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Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Oc­to­ber’s sta­tis­ti­cal data have forced the As­so­ci­a­tion of Greek Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE) to once again re­vise this year’s pre­dic­tions re­gard­ing tourist ar­rivals, ac­cord­ing to the GreekRe­porter web­site.

SETE said that the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals is ex­pected to reach 20.5 mln, a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease com­pared to the 19.5 mln ar­rivals, which was the pre­vi­ous es­ti­mate, not in­clud­ing peo­ple trav­el­ling on cruises. If the provisional Bank of Greece data re­gard­ing 1.2 mln road and mar­itime ar­rivals are con­firmed - not tak­ing cruises into ac­count - then the to­tal num­ber of ar­rivals will ex­ceed 21 mln when the same num­ber stood at 17.9 mln in 2013 and 15.5 mln in 2012.

Dur­ing the first se­mes­ter, cruise ar­rivals showed a slight in­crease com­pared to 2013, with the to­tal num­ber stand­ing at around 2.5 mln. Over­all, the new vis­i­tor ar­rival es­ti­mate for 2014 reaches 23 mln, show­ing a 15% in­crease com­pared to 2013. In­ter­na­tional air ar­rivals con­tin­ued in Oc­to­ber, ris­ing at a rate of 23.5% and re­sult­ing in a 15% in­crease dur­ing the ten month pe­riod be­tween Jan­uary and Oc­to­ber, com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

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