Tourism set to hit new highs in 2015

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

Greek tourism is on course for a new record in 2015 thanks to in­creased visi­tor num­bers from the US, Ger­many, Bri­tain and else­where.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Bank of Greece, for the first six months of the year, for­eign tourist ar­rivals in­creased by 20.8 per­cent to 7.56 mil­lion year-on-year. Net re­ceipts from travel ser­vices off­set 38.4 per­cent of the goods deficit.

Ar­rivals from the US rose by 41.6 per­cent, from Ger­many by 23.5 per­cent, Bri­tain by 18 per­cent and from France by 12.5 per­cent, while the num­ber from Rus­sia de­creased by 60.6 per­cent. Rev­enues rose 32.9 per­cent from Amer­i­can tourists, 30.3 per­cent from the Bri­tish, 21.2 per­cent from the French and 18.1 per­cent from the Ger­mans. Rev­enues from Rus­sians fell by 63.2 per­cent.

The Greek As­so­ci­a­tion of Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE) es­ti­mates that as long as the elec­tion process re­sults in a sta­ble gov­ern­ment, ar­rivals of for­eign visi­tors will ex­ceed a to­tal of 25 mil­lion this year.

The main­te­nance of sta­ble, com­pet­i­tive hol­i­day prices against for­eign mar­kets con­trib­uted to the pos­i­tive fig­ures as did the de­pre­ci­a­tion of the euro against the dol­lar and ster­ling.

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