The Hellenic Gaming Commission (HGC) has selected Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE), master developer of integrated entertainment resorts (IER) worldwide, to develop the first integrated resort and casino (IRC) in Greece. 

The winning bid from MGE, submitted in partnership with GEK TERNA, proposes a state-of-the-art development plan, INSPIRE Athens, which will include a luxury hotel, premier entertainment venues, convention center, shopping, dining, casino and a comprehensive mix of premium amenities, according to press materials. The cost of the development is tabbed at a reported $1.6 billion and will take place at the former Hellinikon International Airport in Athens. 

The landmark INSPIRE Athens IRC is expected to attract an influx of international tourists and provide a significant contribution to the pioneering Hellinikon Project that will redefine the modern identity of Greece.

“We are honored 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,” said Mario Kontomerkos, president and chief executive officer for MGE. “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.”

With state-of-the-art meeting facilities that will reposition Athens as the preferred MICE destination, a multi-purpose indoor event space and sprawling resort pools, INSPIRE Athens intends to marry world-class luxury hospitality and ceaseless entertainment in a way that’s never before been seen in the south of Europe. Designed by Steelman Partners, the resort will capitalize on the Greek affinity for the outdoors where virtually all the resort’s restaurants, bars, lounges and nightclubs offer both indoor and outdoor experiences. 

INSPIRE Athens also intends to be southern Europe’s center for A-list music concerts, theatrical performances, major sporting events and other arts and cultural activities on a weekly basis.