Domestic tourism goes downhill

Estimating the annual drop in domestic tourism last year at 20 percent, Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation president Yiannis Retsos sees little hope for 2012 regarding Greek customers.

The latest available data by the Civil Aviation Authority for domestic arrivals in the first 11 months of 2011 showed a 9.5 percent decline from the same period in 2010.

However, hoteliers stress that the drop in domestic tourism drop was even greater as a significant number of passengers on domestic flights in the summer months are foreign visitors.

Many resorts are now being forced to offer special deals. These include the Parnassos Ski Center (pictured) in central Greece, which is offering free entry to 6-17-year-olds all of next week on the occasion of World Snow Day on January 22.