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Why now is a good time to go to Greece

It was very encouraging to read the Lonely Planet article on ‘Why now is a good time to go to Greece’. Of course at Sunvil we’ve been telling everyone to do so all year as there was never a problem for tourists ­and we were proved right. It has

The truth behind the headlines: Migrants in Greece.

Greece has suffered from exaggerated press comments as to the effect on tourists of the country’s economic problems and now the interest and emphasis has switched to the refugee influx onto the islands bordering Turkey. Remember, journalists always seek out bad news as it is bad news

Slaying Greek Myths

To those who have access to the Sunday Times website, click here for a link to a very pragmatic and impassioned article written by John Humphrys, the well-known journalist and BBC broadcaster. Humphrys knows Greece and its people well and his son settled there 23 years ago,

The latest financial shenanigans in Greece

Will they, won’t they? It seems to be dragging on forever.  In fact, the fashionable word is no longer ‘Grexit’ but ‘Grimbo’, meaning Greece still in Limbo. Personally, I believe there will be a fudged solution because neither side wants the consequences of a Greek bankruptcy. However,

Take no risks with your Holiday Accommodation

The consumer press has swung from advocating that everyone should avoid tour operators and book directly with owners and airlines to recommending caution and, instead, booking through licensed tour operators which take responsibility for their property descriptions and the actions of their suppliers. In a Sunday Times article in the

Celebrating 25 years of operating to the Azores

I first met Albano Cymbron at a Portuguese travel workshop. For those who have no idea what a travel workshop is – well, it’s where suppliers of accommodation and overseas services meet tour operators. These meetings are normally arranged by the tourist offices on an annual basis. I had

Ryanair and The Azores

You may have read a very interesting article a week ago in The Independent newspaper written by Simon Calder, a very high profile journalist who generally champions no-frills carriers and DIY holidays. The article focuses on the Azores and says that the Azores are now affordable because one is able

Dot com or dot con? Don’t be a victim of holiday fraud

The report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau stating that consumers had lost £2.2 million last year to online holiday fraudsters must send a chill through the hearts of the holidaying public. Sunvil takes 15% of its bookings to Greece, Cyprus and the Azores on-line and next

Stockholm: An affordable city break

I have been to Stockholm several times for conferences of one kind or another. Before I went the first time I had never considered it as short-break city. It was somehow too far north. But, as Sunvil began to understand the potential of Scandinavia as the last

Experience the Opera in Verona

I am not a big opera fan. Yes, I recognise the well known arias and am aware of the great singers. But I do not rush to see the opera in London. However, I have always wanted to watch and hear Verdi’s Aida in the Arena in