Interview with Pavlos Papadakis

Wednesday 20 March 2019



“Greece can make the difference in the tourism industry”

Interview with Pavlos Papadakis

Executive Committee FBMA Greece

Food and Beverage Director Smile Hotels Greece


“The key of the Greek hospitality is the world famous Greek  Gastronomy and  to make guests  feel  like they are unique”


 This is what Pavlos Papadakis  tells at his team  in order to explain with simple words what working in the Hospitality industry means

With more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Pavlos says that he is proud to offer his services to the Greek hospitality scene.


In this interview Pavlos Papadakis explains how the Greek gastronomy and the hospitality  combined  can make the difference in th market.


-Pavlos, please share with our readers  some career highlights

I began my career  in Hospitality Industry  after graduating in Austria “International Tourism and Management”. In the last 15 years I have held several prestigious positions, including  Assistant Manager at Stefan Village Hotel,Assistand Manager  at Mega Place group of companies, Food and Beverage Manager at Louis Hotels chain, and finally Food and Beverage Director at Smile Hotels Greece.


 -Gastronomy is a big part of the  experience of hotel guests. How can Greece can make the difference on that section.

The gastronomy in all the parts of Greece will excite you, traditional  breakfast, colourful authentic Mediterranean cuisine, local products, fine wines, flavourful beers and local spirits.

 I think that the gastronomic wealth of Greece is a big basket full of natural perfumes and tastes. Greek Gastronomy promises to be an  experience that a guest will never forget.We must promote our basket as much as we can, in a hotel there are many ways we can do that.


-Is tourism and Greek gastronomy connected?

Always the destination of a traveller  is directly connected to gastronomy. People who travel discover a place through its gastronomy. My opinion is that one cannot exist without the other.

-Teamwork is the key for success. How that  drive a hotel to success?

 Teamwork is everything not only at the hotels but in every business. When we recruit staff we look for people that share this same philosophy and have a passion for hospitality, this is the only way to ensure each and every guest receives the experience they deserve


-Is the quality of services and  quality of food in the hotels affected by the  economic crisis?

The hoteliers in Greece keeping their standards of their hotels up.I think that the present and the gonverments in the past didn’t make  anything to help the Hospitality industry for example by reducing the VAT or the labor costs .I hope this will change in the future.


- Pavlos what is your plans for your future

I am focused to what I am doing right now,to make our guests leaving our country with a big smile and to make Smile Hotels as much profiterable as I can ,of courseI have plans but it is not  the time to announce something.


-As a hospitality  professional, what would be your best advice for travelers?

 The advice I  give to  all those who  visit our beautiful Country is to open up to and get to know real Greece, our  character and our culture.Go out don’t stay on one place.

SMILE HOTELS chain owned by KARAVARAKIS SA established in Chaniá since 1989.  and Resorts represents a collection of four Hotels in Greece,one in Athens which operates all year round and since its very close to the International Airport Eleftherios Venizalos has free shuttle bus service for airport  stopover guests,and three Hotel Resorts in Crete with more than 1000 beds.

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