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Blue Star Ferries Inaugurates Chania-Piraeus Route

Piraeus-based Blue Star Ferries now runs a ferry route from Piraeus to Chania, Crete, with its newbuild Blue Star 2. The journey takes a mere five hours and 45 minutes. The vessel, built in 2000, plies the route at a speed of 28 miles an hour and carries up to 1,900 passengers...
Posted On 01 May 2003

Amadeus Adds More Low-fare Carriers

Travel agencies worldwide connected to Amadeus can now sell seats on Germanwings, the new German low-fare carrier. On 1 April 2003, Germanwings joined other low fare airlines already available through the Amadeus System, such as Virgin Express, Zip Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle,...
Posted On 01 May 2003

Concorde Jets Pushed Into Retirement

Concorde, the needle-nosed aircraft for the super-rich and super-rushed, is retiring after a quarter-century of service, its British and French operators announced last month. "Never has such a beautiful object been designed and built by man," Air France president Jean-Cyril...
Posted On 01 May 2003

Luxair Is Back With Daily Flights

Luxair, Luxembourg's flag carrier, resumed flights to Athens on March 30. The airline had suspended its flights to here some four years ago but now flies daily out of Athens to Luxembourg, with a stopover at Italy's Milan Bergamo airport, using a 49-seat Embraer 145 Eurojet that...
Posted On 01 May 2003

Tourism Promotion Campaign Underway

The Hellenic Tourism Organization said it would begin its 7.3-million-euro tourism advertising campaign abroad this month. The organization's president, Yiannis Patellis, said that the campaign's theme would very much resemble that of last year and announced that Greece had...
Posted On 01 May 2003

Balkan Federation Agreement Signed

The Federation of Travel and Tourism Agencies Association in the Balkan Region is now a reality. During last month's Tourism Panorama the final signatures from seven presidents of 10 Balkan country travel agency associations entered the cooperation agreement.
Posted On 01 May 2003

Prime Minister Believes SETE Could Be the Tourism Industry’s Link with Government

Prime Minister Costas Simitis told the 11th annual meeting of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) last month that he realized the strong euro, the universal economic slowdown and the Iraq war have adversely affected Greek tourism. He also said that he favored SETE...
Posted On 01 May 2003

Mont Parnes Sale Approved

A government bill to privatize the Mont Parnes casino near Athens received parliamentary approval on March 2, despite disagreement from the opposition over its terms.
Posted On 01 May 2003

Athens Festival Readies For New Season

Hellenic Festival has announced its program for both the Athens Festival and Epidaurus Festival. The Athens Festival begins June 2 with Andrea Bocelli in Concert. Programs continue through until September 28. These include opera, classical and contemporary dance, orchestras,...
Posted On 01 May 2003

Holidaymakers Flock to Panorama 2003 Tourism Fair

In the midst of yet another international crisis, and a slow economy, Greeks took full advantage of this year's Panorama tourism fair, the eighth, in hopes of finding some special deals and domestic holiday possibilities this year. Exhibitors said they were truly surprised at the...
Posted On 01 May 2003