Greece encourages tourism despite uncertain euro stance
Posted on Friday 15 June 2012
in Greece, Athens
Indian travellers who wish to take a European holiday may want to consider making their plans soon, as this summer may be the ideal time to travel. For instance, although Greece is going through uncertain economic times with the euro crisis, travellers are enjoying the reduced rates for transportation, accommodations and tours, and travel organisations hope to entice more guests.
According to The Australian, Greece's tourism market aims to market itself as a prime destination for wallet-friendly excursions. Not only can Indian tourists book affordable holidays, they may also be able to indulge in some luxury travel amenities not previously allowed for in a budget.
"Although some commentators have quite rightly been pointing out that there’s never been a better year to go to Greece, people are still rather uncertain," Photis Lambrianides, commercial director for tourism company Olympic Holidays, told the news source. "We have started tactical discounting on selected holidays, where we have commitments to flight seats and hotel beds, and these offer families amazing value for peak season."
Some of the exotic islands are being hit the hardest by the economic issues Greece faces, including Crete, Santorini and Mykonos. However, this makes them ideal places to visit, as hotels are less crowded and rates are significantly lower compared to last year.
According to Reuters, Indian travellers may also get greater currency exchanges. While the rupee and euro are fairly close, if tourists change their currency at the right time, it can also help them save additional funds for their holiday budget. Experts say it is advisable to watch the rates frequently, as it could impact how much Indian currency is worth in Europe. These numbers change on a daily basis, especially with the euro being unstable.
Those journeying to Greece may also want to check the day they leave on the current political and economic atmosphere, because some officials say that Greece may soon leave the euro system and reintroduce the drachma.
Travellers should know that even with elections and the faltering euro in Greece, most travel destinations are perfectly safe and welcome foreigners to indulge in a variety of lavish resorts, tasty restaurants, tour adventures and other cultural offerings. Greece can be the ultimate getaway hotspot for all types of guests, whether they are couples on a romantic honeymoon or families taking the children abroad for the first time.
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