In the meantime, booking figures are not quite as dismal as they were a few months ago, according to a dpa survey of german tour operators. At least the suppliers see a trend reversal. But you hope that after the election victory of the euro supporters in athens, german citizens will give up their reluctance to travel shortly before the start of the peak travel season.
"We are counting on rising demand, especially in the last-minute business," says the largest german tour operator tui. Bookings for greece have picked up in recent weeks. "The minus is getting smaller. We don’t want to talk about a turnaround yet," said a tui spokeswoman.
The situation on the greek market remains tense overall, but not everywhere. "There are also hotels that are completely booked up and have no problem at all getting their beds full," said the spokeswoman. Tui has cut prices for hellas travel by an average of 10 percent, according to its own figures. The hanoverians are not planning any further discount packages.
"Bookings are heavily dependent on the current picture and events in greece. Overall, the market is still well below the previous year," said a spokesman for thomas cook germany. But the election results may be a first step in regaining the trust of holidaymakers. Germany’s second-largest tour operator countered the crisis with discounts of up to 20 percent. According to the data, there are similar cases for trips to egypt.
According to a spokesman, customers of the rewe package tour operators ITS, tjaereborg and jahn reisen can currently save up to 20 percent on their vacations in greece. The bookings were nevertheless about 30 percent below the level of the previous season. However, the occupancy rate of the hotels varies greatly: "it’s not like there’s a yawning void everywhere."
According to its own figures, alltours has achieved a turnaround in greece vacations in june. In the first two weeks of the month, the duisburg-based company recorded a 13 percent increase in hellas bookings. Price reductions of up to 30 percent, extended early booking periods for the greek islands and an image campaign for the country have contributed significantly to the development, said alltours boss willi verhuven. "We wanted to do something quickly so that the summer of 2012 would not be a lost summer for the country". The company has grown up with the greece business.
However, according to the company, the increase is not enough to make up for the decline of the previous months. Overall, according to a spokesman, bookings for greece are still down by a double-digit percentage on the previous year.