ELSTAT: Tourism Figures Down for Food, Accommodation and Museums



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The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) released figures relating to the tourism sector.

Food and Accommodation

The turnover in accommodation and food service activities during the 2nd quarter 2016 as compared to the 2nd quarter 2015 decreased by 1.1 percent while the index for the corresponding period of 2015 increased by 8.6 percent compared to 2014. When compared to the 1st quarter of 2016, however, the turnover index in accommodation and food service activities sector increased by 125.7 percent while an increase by 102.7 percent was recorded when comparing the corresponding period of 2014 that reflects the intense seasonality of the sector.

Despite drops in tourism figures, July-August showed an improvement in the rate of arrivals to Greece mainly due to problems with rival destinations such as Turkey and Egypt. The Institute of the Greek Tourism Association notes that from January to August, there were 20.65 million international arrivals, an increase of about 450,000. International air arrivals increased by 6.5 percent (750,000 people) whereas arrivals from the road network decreased by 3.8 percent or around 320,000 people.

Museums and Archaeological Sites

The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) announced the results of the survey on museums and archaeological sites attendance. During May 2016, museums experienced a 12.4 percent decrease in the number of visitors and an 11 percent increase in the number of free admission visitors. A decrease of 2.6 percent was noted in receipts compared to the corresponding month of 2015.

In May 2016, there was an 18.7 percent decrease, whereas there was a 0.3 percent decrease in the number of free admission visitors. During the five-month period from January to May 2016, there was a 2.2 percent decrease in the number of visitors to museums and an increase of 21 percent in the number of free admission visitors. The corresponding receipts decreased by 1.4 percent compared to the corresponding period of 2015.

Archaeological sites noted a decrease of 6.5 percent from January to May 2016 and a 25.4 percent decrease in the number of free admission visitors. Corresponding receipts increased by 50.2 percent in comparison with the same period of 2015.