Year-on-year UK arrivals to the island of Rhodes have surged by 7.5 percent, according to new figures. The island had more than 267,000 UK visitors in 2010, compared to 248,000 in 2009. Along with Germany, UK remains the top market in generating visitors to the Greek island. “When someone talks about Faliraki I feel as if I’m in a time machine,” said Tom Panagos, PR manager for Rhodes Tourism in the UK. “Those days are long over for us and we have worked hard to reposition the island as a quality destination. There are more than 100 luxury hotels in Rhodes and this year we welcome the opening of the first Sheraton in Greece and the biggest spa on the island - so we are definitely moving forward.” A long established tourist destination, the image of Rhodes suffered eight years ago because of the infamous Faliraki scene, which led to a dramatic drop in visitors; pre-Faliraki, UK arrivals to the island used to surpass 300,000 every year. Rhodes is served with charter flights by a number of UK-based airlines, including Easyjet, Jet2.com, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways, while Ryanair launches flights from London Stansted and Liverpool in April.