More search for Greek holidays
Jeremy Guest: January 2014
Photo: Andrei Dragomir
Greek holiday internet searches double in 2014.
British holidaymakers are putting Greece and the among their favourite travel destinations in a new travel agent poll.
More than 1.9 million Britons flew or sailed to holidays in the Greek islands last year and they spent more than €1.4 billion while on their annual island holidays according to latest figures.
Now the Greek Islands are among the top holiday attractions for UK tourists according to a survey by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the travel company Expedia.co.uk.
According to Britain's Expedia, bookings for Greek island holidays increased by more than a third in 2013 compared to the previous year while, in 2014, Internet searches for holiday destination in Greece are nearly double those of last year.
The Greek Islands have always been a popular destination for travellers but this year has seen holiday packages that are much more affordable as Greek hotel owners bid to attract more customers to offset the country's recent financial crisis.
Prices for accommodation, meals and drinks have dropped yet again this year, while holiday travel packages have become more family friendly with special offers to attract more young travellers looking for a low-budget holiday.
Tourists are also benefiting from lower priced holiday shopping souvenirs with lower prices for clothes and holiday accessories.
The UK is the second most important market for Greek tourism after Germany and for British tourists the most popular Greek islands are Crete, Corfu and Rhodes with Santorini and Mykonos both gaining ground.
There is also much greater interest in the smaller, less visited Greek islands that have regular ferry connections, such as Thassos, Ikaria and Skopelos which can offer low-cost holidays in peaceful, picturesque surroundings.
- The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) has announced that international tourists arriving at the main Greek airports increased during 2013 by a total of 10.8%.
According to SETE the total numbers ov visitors to Greece and the Greek Islands was around 17.8 million, compared to 16.9 million in 2012.
Greek cities with the biggest rise in visitors were Kalamata up 61.25% and Heraklion on Crete up 17.15%.