About 55,000 more foreign tourists arrived on the Greek island of Zakynthos during the first eight months of the year, compared to the same period of 2012, according to data from the Civil Aviation Authority.
With an average increase of more than 16%, this year the island was visited by 393,059 tourists in contrast to last year with 337,474 visitors.
The largest percentage increase was recorded in the arrivals from Russia (142 %) , Poland ( 67.63 % ), Italy ( 65.74 %) , the Netherlands ( 51.88 %) , Belgium ( 47.17 %) and Germany (42, 55), while the traditional and large market of Great Britain, which always comes first in arrivals, had only a slight increase of 2.14 %.
Despite the large increase in tourism from abroad, domestic tourism, moving mainly from the port of Kyllini to Zakynthos has significantly reduced.
According to data given to ANA –MPA by the Port Authority of Zakynthos, the number of passengers who moved from Kyllini to Zakynthos fell by about 10 % during August and this obviously reflects the decline of domestic tourism to the island because of the known financial problems which have affected Greek families.