Hotels in Greece took the lead in 2018 over accommodation facilities at rival destinations in terms of overall quality, service, and cleanliness, according to the latest monthly bulletin released by INSETE – the Greek Tourism Confederation’s (SETE) intelligence body.
More specifically, Greek hotels fared significantly higher at 86.3 percent, compared to hotels in Turkey (81.3 percent), Italy (83.8 percent), France (78.9 percent), Spain (84.2 percent) and Croatia (83.7 percent) in terms of overall satisfaction.
Greece accommodation facilities were rated 89.3 percent on the satisfaction index for cleanliness, and 88.6 percent for services provided. Greek destinations gaining the highest scores were in the Cyclades (90.0 percent) and in Epirus (89.9 percent). Five-star units collected the highest rating at 89.3 percent. Greece retained the highest ratings in all months of the year against its competitor destinations.
Meanwhile, in terms of prices, Greek hotel prices remained competitive in 2018 compared to hotel rates at rival destinations abroad. The report notes however a decline in demand for Santorini by three of its main source markets: Germany, UK, and Italy.
Greece’s leading source markets for 2018 were Britain, Germany, Italy, France and the US.
Athens, meanwhile, was the highest in demand by Greek travelers in 2018, followed by Thessaloniki, Nafplio, Ioannina and Chania. The top five winter destinations were Trikala, Thessaly, Ioannina, Arachova, Kalambaka and Kalavryta.
With regard to international arrivals, the country’s main airports recorded a 12.9 percent rise, up by 19.4 percent in Athens, and by 10.6 percent at regional airports.
In total, 20.7 million international arrivals were reported in 2018, up by an additional 2.4 million against 2017, with Athens International Airport accounting for 39 percent and regional airports for 61 percent of the total.
In terms of arrivals by road, the figure dropped to 12.5 million in 2018, down by 240,000 compared to 2017.