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Travellers may be getting used to the uncertain economic times and the sometimes questionable stability of the global tourism industry, because it is not stopping many individuals from taking their planned trips. For instance, The Eastern Mediterranean Tourism Association (EMTA) that roughly 850,000 Australians visited this region of the world last year, with one of the most popular destinations being Greece.
"Tourism is a big part of the solution for the economic situation in Greece," David Beirman, EMTA founder, said in a statement. "[We found that] 2011 was a very good year for tourism in Greece and we are hoping for more to visit in 2012."
Overall, Greece experienced a 9 per cent increase in visitors last year, which may help improve the current economic climate and boost their tourism offerings. Many of those who tend to visit are heading to the islands' pristine shorelines or checking out the historical landmarks in some of the major cities. Aussies may be able to book discounted tourism packages with many of the hotels and tour groups.
Representatives from the Greek tourism organisations say that media may portray instances of political unrest, but the vast majority of the country is deemed to be safe. The instances are mostly happening just outside the Greek Parliament and not at the vacation destinations.
New strategies are being discussed to draw even more Australian tourists to Europe. Those who have an interest in the locale may wish to see what exclusive offers on flights to Athens and other cities may be online, as fresh promotions are added on the regular to head from Down Under to the Mediterranean Sea.
Greece is not the only country in the Eastern Mediterranean that received an influx of Aussie travellers. Italy, Cyprus, Croatia and Lebanon all had their fair share of tourists as well last year. Experts say that this number is expected to increase as many of these locales remain affordable on the Australian dollar.
Travellers may not want to believe the hype in many new stories that portray certain countries to be unstable. Exercising caution is always advisable, but Aussies may want to do their own research before nixing a visit to a specific locale due to political rumours or tall tales.
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