The days of young dance loving tourists flocking to Croatia for summer dance festivals may very well be a thing of the past. The Electronic dance scene in Greece this summer is made up of a show-stopping line up of well-known DJs including DJ Harvey, Midland and Jeremy Underground.
Coming to Greece is a win-win for the young tourists who are planning trips to go to the festivals. The Greek mainland and islands offer a million things to do during the day, you can soak up the sun, go snorkeling, visit ancient ruins and when night falls go to a music festival.
It is an awesome opportunity for tourists to play a vital role in helping the Greek people and the tourism sector, and to experience Greece like never before as they dance the night away at the Odyssia festival in Alepokhóri, Attiki, the Rhythmatic open air festival in Pelion or the Reworks festival in Thessaloniki, just to name a few.
“More than 2 million visits were made to Greece from the UK last year and so far bookings for 2016 are looking set to overtake this figure,” he explains. “It is really positive for Greece after some years of decline,” says Sean Tipton from the Association of British Travel Agents.
With the economic crisis continuing in Greece many local businesses have had to come down in their prices for hotels, making it even more affordable for young tourists wanting to visit Greece.
Islands such as Kos and Lesbos offer very reasonably priced packages for travelers, however, confusing depictions of the refugee crisis in Greece have put off some young tourists.
That isn’t stopping organizers from trying their best to incorporate the surroundings of the dance festivals into tourist packages for attendees. The Odyssia festival is taking place in early September with names like Gilles Peterson and Francois K participating and is sure to draw a crowd. The festival will be located close to one of Europe’s largest wild flower gardens complete with thermal spa, and local businesses and tourism are encouraging exploring the surrounding by trekking, cycling and climbing hotspots.
Perhaps Panos Karatzas, the Athens-based editor of UrbanStyle magazine and manager of Claap Records, said it best when speaking of this opportunity to host these music festivals in Greece.
“In Croatia, there are massive and crowded festivals with great lineups. But the Greek festivals will offer you a spot right by the Aegean sea, with good prices, nice food and a good lineup, too.”