Greek Island holiday hotels slash prices.
A big drop in domestic tourism in Greece has forced hotels and holiday companies to slash prices in a bid to attract overseas holiday visitors. Travel agencies and hotel owners are offering discounts of up to 50% at the peak of the summer holiday season this year. Economic troubles in Greece have led to a huge fall in Greek taking summer holiday breaks in the Greek Islands this year.
Greek island hotel owners report a drop in domestic holidaymakers this year of up to 40%
Holiday visitor arrivals from overseas however continue to rise with an increase of 10% in the numbers flying in for their summer holidays in the Greek Islands.
Some islands such as Rhodes and Kos say foreign visitor number are up by as much as 30%.
But the fall in domestic tourism has left hotel rooms empty and apartment only half full. Now hotel owners are slashing prices and offering extra incentives to attract more customers.
One popular tourist holiday website is offering new package deals at more than 170 hotels across the Greek Islands with discounts of up to 50%.
Others are offering complimentary bottles of wine and extra days free on selected weeks in the peak August holiday season.
For example one star hotels in Faliraki, Rhodes are offering rooms at just €11 per night while studios on Zante and Corfu have deals at just €12.50 in August. On the popular holiday island of Paros there are studios on offer at €13.5 while visitors can book studio apartments on Kos, Naxos and Ios for just €15 a night.
Four star hotels in Lefkas are offering 50% discounts on certain dates in August and visitors can find four star city centre hotels in Athens charging just €33.50.
It pays, though, to be a little wary of cheap offers on the internet. Holidaymakers should check these deals come all inclusive of taxes and service charges.
It is also a good idea to check out cancellation policies and deposit terms and to make sure the property is where is claims to be - some can be located in surrounding areas or even nearby towns.
That said, there are some very good late holiday deals to be found in the Greek Islands this year if visitors are prepared to shop around.