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Elatos Presents Summer Special

Greece’s premier Alpine resort, the Elatos Resort & Health Club, has organized new programs for the summer season. One innovative, for the Greek market, program includes a seven-day family holiday that promises a breath of fresh air.

Aegean and Cronus Sign Cooperation Agreement

Greece’s two biggest private carriers recently signed a cooperation agreement for all domestic flights. In essence, the code-share agreement allows passengers to board any of the carrier’s flights with tickets purchased from either airline.

Handling Companies Head for New Athens Airport

Olympic Airways was selected to supply ground, cargo and fuel into-plane handling services as the new Athens International Airport at Spata.

Hyatt Regency Buys Grande Bretagne Shares

Through share purchases on the Athens Stock Exchange, the Hyatt Regency of Thessaloniki purchased at least 17% of the Athens-central deluxe hotel Grand Bretagne. Hyatt said it would acquire additional shares if the open-market price is reasonable.

Minoan Flying Dolphins Increases Route Frequencies

Minoan Flying Dolphins, which claims to be the biggest coastal shipping company in the world with revenue of 43 billion drachmas and a fleet of 77 vessels, increases it route frequencies. In particular, travellers heading to the Cyclades in the height of summer should find it...

Festival And P&O To Join Forces

Festival Cruises and P&O Cruises announced last month that they would join forces in order to expand in the global cruise business. Festival, one of the Europe’s leading cruise lines, becomes a world cruise company once forces and joined with P&O, Princes and Germany’s Aida...

Strintzis To Raise 28 Billion Drachmas For New Vessels

At its recent general assembly, Greek ferry line Strintzis received approval to increase its capital by almost 28 billion drachmas through the issuance of new shares. The funds will be used in part to pay for the company’s new investment program that is expected to surpass 100...

SETE Realeases Report On Athens-Istanbul Comparison

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) recently published the results of a comparative study on tourism traffic between Athens and Istanbul.

Athens Hotels Strike Deal With Olympic Commitee

A partial deal between the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee and the capital’s hoteliers’ union on accommodation for Olympic Games’ visitors to Athens was reached last month with the assistance of Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis.

Nel’s New Vessel Cuts Sailing Time by Two Thirds

Nel Lines now sails a rocket-fast vessel that cuts sailing times to Chios and Mytilini from Piraeus by two-thirds. The new Aeolos Express shoots across the Aegean at speeds up to 66 kilometers per hour. It can carry 1,000 passengers and 210 vehicles. The Aeolos can reach Chios...

No Executive Changes Foreseen Within The Country’s Tourism Organization

No changes appear forthcoming within the Hellenic Tourism Organization as a result of Greece's national elections held last month. The country's new Minister for Development, who is responsible for tourism, Nikos Christodoulakis, met with the organization's leaders a few days...

A note by the publisher

Η Ελληνική Ναυτιλία κυριαρχούσε στον κόσμο από τους αρχαίους χρόνους. Η δε επιβατηγός ναυτιλία πέτυχε, εντός των πλαισίων της ελεύθερης οικονομίας στις γραμμές της Αδριατικής, να εξελιχθεί σε αμιγώς Ελληνική. Πρόσφατα, δελτία τύπου φορέων και εμπλεκομένων στην επιβατηγό ναυτιλί...

Influx In Russian Visitors Expected

Changes in the international climate and improvements at the Greek consulates in Russia raise hopes that Greece could see a major increase in Russian visitors to Greece this year, when compared with 1999.

Mediterranean Travel Fair Spotlights Greece

The Mediterranean Travel Fair, MTF, held in Cairo, proved a success. Some 1,200 senior buyers were invited to attend and meet with a host of suppliers during the three day show held in 'The Cairo International Conference Center'. The first two days were reserved for buyers and...

Hellas Wings Accepts Delivery Of New Aircraft

Local air taxi operator Hellas Wings recently took delivery of a new Jetstream 31. The twin-engine business aircraft is one of the most popular in the air taxi industry. It has an air speed of 429 kilometers per hour and a non-stop range of 1,852 kilometers. The medium-range prop...

Uzbekistan Airways Inaugurates New Flights With New Jet

Uzbekistan Airways called on Greece's travel professionals last month to help it celebrate the introduction of its new Athens-Rome-Tashkent flight. The new scheduled flight, with a new Boeing 757, arrived at the Athens airport on April 6 with all seats full. Rafik Ilyasov,...

Minoan Increases Revenue And Profits

Crete-based ferry operator Minoan Lines announced a substantial increase in pre-tax profits for 1999. Minoan said last year's revenue was up 7.1% against the year before and profits before taxes were up 65.5%.

Galant Represents All Nippon In Greece

Athens-based Galant Ltd has been awarded general sales agent in Greece for All Nippon Airways. The Japanese carrier began flying in 1974. Today, it is the world's sixth biggest passenger carrier.

Hyatt Looks To Expand

Greece's Hyatt Regency aims to expand its hotel-casino business in the immediate future to countries outside of Greece, says the company's chairman, Georgos Galanakis. He did not, however, exclude expansion in Greece and said the company would utilize every business opportunity...

International Conference On Tourism, Recreation And Leisure

The Research Institute for Tourism in cooperation with the Athens Hotel Association will hold an International Conference in Athens, August 24-26, 2000. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, practitioners and students of tourism, recreation, leisure and other...