The demand from the Greeks registered by the tourist offices for holidays during the three days of May Day is characterized as satisfactory, with the recent Easter period as a helping factor where the travel traffic of the Greeks was quite close to the levels of 2019.

Bookings by Greek travelers for May Day have recovered to about 80% of pre-pandemic levels, with travel agencies noting that demand revolves around domestic destinations that have also been chosen over Easter. A similar percentage of recovery is also observed in trips to foreign destinations.

In particular, the Ionian Islands lead the way in terms of demand, while popular destinations are, among others, Nafplio, Kastoria, Porto Heli, Patmos, Crete, Kythira, Loutra Pozar, Monemvasia and Meteora.

It is noted that due to the new possibility of remote work offered by businesses and the calendar proximity of Easter to May Day this year, a portion of Greek travelers who chose domestic destinations for Easter will remain there for the three days of May Day.

Representatives of Greek destinations give their assessment to APE-MPE regarding the traffic for May Day and the three days of the Holy Spirit: “The season in Skopelos will start early this year with international arrivals from markets that we have been targeting in recent years such as Great Britain . Streams from Scandinavia and the Netherlands are expected to be equally important, while audiences from France, Austria and Eastern Europe show a strong preference. On May Day and especially the three days of the Holy Spirit, but also in June in general, occupancy rates will be particularly high,” commented the president of the Tourism Committee of the Municipality of Skopelos, Gianna Efstathiou.

“The messages we receive about the season are very positive, with bookings for Naxos from abroad increasing by leaps and bounds as we approach the summer. France, Italy, Austria, England and even more distant markets such as the USA respond to our call. Visitation will be at high levels during the three days of May Day and the Holy Spirit”, said the Deputy Mayor of Tourism of Naxos and Small Cyclades, Vangelis Katsaras.