Ho­tels have high hopes for Marathon

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

To­mor­row’s Athens Au­then­tic Marathon, in which up to 35,000 run­ners are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate, is seen as a cru­cial boost for the cap­i­tal’s ho­tels, although fu­ture marathons hold the po­ten­tial for even greater ben­e­fits for tourism in the city, ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent of the At­tica, Athens and Ar­gosa­ronic Hote­liers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Alexan­dros Vas­si­likos also told Kathimerini that in other ci­ties that host marathon races the oc­cu­pancy rate at lo­cal ho­tels reaches 100 per­cent on the days around the event.

He hopes that the Greek cap­i­tal’s ho­tels will see their guests in­crease this Novem­ber, fol­low­ing the pat­tern set in pre­vi­ous months. Vas­si­likos also stressed that Athens ho­tels count on the marathon ev­ery Novem­ber and pro­mote it to their cus­tomers.

Novem­ber oc­cu­pancy rates at Athens ho­tels posted a steady de­cline from 2007 to 2012, drop­ping from 71.4 per­cent seven years ago to just 42.6 per­cent in 2012. A re­bound was recorded last year as Athens ho­tels were just over half-full (51.8 per­cent), ac­cord­ing to the hote­liers as­so­ci­a­tion.

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