A pandemic of holiday bookings for Greece and other Mediterranean countries has been reported by travel agents in Britain and airlines over the past 24 hours, following the announcement by the British Prime Minister that the border would be opened in May.
Airlines and travel agents were flooded with booking requests both by telephone and electronically as Boris Johnson announced on Monday that England’s exit schedule from the Coronavirus… hibernation would open to travelers from 17 May. .
According to the Daily Mail, European travel industry giant Tui reported its best 24-hour bookings in the past month, with many airlines saying they saw a huge increase in bookings to destinations such as Greece, Spain and Turkey.
In particular, easyJet reported a general increase in ticket bookings by 337%, and an increase of up to 630% for destinations including Crete. Most bookings are in August, followed by July and September.
Travel agency Thomas Cook reported a doubling of traffic to its website following the announcement by Mr Johnson, with strong interest in both Greece and Cyprus, according to CEO Alan Franz.
Corresponding increases in bookings and expressions of interest are also reported by the online service company Avvio hotels, stressing how much compressed demand for Greece and other Mediterranean countries appears from Monday by the British.
“We really do not see the time to leave here,” a representative of a shipping company told the Daily Britain on Tuesday, catching the pulse of her compatriots.
The return of British tourists will be a huge injection into Greek tourism and the country’s economy in general, as the United Kingdom is the second largest market for the Greek tourism industry.
According to the data of the Bank of Greece for the 11 months of January-November 2020, the revenues from British visitors to Greece recorded an annual decline of 70.7%, amounting to only 745 million euros.
Source: Reuters, Daily Mail
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