Takis Solomonides
Curriculum Vitae

1927 – 2001

Full Name:
Takis Solomonides

Place & Date of Birth:
Limassol, Cyprus – 1st October 1927

Republic of Cyprus (Greek Cypriot)

Education & Studies:
Greek Gymnasium of Limassol

Institute of Foreign Languages

Lewis School of Washington, D.C.
(Under the supervision of American Society of Travel Agents)

Organisation & Management of Tourism & Travel (Completed at the International Centre for
Advanced Tourism Studies under the supervision of International Union of Official Organisations)

Establishment of own Company:
Takis Solomonides Ltd.
Shipping, Travel & Tourist Agency

Head Office:

Limassol (1956)
Famagusta (1965)
Nicosia (1968)
Athens (1969)
London (1972)
Piraeus (1977)
Larnaca (1978)

General Agencies for Cyprus:
1956 Shoham/Zim Lines (Limassol)
1960 John S. Latsis
1960 Kavounidis Lines
1961 Epirotiki Lines
1963 Greek Australia Line
1964 Chandris Cruises S.A.
1966 National Hellenic American Line
1967 Efthymiadis Lines
1968 Lloyd Brasileiro
1970 Clarksons Cruises
1971 Y Barra Y Compania S.A.
1972 Compania Paulista
1972 HEL-IT Line
1972 Fragline
1973 IATA (Approved Sales Agents)
1975 Oinoussai Shipping Co.
1976 Trans Tirreno Express
1977 British Railways Car Ferries (Sealink)
1977 Sol Lines

1961 The first passenger / car ferry service Cyprus-Israel-Greece-Italy.
1963 The first passenger / cargo direct service Cyprus-Australia-New Zealand.
1964 The first cruise liner service Cyprus / Mediterranean ports
1968 The first passenger / car ferry services Limassol / Rhodes / Piraeus (bi-weekly).

1969 The first tourist leaflet on Cyprus in the Greek language
1973 The first tourist guide book on Cyprus in the Greek Language
1969-1976 Monthly magazine “Hellas – Kypros – Toursimos” distributed in Greece and Cyprus
(free of charge)

Social Status:
1963-1977 Consular Agent of France
1977-1997 Honorary Consul of France

1971 “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques” Awarded by:
The Minister of National Education of France
1977 “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” Awarded by:
The President of the Republic of France

Diplomas of Honour:
1972 By the Hellenic Union of Writers and Journalists for Tourism, Athens
(For the services rendered towards the development of tourism between Greece and Cyprus).
1980 By the Mayor of the Island of Rhodes (In recognition to the efforts and love given to the island)
1984 Golden plaque by the governor 1983-84 of Lions Greece and Cyprus.
(For inestimable contributions to Lionism and man-kind).