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Greek holiday bookings still rise

- by Archimedes

Greek holiday bookings still rise.

Tour operators are still reporting a major rise in Greek Island holiday bookings this year as Greece recovers from last year's social unrest. Travel company Mark Warner Holidays is the latest to report a rise in bookings to its Greek summer resorts on the islands of Rhodes, Kos, and Lemnos.

The company says confirmed holiday booking so far are up around 25% on the same period last year.

"Greece as always leads the way with our customers," David Hopkins, managing director of Mark Warner Holidays said in a recent announcement.

Mark Warner specialises in family and activity holidays and it has agreements with four Greek summer resorts: Helona Beach Resort and Lakitira Beach Resort on Kos, Levante Beach Resort on Rhodes and Lemnos Beach on Lemnos.

Mr Hopkins added: "There is a real appetite in the market with our customers for good quality product with guaranteed weather conditions and with us delivering this combination at exceptional value means we are seeing a strong positive impact on sales across the season."

Holidays to Greece have been boosted by British Airways charter flights from London Heathrow, which now account for 85% of flights offered in the operator's summer program.

Greek flyer Aegean Airlines has also reported a significant rise in international passenger traffic to Greece in May and June. Incoming tourist arrivals grew 23% in the two-month period, compared to last year's 814,546 passengers.

Aegean Airlines has added 32 new flights to its routes including new services to London. The airline's Athens base reported a 15%t increase in passenger traffic while Crete had a 34% rise, Rhodes jumped 40% and Corfu rose 19%. The flyers new base at Kos was up 155% and its Kalamata operation rose 274%.

Aegean Airlines has 160 international flights this summer, more than in any other year.