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WOMEN OF OLIVIA CREATE SENSATION IN GREECE; TOUR OF GREEK ISLANDS MAKES HEADLINES

 WOMEN OF OLIVIA CREATE SENSATION IN GREECE;
 TOUR OF GREEK ISLANDS MAKES HEADLINES
 OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost 300 American women, called the "priestesses of Sappho" by the Greek press, visited Lesbos, Ephesus (in Turkey), Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and Mykonos with Olivia Cruises of Oakland -- a touring company specializing in cruises and land vacations for women.
 Television and radio stations in Crete covered the arrival and touring schedule of the group. Journalists and photographers from the Athens' Free Press caught up with the tour in Santorini and interviewed Olivia President Judy Dlugacz and several of the passengers, resulting in a two-page article in a widely circulated newspaper.
 Readers were fascinated to learn about the freedom lesbians have in America and about the concept of their traveling together to distant parts of the world. The visibility, vibrancy and diversity of the women broke all existing stereotypes and won the hearts of the Greeks.
 In Lesbos, the women participated in a special ceremony honoring Sappho at the ruins of the school she established in ancient times. They also donated money to open a fund in the town of Skala Errosos to promote tourism and provide information concerning the history and significance of Sappho. Townspeople, the mayor, members of the local Chamber of Commerce, and the "Women of Olivia" gathered in the square to enjoy songs and folk dances performed by the children of Lesbos in honor of Olivia's passengers. Town dignitaries presented Olivia's president with a statue of Sappho.
 "The women of Olivia are positive ambassadors of the United States," says President Dlugacz. "Their warmth, enthusiasm and diversity create strong bonds and memories among themselves as well as among the local residents. The strength of our numbers and our presence melt away people's preconceived ideas about lesbians. It's an amazing and rewarding part of our trips."
 Olivia Records was founded 20 years ago to give women songwriters, singers and musicians an opportunity to record and promote their music. Almost four years ago, the company expanded into the travel business and to date more than 5,000 women have traveled to places like the Bahamas, Alaska, Mexico and Greece. In addition to returning to some of these destinations, the 1993-94 itinerary includes the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and Canada, the Galapagos, the Yucatan and Africa. Call 800-631-6277 for more information.
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 /CONTACT: Judy Dlugacz or Joelle Yuna of Olivia Records, 510-655-0364/ CO: Olivia Records ST: California IN: LEI SU:


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