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Athenian Callirhroe Exclusive Opens New Era For Greek Hotels

In his many travels, Vassilis Vellanis stayed at a plethora of hotels. But for the most part, each was totally impersonal. Some were even downright unacceptable. Friends and business acquaintances - for the past 50 years his family has run an Greek industrial group with plants...

Tourism Crisis Not Critical

European Union travel agencies may be suffering somewhat financially, but for the moment the repercussions from the September terrorism attack are not near as bad as first anticipated, said Carl Axel Rheborg, president of ECTAA, which is the group of national agents and tour...

Around The World With SkyTeam

Some 18 sales representatives from local SkyTeam offices - Air France, Aeromexico, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta and Korean Air - called on 75 travel agencies in Athens and Thessaloniki during a recent short 3-week period. They presented the four new "Around the World Tour"...

Axon Airlines Grounded

Axon Airlines, which was bidding to buy national carrier Olympic Airways, announced the suspension of operations on November 30, citing an industry downturn and rising losses in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Twelve Superfast Ferry Launched

Superfast XII slid gracefully down the slipway of the yard into the waters of the Baltic Sea last month. Attica Enterprises, the holding company for Superfast Ferries, said its newest super-fast vessel is due for delivery from the Flender Werft shipyards in Lubeck, Germany, in...

Europe Still The World’s Convention Continent

Congress and convention specialist, Wolfram D. Svoboda, the head of marketing at the International Congress Center Berlin, said he's very optimistic on the future of congresses as people always will have the demand for personal contacts and personal exchange of thoughts.

Major Step Forward For Tolo Hotels

Tolo Hotels at Tolon, Argolis, has expanded business with the introduction of a new luxury unit christened Tolo Holidays. The unit comes with an A-class original design swimming pool, and a new conference room for up to 120 delegates, complete with audio-visual equipment.
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Superfast And Strintzis Increase Sales And Market Share

Although both Superfast Ferries and partner Strintzis Lines (Blue Star Ferries) increased sales and market share during the first half of this year, profits for both are down. When Attica Enterprises, owners of Superfast Ferries, last month announced its first-half financial...

Ports And Marina Exhibition In View Of 2004

The International Exhibition "Ports 2001" for the construction, development and management of ports in view of 2004 took place on September 27-28, 2001 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Alitalia Joins SkyTeam Alliance

One of the last big independent names in air travel, Alitalia, signed an agreement recently with the global alliance SkyTeam. Members include Air France, Delta Airlines, Korean Airlines, Aeromexico and CSA Czech Airlines. CSA's international hub in Prague strengthens Skyteam's...

Some Greek Beaches Lose Prized Blue Flag Designation

After summer inspections of a good portion of the 351 Greek beach properties awarded the prestigious 2001 Blue Flag designation, 23 beaches were stripped of their award. The inspectors came from the head organization, the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe, and the...

European Airlines Create Online Travel Portal

Nine of Europe's leading airlines recently unveiled plans to move into the online travel market with the launch this year of a new online travel service, that sells flights and other travel products direct to the consumer.

Superfast Ferries Takes Delivery Of Superfast VIII

Attica Enterprises, the holding company for Superfast Ferries accepted delivery of its newest ferry, the Superfast VIII, last month. This is the second of a series of four sister vessels built at Howaldtswerke shipyard in Germany and the fourth delivery from the same yard this year.

SETE Questions Government’s Tourism Data And Methods

A delegation from the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) met with Prime Minister Costas Simitis last month, at his request, where the tourism professionals expressed their belief that the government has failed to take tourism seriously.

Blue Flag Program Gets Private Sponsor

Two major developments this year places Greece's Blue Flag program on a much higher level than ever before.

Hoteliers Agree To Bookings For 2004 Games

After promises by government quarters to hold off on any new hotels other than those already approved or being approved (4,500 rooms), the Athens Hoteliers Association agreed to book another 10% of available rooms in luxury hotel units for officials of the 2004 Olympic Games....

Temes Senior Open Golf Tournament Hands Out 70 Million Drachmas

Ninety of the best senior golf professionals in the world (three are Greek) arrived in Athens last month to play a tournament that hands out some 70 million drachmas to winners. The tournament will be televised over 20 television stations around the world and be seen by some 140...

Airtour Greece Revamps Services, Changes Name And Looks To Franchises

Airtour Greece, a subsidiary of German tour operator TUI and its official representative here, has been renamed TUI Hellas. Airtour has been operating here for the past 30 years and is one of the most successful and best-organized offices of its kind in Greece. It hosted some...

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.