Greek Tourism Dropped Off in 2012



1971-3511According to Expansion newspaper, there were 400,000 fewer tourists to Greece last year, according to data including international arrivals at Greek airports. Tourism officials said there were about 11.3 million visitors in 2012, compared to 11.7 million the year before, a decline of about 3.3 percent.

The tourism sector was hurt by repeated images of protests, strikes and riots against ongoing austerity measures, particularly the closing of airports, ports, buses, subways and other means of transport.

The biggest fall in arrivals were observed in Athens International Airport, a decrease of 11.5 percent. The drop in Rhodes as 7.3 percent and in Kos there was a 3.5 percent reduction in tourists.

On the other hand, states the report, in other destinations tourist arrivals were increased. Among them, Kefalonia, which showed a 13.1 percent jump, and at Chania airport on Crete, which went up 9.25 percent. Other increases were seen on Mykonos, Corfu and Thessaloniki. Approximately 80% of foreign tourists arrive in Greece by air.