TURKEY specialist Tapestry Holidays is further diversifying its product by moving into mainland Greece.
The operator will launch a programme to the Pelion region, to the east of the country, for summer 2000.
A range of traditional stone cottages will be featured with weekly flights to Volos from Gatwick and Manchester.
The Manchester flight will also serve Kefalonia, which Tapestry introduced last year.
“Pelion is a perfect region for our clients who want something traditional and uncommercial,” said managing director Nick Wrightman.
The new product will appear in the operator’s Greece brochure in late September.
Wrightman also revealed that he may also expand product into southern Italy.
“We moved into Greece to run alongside our core Turkey programme but feel we need another destination,” he said. “Like Pelion, southern Italy is unspoilt and not covered by many operators.”
Meanwhile, Wrightman predicted the Kosovo crisis will wipe £200,000 of this year’s profit.
Although margins to Turkey were up on 1998, Wrightman said capacity was shifted to Kefalonia which was sold cheaply.
“We dropped a flight to Turkey and switched it to Greece because we were not getting the numbers,” he said. “But Kefalonia it is not a later seller and we lost out a little.”
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