Reservations and occupany levels around Greece including Kefalonia

Two-speed tourism for our country in 2021 that in a year of surprises and uncertainty, the coronavirus pandemic still largely determines the course of this season. Some areas perform better than others when it comes to bookings in a year that entrepreneurs liken to quicksand.

The increased number of cases recorded in recent days has aggravated the epidemiological profile of our country, at a time when the short-lived, as it turned out, Mykonos lockdown has led to a halt in the flow of bookings and individual cancellations.

The first messages of the British

For the time being, the messages coming from the resumption of travel by British tourists – who can visit our country without having to be quarantined on their way home – are below expectations and concern has been raised by the ” “downgrading” Greece from Germany to the list of “danger” countries, which practically means that Berlin recommends not to travel to our country.

At the same time, foreign press reports refer to the possibility of Israel including Greece in the list of those countries from which those returning from vacation will be required to be quarantined exacerbate the anxiety. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The next day is set to be bleak.

Reservations and fullness

However, the occupancy of hotels and reservations in popular tourist destinations of the country are moving upwards, with hoteliers optimistic that they will be able to cover part of the lost ground thanks to the extension of the season and if the epidemiological data allow it.

For July, however, occupancy in hotels in Greece is around 55% -60% and, according to information, only 5% -10% of hotels across the country will not operate this year. The Germans, the French, the Americans and the Poles are the travelers who make the difference so far, while in a particularly important market for the destinations of northern Greece, mainly the Romanian one stands out.

As noted by the President of the Hotel Chamber of Greece Mr. Alexandros Vasilikos: “This year’s tourist season, like last year, is not defined in purely tourist terms. It is a year which -as we said last year- and this year, is defined by infectious disease specialists and not by tourism entrepreneurs. So, it is important to keep this in mind when making forecasts, which we have always reserved as a Hotel Chamber.

The reason is very simple: the year continues to have surprises, it continues to have upsets. The main issue that must continue to concern us is vaccination, it is the solution to a normality and it is, above all, the solution for the protection of human life.

Our country is not in bad epidemiological data yet. However, it is very important to reverse the bad course of the cases that we are observing in the last days, so that we can have an August, which can leave some signs of viability in the industry, but mainly to prepare for an autumn, which is predicted very difficult and for the season hotels which will have made a short tourist season but mainly, for the hotels which expect to work in the autumn, hotels which -as we have said many times- conference, urban, mountain tourism, which are waiting in September and October to work on what is the high season for hotels season in July and August.

In any case, what we should be concerned with is a proper balance between the lifting of horizontal measures that the Government has taken – rightly – so far and from now on we should go very targeted, so as to meet the needs of many entrepreneurs and many areas where they will not be able to have numbers that will ensure their viability “.


With the advantage of road access and fullness that exceeds 60%, July moves to Laconia, where 60% of the visitors in the area are Greeks. “The scene has changed in July compared to previous months. There is mobility and so far July is moving at very satisfactory levels. “There are many visitors who traditionally chose islands for their holidays and this year were looking for a road destination to move independently, with their own means of transport, something that has been particularly favorable to us,” the president of the Laconia Hoteliers Association points out to “Elefthero Typos”. , Dimitris Pollalis. Spaniards, British, Belgians, French, Germans and Italians have chosen the destinations of Laconia to spend their holidays, with the fullness in August approaching 90%. “August is almost full.


The resumption of travel from Britain has given impetus to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Crete. The occupancy of hotels in Heraklion is 70% for July, while at satisfactory levels, given the conditions, the corresponding percentage for August is around, reaching 50%. “There is mobility for both September and October, however, the situation is still fluid,” explains Nikos Chalkiadakis, president of the Heraklion Hoteliers Association. Mostly Germans, Poles, Austrians, Czechs, Belgians, French and Dutch give the “present” in Heraklion, while at better levels until now the demand is now formed in Chania, a very popular destination for the British, with Manolis Giannouli, president of the local Hoteliers Association, to point out that in the last 15 days the bookings and the fullness of the units are moving at better levels and reaches 55% -60%. “If we do not have a setback in terms of health, we are optimistic that we will do well,” said M. Giannoulis.


Traffic in the Ionian Islands by British tourists, who represent over 65% of Ionian travelers, is at levels below initial expectations. The occupancy rate in the units of Kefalonia is around 30% -35%, with the epidemiological data seem to judge the course of bookings. “There is more mobility in Argostoli at the moment. Many hotels have opened and August seems to be moving to better levels, however, by no means can we say that demand is at the level of a pre-pandemic year. In general, however, this year will be better than last year “, emphasizes Gerasimos Timotheatos, president of the Kefalonia-Ithaca Hoteliers Association. The German market is moving at better levels compared to last year,


Road tourism shows its dynamics this year in a season of high importance for Greek tourism. Crowds in hotels in northern Greece are growing at an increasing rate, as the interest of travelers from neighboring countries seems to have revived in recent times. The Romanian market is emerging as a market of particular importance for Greek tourism this year, with tourists from our neighboring country giving a dynamic “present” in Halkidiki, Thassos and Pieria, where the occupancy for July is around 60%. “This year shows the value of the road network. Road tourism is moving at a good level and Romania is showing its dynamics this year. The number of travelers from this country may reach the levels of 2019 “, underlines the president of the Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation and the Halkidiki Hoteliers Association, Grigoris Tassios. At corresponding levels, around 50% -55% is the fullness in the units of Thessaloniki, where the open-handed travelers from Israel are gradually intensifying their presence.


The course of bookings and occupancy in Kos is on the rise after the restart of the British market, with Konstantina Svynou, president of the Island Hoteliers Association and the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasting, pointing out that August has a very good outlook. “We also hope for an extension of the tourist season if the epidemiological data allow it”, he points out on Sunday’s ET. In total, the South Aegean region has gained its own audience, with about 760,000 travelers having chosen its islands to spend their holidays by the end of June. Hoteliers in Rhodes are also improving their bookings, with the British and Scandinavian markets boosting the island’s tourism. So far his preference in the Dodecanese is shown by the Germans, the Italians, the Czechs,


High occupancy of around 90% for July and August is recorded in the hotels of Santorini, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece, despite the suspension of bookings due to the lockdown in Mykonos. “It simply came to our notice then. “Foreign tourists are currently waiting, however, the fullness of the hotels on the island is moving for the two months of July-August at very good levels and there are no mass cancellations”, points out Mr. Antonis Iliopoulos, president of the Union Santorini Hoteliers.

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