Online booking of travel packages recorded a 75 percent increase in the nine months of 2016

Online booking of travel packages recorded a 75 percent increase in the nine months of 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to the latest figures of the Greek travel agency ‘Travel Plan.’

This is due to the fact that vacation packages provide very competitive rates and services compared to individual bookings.

A lot of Greeks are expected to travel in the long weekend of October 28-30 with Rome and London among the top choices, the travel agency said.

The new European directive that passed last October in the European Parliament plenary played an important role in Greek travellers’ turn to online vacation packages.

According to the directive, travelers who purchase their own vacation package online, now have the same protection as those who buy it from traditional travel agents. Moreover, the new directive broadened the definition of organized travel package to include more types of travel arrangements made online, such as air tickets, hotel accommodation and car hire.