Greek Holidays on Rise In Spite Of Euro Crisis

Greek holiday bookings are on the rise, says Holiday Hypermarket, a UK based holiday comparison company.

The company has reported that British travellers seem unfazed by the Euro crisis in Greece, with holiday bookings to the country seeing a rise for the summer of 2012. Zakynthos International Airport in Zante, Greece, has been consistently rated in the Top 10 for the company’s customers, from January to May 2012, especially for those passengers flying in from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham airports in the UK.

Calum MacDonald, the marketing manager at Holiday Hypermarket, said, ‘It’s incredibly affordable to travel in the Eurozone at the moment, and that includes prime destinations such as Corfu, Rhodes and Crete that are not directly affected by trouble in Athens.

While the financial and political situation in Greece is changing, its holiday appeal has not, making it a prime destination for people to enjoy a summer trip.’

The current results match a recent survey with Travelex, a US-based business-to-business payment solution company, which highlighted that all-inclusive holidays have increased by around 30 percent in May 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, partly due to the Pound gaining against the Euro. In May 2012, foreign exchange outlets were selling Euros at a rate of around €1.20 to the Pound, a price that is the highest in three-and-a-half years.

Around half of the travellers, who responded to the survey, said, that they would not be changing their travel plans in spite of recent economic upheavals in Greece, although around 2 percent of travellers had cancelled their pre-booked trips to Greece.