This is what they had to say about Greece:
“Riots in Athens, emergency bailouts, austerity measures, threats of default. Clearly, the news out of Greece has been dire for months. Financial calamity aside, though, Greece remains one of the most scenic and alluring vacation spots in the world. The only problem is whether prospective vacationers feel the country is stable enough to go or if they’ll be taking a chance that more riots will break out or hotels will close down or there will be chaos—or at least more chaos than usual”.
Ileana Von Hirsch, of Greek origin, works in the tourism sector and expresses her own view about the situation in Greece, stating: “The mood in Greece at the moment is quietly resigned to the inevitable; there is no more fight in them. I think the focus will now be on trying to have a good tourist season. But when the protests occur, they’re only in Athens and only in Syntagma Square in front of the Parliament building, and the 3 roads leading there. Residents of other areas don’t even notice them”.
Moreover, Ileana Von Hirsch refers to Greek islands that are for all tastes. If someone wants privacy, then Mykonos is not the most proper choice, Ileana emphasizes. Tourists can enjoy the best nightlife in Santorini, Mykonos and Paros, while the quitest islands are Amorgos, Serifos, Ithaca, Koufonisia and Sifnos.
Finally, when the journalist asks Ileana: “What usually surprises first timers about Greece?”, she answers stating: “How totally addictive it is! Once hooked, they stay – even this year with all the bad press, bookings are up on last year – once you have swum in the sea and experienced laid-back island life, there is no going back.