Messrs. Bazin and Bailly were welcomed by the family of Athanasios Laskaridis and during their visit to Athens, among other things, meetings were held with the country’s political leadership and government officials.
Both the journey of Messrs. Bazin and Bailly in Greece as well as the official opening ceremony of the Athens Capital Hotel – MGallery Collection took place in the framework of the cooperation between Accor, a world leading hotel group, and the Hellenic Hotel Company LAMPSA SA. Mr. Bazin and Ms. Chloe A. Laskaridis, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Hotels Company LAMPSA SA, welcomed at the opening event personalities from the political and business world, as well as from the tourism sector.
At the ceremony, among others, the “present” were given by Messrs. Vassilis Kikilias, Minister of Tourism, Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Development and Investment, Sofia Zacharaki, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Costas Bakogiannis, Mayor of Athens, Patrick Maisonnave, French Ambassador, Giannis Resrisos Panosmenos Hellenic Hotels LAMPSA SA, Xavier Grange SVP Head of Development Accor Southern Europe, Ian Di Tullio PhD, Chief Commercial Officer Accor Southern Europe, Jérôme of Accor Development Southern Europe.
All attendees were impressed by the hotel, noting that it is a new beacon of hospitality and culture of Athens. Athens Capital Hotel is the first hotel of the MGallery Hotel Collection in the country, introducing the philosophy to the Greek public and at the same time it has developed a very important move for Accor, as Greece has been mentioned as a strategic investment destination internationally.
Athens Capital Hotel – MGallery Collection is the third hotel of the Hellenic Hotel Company LAMPSA SA. in the heart of the capital, after the emblematic Great Britain and King George in Syntagma Square. Having completed a century in the hospitality industry, the historic LAMPSA Hotel Group, which offers experiences of high international standards, is collaborating with Accor for the second time, after the Mercure Excelsior in Belgrade.
Mr. Sébastien Bazin, President & CEO of Accor, stated: “I am very happy for this cooperation, as Greece is an important and strategic destination for Accor. The genuine natural beauty, the ancient and the modern culture and the unparalleled passion for hospitality that are distinguished in the country match uniquely with everything that the Group stands for. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with LAMPSA working together on a dynamic project such as the Athens Capital Hotel – MGallery Collection “.
Ms. Chloe A. Laskaridi, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Hotels Company LAMPSA SA, stated: “This collaboration happened with one of the most difficult periods in modern history, which makes it even more important, with the Athens Capital Hotel – MGallery Collection to give new life to the tourist development of Athens. The opening of the hotel came at a very special moment for us, in the celebration of 100 years of LAMPSA in the hospitality industry. It is our great pleasure to celebrate this landmark moment for the Group with the beginning of the new dynamic partnership with Accor “.
Ms. Maud Bailly, CEO of Accor Southern Europe, commented: “When we started designing the philosophy behind the MGallery Hotel Collection brand, unique character, creativity and authenticity were the key. Athens, then, could only be the obvious choice to host an MGallery hotel. The intense life of the city, its action, the art – old and new – starring perfectly match the brand and I am very happy that we are now part of it all. It is a real honor to relive our efforts with such remarkable partners – starting a new chapter in Greece and working together to write more real Stories That Stay “.