Road ar­rivals down, air vis­i­tors up

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

June con­sol­i­dat­edthe trends of the first half of the year in tourism ar­rivals, with num­bers of air vis­i­tors in­creas­ing and land trav­el­ers di­min­ish­ing, ac­cord­ing to pro­vi­sional fig­ures from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Hel­lenic Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE).

Data showed that in­ter­na­tional tourism ar­rivals by air at the country’s key air­ports ex­panded 5 per­cent year-on-year in the Jan­uaryJune pe­riod, reach­ing 5.9 mil­lion, while road ar­rivals in Greece posted a drop of 8 per­cent to reach 4.2 mil­lion.

There­fore, ex­pec­ta­tions of an in­crease in tourist num­bers on an an­nual ba­sis have been pushed to the sec­ond half of the year, with last-minute bookings set to play a cru­cial role. Tourism rev­enues are also be­ing watched care­fully, given the in­crease in tax eva­sion, par­tic­u­larly in the area of prop­erty leases for tourism pur­poses that are not li­censed by the state.

SETE chief An­dreas An­dreadis said the as­so­ci­a­tion is fully sup­port­ive of the tax au­thor­i­ties’ work re­gard­ing the in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of in­spec­tions and the com­bat­ing of the phe­nom­e­non of un­li­censed ac­com­mo­da­tion. This way SETE be­lieves the state rev­enues will grow and the re­duc­tion of value-added tax will be­come pos­si­ble in the le­gal mar­ket of tourism ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Hel­lenic Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE), An­dreas An­dreadis.

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