Greece’s Museums Losing Visitors, Money

EPIKOYREIOS2Beset by strikes amid constant protests and riots over austerity measures in 2012, Greece’s museums saw a 2.8 percent drop in visitors, and a decline in revenues of 18.4 percent, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

That was partially offset by a better December in which there was an increase in visitors by 31.3 percent and a 2.4 percent increase in revenues. But a strike earlier this year cut into the numbers again as museum workers protested not being paid.

In the first five months of 2012 the number of visitors to museums increased by 1.6% but the revenues fell by 24% compared with the correspondent period in 2011.

Archaeological sites and monuments around the country show a 2.7% increase in the number of their visitors, but therefore show a 12.3% drop in their revenues. Last December, there was however an increase of visitors by 54.3% and a 33.6% increase in revenues.

Greece’s museums and archaeological sites are among the most important draws for tourists but have been hampered by constant disruptions by workers angry over austerity measures.