Record Year for Greek Tourism

tourism recordThe NBG announced that Greece achieved its goal of welcoming more than 17 million tourists.

According to the data released on Tuesday during the January – October 10-month period, the number of tourists increased by 15.5% compared to the same period in 2012.

Russian tourists increased by 55.2% and reached 1.3 million while there was a significant increase of U.S. tourists (29.2%). A smaller increase was noticed in tourists from the Eurozone (8.2%) and the European Union (5.4%).

A similar increase of 14.8 % compared to 2012 was recorded in touristic revenues during the same period.

Russian tourists contributed to the increase of touristic revenue in Greece, seeing as the revenue derived from them was increased by 43.3% and amounted to 1,341 billion euros.

European Union tourists still remain the largest source of touristic revenue having spent 7,086 billion during their vacations in Greece.

Under these conditions Greece showed a travel surplus of 10,068 billion euros in the 10-month period from January to October 2013, a 17.9% increase compared to 2012.


  1. You are correct it is the per diem spending by tourists that matters not the number from one country. Japanese tend to be big spenders and now Chinese, while American spending is fading fast.


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