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Travel Industry Goes Pink

Members of the travel industry in support of breast cancer awareness month (October) took two initiatives recently. Delta Air Line's employees and customers showed their support and raised money for the cause as did the hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens in cooperation with Estee...

The Grande Bretagne Draws International Recognition

The Hotel Grande Bretagne, located in the center of Athens, received recognition by a host of international publications. In the special annual publication by the editors of the U.S. luxury lifestyle magazine, Robb Report, it was listed as one of the 87 best luxury hotels in the...

Starwood Chosen to Manage Astir Palace Hotel

Astir Palace's board of directors finally chose Starwood after an intense selection process that began with 20 proposals in September 2005. Starwood was among four companies short-listed, including Marriott, InterContinental and Accor.

Hotel Chamber Holds Annual Tourism Awards

This year's Hellenic Chamber of Hotels' tourism awards took on a completely new face. Not only were the awards held within an up-market atmosphere, but also instead of a barrage of awards for everything and everybody, the chamber decided on a smaller number for specific reasons.

Athenian Hotels Record Major Drop in Overnights

Overnights in the Athens area dropped an average drop of 11.5% last year when compared with 2002, according to statistics released last month by the Attica Hoteliers' Association. The association says the drop is phenomenal considering it took place the year prior to Athens...

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...

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...

Athens to Celebrate the Rebirth of Hotel de la Grande Bretagne

On the first of next month, Athenians celebrate the rebirth of the capital's most magnificent lodging unit: The Hotel Grande Bretagne. After spending some 70 million euros during the past year and one-half and literally gutting the old "palace," owners rebuilt the GB, as it is...

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...

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....

Plans Underway To Merge Grande Bretagne And King George Hotels

The Hyatt group of Thessaloniki, which has acquired a majority of shares in the Grande Bretagne hotel, and the Latsis-owned Eurobank are said to be close to finalizing an agreement to merge the classic Athens-center hotel and the defunct King George Hotel that sits empty next to it.

Hyatt Regency Buys Grande Bretagne Shares

Through share purchases on the Athens Stock Exchange, the Hyatt Regency of Thessaloniki purchased at least 17% of the Athens-central deluxe hotel Grand Bretagne. Hyatt said it would acquire additional shares if the open-market price is reasonable.