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Cel Tours Promotes New Destinations And On-line Sales

Mary Souli, general manger of Athens-based Cel Tours, organized a major promotional event in Thessaloniki recently for that area’s travel agents.

Greek President Launches Olpympic Voyager

The fastest cruise ship of its class is the world and the first newbuild of Royal Olympic Cruises sailed into Piraeus harbor last month exactly as planned, and was officially launched by Hellenic Republic President Costis Stephanopoulos.

Wayfare Aviation Presents Unexplored Scadinavia

For Greek travelers that wish to explore new and exciting Scadinavian destinations, Wayfare Aviation Services has a new product of special interest. In cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy in Greek and with SAS, Wayfare has produced a brochure that allows travelers to explore...

Strintzis Proudly Presents Blue Star Ithaki And Blue Star 1

Besides celebrating the arrival of new vessels, Strinztis Lines, now know as Blue Star Ferries, has received government approval to place its Blue Island and Blue Galaxy vessels in the Patras- Heraklion route as of July 2. The vessels depart from Patras every Sunday at 20:00 and...

Research Institute for Tourism Sees Increase In Arrivals

The Research Institute for Tourism (ITEP) estimates that arrivals with increase by 7% over last year when incoming traffic increase over the year before by some 10% with 13.3 million visitors - up from 12.5 million.

Minoan Flying Dolphins Takes Delivery Of New Highspeed

Minoan Flying Dolphins has taken delivery of the first of three Highspeed ferries built by the Australian firm Austal. The Greek flag was raised on the vessel Highspeed 2, which began to service routes in the Aegean last month.

Doucas Tours Increases Share Capital

Thessaloniki- based Doucas Tours intends to keep its position as one of Greece’s biggest and best travel companies. Earlier this year, the company began plans for a complete reorganization so as to keep up to date with the rapid changes in competition. Reorganization plans should...

Alpine Offers Bachelor’s Degree

The Alpine Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management has been authorized by the UK’s Bournemouth University to offer students a degree course in international hospitality and tourism management as of this October.

Arrivals To Crete Down

Tourist traffic to the island of Crete this year will drop by 10 percent, predict Cretan travel agencies. They add that arrivals could drop even further next year. Crete Travel Agent’s Association President Manolis Papakaliatis said tour operators continue to pressure his members...

Greece’s Tourism Surplus Shrinks

Recent Eurostat figures for 1998 show that Greece’s tourism sector posted a surplus balance in its tourism sector of 288 billion drachmas.

Greece Again Earns 327 “European Blue Flag” Awards

Greece proves once again that its beaches and bathing waters are among the best in Europe. Like last year, the country was awarded 327 “European Blue Flags” for its clean, environmentally rich beaches from the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe.

Korean Air, Delta, Air France And Aeromexico Create Sky Team Alliance

Yet another new alliance of strong international airlines greets the market this month. Local representatives from Korean Air, Delta, Air France and Aeromexico are ready to visit Greek travel agents and inform them on the new “Sky Team” alliance created by the four airlines.

Coastal Shipping Takes Front Seat At Travel Agency Seminar

The prospects for cooperation between travel agencies and the transport industry were raised at the first public discussion recently hosted by the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agencies (HATTA). Last month the association launched the first in a series of one-day...

Tourism Industry Unhappy With State Tourism Policies

Spiros Kokotos, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), called the tourism press corps together last month to reiterate industry complaints that the government was not doing its best to confront tourism problems.

Tourism Policy Makers Create “Readiness 2000” Package

A package of measures aimed at increasing the level of tourism services offered in Greece was announced recently by Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis. The package, called “Tourism Readiness 2000", is seen as a positive measure and one that provides tourists with some...

A note by the publisher

Because of domestic cabotage -when sea transport is open only to Greek companies- Greece “lost the cruise business”, said Gerasimos Strintzis when his new Blue Star 1 ferry was launched last month. Pericles Panagopoulos of Superfast Ferries reminded that in free international...