INSPIRE Athens is expected to usher in a new era of tourism growth and economic prosperity for Greece.
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) is officially building “INSPIRE Athens” on the site of the former Hellinikon International Airport in the Greek capital city of Athens.
The Tribal operator has been granted a license by regulator the Hellenic Gaming Commission (HGC) to develop the country’s first integrated resort and casino.
“We are honoured to have been chosen by the HGC and believe that as the first integrated resort and casino experience in Greece, Inspire Athens will further solidify the city of Athens as one of Europe’s most enticing and iconic destinations,” MGE president and chief executive Mario Kontomerkos said.
MGE partnered with local conglomerate Gek Terna on its bid. HGC selected MGE’s bid in January, beating a rival proposal from Hard Rock International.
The new license paves the way for MGE to construct a luxury hotel, casino, premier entertainment venues, convention center, shopping, dining, and various other premium amenities.
Known locally as the Hellinikon Project, it’s expected to create more than 7,000 jobs in the region during and after construction, including direct, indirect and induced employment. It’s also projected to boost international tourism in by at least 10%.
INSPIRE Athens will feature state-of-the-art meeting facilities that will reposition Athens as the preferred meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destination. With multi-purpose indoor event space, and sprawling resort pools, INSPIRE Athens intends to marry world-class luxury hospitality and entertainment in a way that’s never before been seen in the south of Europe.
International architectural firm Steelman Partners is responsible for the building’s iconic design that aesthetically capitalizes on the Greek affinity for the outdoors. Virtually all the resort’s restaurants, bars, lounges, and nightclubs offer both indoor and outdoor experiences. The resort’s design also embraces cultural elements; the towers are modeled on Greek’s Caryatids.
“We recognize the importance of this transformative effort for Greece and are looking forward to leading the charge for one of the most ambitious development projects ever undertaken in the country,” Kontomerkos said.