LONDON - Reuters
British tour operator Thomas Cook expects a surge in bookings to Greece
if it leaves the eurozone, as holidays to the Mediterranean nation would become a better value for hard-pressed travelers.
exits (the euro), for the tourism industry it could be very profitable,” interim chief executive Sam Weihagen said after the company posted a steep first-half loss on Thursday.
“Most probably holidays to Greece
will be more profitable for holidaymakers than they are today and places like Spain could lose competitiveness,” he told reporters.
The 171-year-old travel group said summer bookings to Greece
from Germany were down around 20 percent year-on-year but that bookings from elsewhere to the crisis-hit nation had held up.
Tourism is a vital source of income for Greece, accounting for about a fifth of gross domestic product. The outcome of an election next month will likely decide whether Greece
remains in the euro.