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The ‘Kings Palace’ Hotel to Re-enter Athens Hospitality Market in 2020

The building that once housed the historic Kings Palace in central Athens is expected to reopen its doors as a new upscale hotel by 2020.

Hotel Grande Bretagne Holds ‘Opera Nights’ at its Winter Garden

The Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens invites all to enjoy the best opera arias in its “Opera Nights” event series, held every Thursday at its Winter Garden.

8th HAPCO Conference: New Challenges in MICE Industry

The 8th Panhellenic Conference of the Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) will focus on the new trends and challenges in the MICE industry.

Athens’ Historic King George Hotel Goes to Lampsa SA

Eurobank has accepted the pre-emption right of Lampsa SA for the acquisition of the five-star King George Hotel for 43 million euros.

King George Hotel Owner Set to Be Announced

The new operator of Athens’ King George hotel currently run by Greek hotels group Lampsa SA is set to be announced in the next two weeks.

Greek Hotel Group Lampsa Eyes Central Athens Ventures

Greek hotels group Lampsa SA is expecting in the immediate future the go-ahead via competitions for two projects in the heart of Athens.

Historic Athens Hotel King George Up for Grabs

The 5-star King George Hotel in Athens, dating back to the 1930s, is up for sale, Eurobank said, calling on interested parties to submit their bids until June 12.

Chalkidiki To Tour Europe Via Green Tourism Campaign

Chalkidiki will take part in the Greece Getting Greener (3G) promotional campaign designed for Greek hotels, accredited by the Green Key eco label program for 2012, and tour seven European countries to promote its “green” profile.

SETE Promotes Fresh Model For Greek Tourism

“The proposal for a new development model for Greek tourism is basically a policy proposal primarily aimed at bringing about a major mentality change,” President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) Nikos Angelopoulos said at the presentation of the “Greek...

Athens Hoteliers Up Against Mass Cancelations

Almost two weeks after the violent anti-austerity protests in Athens center on 5 May, during which three people died in a fire set by self-styled anarchists, some 28,000 hotel room reservations were canceled in the Greek capital and the trend is steadily rising, Athens-Attica...

Second Phase for Anavyssos Tender

The tender for the exploitation of the property at Alikes in Anavyssos is currently in its second phase with three contenders in this stage. These are the consortium of Lamda Development, Reds and Lampsa S.A. (the hotel Grande Bretagne), the Steggou Group with Porto Carras Casino...

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...

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.

Nel Lines Acquires New Vessels and Merges with C-Link

As we go to press, shareholders of Nel-Lesvos Maritime are being asked to back a 23-million capital increase that will be used in part to acquire five used vessels. Two of the vessels are passenger ferries with Cypriot flags and three are ro-ro vessels under the Greek flag.

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...

Students Enthused With Tourism Quality Seminar

As a part of European Quality Week, the Greek Marketing Institute held a tourism seminar recently on "Quality in the Workplace: Make it Happen!" Although few tourism professionals arrived, a good number of tourism marketing students were on hand and had the opportunity to hear...

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...