Aris Ikkos

Company: Institute SETE

Position: Research Director


Senior consulting professional in the Tourism and Hospitality industries with broad experience in strategy formulation and implementation, with multiple successful case studies in Europe, the Caribbean, and the Mid-East regions.

Currently, Research Director at the Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation pursuing research on market dynamics, sustainability, and digitalisation. Has developed state-of-the-art tools for the industry to monitor market developments and the recovery of the tourism sector out of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mission Statement

To support clients in developing their businesses in a structured manner leading to growth.

Geographic Areas

Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Czech Republic, Caribbean, Holland, Albania, Oman


Aris has over 30 years experience in the Greek Hotel, Tourism, and Leisure industries and has assisted local and foreign clients in national and international projects.

Professional Memberships

ISHC (International Society of Hospitality Consultants) LBSAA (London Business School Alumni Association) OOE (Greek Economic Chamber) Formerly with the Academy of Experts, London

Articles and Publications

Forecast of incoming tourism to Greece on basis of Slot allocation - Quarterly Newsletter on the performance of the Greek Hospitality Industry - Annual Surveys on the performance of Hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki - Annual Guest Satisfaction Survey for Hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki. - The effect of the Athens Olympics on the Athens Hotel Industry, August 2008 - Competitiveness of Greek Tourism Product and Tourism Policy, Travel Daily News, February 2006 -Olympic Lessons for Tourism Policy; Tourism Report, October 2004 -Tourism Marketing and Investment in Dubai and Greece; i-note, June 2004 -ISHC's 10 Issues & Challenges in the Hospitality Insustry for 2004, Greek Practice & Prospects; Hotel News Resource, April 2004 -Luxury Tourism: a matter for all, not just hotels; Hotel News Resource, February 2004 -Hotel Studies of 2002 - 2006

Representative List of Clients

Sovereign Funds from Middle East - National Tourism Organisations of Greece and Cyprus - Financial Institutions such as International Finance Corporation and Banc of America Securities - Independent and Branded Hotel chains and Resorts - Casinos such as Casino Magic, Hyatt Regency, Caesar’s, Cirsa, Orbis - Construction companies


Aris holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of London and has studied Economics and Finance at the following Colleges of the University of London: University College, Queen Mary College, and London Business School. His professional qualifications include a Diploma in Project Management (University of Bremen, Germany) and Professional Training (Thames Valley University, UK). He is a Certified Trainer from the UK and has been a Member of The Academy of Experts, a body of approved Expert Witnesses.

Past Experience

Consulting the Greek Tourism Industry since the late '80s, Aris has been involved in numerous projects ranging from destination development and regional tourism planning to market research and investment appraisal for all forms of private and public tourism infrastructure (e.g. hotels, marinas, casinos, spas, managed attractions and conference centers).