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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.

landing at corfu airport
Bumper year for Greek visitors

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%.

Alykes holiday beach on Zante
Bailout boost for Greek holidays

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

lalaria beach skiathos
Bailout could hit Greek holidays

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.

Greece Blue Flag awards 2013
Greek beaches

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

tourism minister olga kefalogianni
Big guns for Greek show

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.

Tourists fly in on cheap flight deals
Boom time

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 . .

Brits plan Greek holidays
Brits plan Greek holidays in 2012

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 . . .

Mastichari beach on Kos
Bumper summer

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 . . .

Lindos castle and beach Rhodes
Bumper year for holidays

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

Samos taverna
Bumper year for Greek holidays

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.

Olympic airways tailfins
Bumper year for Greek holidays

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.

Scuba diving in the Greek Islands
Scuba diving campaign

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 caldera of Santorini Greece
Cheap holidays in Greece

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.

Visitor numbers show signs of recovery
Greek holiday recovery

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 . . .

Louis Olympia cruise ship
Cruise ships

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.

Louis Olympia cruise ship
Cruise ships

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.

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