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Elafonissi, Balos, Falassarna, Knossos and Samaria Gorge…
Over 3,2 mil arrivals in Chania and Heraklion airports until the end of September, with most of tourists choosing Elafonissi as top destination (33%).
One out of four tourists visited the museums of the island, although top destinations were:

  • Elafonissi
  • Balos
  • Falassarna
  • Knossos
  • Samaria Gorge

According to a survey of postgraduate students of MAICH (Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania), Technical University of Crete and University of Crete, Crete set a new record this year as a classic summer destination.

At Heraklion airport there were 2,4 mil (+3,75%) arrivals by the end of September and at Chania airport 863.168 (+10%).

Half of the tourists (53%) came from Scandinavian countries, while RyanAir had 88% of non Scandinavian passengers arriving in Chania.

61% of the arrivals at Heraklion airport were from Germany, Russia (-11%), Great Britain and France.

82% of tourists arriving in Chania, stayed also in Chania for their vacation, 14% went to Rethymnon and 4% to Heraklion and Lassithi.

Four out of five visitors were university graduates, while one out of five answered that he earns more than 80.000 euros per year.

Two out of three believe that prices were fair enough.

Most of them were informed for their vacation from the internet or from relatives who visited Crete in the past.

More than 70% of tourists chose to stay in hotels, 25% in rented rooms or studios and 4% in villas or campings.

Three out of four Scandinavians chose to stay in a hotel of 3 or 4 stars.

14% of the tourists chose 5 stars hotels and 10% chose a 2 star hotel.

All inclusive packages were chosen by 33% of tourists, especially non-Scandinavians.

Average time of vacation was 9 days, while Scandinavians stayed one more day.

Top residence destinations in Chania are Platanias and Agia Marina (62%). 18% chose to stay in a hotel in Chania centre, 7% to Apokoronas or Georgioupolis, 7% at Kastelli, Kissamos and also 7% at Sfakia, Paleohora or Sougia.

Natural beauties of Crete is the main reason (97%) for all tourists to visit the island. Also, cretan cuisine (81%), archaelogical sights (42%) and fun/night life (27%).

90% are fully satisfied with services provided and locals behavior, 80% were satisfied by public bus services and the level of safety.

On the contrary, 33% had complaints about taxi services, cleanliness and parks.

Major problems are condition of the roads throughout the island, prices/toilets/available seats at the airports

Tourists chose to buy wine, fresh orange juice and olive oil (40%), cheese, tsikoudia, honey, vegetables and soap (30%), cretan rusks (16%) and aromatic herbs (8%).

Most of them spent 60 to 80 euros per day (87% restaurants and tavernas, 56% shopping/rent a car/taxi/bus, 33% daily trips, 13% night life).


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