A tourism fair held in Utrecht in the Netherlands from Jan. 8-13 proved to be a success for Greek tourism with great interest expressed in visiting the country, particularly the island of Zakynthos, this year.
Yiannis Lessis, member of the Tourism Department of Ionian Islands Region, who supported the region’s pavilion and met Dutch visitors, saiod the image of Greece abroad has now improved after a turbulent 2012 of social and political unrest. He said he expects a rise in Dutch tourists to Greece this year of 5-10%, with keen interest in Kefalonia as well.
The tourism fair was attended by many tourism representatives such as the travel agent George Dukas, Hoteliers Panagiotis Skliros and Zaharias Katopodis from Leukada, Nestor Yuliatos and Gerasimos Evaggelatos from Kefalonia and Panagiotis Manfredas, Theodore Kolpodinos and John Loukissas from the island of Zakynthos.
Zakynthos, which is the third largest of the Ionian islands, is popular with British, German and especially Dutch tourists – students and teenagers, although it is fighting an image of wild partying and drunken behavior by visitors. Tourists are impressed by Zakynthos’ natural beauties. The most famous landmark of the island is the Navagio beach, where the beach and sea floor are made of white pebbles, and surrounded by turquoise waters.