Kos accommodation searches plunge after migrants reports

Kos accommodation searches plunge after migrants reports

News of migrants landing on Kos saw searches to the Greek island drop by half in the past week, according to new data from hotel search website Trivago.

Accommodation searches made by UK users between May 26-31 fell by 52% compared to the previous week. The news of migrants on Kos appeared in the UK media on May 26.

Searches to other Greek islands increased by up to 66%, with the exception of Corfu, which dropped by 5%.

As a result, Kos dropped in popularity from the seventh to the eight most popular Greek island.

Included in the data were the eight most popular Greek islands among British holidaymakers - Kefalonia, Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Mykonos, Kos and Zante.

A Trivago spokeswoman said: “Of course we cannot speculate what caused British holidaymakers to change their search queries over this time period, but it would appear the news of migrants on Kos caused not only a drop in travel interest to this island, but a corresponding increase in hotel searches to other Greek islands – which are so far unaffected by the migrant situation.”

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