Hard times oblige most Greeks to holiday at home

Nearly nine in 10 Greeks are choosing to spend their vacations in their homeland, significantly above an average of 58 percent in other European Union countries, according to the findings of a new Eurobarometer survey on tourism for 2012 and 2013.

A total of 87 percent of Greeks said they spent their holidays in Greece in 2012. Italians and Bulgarians were close behind with 80 percent and 79 percent respectively planning their holidays in their homeland. Croatians and Spaniards came next, with 74 percent and 73 percent holidaying within the borders of their respective countries.

According to the survey, 37 percent of Greeks did not go on vacation last year, compared to an EU average of 27 percent. Financial constraints were the reason given by 72 percent of Greeks who did not go on holiday in 2012, compared to an average rate of 46 percent in the EU.

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