Greek holiday bookings 'unaffected' by financial turmoil

Greek holiday bookings 'unaffected' by financial turmoil

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The ongoing economic turmoil in Greece is not deterring British holidaymakers from booking trips to the country this summer.

Demand has remained in line with expectations in recent weeks, according to travel software solutions specialist Multicom.

Both enquiries and bookings via the company’s FindandBook reservations software are maintaining comparable levels year-on-year.

Chief executive John Howell said: “It would appear that once again the resilience of British holidaymakers is undiminished with demand for breaks to Greece this summer unaffected by the country’s bail outs and economic woes.

“We have seen no noticeable downturn in demand for Greek breaks and sales are matching the same levels we saw last year.

“The Greek islands remain as popular as ever and we see no indications of that changing in the weeks ahead despite the ongoing political and financial uncertainty.

“While the economic forecast for Greece remains bleak it can at least take some consolation that British holidaymakers are not turning their backs on the country that relies so heavily on the tourist industry.”

The findings came as the Greek government announced that banks would continue to be shut until at least midnight tonight (Thursday). Banks have been closed for more than two weeks.

Athens last night voted to push through stringent austerity measures in return for an EU bailout of more than £60 billion. The vote included a raised VAT rate of 13% to cover hotel stays and a top rate of 23% for restaurants.

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