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Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by Erno » 05 Jul 2019, 10:28

Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years - 5 July, 2019

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Tourism traffic this summer in Greece is slightly slower than last year, according to surveys, air arrival data and hoteliers.

The biggest pressure has been reported in Crete, as air arrivals dropped 7.2 percent in Iraklio in May and 5.6 percent in Hania. All other Fraport Greece-managed regional airports posted a decline averaging at 1.5 percent compared to a year earlier.

The drop observed in May appears to have continued into June, with the first few days of last month halving the gains recorded in the first six months of 2019. Hotel sector professionals speak of low occupancy rates and reduced prices, with the exception of destinations such as Myconos. At the same time the elections have predictably suppressed domestic tourism, as revealed by ferry figures, but this is expected to recover over the next few days.

Just four weeks ago a survey by the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasts (ITEP) conducted among hotel owners showed that 43 percent of hoteliers expect a 16 percent drop in occupancy this summer. One in six hoteliers (16 percent) sees their prices falling an average of 13 percent from summer 2018.

In the first quarter of the year 45 percent of hotels that operate year-round reported an average decline in occupancy of 24 percent year-on-year, and 31 percent of owners expect a 20 percent drop throughout the year along with a 13 percent fall in prices. On average, the occupancy rates across the country dropped 7.4 percent in January-March.

The main reasons for this pressure on Greek tourism are to be found in the economic slowdown seen in many countries from which Greece has traditionally drawn visitors, as well as the special case of Britain and its anticipated exit from the European Union – Britain is the second biggest market for Greek hotels. It should also be noted that this decline in 2019 is coming after five consecutive years of record figures in visitors and revenues for Greek tourism.

From: http://www.ekathimerini.com/242244/arti ... cord-years
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Re: Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by Chris-Scone » 18 Jul 2019, 17:13

Don't shoot me for the comment - there is good meaning behind it.

Is a small drop in Cretan tourism numbers not a good thing?

I can only speak for the Sfakia region, as I know it well (since 2000), but I'm sure I'm not the only one who has seen a huge growth in visitors, especially to Hora Sfakia port area.
The reason we love Sfakia so much, is that there is an effort required to reach it, making it a bit more quieter, away from the mass tourism of the north coast.

Too many tourists will kill off the beauty of the area. Do we really need package holiday hotels in Loutro etc, for example? The village has already become too busy, to make it pleasant to visit, especially in the high season.

Who really wants to kill the 'golden goose'?

Please, these are just my thoughts and opinions.

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Re: Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by tours » 19 Jul 2019, 03:25

Hi Chris,

there is nothing to add, but agree!

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Re: Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by rikpagoni » 19 Jul 2019, 08:19

In my opinion, that is a rather selfish attitude.

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Re: Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by tours » 19 Jul 2019, 18:39

In my opinion, this is a rather low intelligent answer/comment!

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Re: Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by Erno » 19 Jul 2019, 18:57

tours wrote:In my opinion, this is a rather low intelligent answer/comment!


I do not agree. The people in Sfakia are living from tourism. It should not get too busy there, of course, but you cannot have the place to yourself for long, without consequences.
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Re: Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by Chris-Scone » 21 Jul 2019, 11:19

I knew my comment would not be well received.

BUT. How many people visit Sfakia, because it is friendly, relaxed, tranquil, crime free, corporate-free and under-developed.
An extreme example perhaps, or would people like the seafront to look like the Spanish package holiday resorts, with all the problems it brings?

I do not wish to offend, especially anyone who needs tourism for their livelihood, but it is all about balance. About sustainability.

There is an old Irish saying; 'This place would be more popular, if it were not so busy'. I appears to be a contradiction, but within it is a statement of fact.

You will have heard about the Thai beach that featured in the film of the same name. The authorities have now had to close it, due to numbers of visitors and the environmental damage that has been caused.

Sfakia is a magical place, for the way it is. Let's not see a McDonalds in Hora Sfakion.....please!

One more thing, I am surely not the only one to see Hania's charm eroded, due to day-trippers from ships etc over the years. The market used to be a wonderful place to experience the smells and tastes of Crete. Now that seems to have all but gone and it now seems to be just a glorified shopping mall selling imported tourist trinkets.

Again, just my thoughts and I mean no offense to anyone.

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Re: Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by Erno » 21 Jul 2019, 11:31

Too late :lol:

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Re: Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by Erno » 21 Jul 2019, 11:42

But seriously, I agree that it should not be more busy in Sfakia than it already is in certain periods.

The local entrepreneurs also realise that. To maintain a reasonable level of income they are already in the process of changing things.

We have to realise that the group of Sfakians depending on tourism income is expanding. The first generation that started the hotels and restaurants there got children, and these children got children, and they are now getting children.

Since the space is limited, the only solution lies in upgrading their offerings, and raising their prices. In the mid term this will lead to fewer (and other kind of) tourists, willing and able to spend more.

Some of us will be happy with this evolution, others not at all.
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Re: Tourism drops in Greece after 5 record years

by davidsiorns » 22 Jul 2019, 20:52

The incessant drive for growth is at the route of the worlds problems. Why do we always want more? When you have enough, more is just greed.

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