NEWS

No holiday for one in 3 Greeks

At least one in three Greeks has no intention of taking the traditional summer holiday this year, mainly to save money, according to research released by a major consumer watchdog yesterday. The Consumer Institute (INKA) said a total of 36 percent of respondents in a poll it carried out said they would be staying put this summer. Some 71 percent said they could not afford to go on holiday, 19 percent said they had too much work and 8 percent cited family commitments. But even of those who had plans to leave home during the summer, 44 percent proposed heading for their own second home in the countryside, while 29 percent intended to stay with family or friends. Only 27 percent said they would be lodging in a hotel or in rented rooms. Most (36 percent) said they would take 10 days’ holiday. Some 31 percent proposed going away for a fortnight, while 7 percent had plans for a 20-day holiday. Only 4 percent said they intended to travel abroad. Out of those who had picked domestic destinations, over 81 percent said they would head for the seaside.