Photograph supply: Patras Carnival official web site (

Occupancy charges in all Greece’s journey locations have hit one hundred pc for the three-day Clear Monday vacation weekend (February 25-27) giving a really welcoming enhance to home tourism, Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias stated on Saturday.

This weekend (February 25-26) marks the top of the carnival season and results in the beginning of lent, often called Clear Monday or Ash Monday (this yr February 27), which is a nationwide vacation in Greece.

Talking to SKAI TV, Kikilias identified that there are not any rooms accessible in Patra, certainly one of Greece’s hottest carnival locations, whereas excessive occupancy charges have additionally been recorded in different areas of the Peloponnese, equivalent to Kalavryta, Arcadia, Corinthia and Kalamata.

Furthermore, the minister stated that Xanthi in northern Greece and one other very fashionable carnival vacation spot, this yr set an all-time document in resort occupancy.

The carnival in Xanthi by night. Photo source:

The carnival in Xanthi by evening. Photograph supply:

“There’s additionally one hundred pc occupancy in Ioannina and Metsovo, the ski resort in Anilio is open, most lodging in Naoussa and Central Macedonia are full,” the minister stated, including that this weekend individuals are taking metropolis breaks in Thessaloniki and that occupancy charges in Epirus (Tzoumerka, Konitsa and Zagorochoria) are at 90 %.

The minister additionally knowledgeable that the two,000 resort beds accessible in metropolis of Rethymno (Crete) weren’t sufficient to cowl the excessive demand for this three-day vacation weekend.

“The vacation spot’s hoteliers took motion and two extra resorts opened their doorways, ensuing to three,000 booked beds for the three-day interval,” stated Kikilias, underlining that the “Tourism for All” subsidy program for holidays in Greece allowed many voters to take short-day holidays and enhance home tourism.

“The restoration of tourism decisively helps the first sector, which with its merchandise provides tourism corporations, taverns, eating places and the enterprise world and on the similar time it brings giant and vital investments, giving life to the nation’s growth,” the minister stated.

Kikilias added that the excessive demand for holidays this Clear Monday vacation weekend is a transparent message how home tourism will stick with it through the Easter vacation in April.

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