The number of Indian tourists visiting Greece rose over 100 pct in 2017 compared to the previous year, Pranav Kapadia, founder and director of Mumbai-based Global Destinations said.
In an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, he estimated that the tourist flows from India will rise another 22-25 percent over the coming years.
There is a lot of interest and demand from India; especially for Athens, Santorini and Mykonos, he said, adding that currently the company is trying to promote other destinations such as Crete, Rhodes and Thessaloniki.
Indians are very fond of the Greek people; who are very friendly and helpful, and they are also very interested in the Greek history and culture, Kapadia said. A lot of Indians choose Greece for their honeymoon or their summer holidays.
Asked on the main problems that Indian tourists encounter in Greece, he said it is the lack of Indian restaurants on the islands. As he explained, Indians may prefer something different for lunch, but for dinner they want to have an Indian meal.
Kapadia also suggested that Greek tourist agents look very seriously at the emerging Indian market and be more receptive of it.