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5,000 Athens hotel rooms left

Despite fears that Athens hotels will already be fully booked ahead of the Olympics, some 5,000 rooms are still available, Games officials and hoteliers said yesterday. Speaking at a press conference organized by the Hellenic Association of Travel Agents and Tourist Agencies (HATTA), Athens 2004 accommodation chief Vassilis Neiadas dismissed fears that the capital would not have enough hotel rooms during the Games. «It is a myth to say that there is not enough room, and that hotels are too expensive,» he said, adding that rooms are still available on four of the cruise ships that will serve as floating hotels in Piraeus during the Olympics. Most of the capital’s rooms have been booked for visiting officials. The chairman of the Attica Hoteliers’ Association, Giorgos Tsakiris, said some 5,000 of the capital’s 62,000 hotel rooms were still available, adding that prices have increased on average by 12 percent over last year. According to Neiadas, prices range from 65 euros for third-category hotels to 650 euros in luxury complexes.