Russian, Italian, British and German tourists are boosting tourism in Messinia, a regional unit in the southwestern part of the Peloponnesse, Greece. Air connection with Milan and Moscow has created promising expectations of a big tourist flow for the summer of 2013.
Hoteliers of the region seem to be optimistic for the current tourist season, as the messages of the arrivals until now, chiefly of British and Russians, are encouraging. Italian tourists benefit from airline company, Ryanair’s connection in order to travel to Messinia.
Hotel reservations are already more than those in 2012, despite the fact that domestic tourism is extremely low, according to Spyros Lagonikakos, President of the Messinia Hoteliers Association.
“The British are constant customers, they come again and again to Messinia for holidays, while the flow of Russian tourists keeps on increasing,” Lagonikakis stated. “This year’s season, tourist traffic will be stronger than last year,” adding that, “all colleagues will do their best so that a better year will follow in 2014.”
Concerning domestic tourism, he said: “We do not abandon the Greek market because the Greek tourist is the one to spend money during his vacation.” Lagonikakis believes that from next year things will get better financially for Greek households and that there will be a surplus for family holidays.
Bookings from Germany, Italy and Russia have increased in Trifylia, municipality in the Messinia regional unit, according to Kostas Aggelopoulos, President of the Trifylia Hoteliers Association. He said that tourist activity in Kalo Nero and Kyparissia will be rising, as many Russians are arriving by air in Kalamata and Araxos.
He said that Russians have great expectations and that hoteliers have to do their best. “Nothing is simple, everything needs struggle and to keep the tourists, there must be cooperation among the state, the local government and businessmen,” Aggelopoulos pointed out. He concluded that attention must be paid to simple things, such as neatness, water and signs on the road.
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