Ar­rivals in Jan-Sept 2013 rose by 15 pct

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

The im­pres­sive course of Greek tourism last year has been of­fi­cially con­firmed by the in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals data for the first nine months of 2013 pub­lished yes­ter­day by the Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Au­thor­ity (ELSTAT).

From Jan­uary to Septem­ber the num­ber of for­eign tourism ar­rivals grew by 15.2 per­cent, or about 2 mil­lion, from the same pe­riod in 2012 to reach 15.5 mil­lion, ex­ceed­ing in just nine months the num­ber of ar­rivals recorded in the whole of 2012 by a few thou­sands.

The data con­firm the mo­men­tum seen in mar­kets such as Rus­sia and Tur­key, which showed an in­crease of 49.4 per­cent (to 1.21 mil­lion) and 45 per­cent (to 676,000) re­spec­tively.

The other ma­jor mar­kets to post an in­crease in tourism flow to Greece were France (16.9 per­cent), Italy (14 per­cent), Ser­bia (24 per­cent and the US (26.2 per­cent), while visi­tors from the emerg­ing mar­ket of China grew by a spec­tac­u­lar 85 per­cent year-on-year.

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