Hoteliers put the blame on politicians

The shortfall in hotel bookings from abroad after the May 6 election has risen to between 30 and 50 percent, depending on origin and location, the Panhellenic Hoteliers? Association said Thursday.

The drop is reported highest in the Peloponnese, on Corfu and on Crete, around 40 percent on Kos and about 30 percent in Halkidiki and on the Cycladic islands.

The association said the latest political developments have laid bare the serious shortcomings of the country?s political system and politicians? inability to rise above petty party considerations for the good of the country. It urged a campaign and measures to make sure prospective visitors have a trouble-free stay.