Book­ings are show­ing rise of 15-20 pct

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

The signs from tourism book­ings for this year are very en­cour­ag­ing as they are show­ing an in­crease of 15 to 20 per­cent from last year from all mar­kets, ac­cord­ing to the gen­eral sec­re­tary for tourism, Apos­to­los Li­askos.

Ad­dress­ing a gen­eral meet­ing of the Hel­lenic Cham­ber of Ho­tels, Li­askos also said the tar­gets of 17 mil­lion vis­i­tors from abroad and rev­enues of 11 bil­lion eu­ros this year are at­tain­able.

The head of the cham­ber, Gior­gos Tsakiris, pre­sented data that shows tourist ex­pen­di­ture de­clined by 5 per­cent last year com­pared with 2011, amount­ing to 10.02 bil­lion. Overnight stays dropped 7 per­cent, amount­ing to 141 mil­lion, and ar­rivals fell 6 per­cent to 15.5 mil­lion.

Ar­rivals from abroad posted a ma­jor de­cline in Jan­uary 2013, mostly con­cern­ing the ter­mi­nals in Athens and Thes­sa­loniki, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­a­tion of Hel­lenic Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE). The num­ber of ar­rivals de­clined by 28,460, reach­ing 162,954 down from 191,414 in Jan­uary 2012. Ar­rivals a Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port con­tracted by 16 per­cent yearon-year while those fly­ing in to Thes­sa­loniki shrunk by 13 per­cent.

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