A very smart solution in the midst of a pandemic for domestic and foreign tourists is rented apartments and houses for short-term rent (such as Airbnb), for which record high demand is observed in the summer season, increasing compared to last year.
Despite the rapid decline in revenues and the return of some owners to traditional long-term leases, the short-term rental industry is “on its feet,” according to a report by Panhellenic Real Estate Network E-Real Estates.
Experts have noted an increase in pre-bookings for detached pool villas. “The cost of accommodation for 5-6 nights in many cases reaches several thousand euros, however, given the current situation, this is a safe choice,” comments Themistoklis Bakas, President of E-Real Estates, assessing that “the occupancy rate, which will be recorded at the end of the summer season , especially in popular tourist destinations in the country, will reach the 2019 level. While in the coastal areas of mainland Greece, a growth trend will be recorded. “
Greeks rush to register their property on short-term lease sites ahead of summer
At the same time, according to the report, there is an increase in the number of registered properties on the respective platforms. Short-term rental site Airbnb recently announced in a related announcement that registrations have increased since the pre-COVID-19 era.
After more than doubling the number of active housing offers on its platform from early 2017 to early 2020 (5.4 million from 2.3 million), Airbnb lost 5% of total offers from January to June 2020. However, in February 2021, the number of registrations increased by 2.5% compared to the level before COVID-19. Airbnb is registering new accommodations in both mountainous and coastal areas around the world.
High percentage of accommodation in the period 17/5 – 23/5
Due to the opening of tourism on May 15, the demand for rental villas with a private or shared pool is at a very good level. Mr. Bakas stresses that high occupancy rates have already been recorded between 5/17 and 5/23. “However, we must first emphasize that most owners, due to the coronavirus pandemic, have opted for a flexible cancellation policy (there are no penalties if someone first booked and then canceled). luxury houses and villas are limited.
According to statistics for 2018, the available number of vacation homes in Mykonos was around 1,500 and 795 EOT-licensed villas. The same number was in Santorini with 606 licensed EOT villas, while in Paros there were about 1,400 holiday homes and the number of licensed villas reached 479.
Tourism of high standards will reach 2019 level
According to the President of E-Real Estates, high-level tourism (VIP), that is, the ability to choose and pay for luxury accommodation in the world’s popular tourist destinations in our country, may reach a good level this year.
region – 6 nights in a villa from 17 / 5-23 / 5 prices in euros – occupancy (booked).