Thomas Cook’s bookings to Greece have held up despite the euro-zone crisis and could soar if the country leaves the euro, according to Pete Constanti, chief executive of destination management for the travel firm.
He said: ‘Greece continues to be an important destination for us and great value for our holidaymakers. In the run-up to the recent elections we worked closely with our suppliers and of course continue to monitor the situation in Athens. Most of our holidaymakers are on the country’s islands where you wouldn’t have known anything was going on.
‘Currently capacity is broadly in line with our historic numbers. Holidaymakers are focusing on the positives such as the fantastic value in Greece and other euro destinations because of the strength of the pound.’
With the euro at a three-year low against sterling, holidaymakers can enjoy 10 per cent more when changing money than this time last year.
The tour operator’s top destinations this summer are Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Tunisia. The latter has recovered from the Arab Spring, with bookings already back to 2010 levels.
Constanti added: ‘Bookings to Egypt are improving and we’re hopeful these will return to previous levels once the political situation stabilises further.‘