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The German Travel Association (DRV) has revealed that the demand for German tourists to Greece is increasing, taking into account the sales of holiday packages, which this year increased by 22 per cent compared to the figures in 2019.
DRV also carried out a survey which revealed that summer holiday demand was high for Mediterranean destinations in autumn, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In addition, Greece followed Turkey as the top destination for German travelers in 2022, where holiday package deals in Turkey increased by 33 per cent, by 22 per cent in Greece, and by eight per cent in Egypt.
On the other hand, this year compared to 2019, there were marked declines in the destinations of the Western Mediterranean, except for the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, which were in demand by three per cent.
The survey findings also reveal that German travelers spent more on their holidays this year compared to 2019 with spending per person per night up 15 per cent.
During the summer, there was also an increase in cruise bookings, gradually approaching the levels of 2019.
According to the survey, looking at long-haul trips, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean destinations were at the top with the Dominican Republic posting a 41 per cent increase and the Maldives at 37 per cent during the summer of 2019.
 “This shows that Germans wanted to travel again after a long period of deprivation during the pandemic and also made this wish happen sometimes at very short notice,” DRV President Norbert Fiebig pointed out in this regard.
He also added that the travel industry is on the road to recovery, but by no means out of the woods.
Moreover, DRV emphasized that with regard to the autumn festive season that began in October, there is a significantly high continuous demand for travel. However, the trend towards short-term bookings also remains.
At the beginning of September, the Greek Ministry of Tourism decided to extend the tourist season after the main players in the German travel market were excited about such a thing.
As the Greek Minister of Tourism, Vassilis Kikilias explained, the Hellenic Republic was the only country that provided travel packages until the end of this year and also attracted the interest of airlines to expand flights in winter to extend the season. In addition, he said that during this summer, the Lufthansa Group which is the flag carrier of Germany offered over 14,000 flights to the Republic of Greece.

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