BUSINESS

Astir Palace plans revealed

TAGS: Privatizations

A Turkish-Arab fund plans to spend up to about 300 million euros to redevelop a luxury seaside resort on the southern coast of Athens, bringing significant foreign investment into the cash-strapped country, the fund said on Tuesday.

Greece concluded in October the sale of a 90 percent stake in the Astir Palace hotel complex to the Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund as part of a key privatization scheme under Greece’s international bailouts since 2010.

The fund represents investors from Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and other Arab emirates.

Greece’s leftist-led government initially froze the investment when it was first elected in 2015, while an administrative court ruled that planned construction on an Athens riviera peninsula violated national law.

That hurdle was removed when Jermyn Street and Greece agreed in January on an amended special zoning plan to align the plot’s development with the court’s ruling.

Presenting their redevelopment plan for the Astir Palace yesterday, Jermyn Street said it aimed to make the complex a prime destination for visitors from around the world.

“The past three years have shown our commitment to both Greece and to the Astir peninsula and we continue to have this commitment stronger than ever,” said Walid Abu-Suud, co-chief executive officer of AGC Equity Partners, an investment adviser for Jermyn Street.

“The redevelopment plan aims to elevate the peninsula to a first-class tourist destination with an investment of over 600 million euros.”

[Reuters]

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