Greek island holidays conjure up idyllic images of blue domed churches set against a backdrop of pine coated hills, sunny skies and golden beaches. For many thousands, the Greek Islands conjure up images of quaint fishing ports, bustling street markets, fabulous beaches and crystal clear seas. Variety is the key to a Greek island holiday so take your pick of barely inhabited peaceful retreats to 24-hour beach parties.
Greece has increased the number of holiday beaches gaining Blue Flag quality status this year with 33 more beaches and three marinas to take this year's total to 519.
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 and the Greek islands.
Forecasters say more than 30 million visit Greece and the Greek Islands by the end of the year, notching up a new record. Revenue from tourism could break the €14 billion barrier
Golf vacations have grown significantly in popularity over the past few years. It is now possible to take a golfing holiday to many countries across the world thanks to the Internet and budget airlines.
Holiday arrivals to Greece and the Greek Islands by plane and road touched 10.97 million according to the Greek Tourism Federation (SETE) against 10.11million last year.
Temperatures in the Greek Islands are projected to stay in the high 30s Celsius well into August, and it will probably feel even warmer thanks to high humidity.
Greek beach resorts picked up 56 more Blue Flag awards compared to 2016 with most new flags going to resorts in Halkidiki on the Greek mainland and Crete.
January is always a busy time for travel companies as families open up their travel brochures and think of where to go for their annual summer break.
The Greek Island are picking up some of the fallout in the drop in holiday bookings to Turkey, France and Tunisia in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.
Latest figures show tourists in Greece kept a much tighter grip on their wallets this year. Figures show tourist spending down a whopping 9.3% in 2016 compared to the previous year.
Some Greek Islands are still suffering a drop in tourism despite no evidence of any refugee contact with tourists. Islands lying in the north Aegean and along the Turkish coast have suffered worst.
The huge drop in the value of the British Pound already threatens to make Greek holidays more expensive and worse is to come for holiday sales all over Europe.
These Greek beaches are considered as among the dozen most beautiful beaches in Europe for 2016, according to the holiday website European Best Destinations.
Latest figures show holiday arrivals in Greece up 7.1% last year to hit an all-time high of 23.6 million. British holidaymakers helped push up the numbers.
Some holiday companies report a 5% rise in summer vacation bookings to Greece as tourists turn their backs on Mediterranean countries troubled by domestic problems.
Greece plans to open its first official scuba diving underwater park this year off the Greek island of Evia. The diving park will include 26 shipwrecks in waters near the Sporades islands.
Tourist arrivals to Greece in the nine months from January to September jumped more than 17% compared to the same period last year. It looks set to make it another record year for Greek holidays.
Chocked full of incredible places to see and experience, we recommend you try to visit at least one of these incredible locations while visiting the Greek Ionian Islands.
The increase of 5.7% on airport arrivals in Greece this year shows that Greece and the Greek Islands are on track for a third year of breaking records on holiday visitors.
Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Skiathos will be the first Greek islands that will lose a special low VAT status, according to the Greek Finance Ministry.