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Major hotel chains have indicated they intend engaging in a tough battle for the right to construct new units in Athens<.> in view of the city`s hosting of the 2004 Games…

Major hotel chains have indicated they intend engaging in a tough battle for the right to construct new units in Athens<.> in view of the city`s hosting of the 2004 Games.

Around 30 expressions of interest concerning proposals for the building of new hotels and upgrades of existing units have been submitted to the Hellenic Tourism Organisation (EOT) thus far.

Among the leading companies is the Astir Vouliagmeni chain which has submitted four proposals involving the transformation of buildings in Athens and Vouliagmeni into hotels.

The company Greek Tourist Enterprises has tendered five proposals for the creation of hotel units on EOT-owned property in Varkiza, Anavyssos, Flisvos, Zea and Voula.

The Hyatt chain, which is gaining a foothold in accommodation units in Athens, has also expressed substantial interest.

The Electra group has proposed the establishment of a new unit in the historical Plaka quarter while the Ioniki group, managers of the Athens Hilton, is interested in operating a second hotel in the city.

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