Domestic Tourism Drops by 50 %
Although Greek hoteliers claim that occupancy has reached 100% this year, it appears that the majority of customers are foreigners.
Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni admitted that this year domestic tourism dropped by almost 50%. However, she announced that the government is trying to find a solution to this problem through social tourism programs.
Concerning the sudden closure of the Russian tour operator Labirint, Kefalogianni appeared reassuring. She pointed out that the Russian side intends to compensate Greek hotel owners who have been damaged by the bankruptcy of Labirint.
The tourism minister also expressed her satisfaction for the fact that the private tourist companies showed maturity and she stressed that Greece has made a good impression to the tourist market of Russia.
She finally reassured that the Russian customers of the agency in Greece — who are estimated at 8,000 to 10,000 — will soon return to their country.