Hote­liers ask for half-term school breaks

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

The lo­cal ho­tel mar­ket is re­new­ing its call for a four- to five-day halfterm school break in a bid to rekin­dle in­ter­est in fam­ily trips dur­ing the off-sea­son.

Yian­nis Ret­sos, the pres­i­dent of the Hel­lenic Hote­liers Fed­er­a­tion, told Kathimerini that even though there has been a small rise in do­mes­tic vis­i­tors at sum­mer des­ti­na­tions, de­mand re­mains low for win­ter des­ti­na­tions.

As a re­sult the fed­er­a­tion is again ask­ing for the cre­ation of a half-term break – of as lit­tle as two days, next to a week­end – at all lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion to al­low for at least a four-night fam­ily get­away, as is the case in the rest of Europe.

Win­dow for pack­ages

The aim is clear, as that would cre­ate a win­dow for hol­i­day pack­ages dur­ing the win­ter, where tourism re­mains a long way from the huge growth seen in sum­mer fig­ures. Win­ter­time ho­tels suf­fer par­tic­u­larly from high en­ergy costs, which in moun­tain­ous and semi-moun­tain­ous re­sorts ac­count for up to 50 per­cent of their to­tal op­er­a­tion costs.

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