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.
It's another record year for Greek Island holidays as official figures confirm expectations of more visitors than ever in 2015 with arrivals in Greece up 7.1%.
Greek holidays are booming in the wake of the latest bailout agreement with a surge in late bookings for the school summer holiday break. the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) report a large rise in late bookings to Greece
Mindful of the impact all Greek crisis might have on holiday booking this year, the government has stepped in with a special helpline to help visitors solve any problems that may have. Greek tourism minister Elena Kountoura invites anyone planning a holiday in the Greek Islands this year to contact the ministry.
Holiday beaches on the Greek islands of Corfu, Crete, Samos and Lesvos have been stripped of their coveted Blue Flag awards. It follows spot checks by coastal inspectors
Greece has certainly brought out the big guns to promote the country as a destination of choice for holidaymakers in 2015. Even Greek Orthodox priests were getting in on the act with its own stand at the World Travel Market event in London.
Holidays in the Greek islands are enjoying a major boost with tourist numbers in 2011 well up on last year despite the current economic problems. Tourist arrivals at airports throughout Greece rose by 9.5% in the first half of the year . .
Companies promoting holidays in the Greek Islands hope to cash in on plans by British holidaymakers to opt for short-haul European holidays in 2012. Latest surveys suggest Brits will look to take advantage of hard-hit Eurozone countries . . .
It's been a bumper summer for Greek Islands holidays despite civil unrest and strikes on the Greek mainland. Travel experts report record numbers taking holiday in the Greek Islands in 2011 with forecasts of a 10% rise on 2010 visitors . . .
Greek tourism leaders forecast a record year for Greek Island holidays in 2014 - but only if Greece remains politically stable with 18 million international arrivals as the official target for 2014
Another month, another bumper influx of visitors on Greek Island holidays as tourism officials report numbers up 17% on 2013 with more than 3.5 million holidaymakers up to May this year.
Greece is enjoying a big revival of holiday visitors with a forecast 26 million tourists arriving on Greek Island beaches this year - well up on the 24.8 million notched up in 2016.
Greek island tourism leaders have launched a campaign to attract more on Greek island scuba diving holidays divers in 2012. A recent survey revealed around 250,000 divers chose Greek island waters for scuba diving holidays . . .
The cost of a holiday in the Greek Islands should stay competitive next year after holiday firm giants like Thomson held local hotel owners to an average three per cent rise in room prices.
Tourism leaders in the Greek Islands report a mixed response to holiday arrivals in the wake the Greek decision to stay in the euro. Tour operators had noticed a sharp fall in visitors booking for Greek Island holidays . . .
The Greek holiday industry is benefiting from a sharp rise in the popularity of cruise ships in the Greek islands this year. Port officials in Rhodes say they expect 45 cruise ships to tie up in May, bringing in thousands of holiday visitors.
Cruise ship operators are switching to Greek Islands' ports as political unrest continues in Egypt. Greece and the Greek Islands are among the top options of international cruise ship forms as they draw up their 2014 schedules.