As expected, the number of travelers using the airport in Chania decreased during this year's summit of holiday arrivals. Declines were recorded for almost all countries. The highest dynamics of the change in the number of travelers was recorded in the case of tourists from Italy, whose number is smaller by about 50% this year compared to the same period last year.
The total number of foreign passengers arriving at Chania airport throughout July 2019 was around 224,000. travelers. This result is about 9 thousand. worse compared to the same month last year.
It is also worth noting that this year the airport in Chania is also less eagerly chosen by Poles. In July this year, the number of travelers coming from our country dropped to just over 18,000 people, while in the same month in 2018 it was less than 23,000 people. The downward trend was also maintained in August. This year, around 17,000 flew to Chania last month. people. Last year, around 21.5 thousand came from Poland in August. tourists.
The current decrease in the number of people using the airport in Chania is hardly surprising for most people following the holiday market. The Greek tourist industry has been adhered to for many months that this season will be one of the most difficult in recent years.
Many experts have warned that in the long run it is almost impossible to maintain a continuous increase in the number of tourists coming to Greece. The more that many of the regions there have practically exhausted the accommodation facilities of the hoteliers. Last year, room occupancy reached around 90% for many localities. With a practical lack of infrastructure development and strong pressure from Turkey, Greece has no chance of maintaining an impressive result from the number of people visiting this country last year.
For our part, we will once again question the current development strategy of the Greek tourism industry, which is based on promoting arrivals offered by large travel agencies. In our opinion, this is building dependence on companies that are more attached to their financial results than to specific destinations to which they send tourists. This year perfectly showed this season, during which many travel agencies preferred to focus on promoting more profitable trips, e.g. to Turkey.
Greece, is it not time to finally look kindly at individual tourists who, through the money spent on site, provide real and real support to local communities?