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14 June, 2001
The need for new hotels, particularly in the luxury categories, to house those coming to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens was stressed during an interview with the ANA on Wednesday by Athens 2004 Olympics Organizing Committee (ATHOC) official Spyros Kapralos.
Kapralos said that the capital was short by up to 8,650 rooms compared with other cities hosting the Games, especially Sydney, and would be unable to meet the demand that would be created by the athletes, judges, officials and hundreds of thou-sands of visitors expected in the city during that time.
According to the ATHOC official, Athens needed 4,650 additional rooms in the top three categories (five-star to three-star), and another 4,000 rooms in the two-star category.
Athens hoteliers, however, object to plans to increase the number of rooms in the capital, claiming that occupancy rates are presently low and that additional rooms will further increase problems in filling hotels.
Source: Athens News Agency