UK book­ings show small rise for now

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

The 350,000 Greek hol­i­day book­ings al­ready made for next year by Bri­tish tourists may only ac­count for a 1.3 per­cent share of an­nual in­com­ing tourism but they do point to a small in­crease, the head of the Greek Tourism Con­fed­er­a­tion (SETE) said.

Speak­ing from the World Travel Mar­ket in Lon­don, An­dreas An­dreadis ex­plained to Kathimerini that the rise seen to date is largely due to the sig­nif­i­cant dis­counts Greek hote­liers are of­fer­ing the UK mar­ket. An­other rea­son is the con­tin­u­ing prob­lems in Turkey.

How­ever, An­dreadis added that the early book­ings which have been made are not yet a cer­tain in­di­ca­tion of how the 2017 tourism sea­son will go. Af­ter all, they only rep­re­sent 15 per­cent of all book­ings for next year from the Bri­tish mar­ket. It also only con­cerns a very small sam­ple out of the to­tal of 27.5 mil­lion for­eign tourists Greece re­ceives on an an­nual ba­sis. It is mainly book­ings made from Jan­uary to March 2017 that will al­low for safe con­clu­sions.

The Greek tourism in­dus­try is par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about rev­enues next year, given the prospect of a Bri­tish exit from the Euro­pean Union which has ren­dered Greek pack­age hol­i­days more ex­pen­sive for Bri­tons.

The num­ber of new and used ve­hi­cles that came on to Greek roads for the first time last month to­taled 9,479, show­ing a 20 per­cent rise from 7,897 in Oc­to­ber 2015, the Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Au­thor­ity (ELSTAT) re­ported yes­ter­day. This comes af­ter a dip of 13.8 per­cent be­tween Oc­to­ber 2014 and Oc­to­ber 2015.

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