Born in 1942 and having traveled around the world for 10 years as chief officer in the maritime industry,
Kostas Badouvas with his ambition and strategic vision, is considered the pioneer of the Cretan tourism industry.
His contribution to the development of tourism on the island of Crete is beyond comparison.
In the early stages of tourism, Kostas could anticipate and gradually built a group of companies that
covers all the needs of modern tour operating.
Cretan Holidays was mainly a one-man business, during the first years.
Working day and night during the summer, supporting the operations, and visiting partners abroad during wintertime
as well as exploring new co-operation potentials. Closing his career honorably, he was highly respected by the people
of Crete and was elected for 2 consecutive periods as a member of Parliament, serving from 2004 -2012.
Roswitha was born in 1943, in Tirol -Austria and got married to Kostas in 1969. She started her studies in Crete and graduated
with honors in 1971 as a licensed tour guide in English, German, French & Greek. Together they founded the company, and she
supported her husband in finding their first partners in Germany. Partners who have become friends & family members along the way.
The success achieved over the decades was attributed to the integrity, honesty and a lot of hard work and straightforwardness towards partners,
clients, and suppliers.
These basic values along with the company’s good reputation allover Greece, equivalent to reliability and professionalism,
built a solid foundation for the next management to continue the company’s further development, to the level where it is today.
For 37 years, she has been guiding all over Crete and was able to convey her love and admiration for the island and its culture,
into the hearts of the visitors. Balancing between her work and family obligations, she was also the honorary consul of Austria,
Switzerland, and Liechtenstein for 46 years, and has written a tourist guide on Crete and an analysis on the Pax Minoica.