Wednesday, September 03, 2008

100,000 Macedonians on vacation in Greece in August

Since the start of the year, the Macedonian-Greece border was crossed by over 500,000 Macedonian citizens. 100,000 of them went to Greece over the past twenty days, for summer vacations.

In July this number was 57,000, and in the first half the number was down by 18 percent compared with last year.

The price of an average summer apartment in Greece is EUR 30-50, while higher quality accommodation costs EUR 70 per night.

It is 18 percents less citizens than in the same period last year when a total of 947,000 Macedonian citizens passed the border.

According to Angel Ivanov, president of the Association of Travel Agencies of Skopje, main reason for this is the reduced prices for vacations in Greece in the postseason.

- It is obvious that our citizens would like to use the lower prices offered now. Following the emotional reaction during the preseason, the main motive for the people in this period is the economic bill – Ivanov explains.

These days, many travel agencies offer arrangements for vacation in Greece for the price of EUR 100 per 10 or 7 days with transport included.

According to travel agencies from Gevgelija, the available arrangements of their agencies in places Paralija, Nea Vrasna, Asprovalta, Olimpijada, Leptokaria are completely sold out for August and September.

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