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Nightlife Not a Top Priority for Traveling Greeks

Gone are the days when Greeks traveled to party. According to the latest study released by Athens-based research firm Focus Bari in collaboration with YouGov, only 16 percent of those polled said they planned their holidays based on nightlife options.

More specifically, according to the “Greeks: Trips & Holidays” survey carried out during the summer on a representative sample of 9,477 people aged 18 to 64, more than half at 61 percent said value for money was the leading factor affecting decision to travel followed by natural beauty of a destination (50 percent), low cost of tickets and hotels (42 percent), cultural activities (29 percent), and lastly, nightlife and athletic activities.

Other factors affecting Greeks’ decision to travel include having friends or relatives at a destination (25 percent), recommendations by friends or relatives (22 percent), or having been before and have fond memories of a location (21 percent).

The same study found that financially pressed Greeks would be visiting family or friends for their holiday (36 percent) while 39 percent said they would be traveling to a nearby city.

Among those polled, 9 percent said they wouldn’t be taking a holiday at all this year.

A vacation by the beach was the top choice of those polled (53 percent) while the main reason for travel was to get new experiences for 74 percent of the poll’s participants, relaxation for 69 percent, and gaining new experiences of other cultures for 68 percent.

Other key survey takeaways:

– 53 percent are vacationing at a beach destination
– 12 percent go on camping trips
– 10 percent on spa, health and wellness holidays
– 62 percent said they were keen on traveling abroad to experience new places
– 58 percent said they have at least one destination in mind for their next trip
– 31 percent said they usually return to the same place for vacation
– 21 percent book last-minute deals.

A study released last month by the Hellenic Retail Business Association (SELPE) found that one in two Greeks would not be going on vacation this year. At the same time, according to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Greeks are among 38 million Europeans who don’t make enough to go on holiday.

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Chicago-born and raised, Maria Paravantes has over two decades of journalistic experience covering tourism and travel, gastronomy, arts, music and culture, economy and finance, politics, health and social issues for international press and media. She has worked for Reuters, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, Time Out Athens, the Athens News, Odyssey Magazine and, among others. She has also served as Special Advisor to Greece’s minister of Foreign Affairs, and to the mayor of Athens on international press and media issues. Maria is currently a reporter, content and features writer for GTP Headlines.
  1. Carl+Simpson Reply

    The same for tourist come 11pm they disappear back to the all inclusive complex not spending money in the local bars or restaurants that’s a fact but not reported.

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