Rev­enue from UK tourists soars 37 pct

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

They came, they spent and they will re­turn. Bri­tish tourists have given their vote of con­fi­dence to Greece this year, while the first in­di­ca­tions for 2016 point to fur­ther growth in tourism from the UK, ahead of next week’s meet­ing of Bri­tish travel agents in Greece.

In the year up to the end of July, Bri­tish visi­tors spent more than 1 bil­lion eu­ros in this coun­try, which con­sti­tutes an an­nual in­crease of 37.2 per­cent. The num­ber of tourism ar­rivals from Bri­tain soared by 29.3 per­cent to ex­ceed 1.3 mil­lion, which also means that per capita spend­ing by Bri­tons in Greece has risen this year.

Com­par­ing these fig­ures with Bri­tish visi­tors at ri­val des­ti­na­tions, one see that there were just 2.9 per­cent more Bri­tons in Spain (at 10.8 mil­lion), and 16.3 per­cent more in Cyprus (714,000), while there was a 0.9 per­cent drop in Tur­key, to 1.8 mil­lion hol­i­day­mak­ers.

Signs in­di­cate that the num­ber of UK visi­tors to Greece will grow again in 2016.

Mean­while, the an­nual con­fer­ence of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish Travel Agents (ABTA) will be held on Oc­to­ber 12 to 14 at Costa Navarino, in the south­west­ern Pelo­pon­nese. This fol­lows talks be­tween ABTA and the Re­gional Au­thor­ity of the Pelo­pon­nese which have been tak­ing place since 2013.

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