South Aegean Islands Gain Most from Lucrative Greek Tourist Trade in 2019



Tourist arrivals to the islands of the South Aegean region of Greece reached new and historic levels in 2019, surpassing the record performance of 2018, the South Aegean Regional Administration said in an announcement on Wednesday.

The announcement, citing official figures released by the Bank of Greece on travel during the period from January-September 2019, said that the South Aegean ranked first among the country’s 13 regions in the number of tourist arrivals, overnight stays and revenues.

More specifically, travel receipts totaled 4.697 billion euros in the nine-month period, up from 3.993 billion in the same period in 2018 and 3.287 billion in 2017. This is a major increase that has helped the local economy significantly.

The nine-month receipts were higher than the receipts from all of 2018, which totaled 4.414 billion euros.

The islands belonging administratively to the South Aegean Region of Greece are in red. The popular islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and Rhodes are there, among dozens of other idyllic vacation hotspots.

The South Aegean was followed by the island of Crete with 3.195 billion in revenues gained from tourism, the region of Central Macedonia with €2.049 billion, followed by Attica with €2.04 billion. The Ionian Islands came next, garnering €1.84 billion euros from the travel industry last year.

The number of tourist arrivals totaled 6.025 million in the South Aegean in the January-September period, up from 5.816 million in 2018 and 5.083 million in 2017.

The South Aegean was followed by the Central Macedonian region, with 5.903 million tourist arrivals, Attica with 4.654 million, Crete with 4.584 million, East Macedonia and Thrace with 3.216 million and the Ionian Islands with 2.853 million.

In terms of overnight stays, the South Aegean ranked first again, with 47.990 million in the nine-month period, followed by 38.273 million on Crete, 37.289 million in Central Macedonia, 26.597 million in Attica and 22.568 million on the Ionian Islands.

Now, in terms of spending per visit, the South Aegean region was on top again, recording an average of 779.6 euros, up from 686.7 euros in 2018 and 646.6 euros in 2017.

The South Aegean was followed by Crete, which recorded an average amount of 696.9 euros spent per visit, the Ionian Islands with €644.7, the Peloponnese with €483.7, the North Aegean with €459.5, Attica with €438.2, Thessaly with €484.2 and Central Macedonia with €347.1.

With information from AMNA