Greece’s Ionian Islands, including Corfu, Zakynthos, Lefkada and Kefalonia recorded a welcome increase in the number of July arrivals, regional authorities said last week.
Corfu Airport saw a 14.7 percent rise in foreign arrivals in July compared to last year. In the same month, incoming traffic at mainland Aktio International Airport (connecting the islands) grew by 25.6 percent, at Kefalonia airport by 8.5 percent and at Zakynthos airport by 9.1 percent.
The islands have also seen a rise in demand for accommodation and the number of domestic visitors surged by 30.5 percent at Corfu Airport, 129.2 percent at Aktio airport, 33.55 percent at Kefallonia and 14.7 percent on Zakynthos.
Road travel also picked up pace with more visitors from neighbouring Balkan countries and Italy. There was a drop, however, in the number of holiday-makers from Turkey.
Currently, pre-bookings for 2017 as well as the addition of direct flights next year show a growing interest in the Ionian Islands as a leading destination of choice.