Av­er­age visi­tor spend­ing, trip du­ra­tion down

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

The sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in ar­rivals from cer­tain non-eu­ro­zone coun­tries which share a bor­der with Greece, who typ­i­cally stay for a shorter pe­riod and spend less money than the av­er­age hol­i­day­maker, ex­plains why the num­ber of visi­tors and to­tal rev­enues from tourism grew in the first half of the year but av­er­age spend­ing dropped and the av­er­age length of stay grew shorter.

Bank of Greece fig­ures showed yesterday that in the Jan­uary-June 2015 pe­riod the num­ber of tourism ar­rivals in­creased 18.8 per­cent on a yearly ba­sis, rev­enues from tourism ex­panded 9.5 per­cent, the num­ber of nights tourists spent in the coun­try ad­vanced 6.7 per­cent and av­er­age ex­pen­di­ture per night spent rose 2.6 per­cent.

How­ever, to­tal ex­pen­di­ture per trip de­clined by 7.9 per­cent and the av­er­age du­ra­tion of the stay of each visi­tor in Greece shrank by 10.2 per­cent, the BoG data re­vealed.

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