Travel re­ceipts dipped in 2012

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

Travel re­ceipts in Greece reg­is­tered a de­cline of 4.6 per­cent, or 480 mil­lion eu­ros, last year com­pared with 2011, amount­ing to 10 bil­lion eu­ros, ac­cord­ing to data made pub­lic yes­ter­day by the Bank of Greece.

For­eign vis­i­tor ar­rivals fell on an­nual ba­sis by 5.5 per­cent or 910,000, to­tal­ing 15.5 mil­lion. How­ever, av­er­age ex­pen­di­ture per trip per in­di­vid­ual in­creased by 1 per­cent, coming to 646 eu­ros.

The of­fi­cial fig­ures re­gard­ing the losses for Greek tourism dur­ing what was a dif­fi­cult year were sig­nif­i­cantly smaller than an­tic­i­pated at the start of 2012. The for­ma­tion of a sta­ble government man­aged to re­verse the neg­a­tive cli­mate pre­vail­ing be­fore the back-to-back elec­tions last spring, when ru­mors about the pos­si­bil­ity of Greece ex­it­ing the eu­ro­zone were wide­spread, and led to an in­crease in tourism num­bers. Travel re­ceipts from the US de­clined by 20.7 per­cent to 422.5 mil­lion eu­ros, from Ger­many by 10.2 per­cent to 1.65 bil­lion and from France by 8.8 per­cent to 765.5 mil­lion. On the other hand, re­ceipts from the Rus­sian mar­ket ex­panded by 27.5 mil­lion eu­ros to reach 947 mil­lion eu­ros, while ar­rivals from the Bri­tish mar­ket spent 18 per­cent more, amount­ing to 1.42 bil­lion.

US vis­i­tor num­bers dropped by 22.9 per­cent to 374,000, from the French mar­ket by 15 per­cent to about 977,000, and from Ger­many by 5.9 per­cent to 2.1 mil­lion tourists. Rus­sia showed an 18.4 per­cent in­crease in ar­rivals to about 875,000, and UK ar­rivals posted growth of 9.3 per­cent to 1.92 mil­lion.

Nev­er­the­less, book­ings for 2013 are show­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease from the main mar­kets, which in­clude Ger­many, Bri­tain, Rus­sia and Aus­tria.

French and US tourists came to Greece last year, but there were more Brits.

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