It is safe to travel to Greece, tour operators have said.

Political demonstrations have taken place in the centre of major cities, such as Athens and Thessaloniki, but they have not affected the islands or seaside resorts.

Some travellers have voiced concerns to travel operators about what will happen if the country ‘goes bust’.
But tour companies say that the crisis is more likely to have a positive outcome for visitors, as the euro will be weakened so prices should be cheaper on the ground.

“It’s business as usual as far as travel to Greece is concerned. It is one of our most popular products and it is still selling strongly for us,” says Radical Travel’s marketing communications manager Roger Kerr. “In fact, the situation will probably make it a cheaper destination to visit.”

Sunvil director and Greece specialist Dudley der Parthog says that Greece’s difficulties will affect the personal circumstances of the Greek people due to higher taxes and public sector cuts, but this will not impact on visitors.
He adds: “Don’t forget what happened in Iceland in 2008 – it went bankrupt and tourism boomed. In fact, it had its best year ever for visitor numbers.”

Flights and trains were halted in Greece for 24 hours last Wednesday due to strike action. Strikes could continue throughout May, which might affect air travel.

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