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Galileo Introduces Ferrynet System

Galileo Hellas now offers an online booking and ticketing system for Greek ferry lines. The system, Ferrynet, a product created through cooperation with Anite Travel Systems, provides travel agencies and subscribers with access to seat availability, online reservations and ticketing.

Conference Cancellations Continue

One after another, conferences scheduled for the fall in Athens are being canceled along with the corresponding hotel bookings that go with them. There is no indication that they are simply being postponed.

Axon Takes Delivery Of Five New Aircraft As It Bids For Olympic Airways

With or without Olympic Airways, Axon Airlines, which has emerged as the frontrunner in a privatization tender for Olympic Airways, intends to grow by leaps and bounds. The two-year-old airline last month took formal delivery of five new aircraft - two Boeing 737-400s and three...

Unique New Cruise Program Out Of Piraeus

As of May 4 next year, Piraeus hosts a new cruise program by Classic International Cruises. The Lisbon-based company, Arcolia Shipping, will run seven-day cruises from here with stops at Ismir, Istanbul, Samothraki, Thessaloniki, Volos, Meteora, Santorini and Mykonos.

Silver Star Opens Athens Office

Thessaloniki-based Silver Star Holidays opened a branch office in Athens recently. Like the head office, it deals only directly with travel agents with tour packages to Malta, Turkey and Syria. It is also the exclusive representative in Greece for the Corinthia hotel group.

Heronia Inaugurates Thessaloniki Branch

Helen Trentzos has come a long way since she left her job in a Piraeus shipping company, and as a sharp looking young woman opened a travel office in the early 1970s that specialized in seaman travel.
Aktina's headquarters are based in its own building complex in Piraeus.
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Aktina Leads The Way

Just a few years after it was first founded in 1975, Piraeus-based Aktina has lead the way for other Greek travel agencies. The office became an IATA member in 1977 and in 1981 the company foresaw new market developments and was one of the few to convert the personal company into...

Thessaloniki Hotels Half Full, But More Needed

On the average, hotels in Greece's northern capital, Thessaloniki, during the first eight months of this year posted a occupancy rate of 52%. Hoteliers say they are hardly satisfied with the result, but they say at least they have managed to increase the number of foreign...

Plan For The Reorganization And Upgrading Of Greek Marinas

State-run marinas in Attica and Thessaloniki will be reorganized and upgraded to the high standards seen elsewhere in Europe, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis announced recently.

Major State Investment Program For Tourism

Athens could soon acquire a theme park, an aquarium, a marine research park and more marinas as part of a major two-year investment project by the Hellenic Tourism Organization's new real estate subsidiary, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis said last month.

Thessaloniki Convention Bureau Activated

The Thessaloniki Convention & Visitors Bureau has just released a 12-page brochure that lists information on how best to organize a conference in the northern port city.

Former Air Greece Boss Creates Cretan Airways

Another new domestic Greek airline takes to the skies. As of next month, newly formed Cretan Airways begins flights from Crete to Athens and Thessaloniki with ATR 72 passenger planes, according to the airline's founder, Kostas Badouvas.

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.

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...

Utell launches ‘Discover Greece 2000’

Utell, the worldwide hotel reservations and marketing service of REZsolutions, has launched 'Discover Greece 2000' program in conjunction with Astra Hotels. A dozen destinations within Greece are spotlighted within the program. The destinations spotlighted include Athens,...

Thessaloniki Creates Country’s First Convention & Visitors’ Bureau

Thessaloniki beats out Greece's capital and takes the initiative to establish the country's first convention and visitors bureau. Its role will be to promote conference tourism to northern Greece.

Northern Greek Travel Agents Unite

More than 100 travel agents in Thessaloniki and the wider region of northern Greece united recently to form a cooperative as a way to expand on and improve services offered in the area.

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.