Greece is the place to see and be seen, as it has been named as the tourism destination in 2013. As fears of a Grexit has faded, the cultural, classic, and culinary appeal of Greece is once again in the headlines.
Greece and her islands remains one of the top tourist destinations in the world and is named by several reports as the place to be in 2013.
Ekathimerini reported Verkehrsbuero, Austria's largest tourist organization, said interest in classical destinations, particularly in Greece, is high for this summer. In addition to the famed sites in Athens Greece boasts such classic attractions as Mystras, Metéora, and Monemvasia, each on mainland Greece and easily accessible from Athens.
The Guardian names Sparta on mainland Greece as one of the top 10 best bargain city breaks for 2013. Low cost airline Easyjet is due to launch a route to Kalamata in July, thus extending the opportunity for tourists to avoid the necessity of flying into Athens.
Pilgrimage tourism is likely to be boosted by the memorandum of cooperation on religious tourism between the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Church of Greece, which was signed in January 2013. According to Greek News Agenda the memorandum is seen as a development in the previously unexploited sector of religious tourism and "focuses on the promotion of the country's religious, historic and cultural wealth combined with raising environmental awareness."
As Digital Journal reported two Greek islands, Santorini and Crete, are featured in three top ten lists of best travel destinations. According to GR Santorini is extending its appeal by unveiling an initiative to highlight the unique tastes of the island and promoting Santorini as a gastronomic centre.