Greece is perceived to be a safe, value for money destination for holidaymakers this year, latest research shows.
Up to 45% of respondents admitted that the refugee situation was an issue for them as far as Greece is concerned. But the negative impact appears relatively greater for France and only marginally lower for Croatia. More than a third of those surveyed in the UK, Germany and US said they would like to visit Greece this year, with up to 80% saying that they considered the country a safe holiday destination. Almost half of British respondents and 40% of Germans said they thought that Greece was better value than Spain, Italy and France. Only around 10% of the 3,046 travellers questioned said they were put off visiting Greece due to terrorist acts elsewhere. But almost half of British respondents and 40% of Germans said they have been put off travelling to Turkey.
The questions carried out last month for the SETE Institute, the research arm of the Greek Tourism Confederation, were designed to explore the impact of recent terrorism attacks in other countries and the relative cost of holidays. Greek Tourism Confederation president, Andreas Andreadis, said: “The evident desire to visit Greece this year and overwhelming view of the country as a safe and good-value holiday destination are yet another vote of confidence for Greek tourism, after three successive years of record visitor arrivals. “The rise in visitor numbers to Greece in recent years has been matched by a constant upgrading of the experiences and facilities that make those holidays so special. “This latest vote of confidence in the country inspires us all to reach even greater heights.”