Hoteliers and travel agencies have experienced a drop in bookings from domestic travellers this summer compared to this time last year, reports Kathimerini.

The slump, which has been attributed to the impending increase in taxes, is expected to extend right through to August, when the majority of Greeks are known to take time off.

Though those in the travel industry have their fingers crossed for a last-minute change of heart, this could be based on false hope, with taxes set to spike at the start of the month.

Those lucky enough to take a holiday are doing so for shorter periods of time, and are looking to reduce their regular holiday spending budget with special offers and discounts.

According to head of Halkidiki hoteliers Grigoris Tasios, reservations being made by nationals have dropped from between seven to 10 days to just five days this season.