Greece Expects Record 32M Tourists in 2018, Says Tsipras



Greece’s tourism industry is expected to draw 32 million visitors in 2018, in what will be a record year for the sector, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said.

Speaking at a general meeting of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Tsipras said that figures so far indicate that tourism revenues this year will be 12.8 percent higher than 2017.

The prime minister noted that Greece’s stability in a region that is vulnerable to crises has helped boost the country’s profile as a tourist destination.

Tourism ‘contributed €100 billion’ during Greek crisis 

Speaking at the conference, SETE head Yiannis Retsos said travel receipts contributed €100 billion ($117 billion) to the Greek economy in the eight years of the economic crisis.

Retsos said that in 2017, tourism revenue accounted for the 10.3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, while the sum of its direct and indirect contribution is estimated at between 22.6 and 27.3 percent of GDP.