Perhaps I'm being cynical but this looks like a press release from a travel agent looking for free publicity. What does it actually say? Its bookings for Corfu are up 21 percent from when? Last year? Last month? Last week? Of course no one can question it because they are their own figures. It's hardly going to say its bookings are down now is it?
Message posted by trisa on 23 August 2011 at 7:56am - IP Logged
I was thinking the same Wynne. We have lived here for quite some time now and just by observing the roads, the tavernas and the beaches, numbers here are quite obviously drastically down on previous years. Taverna owners are saying the same thing.
Each resort we have visited this year has been very quiet. Posts on this forum have also said the same for other areas.
I have no idea how the figure of 21% is arrived at but I find it hard to believe.
Message posted by janmanessi on 23 August 2011 at 10:59am - IP Logged
The original post did say 'in recent weeks' and Corfu seems certainly busier this week than at the same time in previous years- when everything seemed to have started quieting down even from the 20th August!
Message posted by trisa on 23 August 2011 at 11:16am - IP Logged
The post did say recent weeks Jan but I honestly think it is blindingly obvious that it is so much more quiet than in previous years. Up here there has been an instant drop of cars parked in Acharavi since last weekend. This makes it a very short season as June and the beginning of July were also pretty quiet.
To go into what we consider to be the best beachside taverna for fresh food in Acharavi on a Sunday lunchtime in August and finding it half empty, as was the beach, was a shock. In previous years we have had to reserve a table there to be sure of getting one at this time of the year.
Message posted by dennys on 23 August 2011 at 11:29am - IP Logged
Maybe it is different nearer town, certainly Benitses, which was empty until at least mid July, is still extremely busy (to my surprise) and a friend's hotel is getting daily enquiries for rooms from people driving here- a few years ago who would have thought they would be housing Albanian, Serbian, Macedonian, and Saudi Arabian tourists (the last, poor guy, is trying to get home with his car but all ferries in east Med. cancelled due to Syrian crisis, except to Haifa, where for obvious reasons he cannot land!) in addition to the usual Greeks and Italians.
I know these bookings would not be contributing to the statistics in the original post but I am finding the new international mix fascinating- and encouraging for the future too!
Agree though totally with Trisa, the season has become terribly truncated. It used to start at the end of March, get busy after 15th May, start tailing off in mid September an finish at beginning of November- and we felt so sorry for Halkidiki which then had a 6 week season! Even that would be good now!
Message posted by Wynne on 23 August 2011 at 11:51am - IP Logged
I hope things are looking up. That would be great news. I was merely pointing out that this 21 percent 'in recent weeks' is meaningless for the overall picture. Is it 21 percent up from last year or 21 percent up from the worst scenario 'in recent weeks'? The precise '21' is there to give it a spurious accuracy and to ensure it is picked up by the media. I suspect 21 is the highest figure they could come up with using the worst week for their bookings for comparison.
If people's evidence on the ground is that things are improving then that's good, but don't place too much credence on a press release issued by someone with a vested interest.
Message posted by SpearTravels on 23 August 2011 at 1:49pm - IP Logged
Interesting to hear people's views on the changing 'balance' of tourism. We went to Skiathos in July and the majority of tourists were Greek with Scandinavians representing the largest group of non-Greeks. We enjoyed it. Though there were British accents they didn't dominate. In Corfu the last time we visited there seemed to be a lot more East European visitors. They kept pretty much to themselves and we rarely saw them in any of the local restaurants. How do people 'on the ground' see things changing?
Message posted by Bob and Wendy (Uncle Bob) on 23 August 2011 at 4:42pm - IP Logged
Bob and Wendy
I don't know how relevant it is, but when we passed through Ipsos and Dassia a couple of weeks ago both places were heaving with people, haven't seen either place that busy for years.
By the same token Sidari looked empty when we drove through there.
Acharavi seems about the same as last year.
Not very scientific I know, but just my impression.
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