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Best season for holidays on Rhodes

- by Dave Sewel

Best season ever for holidays on Rhodes.

Holidays in Rhodes are more popular than ever this year with more than 2.5 million holidaymakers forecast to visit Rhodes in 2011. Tourism experts say holiday visitors to Rhodes will break all records this year if the seasonal trend continues.

Arrivals on the Greek island holiday hotspot totalled 1.42 million, according to official figures. This year there have been 1.3 million visitors to the end of August compared to 1 million in the same period last year.

Tour operators and hotel association say holiday visitor estimates for September and October are 15% up on last year and visitor numbers look set to the the best ever for Rhodes holidays.

Tourism leaders on Rhodes hope the boost will breathe new life into the island economy, especially for small businesses.

Despite the rise in visitors, tour operators are putting pressure on hotel owners on Rhodes to cut prices for contracts next year. Talks are already under way on room price deals for big tour operators.

But Rhodes hotel owners are likely to hold out against price cuts as the island looks set to break through the 2.5 million barrier and notch up its best holiday season ever.