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Airotel Group Expansion Centers On Quality

Stratos Vasilikos is one of the few in the Greek tourism industry who realized early that quality is the only way to compete and make money. In a step-by-step approach, he practiced what he preached.

Louis Group Raises Greek Flag

One of the many aims of the Louis Group of Cyprus is to fly the Greek flag on its cruise vessels. "It's a shame Greek ships do not fly Greek flags," said the Louis Group's chairman, Costas Loizou, at a recent Athens press conference, "as this is in Greece's interest and in the...

Olympic Aviation Goes International With New Jets

With the delivery last month of two new passenger jets, Olympic Airways' subsidiary Olympic Aviation breaks out of the confines of the regional market and heads for the skies over Europe.

DANE Considers Thessaloniki-Kusadasi Connection

Cooperation with Turkish businessmen to establish a connection between Kusadasi and Thessaloniki was considered at a recent meeting in Istanbul between Greece's DANE lines and the president of the Greek-Turkish Council Iakovos Geronikolas.

GA Ferries Expands Fleet

GA Ferries has enlarged its fleet of ferries through the recent acquisition of three new, modern vessels. The first of the new high-speed vessels, the Milenaki, will take on Cycladic routes this May.

Greece Works To Reinstate Thessaloniki-Munich Rail Link

Greece has launched an effort to bring back into operation "Axis 10" - the shortest land link to Europe. As part of this initiative, within the next two months Greek intercity trains will depart from Thessaloniki and pass through Skopje, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Salzburg...

Pieria Prefecture Plans New Promotion Program

The northern Greek prefecture of Pieria plans to spend a total of 153 million drachmas to participate at all major tourism exhibitions that take place this year.

Nafplio Xenia Taken Over By Mantonanakis Group

The Mantonanakis Group recently signed an agreement for the long-term lease of the Xenia Akronafplias hotel group of Nafplio, which is owned by the Hellenic Tourism Organisation (EOT). The organization's general secretary, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos, and Mantonanakis company's...

Greece Stars At ITB 2000

With a pavilion of 800 square meters that hosted some 60 Greek tourism enterprises, Greece stood out as one of the big stars at this year's ITB Berlin tourism fair. According to the 60-plus exhibitors from here, Greece will welcome a record number of German visitors this year.

Festival Cruises Names New Vessels

Festival Cruises, after launching its new Mistral cruise vessel last summer, ordered another two vessels at a cost of 340 billion drachmas. And that's just the beginning. The line expects to double its fleet to eight by 2004.

Tourism Leaders All For Tourism Museum

At a recent seminar held in the Old Parliament in downtown Athens tourism and political leaders gave their full support and are one hundred percent in favor of the Women in Tourism association's proposal to create a Greek tourism museum.

Strintzis Accepts Delivery Of New “Blue Star Ithaki”

Strintzis Lines, on March 31, accepted its newest super-fast ultra-modern ferry the Blue Star Ithaki from the Korean shipyard Daewoo Heavy Industries. The new vessel will be the first of its type to ply Greek coastal waters.

New Hatta Board Recommends Mergers

One of the first moves by the newly-elected president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agents (HATTA), Yiannis Evangelou, was to call the trade press corps to a working breakfast. The new president wanted to outline his plans for the association.
Superfast Ferries Continues Buying Spree
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Superfast Ferries Continues Buying Spree

Attica Enterprises, the holding company of Greek coastal ferry line Superfast Ferries, continues its buying spree with an order for yet another two new super-fast vessels. Last month, the Greek ferry line placed an order for the new ships from the German shipyard Flender Werft....

Panorama 2000 Expands Into The International Arena

Greece's domestic tourism fair, Tourism Panorama, expands this year to include participation from the international arena. Organizer Kappa exhibitions expects participation from countries such us Tunisia, Malaysia, Turkey and Libya, which changes its tourism policy and now...

EOT Publishes “Ancient Flavors”

A few years back, some Greek gastronomists created the Center for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Greek Gastronomy. Today, one of the center's most successful projects created is the "Archestratos" program, named after an ancient Greek poet who scribed the Greek...

Amphitrion Group Moves At A Steady Speed Forward

Konstantinos Mitsiou of the Amphitrion group of travel companies does things that few in the local travel industry dare. He has created companies that specialize in specific areas of tourism and opened offices in far-flung areas, such as North America, Japan, and perhaps soon,...

EOT Launches Revamped Internet Site

The Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT) launched its revamped Internet site last month, but admitted there is much work to be done before the site is up to the standards planned by the organization. A brief surf, however, of www.gnto.gr shows some impressive photographs of the...

A note by the publisher

Greek hotel owners have a serious problem. They can't seem to get together to agree on the requirements to categorize their units under the international star system. It's a problem that has been plaguing the industry for almost a decade.

Tourism Industry Must Diversify

Greece's tourism industry must diversify and invest its energies into developing alternative forms of tourism, stressed Hellenic Tourism Organisation Secretary General Evgenios Yiannakopoulos at a recent press luncheon organized by the Foreign Press Association of Greece. He...