It's been another good year for Greek Island holidays despite the upheavals of 2016. Tourism watchers are forecasting another record year for holiday visitors across Greece. Only those few islands in the eastern Aegean, affected by the influx of refugees are thought to have suffered a drop in visitors numbers, while other islands such as those in the Cyclades and the Ionian have welcomed more tourists then ever, particularly from the UK. Late holiday booking appear to have swelled the numbers and around 25 million tourists will have visited Greece and the Greek Islands this year (excluding Greek cruise passengers), according to the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE). Five out of ten best Islands in Europe are Greek, says a survey by leading holiday magaxine Travel and Leisure which asked its readers to weigh in on their travel experiences around the globe. Perrennial favorites Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini are joined this year by a couple of Ionian islands in the top ten.
Greek holiday watchers are now looking at the possible impact of Brexit on 2017 Greek Island holidays but remain optimistic that the attractions of the island will continue to be a big draw. Holiday companies too are offering big early bird discounts to ensure that Greek Island holidays remain as popular as ever in 2017.