Green shoots of recovery as Greece tourism remains strong despite worldwide financial crisis, says Greek Tourism Development Minister.
Greek tourism development minister Costas Markopoulos commented recently to the European Weekly that Greek tourism in particular had weathered the financial crisis well compared to the rest of Europe with previously pessimistic arrival figures being discredited.
Tourism in Greece has declined just 7% in the first half of 2009, compared to declines of 12% in Spain and 22% in Portugal according to the website ‘emportal’. The tourism markets are volatile, but Greece occupies a strong position. A traditional holiday favourite, combining the character of its ancient history and charm of its white-washed villages, Greece will continue to flourish as the financial crisis wanes.
Robin Barrasford comments: "We are definitely seeing a vast improvement in the market with the last couple of weeks bucking the worldwide trend and proving to be one of the busiest for over a year".