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Cheaper Fares for Ferries Sailing Greek Waters

The shipping ministry this week made readjustments to the maximum allowable pricing of ferry tickets applicable to some ferry services in Greece.

Greeks Expected To Stay Home This Summer

The prolonged recession of the Greek economy and the country’s unpopular austerity measures that have included tax hikes, salary and pension cuts, high income tax payments and soon the second instalment of the infamous “haratsi” (special property tax) will most likely keep Greeks...

Easter Holiday Travel Disrupted By Crisis, Strikes And High Fares

The effects of Greece’s economic crisis (pay cuts, job and pension cuts, tax hikes) coupled with increased ferry ticket prices and a 48-hour strike of seamen, was enough for many Greeks to either change their holiday plans or just stay home last month during the Easter holiday.

Doctors On Board Ferries

A recent decision by the ministers of merchant marine and health and social services places "rural" doctors on a number of Greek ferry vessels. The doctors' wages will be paid by the ministry of merchant marine, which has set aside a budget of 696,000 euros to cover expenses for...

Aegean Speed Lines Connects Western Cyclades

Aegean Speed Lines, founded last year by the Eugenides Group and the British company Sea Containers, announced last month that it would refund within 30 days any ticket lost by a customer, provided the lost ticket has not been used.

Superfast Ferries Remains Greece-Italy Leader

For the eighth consecutive year, Superfast Ferries held the leading position for the transportation of passengers and freight units on the Greece-Italy route in the Adriatic Sea. Last year, the company's market share for passengers was 24.2%, for freight units 21.7% and for...

Minoan Narrows Loss

Ferry operator Minoan Lines narrowed its first-half loss to 6.2 million euros from 6.7 million euros in the year-earlier period, the company said in a announcement last month. Group revenues rose 4.6 percent to 83.4 million euros, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation...

Ferry Company Mergers Foreseen

Piraeus-based XRTC Business Consultants says it expects more mergers and cooperation agreements within the Greek coastal shipping arena.

Berlin Fair Disappointment for Greece

Berlin's international tourism exhibition last month was an eye opener for some but a chance to carry out substantial business for others. Stands at Greece's pavilion were perhaps the least visited while stands at neighboring pavilions (France, Portugal, Spain) welcomed a steady...

Strintzis Introduces New Routes

Within the new liberalized framework of Greek coastal shipping, Strintzis Lines (Blue Star Ferries), expands its routes. As of this month, the Greek ferry line is at the forefront with three brand new ships on the Cycladic Islands' routes, the Blue Star 1 in the Dodecanese on the...

Attica Enterprises Opens Germany-Sweden Route With Yet Another New Super-fast Ferry

Superfast IX, for the moment the newest vessel in the Attica Enterprises' fleet, last month began service on the new Germany-Sweden route between the port of Sodertalje, in the greater Stockholm area and the port of Rostock, Germany. The new service represents the second stage of...

Superfast Selected By Scottish Enterprise For Direct Ferry Service To Europe

Superfast Ferries announced last month that it had won a Scottish state tender to ply routes to northern ports on continental Europe from 2002. Forty two companies took part in the international tender to run a service between Rosyth in Fife, Scotland and the Continent.

Strintzis Picks Up Blue Star 2

The Board of Directors of Strintzis Lines, now called Blue Star Ferries, recently announced the delivery of 'Blue Star 2' from the Dutch Shipyard Van der Giessen de Noord. 'Blue Star 2' is an ultra-modern ferry vessel with service speeds of up to 28 knots and an overall capacity...

Small Ferries Link Corfu And Sarande

A total of up to 500 people a day can visit Sarande from Corfu and vice-versa thanks to three small ferries which carry out three sailings daily. The sailings were resumed after disturbances a few years back and now there is an upward trend regarding passenger travel.

Panorama To Host 250 Exhibitors

Greece's domestic tourism fair, which has opened its doors to international exhibitors for the first time, expects to host a record number, more than 250, of exhibitors this year. From the international arena, organizer Kappa Exhibitions expects participation from countries such...

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...

Strintzis Launches Blue Star I

Strintzis Lines launched the first of a new group of luxury passenger ferries recently at the Dutch shipyard van der Giessen-de Noord. After the ship received the blessings of a Greek Orthodox priest, Dutch Transport, Public Works and Water Management Minister Tiny Netelenbos...

Four New Superfast Ferries In The Baltic Sea In 2001

Superfast Ferries (Attica Enterprises) announced plans last month to deploy four brand new ultramodern car-passenger ferries - Superfast VII, VIII, IX and Χ - in the Baltic Sea in 2001.