Greeks went on more trips in 2014

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

Year-on-year, Greeks spent an ad­di­tional 7.2 per­cent on trav­el­ing in 2014, when the econ­omy had started to look up, al­beit briefly, af­ter six con­sec­u­tive years of de­cline.

The re­port pub­lished this week by the Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Au­thor­ity (ELSTAT) fur­ther showed that 3.64 mil­lion Greeks made 6.33 mil­lion trips in 2014, record­ing an in­crease of 15.9 per­cent and 13.4 per­cent from 2013. To­tal nights spent in tourism ac­com­mo­da­tion or hol­i­day homes came to 63.98 mil­lion, up 8.8 per­cent from the year be­fore.

Of the trips that Greeks made, the vast ma­jor­ity of 94.3 per­cent con­cerned trav­el­ing for per­sonal rea­sons, while 5.7 per­cent was for pro­fes­sional pur­poses. The num­ber of peo­ple trav­el­ing for per­sonal rea­sons in­creased 17.3 per­cent yearon-year, and their ex­pen­di­ture rose 11.3 per­cent.

The big­gest in­crease in the num­ber of trips and the num­ber of trav­el­ers con­cerned the 25-44 age group, with a yearly rise of 18.3 per­cent and 20.7 per­cent re­spec­tively. The same age group recorded an in­crease of 10.8 per­cent in nights spent in ho­tels and 14 per­cent in travel ex­pen­di­ture.

Short hol­i­days showed a greater in­crease than long va­ca­tions: The num­ber of trips by Greeks who spent from one to three nights in ho­tels rose 18.9 per­cent, with trav­el­ers spend­ing 30 per­cent more, while trips of four to seven nights grew 24 per­cent, with a 23.4 per­cent rise in spend­ing. Trips of eight to 14 nights in­creased just 2.6 per­cent and those of more than 15 nights ex­panded 9.9 per­cent from 2013.

Most per­sonal trips were con­ducted by car, num­ber­ing 4.16 mil­lion. Trips by boat came to al­most 1 mil­lion, by air­plane to 653,000 and by train to 75,500. The drop in air fares led to a 45.4 per­cent rise in air trips, while trips by boat in­creased 16.9 per­cent, and by road 12.1 per­cent. Train trips dropped by 1.5 per­cent.

The sur­vey also showed that Greek trav­el­ers spent most nights (78.9 per­cent) in non-rented ac­com­mo­da­tion, such as at hol­i­day homes and the res­i­dences of friends or rel­a­tives.

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