Tourists who, despite all the negative publicity, still wish to visit Greece this year are in for a treat, as foreign tour operators and Greek hoteliers are lowering prices in a bid to bolster demand.
London-based Olympic Holidays, one of the most important tour operators specializing in selling Greek package holidays, has reduced its rates by 25 percent for the peak season -- i.e. July and August -- according to the UK’s tourism trade press. For instance, one seven-day package for a four-member family visiting Rhodes from Britain includes a stay at a four-star hotel for 1,928 pounds -- a discount of 688 pounds.
Online hotel prices in Greece are showing an 8 percent decline this month compared with June 2011, according to the Trivago.gr travel website, with hotel rates in Athens falling by 22 percent year-on-year.