Boris Mouzenidis, head of the eponymous travel company Mouzenidis Group, passed away of a heart attack at the age of 60 on Saturday morning in his home in Moscow.
His company released a statement on Saturday regarding the loss of its founder:
“Our president has always been a source of inspiration for all of us for the work he started and faithfully performed in all the years of his career. His love for Greece and his vision give us the strength to continue his work.”
Reports indicate that the businessman, who was born in Georgia to parents of Pontian Greek descent, also had the coronavirus.
Mouzenidis is remembered not only for his incredible mind for business and his innovative vision, but also for all that he contributed to Greek tourism during his life.
“He was a person, a pioneer of the sector, who worked hard for Greek tourism. With method, determination and hard work, he materialized his vision and created bridges between Greece and Russia,” Greek Minister of Tourism Haris Theoharis expressed about the tourism giant Saturday.
Mouzenidis Travel cultivated Greek-Russian tourism industry
The Greek tourism pioneer was instrumental in cultivating the now massive Greek-Russian tourism industry when he established his company Mouzenidis Travel in Thessaloniki in 1995.
The businessman had only just moved to the northern Greek city from Georgia three years before starting his company there, which began in a humble office near the city’s train station and offered tours around Thessaloniki.
After finding success by focusing on the Russian-speaking market, Mouzenidis Travel then moved to a larger office in the city.
As the company grew, the tourism tycoon formed the Mouzenidis Group, which expanded the business’ interests into meany realms, including real estate, medical tourism, hotels, and yacht rentals.
in 2013, the Mouzenidis Group founded the airline Ellinair, which links Greece and the Balkans to Russia.