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Rhodes to extend holiday season.

Rhodes looks poised to make a bid to extend the summer season and bring in more holiday visitors out of season. Rhodes looks poised to make a bid to extend the summer season and bring in more holiday visitors out of season. The moves were discussed at a meeting of the Association of Directors Hotel Rhodes. Members were urged to launch the initiative this year.

Rhodes looks poised to make a bid to extend the summer season and bring in more holiday visitors out of season.

The moves were discussed at a meeting of the Association of Directors Hotel Rhodes.

Members were urged to launch the initiative this year by promoting more out of season holiday visits to Rhodes in February, March and November.

Hotel owners were asked not to close down their holiday operations at the end of October this year but to stay open longer. 

They were told that Rhodes in November averages 22 sunny days each year and that the sea is still warm enough for swimming.

Rhodes has many other attractions besides sea and sun, members were told, and they should look to extend the attractions beyond the traditional beach holiday season.

Association members were told: 'All you have to do is not to close operations but to keep our beaches clean and organized. In November we can attract conferences, walkers, use spa hotels for those who love cycling and nature, golfers, water sports such as wind surfing, diving, wedding celebrations and special programs for the elderly along with religious tours to the monasteries of Rhodes, etc.'

They are urged to cash in on extra flights being offered by low cost airlines out of season. The island could also promote Rhodes city breaks and cruises.

The biggest problem is changing attitudes of local companies that traditionally close down in October , especially in ttp://www.greekisland.co.uk/rhodes/rodostown.html.12(Rhodes Old Town) and to persuade airlines to continue flight offers until late November.

The next objective will be to promote holidays in Rhodes in February and March with more cultural events, festivals and street markets. And they want car rental firms, restaurants, bars and cafes to offer out-of-season discounts.

A statement added: 'It is wrong to sell only sun and sea when we have so many other benefits of equal value. With sunny weather for 300 days we only operate on 160 days. 
We have a lively medieval town recognized by UNESCO but condemn to hibernation for winter rather than have it open for visitors all year.'

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