ECONOMY

Many hotel staff likely to celebrate Easter at home

Many hotels in popular holiday destinations across Greece will be closed during Easter this year due to low demand locally and from abroad. Hotel owners have also cited the early Easter break this year and the coinciding dates between the Orthodox and Catholic holiday as hurting demand in the sector. «It is often cheaper for a hotel to remain shut rather than opening for business,» said one source within the industry. Hotels on the islands are likely to feel the pinch more than their peers in winter destinations as the likely cool weather expected during Easter, April 4, will keep Greeks away from beach resorts. Other industry sources said hotel occupancy rates at the start of April will be an initial sign of how local consumers react to the government’s austerity measures.