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More UK holidaymakers booking flights to Greek islands

ncreasing numbers of Brits are booking flights to Corfu and Crete, the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) has said.

Increasing numbers of Brits are booking flights to Corfu and Crete, the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) has said.

GNTO director in the UK and Ireland Sofia Panayiotaki explained that UK holidaymakers seem to prefer Corfu if they head to the Ionian Islands, while Rhodes is the favoured Aegean destination.

Crete, which is located south-east of Greece, is also one of the region’s most popular holiday islands, she added.

Referring to the appeal of the islands, Ms Panayiotaki said: "You can find exactly what you want, beautiful landscape, beautiful hotels, beautiful scenery, very hospitable people and at the same time, very good prices."

She also suggested that more Brits were booking flights to Skiathos and then travelling by boat to Skopelos following the success of the Mamma Mia! movie.

It was recently revealed that the number of overseas tourists arriving at all Greek airports declined by 8.6 percent in the first seven months of this year.

Tourism accounts for approximately one-fifth of Greece’s £215 billion economy.

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