Plaza, faces...