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Newcomer to the skies Aegean Airlines, the Athenaeum InterContinental hotel, tour operator Manos and Minoan Lines were among the big winners at the 2nd Greek Tourism Festival

Newcomer to the skies Aegean Airlines, the Athenaeum InterContinental hotel, tour operator Manos and Minoan Lines were among the big winners at the 2nd Greek Tourism Festival, an annual event aimed at recognising the best performers in the tourism industry.

Hellenic Tourism Organisation (EOT) general secretary Evgenios Yiannakopoulos handed out award<.>s at the ceremony, organised by Travel Trade Gazette Greece, to the following (other nominees appear in parentheses):


Best European airline: Lufthansa (Swissair, Virgin).

Best transatlantic airline: Delta (Lufthansa, Virgin).

Best Middle Eastern airline: Emirates (Gulf Air, Royal Jordanian).

Best Far Eastern airline: Singapore Airlines (Jal, Thai Airways).

Best private airline: Aegean (Air Greece, Cronus).

Best flight booking system: Galileo (Sabre, Worldspan).

Best luxury city hotel: Athenaeum InterContinental (Grande Bretagne, Ledra Marriott).

Best five-star city hotel: Electra Palace (Amalia, Electra).

Best luxury resort hotel: Elounda Beach (Astir Hotels, Grecotel Elounda).

Best five-star resort hotel: Cavo Tagoo (Grecotel Porto Rethymno, Kalimera

Kriti).

Best tour operator (incoming): Manessis (Manos, Pausanias).

Best tour operator (outgoing): Manos (Manessis, Heronia).

Best car hire company: Hertz (Avis, Budget).

Best Mediterranean cruiseline: Royal Olympic Cruises (Carnival, Princess).

Best cruiseline with other destinations: Celebrity (Princess, Royal

Olympic Cruises).

Best coastal shipping company (passenger ferries): Minoan (Strintzis,

Superfast).

Best coastal shipping company (new technology): Minoan (ANEK, Superfast).

Best yacht hire company: Vernicos (Ghiolman, Kyriacoulis).

Best hotel offering therapeutic tourism: Thermae Sylla (Aldemar, Royal

Mare Thalasso).

Best theme-based tourism company: F-Zein (Adrenaline).


This year`s event also acknowledged restaurants which best promote Greek

cuisine. The winners were Trypa in Corfu, Krikelas in Thessaloniki, Kioupia in Rhodes and Mylos in Hania, Crete. Another highlight at this year`s ceremony was the introduction of an award for tourism personality of the year, which was won by Nicky Goulandri, whose contribution to the industry and the environment was cited.

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