Mr Cookson is of course speaking as a very experienced TA, and some of his points are spot on, he just comes across as a bit, maybe unwittlingly, condescending. He is also, quite obviously, not the only person ín the travel business that uses this site, however, I do suspect he refers to the lower end of the EC market ,meaning some people from Eastern Europe who are undoubtedly on a lower budget than a lot of Brits and that is definitely not good for Corfu, and I'm speaking as a Corfu based member, (over 20 years) and watched the ups and downs of Corfiot tourism first hand.
On the other hand it also would be bad for Corfu if it became solely a place for the wealthy....ok they spend tons on a fancy villa but what about the bars and restaurants, in my experience a great majority of the 'money'people prefer to entertain in their villas, they hire cooks and even bands and hold parties by the swimming pool. Generally, they also use just one or two bars where they meet up, they don't go to all of them. So, for the éveryday'holidaymakers amongst us that spend lots of money in ALL of the bars, restaurants and shops, cheap flights here would be great but people want to stay in good quality accommodation these days, once upon a time most were happy to stay anywhere as long as it was hot. Times have changed and most people, in my view, want home from home....the smaller independent TAs are offering this, not just in the UK but a few clever TAs here too. But, as Peter pointed out, how can the accommodation improve if the local owners have no dosh to keep them up to standard. Cheap flights would enable the tourist to have more spending money to bring to Corfu and help all the owners and independant agents here. Vicious circle really..i think we might all agree that's it's certainly not any easy industry to be in........ SCRIPT>SCRIPT>