Crisis: hard times oblige most Greeks to holiday at home

07 March, 13:51

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, MARCH 7 - Nearly nine in 10 Greeks are choosing to spend their vacations in their homeland, significantly above an average of 58% in other European Union countries, according to the findings of a new Eurobarometer survey on tourism for 2012 and 2013 published by Kathimerini. A total of 87% of Greeks said they spent their holidays in Greece in 2012. Italians and Bulgarians were close behind with 80% and 79% respectively planning their holidays in their homeland.

Croatians and Spaniards came next, with 74% and 73% holidaying within the borders of their respective countries. According to the survey, 37% of Greeks did not go on vacation last year, compared to an EU average of 27%. Financial constraints were the reason given by 72% of Greeks who did not go on holiday in 2012, compared to an average rate of 46% in the EU. (ANSAmed).