Brits Return To Greece As Euro Crisis Concerns Abate
As most of us head off on holiday in order to escape the stresses and strains of daily life, the last thing we want to worry about when we’re lying by the hotel pool soaking up the rays is imminent economic collapse.
However, following the recent euro-crisis, that was the unfortunate reality faced by holidaymakers in Greece
. And as a result, many chose to stay away from the mainland and its islands in favour of other destinations that were considered to be more financially secure.
But the good news for fans of the country is that Greece is bouncing back, and as more and more visitors return to its beautiful shores – an upward trend that is set to continue.
The exact ins and outs of the Greek economic crisis are pretty complex and were caused by a multitude of factors that combined to bring the country to its knees.
This uncertainty caused holidaymakers to stay away, thus further damaging the economy and making Greeks feel the pinch.
How fast can Greece recover?
When the crises first hit, the recovery of the Greek holiday industry seemed a long way off and many experts were predicting years of economic strife and declining visitor numbers.
However, contrary to widespread expectations, the country is recovering fast and visitor numbers are back up to pre-crisis levels, with revenues up 20 per cent on last year.
This quick recovery largely comes down to the fact that the islands, beaches and historical sights of Greece make it a fantastic country to holiday in, meaning that visitors have been tempted back faster than anyone expected.
Other contributing factors include the political problems in North Africa
, which has put many tourists off visiting the region (image by http://www.flickr.com/photos/adcockj/).
Does this mean better value for holidaymakers?
The Greek hospitality industry quickly understood the need to drop prices in order to get tourists through the doors, and as a result, tourists can expect great value meals, drinks and accommodation.
Cheap holidays to Rhodes
and Lemnos are among the most popular destinations for returning tourists and other islands and resorts are fast catching up to pre-crisis levels.
What does it mean for the future of Greek tourism?
At the moment, this upward trend in Greek tourism shows no signs of slowing down, and the future of Greek tourism looks fairly bright.
And although holidaymakers may still be a little cautious about booking through Greek travel agents, most are confident enough in the economy to return to the country without any hesitation.
With so much to offer visiting tourists, it’s no wonder that Greece is reclaiming its spot as one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations, so why not visit the country yourself to see what the fuss is all about?Header image by http://www.flickr.com/photos/aster-oid/