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Early signs suggest Greece could be in for another bumper year for UK holiday visitors in 2018, despite Brexit and the stagnant pound. Figures released at the recent London World Travel market show early bookings up for Greek Island holidays with some travel companies reporting a double-digit rise on this year. Package tour operator Thomas Cook says early bookings for Greece next year are already up 12%. And Travel giant TUI has announced new investment plans for Greece that includes ten new four-and five-star hotels and expansion in cruise services. TUI said the increase the number of visitors to Greece this summer was up 10% to 2.5 million making Greece the second most important destination for the TUI Group after Spain. The news follows a spectacular year for Greek Island holidays i...

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