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Zeus International Aims to Put ‘Attica Riviera’ on Leisure, MICE Tourism Map

Greek hotel management and consulting company Zeus International is aiming to establish the eastern coast of Attica as a destination ideal for leisure and business travelers.

Giorgos Margaritis, general manager of Wyndham Grand Athens and Haris Siganos, CEO of Zeus International.

Giorgos Margaritis, general manager of Wyndham Grand Athens and Haris Siganos, CEO of Zeus International.

While introducing the recently opened Dolce Attica Riviera hotel in Vravrona (former Mare Nostrum resort) to journalists on Thursday, the company’s CEO, Harris Siganos, explained that the hotel’s name ‘Attica Riviera’ was not accidental.

“What we are proposing here is a fresh hotel in another area of ​​Attica, different from the one we are all used to (the Athens Riviera) and we are aiming to boost the reputation of the Attica Riviera,” Siganos said.

The new hotel is part of the world-renowned MICE-focused Dolce Hotels and Resorts brand, a member of Wyndham Hotel Group. The opening of the first Dolce hotel in Greece is Wyndham’s first international franchise of the Dolce Hotels and Resorts brand.

“The hotel’s orientation is focused on MICE and conference tourism… It maintains its leisure holiday character, but it will also welcome a more corporate audience as a city resort hotel during the off season months,” Siganos explained, adding that many corporate events have been booked at the hotel during October-November.

The Dolce Attica Riviera Hotel, consists of 223 rooms and spacious suites, 123 bungalows, four on-site Greek restaurants, seven state-of-the-art meeting rooms for corporate or social events and one of the biggest thalassotherapy centers in the region. The hotel is also in very close distance to the Archeological Museum in Vravrona and Temple of Artemis.

The temple of Artemis, a doric prostyle temple. Photo: © Panos Karas / Shutterstock

The temple of Artemis, a doric prostyle temple. Photo: © Panos Karas / Shutterstock

The Dolce Attica Riviera will hold its official opening in May, following the first refurbishment phase, which reached five million euros and included the full revamp of the hotels’ entrance, lobby areas, conference rooms. Fifty rooms and 50 bungalows were also refurbished. Hotel renovations will continue in the winter.

Open all year round, the Dolce Attica Riviera hotel is only 13 km from the Athens International Airport, for which a 24-hour shuttle service will be available, and 32 km from the center of Athens and 12 km from the port of Rafina. The hotel is also in very close distance to exhibition and conference centers of Eastern Attica, such as the Metropolitan Expo and the Mediterranean Exhibition Center (MEC).

Zeus International Director of Sales Victoria Lygizou giving journalists a tour of the renovated Dolce Attica Riviera.

Zeus International Director of Sales Victoria Lygizou giving journalists a tour of the renovated Dolce Attica Riviera.

Comparing the Attica Riviera to the Athens Riviera, Siganos underlined that the distance to the center of Athens is equivalent “… And our seas are much cleaner than those of the Athens Riviera… We believe these are great abilities that this hotel can provide,” he said.

According to Siganos, since the Dolce Attica Riviera opened in March, it is experiencing high occupancy rates. In April alone, occupancy reached 75 percent. Siganos added that he expects an average occupancy rate of 65 percent for the hotel’s first year of operation.

Zeus International is a strategic partner of Wyndham Hotel Group in the Balkans. The company has partnered with Wyndham for the Wyndham Grand Athens, the Ramada Poseidon Loutraki Resort and the Wyndham Poseidon Loutraki Resort, the Ramada Attica Riviera in Mati and the Dolce Attica Riviera in Vravrona.

Zeus International is also part of the Wyndham Grand Residences & Suites project in Metaxourgeio, across from Wyndham Grand Athens on Karaiskaki Square. Opening in May, the Wyndham Grand Residences & Suites will be family-friendly and include 94 upscale suites overlooking the Acropolis. According to Siganos, the company will invest in a similar project in the wider area of ​​Athens.

Zeus International also manages the Thessaloniki-based Lazart Hotel and runs the condo hotel named “K29” in Athens.

About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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