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Title: Issue Date: 15/05/00
Author: Page Number: 3
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ABTA seeks resolution over Kos convention

ABTA has met Greek tourist chiefs to thrash out problems surrounding the Kos convention (Travel Weekly May 8).

Newman Street called for urgent talks following concerns over the pricing of events in addition to demands from hoteliers away from the main convention hotels who wanted guaranteed occupancy rates of 90%.

Hellenic Tourism Organisation director Panos Argyros denied there were problems but said he would work closely with ABTA to iron out any concerns it may have over pricing. We all want this to be a successful conference,” he said. “We will work through any problems ABTA may have but hoteliers are not demanding high-occupancy rates.”

An ABTA spokesman said: “If the Hellenic Tourism Organisation has sorted out the problem, then we welcome that.”

He added that ABTA had already agreed to hit 90% occupancy rates at the two main convention hotels.

In talks: ABTA is anxious to sort out the Kos problems