Hotel occupancy rates reached 90% in Mykonos in September, the same as in July and August, with arrivals expected to exceed 2019 levels, Andreas Ferentinos, head of New Democracy party's tourism sector and former president of Mykonos hoteliers said on Tuesday.
Ferentinos said that arrivals in Mykonos airport totaled 677,000 so far, from 750,000 in 2019, with around 1,000 flights pending until the completion of this year's season on October 31, 2022.
Arrivals in Mykonos port totaled 493,895 passengers until the end of August.
Meanwhile British newspaper "The Times" has published a list of the top 10 Greek islands for a quiet, relaxing holiday far from the throng, with Andros top of the list as most authentic, in an article on the web page https://www.thetimes.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/quietest-greek-islands.
In addition to Andros, praised for its countryside, footpaths and welcoming inhabitants, the list also includes Folegandros for its sunsets, Nisyros for its volcanic views, Syros for its cultural life and Meganisi for its peaceful, laid-back atmosphere, Alonissos for its wildlife, Milos for its otherworldly landscapes, Agistri for excursions, Kythera for its idyllic environment and Patmos for its spiritual mystique and its beautiful beaches.
"We have started a constant and organised effort for openness, as Andros offers everything that both Greek and foreign travellers want in the post-Covid era, such as activities in nature, a mix of remote and organised beaches and, above all, authentic hospitality. After a satisfactory season, tourist flows are continuing in September as well," Andros Deputy Mayor for Tourism Nikos Moustakas said.
The mayor of Patmos, Lefteris Pentes, said the combination of natural beauty and UNESCO World Heritage monuments, as well as an intense spirituality, left no visitor to the island unmoved.