“I must say, personally, I’m impressed with the improvements that Greece is going through. Being the largest global supplier basis software, we are here to help accelerate the process to increase innovation and growth, because that’s really the agenda of the future in Greece. We see a market with lots of intelligent people, we see a market where software would play a major role, and we are here to make our investments and accelerate the process. We will invest in Greece. We have moved our South Europe Headquarters to Athens to show our focus on this market. We can inspire small startups to leverage our technology and drive innovation in growth in a global basis environment.”
Jim Hagemann Snabe
“I think that [Costa Navarino] is the most important golf development in continental Europe since Sotogrande 46 years ago. People are going to be absolutely shocked when they see what has been built there, because it is so good that it will reinvigorate the golf map in the Mediterranean area.”
The Stripe Group
"Invest in Greece, achieve mutual benefits and win –win"
President & CEO
"Dolphin Capital completed and successfully opened Amanzoe (www.amanzoe.com) in the Peloponnese, receiving raving reviews and setting a new standard of luxury and elegance in the Mediterranean. The global attention and prestigious clients that attracted, indicate the new standards in high-end tourism that Greece is capable of setting."
Dolphin Capital Partners
“The country has a strong tourism infrastructure. With the hotel market in Greece dominated by independently run hotels and domestic chains, we believe there are wonderful growth opportunities for all our brands throughout the country.”
January 11, 2010
Hilton Worldwide’s Senior Vice President, Development - Europe & Africa
“VINCI has a strong and lasting presence in Greece, where the public-private partnership culture is now well-established and significant infrastructure needs remain. VINCI is the lead contractor / concessionaire of the Rion-Antirion Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and is also involved in two motorway concessions in Greece, the OLYMPIA ODOS and the AEGEAN MOTORWAY.”
Christophe Pélissié du Rausas, Senior Vice President
“HOCHTIEF has been active in Greece for many years and can draw up a thoroughly positive balance-sheet. Since the mid-1990s, we have been engaged in what is probably one of the most important PPP projects anywhere: Athens International Airport. HOCHTIEF was responsible for planning and construction and also heavily invested in the airport. At the time it was the largest-ever PPP venture in the aviation sector – and it has been operated jointly since its opening in 2001 by the state and private enterprise, with exceptional success. The many positive experiences, the judicial framework and our open and constructive cooperation with the state and its representatives have prompted us to expand our activities in Greece. On behalf of the Greek state we are currently planning, financing, building and operating the toll roads of Maliakos-Kleidi and Elefsina-Patras-Tsakona. This means that in Greece HOCHTIEF is now responsible for a total road length of around 600 kilometers. We wish to invest further, for instance in the social infrastructure in schools and correctional facilities, and are already bidding on a number of projects.”
Dr. rer. pol. Peter Noé
Member of the Executive Board HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft
“Deutsche Telekom’s investment in OTE has significantly increased our footprint in the region of Southern and Eastern Europe and provides an ideal springboard for further growth potential. OTE has gathered a lot of expertise in the region over the past years, which currently generates 17 percent of our turnover and 20 percent of the EBITDA. We now have a solid market position here and combined with Deutsche Telekom’s knowledge from other markets, we can define considerable economies of scale, best practices and deliver a seamless and excellent experience for all of our valued customers.”
Guido Kerkhoff, Deutsche Telekom Board Member Southern and Eastern Europe
“In 2006, Greece ranked first globally in terms of broadband growth. Microsoft gives particular emphasis in developing innovation at a local level, since it constitutes the key growth factor for each country. Within this framework, the inauguration of the Innovation Center aims at contributing in the creation of opportunities for all that will reinforce Greek competitiveness globally.”
“We are very pleased with the response to the company’s application and equally enthusiastic about building a photovoltaic solar panel plant in Tripoli. With respect to your organization, we were impressed by your professionalism and diligence and thankful for the guidance you provided us regarding the administrative procedures of the Greek government. We would certainly recommend that other foreign investors utilize your services in the future. In addition, we are excited about the opportunity to invest in a renewable energy project in Greece and we are hopeful that this will not be Plainfield’s last investment there.”
Plainfield Asset Management LLC
“We believe that there is space for new projects in the Greek market. Moreover, the modern Greek lifestyle represents an investment opportunity with considerable growth potential.”
“Greece is a strong business hub offering access to the EU, Russia and the former East European bloc countries. Moreover, Greece offers a large pool of skilled, well-educated, and hard working labour force at competitive cost rates. The Greek government supports heavily foreign investments into the country”.
Chairman and Managing Director
TOSOH HELLAS A.I.C.
“The new plant in Greece is a direct reflection of our policy to meet the growing demands of the construction industry in both southern Europe and south Eastern Europe. It will provide extra flexibility in supplies of AQUAPANEL® Cement Board, with key benefits of reduced logistics costs and reduced lead-times on large deliveries of cement board to this region. Our expansion into Volos is also significant news for the local area.”
KNAUF USG SYSTEMS
“Greece as a potential investment location offers a variety of advantages for a project like the biodiesel-plant. Northern Greece has a high level of sun-energy connected with a strong but still expandable agrarian industry. Therefore, we see high potential in gaining raw materials needed for the production of bio fuels. The infrastructure is more than sufficient and the workforce, although skilled, can benefit from new fields of development.”
PLATZ INGENIEURE GMBH
"We came to Greece in 2000, in view of the upcoming Games, and since then have had revenues in excess of $ 500 million. We believe that Greece is a great place to invest and our rate of growth compared to other east Mediterranean countries is significantly higher here and we are now looking to expand the scope of our activities further".
GENERAL ELECTRIC ENERGY
"There were many reasons why we chose to invest in Greece, the first one being the growth of the telecommunications market in Greece and the second one was the ability to use Greece is a base for business development for the Balkan countries."
"Why did I invest in Greece? Because I love Greece, it will be the most important market for golf tourism in the Mediterranean area in the next 10 years. Our project includes two 18 hole golf courses, a 5 star luxury hotel, bungalows, a conference centre, health spa and marina."
Johann P. Bachmann
SWISS GOLF INVEST AG
"We chose Greece because we needed a strategically located plant with low overall costs and increased flexibility in order to meet the growing regional demand. Greece as a location was ideal in meeting these needs"
"For tourism, quite frankly, Greece has everything. The Greek people are the most hospitable in Europe, the food is great, and Crete has the longest European summer. And because Greece is the foundation of Western Civilization, we are innately tied to its culture"
"Greece, beside its great historical and natural resources and the variety of traditional agricultural products, today has the appropriate profile, infrastructure, and the vision to support the challenges of the business environment of the 21st century."
"…I strongly believe that despite the fact that Greece is a relatively small country, its telecoms market is very attractive for potential investors. And it will be more attractive as long as it plays a protagonist role in the neighbouring developing countries…"
AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK SERVICES
HELLAS & CYPRUS
"Crete, is blessed with stunning landscapes, unique environment and natural beauty, hospitable people and rich history, mythology and culture. These are excellent ingredients for developing quality tourism with upsacle resorts of unique character that could help Crete to stand out and be placed on the top of the list of quality tourist destinations in the world attracting high income level clientele from around the globe. With the above in mind, Emerald has secured, on the south coast of Crete, a charismatic piece of land - 160 hectares - on one of the best beaches of Greece, where is planning and integrated quality resort of exemplary high standards. With an investment of over 310 million EURO, the resort will consist of two 5 star luxury hotels, two spa facilities, a conference centre, an athletic centre, a village hub, etc and substantial luxury real estate."
EMERALD DEVELOPMENTS SA
AND THE PHOTOS PHOTIADES
GROUP OF COMPANIES
“We are delighted to bring our Starwood brands to Greece, a premiere location and a vital European destination.”
President of Europe, Africa and Middle East Division
Starwood Hotels & Resorts