The President of HCH Mr. Alexandros Vassilikos was elected President of HOTREC

Mr. Alexandros Vassilikos, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) President, was unanimously elected president of HOTREC, the umbrella association for Hotels, Restaurants, & Cafes in Europe, during a meeting in Stockholm on October 6th.

HOTREC is active in 36 countries through its 47 national associations and represents Europe’s hospitality industry.

After his election Mr. Vassilikos made the following statement:

It is a great honor but also a great responsibility to assume the duties of president of HOTREC with the trust of European colleagues. An election that acknowledges the systematic work by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels in representing the industry at a European level and Greece’s leading role in European tourism.

Hospitality is a major comparative advantage for the European economy, accounting for 12 million employees in over 2,000,000 businesses, 90 percent of which are small and medium-sized hotels, restaurants and cafes. As is the case in Greece, hospitality is the backbone of small and medium entrepreneurship in Europe.

At a time of massive changes in hospitality, it is our strategic priority to effectively and responsibly represent businesses in the industry in order to successfully address major issues such as inflationary pressures, energy costs and labor shortages as well as – unfortunately – the consequences of an ongoing, devastating war in Europe. At the same time, we are called on to lay the foundations for a ‘greener’ hospitality,” Mr. Vassilikos concluded.

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