Huge discounts offered on holidays to Greece
TOUR operators are cutting the price of Greek holidays by up to 60 per cent in an attempt to entice reluctant travellers.
The economically-troubled country has suffered from a fall in visitors during recent years, while in February British Foreign Secretary William Hague, angered travel companies by announcing plans to evacuate Britons from the country in the event of major civil unrest.
The statement prompted a further slump in holiday bookings, according to some tour operators.
“The market is still sluggish, so we’re virtually offering two holidays for the price of one, with reductions of 50 per cent from our original prices,” said Photis Lambrianides, the commercial director of Olympic Holidays.
Even greater discounts can be found on packages that include the tour operator's own charter flights. A one-week package to Crete, for example, for travel in May and flying from Manchester, costs just £139 per person – down from £349.
Meanwhile, a week in Zakynthos with Cosmos Holidays costs from £168 per person, two weeks in Sami with Manos – a subsidiary of Thomas Cook – starts at £353, while seven nights at a four-star hotel in Kos can be secured for £201 per person when booked through Lowcostholidays.com.
Noel Josephides, the managing director of Sunvil Holidays, in an interview with Travel Trade Gazette, described the price of some Greek holidays as “ridiculous”.
“We are treading water on Greece,” he said. “We have stabilised in the past few weeks, but we have not made up everything that we lost since the Foreign Secretary said that Britons may have to be evacuated.”