More than a thousand visitors took part. 24% choose to tour and discover a Greek destination.
This summer, Greece has once again been one of the favorite holiday destinations among Dutch people. More than a million tourists are expected to come from the Netherlands again this year. The Griekenland.net platform, which has been active in promoting tourism since 2001, conducted research into what Dutch people prefer to do during their holidays.
Dutch people mainly want to enjoy their stay in Greece. 18% love the pleasant promenades, the versatile Greek cuisine and appreciate the beautiful bays and beaches. It is also important that people can recover from their busy life at home. For 16% of respondents, lying on a Greek beach for a long time, reading a book in the sun on a terrace somewhere and doing nothing at all is a priority. Greek hospitality connects us with the Greeks. “We arrive in Greece as a guest, but leave as a friend and that is mutual,” says Bas Wanrooij of Griekenland.net.
Extending the season
Greece is often seen for a beach holiday. 21% of the participants in the study choose the Greek islands for a ‘sun’ holiday. In winter, the Netherlands only flies directly to Athens and Thessaloniki. There are opportunities for Greece to extend the season by, for example, highlighting winter sports, alternative tourism and events and festivals in the country. If you go to Santorini for the view from the caldera, a sunny week in November or March is a great alternative. Hiking in the autumn through the Pindos Mountains in Epirus or combining a city trip to Athens with a day of skiing in Parnassos are other examples.
Other options mentioned in the survey include shopping, quality time with friends, making new friends and participating in a sporting event, such as the Athens Marathon.
Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.
She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.