Visi­tors by road to hit 10 mil­lion

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

Visi­tors from Bulgaria and Tur­key to Greece are set to reach a new record high of 2 mil­lion this year.

The in­crease in ar­rivals from the two neigh­bor­ing coun­tries will put this year’s fig­ure for road tourism at over 10 mil­lion visi­tors. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent data from the In­sti­tute of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Greek Tourism En­ter­prises (INSETE), road ar­rivals from Jan­uary to July rose 22 per­cent com­pared to the same pe­riod last year, de­spite a 4 per­cent drop last month.

Visi­tors from Bulgaria rose 18.7 per­cent in the first six months of the year com­pared to the same pe­riod last year. Af­ter Tur­key, Greece was the most fa­vored hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion for Bul­gar­i­ans ac­cord­ing to Bulgaria’s Min­istry of Tourism. This year, visi­tors from Bulgaria are ex­pected to pass the 1-mil­lion mark com­pared to 866,609 last year.

One of the at­trac­tions of Greece for Bul­gar­i­ans is the low cost of vis­it­ing beaches with fa­cil­i­ties – the cost of rent­ing a beach um­brella and two sun loungers was on av­er­age 28.50 eu­ros this year ac­cord­ing to Bul­gar­ian sources.

Visi­tors from Tur­key to Greece are also ex­pected to sur­pass the 1mil­lion mark for the first time this year, 90 per­cent of whom will ar­rive by road, ac­cord­ing to re­search by the Bank of Greece.

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