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August 13, 2018

Big Meeting News for New York and Athens, Greece

One major hotel opening and another on the horizon lead this week's supplier news in meetings and events. Take a look. 

Hyatt Heads for Athens

Grand Hyatt Athens has officially opened, marking the first Hyatt hotel in the Greek capital and the first Grand Hyatt-branded hotel in Greece. The luxury property is located on Syngrou Avenue next to the Onassis Cultural Centre, providing quick access to historic sites and top restaurants.

Grand Hyatt Athens offers almost 21,500 square feet of flexible event space and seven flexible multifunctional meeting spaces, accommodating up to 1,000 guests. Conference facilities are equipped with the latest audio-visual technology paired with dedicated personal assistance.

Athens offers plenty of activities for all types of visitors. It’s most notable, however, for being the historic capital of Europe. Nearby points of interest nearby include the Acropolis and the Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, The Odeon of Herodes Attieus, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. Golf courses, the passenger port terminal of Piraeus and the beaches of Athens’ southern suburbs are just a short car ride away.

We hear the hotel incorporates art reminiscent of ancient Athens. Alongside original pieces from the Museum of Cycladic Art, the hotel lobby has an art installation called The Coin, which is made from replicated ancient Athenian coins.


The hotel has 309 guestrooms, 38 of which are suites, including the Presidential Suite, Royal Suite and four Grand Executive Suites with terraces. The rooms have views of the Acropolis, the cityscape or the inner landscaped garden. Additionally, suite- and club-room guests have exclusive access to the Grand Club Lounge, which provides personal concierge services and culinary treats throughout the day.


The rooftop restaurant overlooks the brightly lit Acropolis neighborhood and serves seasonally inspired Mediterranean cuisine. For a more relaxed environment, guests can also dine in the Aphrodite lobby lounge and bar, a modern and comfortable lounge-style restaurant offering patisserie selections, salads and deluxe sandwiches.

Wellbeing and Fitness

Grand Hyatt Athens has a rooftop outdoor swimming pool with views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The wellness center has four private treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, relaxation lounges, a sauna and a Turkish bath. Note: The wellness center is set to open in early 2019.

Leading the hotel as general manager will be Nikos Trikourakis

JFK’s TWA Hotel Opens for Event Bookings

The TWA Hotel, a new airport hotel in the historic TWA terminal in New York City’s JFK Airport, is now accepting bookings for meetings and events starting in spring 2019. 

The 512-room hotel will have 50,000 square feet of event space and outdoor terraces, including the 15,000-square-foot Starstream Ballroom and the Flight Center Ballroom. There will also be an additional 200,000 square feet of flexible space in the former TWA terminal, including outdoor terraces and an observation deck, as well as 45 flexible event rooms. All told the property will have space to host events of up to 1,600 people. 

Event planners will also be able to take advantage of A/V and teleconferencing equipment with onsite experts, plus onsite staff to handle logistics, dedicated onsite event planners and a day-of meeting concierge. Also available will be custom food and beverage ranging from cocktails to four-course dinners, as well as a kosher kitchen. Third-party catering will be allowed, and the hotel will also have 5GB Wi-Fi. 

The hotel’s 512 guestrooms will include 44 suites. There will also be five hospitality suites. Other amenities will include a 10,000-square-foot fitness facility, six restaurants and eight bars. 

The hotel will be accessible via public transportation by the AirTrain to Penn Station, as well as via a connection to JetBlue’s Terminal 5. The property will also be a two-minute, 45-second walk to Terminal 4, which hosts Delta and 30 other carriers, as well as a five-minute AirTrain ride to all other terminals. There will also be valet parking, 4,000 parking spaces in adjacent garages and bus parking in adjacent garages. 

To book and event, call 212-806-9000 or email [email protected]

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