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Bookings Show Tourists Coming Back

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imagesGeneral Secretary for Tourism Apostolos Liaskos said that after a big downturn in crisis-stricken 2012 that visitor bookings show an increase of 15-20 percent, encouraging news for the country’s most important revenue driver.

Addressing a general meeting of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Liaskos also said the targets of 17 million visitors from abroad and revenues of 11 billion euros ($14.8 billion) this year are attainable, according to the newspaper Kathimerini.

The head of the chamber, Giorgos Tsakiris, presented data which showed hat tourist expenditures declined 5% last year compared to 2011, amounting to 10.02 billion euros ($13.48 billion.) Overnight stays dropped 7%, amounting to 141 million, and arrivals fell 6% to 15.5 million.

Arrivals from abroad showed a major decline in January 2013, mostly concerning the terminals in Athens and Thessaloniki, according to the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) but the rest of the year is looking better so far.

The number of arrivals declined by 28,460, reaching 162,954 down from 191,414 in January 2012. Arrivals at Athens International Airport contracted by 16% year-on-year while those flying in to Thessaloniki shrunk by 13%.

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  • Alex

    It won’t last as long as unpatriotic far leftists and anarchists keep creating political instability by striking and rioting.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OYG7TRHWU2AIDSI4M3B2PE2BHA Paul Johnston PhD

    Tourists coming back? … Last week both the government & Press said tourism was not coming back, so which is it?

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

      Alex
    can you please show us that you are actually Greek. Please write the
    words of the Greek flag song they teach kids in pre-K.  Not the Greek
    National Anth.  but the Greek Flag Song.

  • Nansaki

    All the folks i know who are heading to Greece can’t wait but All of them are smart and avoiding Athens at all costs.