The team at Potos Car Rentals are thrilled to be celebrating our ‘30 year anniversary’, and have taken the opportunity to look back on how it all started and how far we’ve come…
Director of Potos Car Rentals Mr. Diamandis began his working life in the shipping industry as a master on tankers before building his career up to become Managing Director, managing one of the biggest independent Car Rental Companies in Northern Greece! The experience and insight he received from travelling for many years overseas gave him the essential grounding he needed to take the plunge and make the life changing decision to make a go of it himself!
The birth of Potos Car Rentals
Mr. Diamandis saw a potential in the tourism market back at the end of the 1980’s on Thassos where the first tourist groups started to visit the emerald island – his place of birth. It all started with a single office in Potos and 10 vehicles available for rent – among the vehicles our all-time favorite vehicle the “Mini Moke”. Still finding his feet, he showed determination and commitment to his business plan by extending his presence on Thassos with more car rental locations around the island.
The business idea
The company’s aim has always been to offer high quality and competitively priced services to holiday makers and visitors to Northern Greece. We are proud to offer a full range of modern vehicles, all maintained to the highest level in our own MOT registered services station on Thassos. Apart from the good condition of our fleet, we are fortunate enough to have the support and help from a wonderful team consisting of English and German speakers who have been with us for over 20 years working together very hard to make our dream a reality.
The daughters of Mr. Diamandis, Olga and Konstantina both with studies in Economics & Marketing in Greece and abroad, entered the family business immediately after completing their studies. Olga gained promotion to Bookings Manager after 5 years and Konstantina oversees the whole office operations.
After a nostalgic look back on Potos Car Rentals early days and how it came to be a reputable company, it seems only fitting that we take a look at our achievements and milestones today, in 2018, to put into context just how far we have come!
In 2005, we built our own filling station and vehicle maintenance center Thassos Oil, which is located at Astris on the southern side of Thassos Island. The facilities were completed in 2013 with a purpose built vehicle safety and accreditation center (K.T.E.O).
Today with a fleet of 300 cars, Potos Car Rentals is now a well-established company providing services to the North of Greece and to an international customer base.
The company continues to work with the same ethos we started with, ensuring we are big enough to cope, whilst still small enough to care. We also uphold other values set in the early days by remaining devoted to offering personal attention to all customers and staff members alike, helping us to achieve reliability, quality and value for money.
Today’s new services
Potos Car Rentals now specialises in offering car hire services at 9 car rental locations in Northern Greece at the two largest airports namely Thessaloniki – International Airport Macedonia (SKG) and Kavala – Megas Alexandros Airport (KVA) and directly at the two ports of Limenas and Skala Prinos in Thassos and the island’s largest towns of Potos, Limenaria, Golden Beach and Skala Potamia, to encompass our 30 years in existence with 40 years’ experience in the industry! Apart from the self-drive car rentals we are pleased to offer chauffeur service transfers and group transfers from the airports to Thassos island and vice versa.
Last but least, our new modern headquarters and our new garage will be ready soon in Astris to give us a better and qualitative working experience and moreover a greater and more efficient customer’s service.
Looking back, it’s clear just how much our hard work and dedication has paid off, and hopefully the family business will remain up and running for many years, and generations, to come!
Happy 30th anniversary Potos Car Rentals!