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2011 Was Best Year for Greek Tourism

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The year 2011 was the best year for Greek tourism, according to figures released on Monday by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) concerning the country΄s 13 largest airports.

According to Athens News Agency, citing SETE, tourist arrivals at airports throughout Greece rose by 8.65 percent in January-December 2011 in comparison with the same period in 2010, with arrivals totaling 11,528,782, surpassing total arrivals of 10,611,219 in 2010.

SETE said that arrivals at all airports throughout the country, with the only exception of Athens΄ Eleftherios Venizelos international airport (AIA), posted increases, with the islands of Rhodes and Kos presenting the largest rises, with increases of 22.06 percent and 22.41 percent respectively.

Substantial increases were also posted in Heraklion, Crete (12.59 percent), Hania, Crete (10.57 percent), and also Thessaloniki (11.25 percent).

Conversely, Athens΄ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (AIA) posted a 3.64 percent decline in arrivals.

Foreign tourist arrivals at Greek airports in the month of December alone reached 186,095, marking a 1.45 percent rise against the same month in 2010.

The overall number of tourist arrivals in 2011 was projected to be around 16.5 million, with revenues from tourism rising more than 10 percent against 2010, corresponding to a 1 percent increase in GDP.

(source:capital.gr)

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