In particular, the article mentions that Greek tourism is down by 20%, according to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, and February’s anti-German protests in Athens especially deterred northern Europeans — who are massive spenders on overseas holidays — from choosing the Mediterranean nation for this summer’s break.
The article recommends British people come to Greece, since tourism is key to helping people pull through this difficult economic situation.
Moreover, the article emphasizes that the scenes of unrest have been contained in a small district of Athens, adjacent to the Greek parliament. It may be less than a mile from the Acropolis and the Parthenon, but it is a world away from the country’s idyllic, white-washed islands, like Crete, Corfu and Rhodes. In fact, anywhere outside of the capital and Thessaloniki, the country’s second largest city, is largely trouble free.
BBC Travel does not forget to mention the special offers provided in Greece during summer, writing that some tour operators and villa companies are offering four nights for the price of three while Aegean Airlines has some keen offers for domestic flights. Early booking prices for this summer can be at least 10% lower.
The article concludes by praising the attractions of Greece, saying: “The crisis hasn’t scarred the very attractions that make Greece one of the top 20 tourist destinations in the world. The sun will still shine, the waters are still crystal clear and the skies are blue. In that respect, nothing much has changed.”