Brits behave on Greek holidays
Archimedes: August 2011
Report reveals Britons better behaved abroad.
Brits on holiday in the Greek islands are better behaved according to a report British Behaviour Abroad, released by the Foreign Office.
The report on the British on holiday reveals fewer incidents involving British tourists in need of consular services or aid from the Greek authorities between April 2010 and 2011.
A total of 112 British tourists were arrested in 2010/11 compared to 222 the year before, according to figures and consulate staff were called in to assist with 797 cases in the same period compared to 923 the previous year.
The Greek Tourism Secretary, George Nikitiadi, on a visit to the General Council of Great Britain, said that the Greek government looked forward to quality tourism.
He added that the report showed the excellent cooperation that existed between the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the British Embassy in Greece.
A total of 2.4 million Brits travelled to Greece and the Greek islands for holiday breaks in the 2010/11 season.
A total of 452 needed hospital treatment while on holiday compared to 471 last year. Brits were involved in 32 cases of rape and sexual assault, a slight fall on 38 cases last year.
Worldwide, the number of Britons arrested overseas fell more than 10%, but, despite this positive trend, Foreign Office staff still handled 5,700 arrest cases of holiday Britons abroad last year.
Spain continues to be the country where most Britons need consular help (4,971 cases) but when you take resident numbers into account, the countries where holiday Brits are most likely to need assistance is in the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan.
Spain is also the country where most Brits are hospitalised abroad (1,024) followed by Greece (452) but these are holiday destinations with the biggest influx of tourists. Proportionally, Brits are most likely to need hospital treatment in Thailand.
The report shows a welcome change from the scenes of drunken behaviour that have become an all-too-common feature in holiday destinations.
Big resorts, such as Malia, on the Greek island of Crete, had a very bad reputation for drunken Brits abroad and Laganas, on Zakynthos, has been blighted by alcohol-fuelled violence and loutish behaviour.
Many blame the thousands of young British visitors attracted by cheap drink and all night clubs. Heavy drinking and loutish behaviour by rowdy British tourists has blighted several Greek holiday resorts.