Slight fall in av­er­age ho­tel rates in March

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

Greek hote­liers have dropped their rates slightly this month in an ef­fort to bol­ster book­ings.

Data re­leased yes­ter­day by travel web­site Tri­vago showed that the av­er­age on­line price per night for a dou­ble room in Greece has gone down 6 per­cent yearon-year to 79 eu­ros, against 84 eu­ros in March 2016.

In Athens the av­er­age ho­tel rate has gone down 2 per­cent to 81 eu­ros, while in Thes­sa­loniki prices have re­mained at 79 eu­ros. Tri­vago has recorded a de­cline in most of the Greek des­ti­na­tions it has pro­cessed, in­clud­ing Alexan­droupoli, Ara­chova, Ha­nia, Irak­lio, Kala­mata, Kalavryta, Kavala, Larissa, Pa­tra, Rhodes, Vo­los and Xan­thi.

Buck­ing the trend are ho­tels in Ioan­nina, Kas­to­ria, Naf­plio and Parga, whose rates have risen.

This com­pares with the ma­jor drop in ho­tel rates in Turkey, amount­ing to 25.6 per­cent this month from a year ear­lier. The av­er­age on­line price for Turk­ish ho­tels has dropped from 78 eu­ros in March 2016 to 58 eu­ros this year, as hote­liers there strive to boost tourism de­mand in a des­ti­na­tion that has suf­fered from re­peated ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

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