Tourism recovering in Greece

Published on : Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Greece witnessed revenue from its principal tourist industry in the eight months till August reach half of 2019 levels, said the country’s tourism minister.

With COVID-19 bringing global travel to a standstill, Greek tourism, which accounts for about a fifth of the economy, suffered its worst year till now in 2020 with just 7 million visitors fetching revenue of 4 billion euros.

However, with the Mediterranean tourist hotspot reopening its doors to foreign travelers in May, government and industry officials said that they are hoping for 40-50% of 2019 revenue which saw 33 million visitors fetching record 18 billion euros revenue.

“From January up to August, arrivals were up by 79.2% and corresponding receipts (rose) by 135.7% compared to the same period in 2020, which corresponds to 50% of receipts for 2019 as a whole,” said Greek tourism ministerVassilisKikilias.

“We are on track to achieve receipts of more than 10 billion euros,” he added.

After Greece dissolved most of its pandemic-related restrictions before its peak summer tourist season, a growing number of foreign visitors visited the country this summer.

“We have not counted final takings yet,” Kikilias said, adding that September, October and November were truly busy months.

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