ATHENS – Political instability is drawing negative publicity for Greece that has already cut into hotel bookings for next year just as the country is enjoying its second straight record-breaking tourist year.
The President of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis said that hotels are seeking a drop in reservations with uncertainty rising over whether Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ coalition government can get its man elected as the country’s symbolic President to avert early national elections.
Samaras’ New Democracy Conservatives are trailing in polls to the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) which hopes to thwart election of a President and force the national polls.
Hotels are already reporting a slowdown in the rate of bookings, while the representatives of foreign tour operators are expressing concern to Greek hoteliers regarding the deposits they have paid in case the Greek banking system is affected by developments in the country, reported Andreadis.
The SETE chief added that Greek tourism may see a fall in tourism because of the bad news that is akin to that in 2012 when protests, strikes and riots against austerity measures kept people away in droves.
SETE has called an extraordinary board meeting on Dec. 16 in which the heads of associations of the sector’s professionals will discuss how to deal with the risky political developments.
Conference tourism experts add that there have been isolated incidents of cancellations and postponements of events in Greece.