“I have never been more optimistic about the prospects of Greek tourism over the past decade than I am today,” Wyndham Hotel Group President and CEO Geoff Ballotti said on Monday, while visiting Athens for the official opening of the Wyndham Grand Athens on Karaiskaki Square.
Arrivals were rising steadily, as were the number of airline flights to the country, while Greece was a “safe and attractive destination,” Ballotti said.
He announced that Wyndham, the largest hotel group in the world based on the number of hotels in its global network, has immediate plans for another four hotels within 2017 and 2018.
In a collaboration with the Greek development firm Zeus International that started with the Wyndham Grand Athens, the group plans to open two hotels in the seaside town of Loutraki in May 2017 and two more on the Athens Riviera in 2018.
The group is also examining further expansion to both mainland Greece and the islands in the future and hopes to be in a position to announce an agreement for the opening of at least five new hotels this time next year, Ballotti added.
He noted that the link between tourism and the country’s economy was one of the closest in the world, with one in five jobs in Greece linked to the tourism sector.