Interesse britannico in Greco pacchetti vacanza impennata

By Stathis Kousounis

Vacations in Greece are growing cheaper by the day, according to the managing director of British travel website, who has seen searches for Greek holidays soar by over 200 percent in the last couple of months.

Mark Attwell, head of the Internet site that specializes in online tourism services, says that besides the advantage of the strong pound, a number of tour operators have slashed their rates and are offering additional provisions such as low-cost meals, extra nights and free children’s stays.

Internationally popular destinations in Greece such as Thessaloniki, Corfu, Creta, Rodi, Santorini and Myconos are offering special reductions on all-inclusive packages and organized tours, says Attwell, although he recommends that travelers be careful when making independent bookings and use credit cards where possible for protection.

He notes that special offers to Greece have drawn major interest from visitors to the site. Searches for vacations in the country on have grown by 222 percent in the last two months, Attwell says, as Greek-owned tour operators have slashed their prices by up to 25 percent over the course of this summer.

Tuttavia, despite the improvement in arrivals numbers on Zakynthos last month, hotels on the Ionian island are expected to see a 30 percent decline in revenues this season, according to the president of the Laganas Hoteliers’ Association, Christina Tetradi, who cites the drop in prices, shorter stays and the tendency of visitors to spend less than in previous years.

Tetradi does note, anche se, that bookings picked up after the June 17 elezione, adding some 10-15 percent and going some way toward reversing the negative climate.

Arrivals from abroad at Zakynthos International Airport in June posted a 1.5 percent annual decline, con 4 percent fewer tourists coming to the island from Britain.

Tetradi comments that foreign visitors to Greece have now turned into last-minute customers. Regarding the British market in particular, which is the main source of tourists to Zakynthos, the upcoming Olympic Games are having a clear impact, with bookings being particularly slow for August.

The chief of the Laganas Hoteliers’ Association adds that 2012 rates are particularly competitive given that most contracts were signed last year, when the outlook for Greece was particularly negative, fears were running high and tour operators were piling on the pressure. This year’s rates are about 10 percent below 2011 prezzi, Tetradi points out, although she notes that bookings to date have been made with further 10-20 percent discounts, either in early bookings or through special offers.

As far as domestic tourism is concerned, Tetradi says that it has slowed considerably, owing to the prolonged recession in Greece. She estimates that bookings from Greeks have dropped by more than 50 percent this year as many have opted to spend their vacations at home, at countryside residences, or with relatives or friends.

Grecia a corto di soldi in un mese, Seconda Ristrutturazione del Debito altamente probabile

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As Spain teeters toward a full-blown bailout, Grecia, which has been bailed out twice, appears set to run out of money in about a month, according to a British government report. Representatives of the IMF, l'UE, and the ECB are currently in Atene assessing the progress of the austerity and privatization programs which appear to have been ineffective at limiting the impact of a deep recession and helping Greece return to a path of debt sustainability.

The recession is probably deeper than expected, according to Nomura, and privatization revenues are nowhere to be found, putting pressure on the Troika to once again restructure the Hellenic nation’s debt, possibly imposing losses on public creditors such as the ECB.

A British government analysis is forecasting that Greece won’t have the €3.26 billion it needs for a bond payment due on August 20, unless it receives the next tranche of bailout money, secondo Trade the News.

The disbursement of those funds is now in question, secondo l' Telegrafo, as Troika officials visiting Greece are dismayed by the little-to-no progress the government of Antonis Samaras has delivered on its plans of structural reforms and privatizations. Officials noted that “nothing has been done in Greece for the past three or four month [...] the debt sustainability analysis is pretty terrible,"L' Telegrafo segnalato.

Greece’s recession will be deeper than expected, according to analysts at Nomura, who know expect output in the Hellenic nation to drop by 7.5% quest'anno, compared to the official forecast of a 4.7% contrazione. Inoltre, they noted that privatization revenues remain absent, and that the debt-to-GDP target of 120% da 2020 looks “unreachable.”

Athens has requested to extend the fiscal targets by two years, which should require an additional €45 billion in funds for Greece. “As things stand, a political compromise seems to be required by September between the EU and the IMF if Greece’s programme [sic] is not to be interrupted,” Nomura’s analysts add.

It remains to be seen whether the IMF will decide to pull its support for the Greece, as Nomura stipulates, but the pressure is mounting for a second restructuring of Greek debt. Il Mercoledì, German politician Norbert Barthle, parliamentary budget spokesman for the CDU and a key ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, suggested a second restructuring could be necessary.

Secondo Trade the News, this second restructuring could force losses on public creditors by applying a haircut to Greek debt held, per esempio, dalla BCE. Nomura’s analysts note that the most junior part of the debt, the €62 billion in new GGBs and the €30 billion in EFSF loans (along with the €6 billion holdouts), could be further restructured. This would account for 49% of debt to 2012 PIL. The effectiveness of this move could be increased by channeling the €50 billion bank recapitalization plans through the ESM, rather than through the sovereign, further easing the sovereign debt load.

Greece has been the epicenter of a European sovereign debt crisis that has reached the major economies of Europe, particularly Spain and Italy. The ripple effects of Europe’s crisis have been felt across the globe, with major companies like Mela, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, e UPS all feeling the hit of the economic slowdown.

To keep the monetary union together, Germany and its neighbors must find a solution that stabilizes markets and proves more permanent. Greece has defied logic on several occasions, requiring two bailouts and now possibly a second restructuring. As Spain nears the edge, it’s time for European policymakers to deliver a long-lasting solution or face the possible dismantling of the Euro project.

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