Meet the team

George Grafakos

CEO

George completed a degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business before taking on his role as CEO of Meridian Travel, which was the largest Greek incoming Tour operator in Greece. In 2006 George took a leading position in Aqua Vista Hotels and has contributed greatly to the group’s success with his expertise and experience in Alternative Management Solutions. Dedicated to providing upscale services to hotel proprietors, he is also committed to ensuring maximum profits, which will encourage staff loyalty and the ultimate guest experience. George lends his expertise in the areas of Hotel Operations Management, Hospitality Sales & Marketing, Accounting & Finance and Human Resources & Training.

“From the conceptualisation of a hotel to its final completion, we are always inspired by the needs of the client and the desire to offer the highest quality of services.”

Alina Tsolakakis

Managing Director

Alina is one of the founding members of Aqua Vista Hotels, bringing an innovative approach to the Hotel Management industry. She has been involved in the tourism sector since the 90’s and became one of the most influential executives at Meridian Travel before setting up the new Aqua Vista Hotels group in 2005. Possessing skills in the founding and running of franchises,
Alina has been instrumental in the company’s success and growth since its first steps. Her passion and love for interior design and the desire to create spaces of a unique character have led her to develop her interest even further. Inspired by international trends as well as following her own instincts, she is able to create interiors of a distinct style in keeping with the unit’s particular location and history.

“A successful enterprise relies on two things; determination and vision. Aqua Vista Hotels has been built on both and is always looking ahead to new goals.”

George Tsolakakis

Director of Sales

George began his career as Traffic Coordinator at Meridian Travel, on of the then largest Greek incoming Tour operators in Greece. From 2010 he took over the Santorini branch of Aqua Vista Hotels as Director of Sales. Having expertise in Alternative Management Services, George offers hotel owners effective business solutions to ensure higher profits, increased value and effective sales and marketing. A specialist in his field, George is a valued member of Aqua vista hotels and has been instrumental in its growth and success.

“No matter how unique a hotel is, it needs to be marketed correctly to achieve success. We combine soundproof methods with a creative sales approach.”

Christos Sorvatziotis

CFO

Christos completed a degree in Business Administration & Finance at the Hellenic University of Patras, having already a diploma in computerised accounting, before embarking on a career in the tourism sector. He was responsible for Financial Operations and Control for several Incoming Tour Operators before joining Aqua Vista Hotels in 2012, where he is currently
responsible for establishing financial policies and managing the implementation of internal controls for the group’s hotel portfolio. A results-driven and proactive financial professional, Christos has a track record in achieving significant growth in company value and in cutting underperforming entities. With his strong performance in new business development and a genuine passion for re-organization, Christos is a motivated and dynamic team player.

“Making sure that a hotel unit is financially stable and profitable requires a very precise understanding of budgets and economic factors, something which we have an in depth knowledge of.”

Sofia Matzourani

Business Development Manager

After graduating from the department of Executive Travel Agents at the Professional School of Tourism and then receiving a Master at Park Lane College Leeds UK, Sofia began her career at Woodcock Travel, Leeds. Since then she has held executive management positions in the wider range of incoming and outgoing tourism, such as Branch Manager (Incoming Sector), Charter Operation Manager (Outgoing Sector) and Hotel General Manager (Hospitality industry), adding invaluable experience and know-how of the wider tourism sector to her academic knowledge.
As well as her main professional activities, Sofia shares her knowledge and gives practical advise at various seminars and workshops organised by hotel units and at tourism exhibitions and other tourism events in Athens, Nafplion and the Aegean Islands (Naxos, Milos, Andros). Equally, she has presented her insight to hotel personnel, travel agents, tourism companies and hotel owners. Sofia continues to train new recruits and can also speak English and Italian, as well as Spanish and German. Her love for what she does has led her to make a hobby of becoming an expert in every innovation that will bring added value to her professional identity.

“Expertise, vast experience and a passion for creativity are the main factors which enable Aqua Vista Hotels to create units of distinct character.”

Katerina Adamopoulou

Assistant Director of Sales

After attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Policy at Panteion University, Katerina received a Master in Organization and Management of Small and Medium Hotel Units from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her career began as a Marketing Assistant for a tourist agency before working her way up to her present position. Katerina gained valuable experience working for leading companies in the sector, as well as hotels and resorts, and has in-depth knowledge of online reservation channels such as Expedia, Booking , GTA and so on. Katerina is now part of the Sales team. She is proficient in English and can also speak French and Spanish.

“When it comes to effective sales, it’s all about useful contacts and great storytelling. Aqua Vista Hotels has both!”

Lefteris Tsanakas

General Manager

After graduating from the Hospitality Management School of Thessaloniki, Lefteris has built up more than a decade of invaluable experience in the hospitality industry. Beginning his career as a concierge assistant, Lefteris has spent the past eight years working with Aqua Vista Hotels in the role of General Manager. He is responsible for operations relating to the hotels in the group’s portfolio, providing leadership and strategic planning to each hotel department in order to achieve the best guest experience.

“Professionalism and a dedication to achieving targets, as well as an in depth knowledge of the sector, are Aqua Vista’s guarantee for total success.”

Effie Moraiti

Reservation Manager

Before joining Aqua Vista Hotels, first as Reservation Agent and now Manager, Effie had notched up a vast amount of experience in the hotel and hospitality sector. On graduating from the Vocational Training Institute as an Expert in Hotel Services at the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism’s OTEK school in Thessaloniki, she worked as Receptionist and Front Desk agent at Ekies All Senses Resort in Chalkidiki and as Room Division/Front Office Supervisor for The Caravan B&B Thessaloniki. Skilled in guest relations, customer service and management software systems, Effie’s all-round knowledge makes her a valuable asset to the company.

Nikos Tsatsarakis
Chryssa Petkou
Lia Dagli
Afroditi Zimou
Todora Andonova
Dimitris Pouftas
Hannah Baliakas
Kostas Rizakos
Liljana Shkembi
Maria Daneva
Markella Mantzourani
Sakis Charalambidis
Leonard Shabani
Vaggelis Lanaras
Veselin Vasilev
Marina Lignou
Evi Nantziou