Yearly rise in ar­rivals by air the high­est in Europe

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

Ar­rivals by air from abroad last year grew by 8.8 per­cent year-on-year, ac­cord­ing to Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity data seen by Kathimerini, reach­ing 14.31 mil­lion, com­pared with 13.15 mil­lion in 2012, thanks to in­creased ac­tiv­ity from the Rus­sian, French and US mar­kets.

The rate of growth was the high­est in Europe and in De­cem­ber alone the yearly in­crease was even big­ger, amount­ing to 10.1 per­cent for a to­tal of 359,822 ar­rivals, data showed.

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Hel­lenic Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE) es­ti­mates the to­tal num­ber of tourists in Greece last year at 17.8 mil­lion, up 15 per­cent from 2012 thanks to a sig­nif­i­cant rise in ar­rivals by road, while rev­enues in­clud­ing those from cruise tourism amounted to about 12.3 bil­lion eu­ros.

Bar­ring any un­fore­see­able de­vel­op­ments, rev­enues and ar­rivals are ex­pected to con­tinue grow­ing this year, with SETE chief An­dreas An­dreadis say­ing that “we need to start think­ing about our ac­tions for the 2015 tourism sea­son al­ready.”

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